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Would bunk beds for a parent and child be absolutely ridiculous?

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Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:30:09

Trying to work out logistics of having a baby/child in a flat with only one bedroom. There's a lounge, bathroom, TINY kitchen and bedroom. None of the rooms are large.

I was thinking of maybe having bunk beds in the bedroom but is this just stupid ... ?

notMarlene Thu 02-Mar-17 10:33:16

Good plan. Should be fine for a few years! There are bunks that have a double bed sized bottom bunk with a single top bunk, something like that should work really well.

BlossomCat Thu 02-Mar-17 10:34:10

You need something like this double bed bunk

saladsmoothie Thu 02-Mar-17 10:34:26

It's not completely crazy. How old is your child?

If the child is under 5 they'll need to be on the bottom bunk - would you wake them climbing up to the top bunk?

If they're over 5, go for it.

BlossomCat Thu 02-Mar-17 10:34:56

Great minds think alike, notMarlene grin

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:35:48

I don't have a child - but in terms of the future smile

BlossomCat Thu 02-Mar-17 10:39:21

Well, when they are tiny, you only need a small crib, and then a cot. The ikea ones are designed for small apartments.
Or, you could co-sleep.
But the amount of peripheral crap that babies accumulate is phenomenal!

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:40:24

I guess you just have to be firm!

ShowMePotatoSalad Thu 02-Mar-17 10:41:06

What happens when the child is older though? How do you know you will be able to afford a bigger place for when the child definitely needs their own bedroom?

Is the flat big enough to begin with? Can you move to a bigger place before you have a baby?

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:42:32

No, not really - can't afford it.

BlossomCat Thu 02-Mar-17 10:43:34

You've got me thinking, people have barbies living on narrow boats, tiny flats and manage. It's all about organising the 'stuff'
Look at tiny houses, the minimalist way some people live is amazing!
read this!

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:44:14

Barbies grin

DaughterDrowningInJunk Thu 02-Mar-17 10:44:52

I have got a mattress that I put behind the sofa. Flat on the floor to sleep then on its side during the day.

BlossomCat Thu 02-Mar-17 10:45:43

A Barbie is a very important possession... 😃

RyanStartedTheFire Thu 02-Mar-17 10:46:35

How would you DTD? blush

gleam Thu 02-Mar-17 10:47:16

You could make the lounge a 'hidden' bedroom for you, when your child is older, I guess, with the right furniture.
Particularly if you and dc could share the same wardrobe in the bedroom.

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:47:20

I'm not too worried about the baby stage, it's when they start walking I'm a bit hmm Problem is childcare fees. Once I don't need childcare I can afford somewhere better, so that's till the age of 4/5?

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:47:34

I've no partner Ryan

minipie Thu 02-Mar-17 10:49:58

It's recommended for people to share with their baby for the first 6 months anyway. And then it's pretty common for the baby to stay in your room up until toddler age if they wake a lot in the night.

So if you're talking about one child I don't think it's going to be a problem until they are say 18 months+ and outgrowing a cot. If you're not even pregnant yet that's a fair way off - see where you are then.

If you're planning to stay in the flat long term, I don't think the bunk bed plan would work until your child is say 3+ because it wouldn't really be safe having a 2 yo in a top bunk. So you might have an awkward period when the child is too big for a cot but too little for a bunk bed. Would the bedroom fit a double bed and a toddler bed/cotbed next to it?

RyanStartedTheFire Thu 02-Mar-17 10:50:02

I'd give the room to the baby and have a pull out bed in the lounge. Bunk beds won't work until the kid is 5+.

memyselfandaye Thu 02-Mar-17 10:50:25

Would the ladder not break under the weight of an adult?

Surely a sofa bed in the living room would be the simplest solution.

minipie Thu 02-Mar-17 10:50:43

Ah cross post. If you have no partner that's a lot easier as you can go on the top bunk and child can go on the bottom.

or just share a double bed with your child.

Woulditbesilly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:53:27

Yeah babyhood is fine. It's when they are preschool age (3/4/5?)

DaughterDrowningInJunk Thu 02-Mar-17 10:53:30

You could do this easily for 5 years by being very minimalist. Babies really don't need much in the way of equipment, but you need to beware of filling your flat up with stuff. The toddler years are when you will feel pressurised to acquire loads of toys. Resist this and you can manage with very little. Have you got a washing machine and somewhere to dry laundry?

Littleballerina Thu 02-Mar-17 10:54:23

Futon in the lounge.
Slightly odd that you are worrying about this future baby now.

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