When Georgie first switched to a toddler bed about two and a half years ago, we bought her a Kritter bed from Ikea, which has been really great and has years of life in it yet. Since we moved in here about a year ago, we have been considering long term plans for the girls’ bedroom. I have already posted about their finished room, but I thought I would just go into a bit more detail about what we’ve done with the Ikea furniture.
We started off with the Kritter bed for Georgie and Lydia’s cot on each side of the room, and then eventually took the side off Lydia’s cot, cut & sanded it down, and screwed it back on to convert it to an unofficial cotbed. We knew that bunkbeds would be the most practical solution for the space when they were old enough, but our concern was to do with safety issues if we made the move too soon. Lydia couldn’t be in her hacked cotbed forever, and she already preferred to take her naps in her big sister’s bed.
I did some research online and found some interesting ideas making bunkbeds with Kura beds and trofast stairs, and thought we could do something with this, using Georgie’s Kritter bed for the bottom bunk. We knew it was important not to put the bottom mattress straight onto the floor, and our main concern was Lydia (who has only just turned two) being able to climb up to the top bunk but then getting stuck and falling trying to go back down the ladder.
I did lots of planning in my filofax of what I wanted to achieve, and there was lots of looking up measurements and figuring out how best to use the space. In the end, we used the following items:
- Georgie’s Kritter bed
- Kura reversible bed
- Moshult mattress
- Kura bed tent
- Stepped Trofast frame
- 2 x 91cm Trofast frame
- Trofast storage boxes
- Försiktig step stool
- Kusiner wall pockets
- The side from Lydia’s old cot (which was Georgie’s cot before it was Lydia’s!)
So, to start with I just built the Kura bed frame and put it into position, then we put the Trofast steps against that, replacing the ladder with more toddler-friendly stairs. All of Georgie’s clothes are stored inside this unit in Trofast storage boxes, and she loves being able to get her own clothes out in the morning.
We sawed off the legs of the Kritter bed, and put it back together, to make a bottom bunk that has enough clearance for both Lydia and Georgie to climb on and off safely – we want Lydia to be able to sit up in bed without banging her head!
We then shortened the two Trofast units by one drawer height before putting them together, so they would fit under the Kura bed. To do this we basically sawed off the top of each upright and then redrilled them lower down for the screws and dowel rods.
There is a gap between the wall and Lydia’s bed as the Kritter bed is so much narrower than the Kura, so we filled this with Lydia’s extensive collection of cushions and soft toys that she likes to sleep with. We were able to relocate a few that had spread themselves around the house back into their bedroom too – it works as a toy storage space as well as stopping her falling down the gap in her sleep.
I put in three drawers at the top of each of the Trofast units at the bottom of Lydia’s bed, and then used the bottom section for board book storage. Lydia likes to read in bed so this allows her to get suitable books on her own.
To make the banister, we cut up the side from Lydia’s old cot and then fixed it to the Trofast unit and also to the Kura bunk, for stability. It is fixed with brackets, bolts, screws and some nails – that thing isn’t going anywhere! I sanded the sawn off edges right down so they are rounded, and sawed a slot into the lower top bar so the upright it sits against slots into it.
A Kura bed tent makes the top bunk more exciting for Georgie, and Kusiner wall pockets give Georgie somewhere to keep toys and other bits & pieces close by. The super cheap Försiktig step stool is the finishing touch, giving the girls an extra boost up to the bottom step.