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Bunk beds - how to change the top bed sheets

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Lucyannieamy Sat 29-Oct-16 22:23:34

We have bunk beds for out kids, age 6 and 3. Currently the beds are out side by side in their shared bedroom but they are keen to bunk to get the floor space and both of them want to sleep as a bunk.

So before we move the beds I need to know - how on earth are you supposed to make the top bunk bed?

To be honest I am not sure how I'll make up the bottom bunk either... Currently I am pulling up the mattress to fit the sheets whilst the mattress is standing on edge, as the beds are in corners so I can't lift from all sides. Sitting on the mattress to make them is really hard, maybe I chose badly with the beds, we bought Warren Evans bunks as it's really sturdy, with their mattresses which are both 23cm deep, but I see now other bunks come with 14 or 15cm mattresses which must be much easier to make. Should I think about changing the mattresses?

Any suggestions very welcome

DulliDulli Sat 29-Oct-16 22:24:58

My DS is six and I make him put the fitted sheet on the far corners for me as I just can't get up there. He's happy to help.

theconstantinoplegardener Sun 30-Oct-16 14:20:57

My children love their bunk beds too - such fun at bed time! I couldn't get your link to work but assume that your top bunk will have a frame or rail around it to stop the child rolling out. If this is the case, changing the sheets can be awkward as there isn't much room to put your hands.

We have 15 cm mattresses top and bottom. It means the mattresses are a bit more flexible so you can lift the corners up a little to tuck the sheet around. It also means more headroom for the child on the bottom bunk, when they are sitting up in bed.

The other thing I'd suggest is deep-fitted sheets. We have these (from John Lewis) for the top bunk and they just seem to be less of a struggle to fit over the mattress corners. I do still have to climb up onto the top bunk to make it but I get the sheet over one corner by bending the mattress corner up a little, then do the diagonally opposite corner. Then I do the remaining two corners. The lower bunk is easier because there is no frame around the mattress so I use standard fitted sheets for that one, but otherwise make it up the same way.

theconstantinoplegardener Sun 30-Oct-16 14:24:03

Also check that your 23cm mattress doesn't come too high up the frame/railing around the top bunk - the frame/rail needs to be significantly taller than the mattress so your child doesn't fall out!

LadyCatherinesshades Sun 30-Oct-16 19:11:30

My boys have bunks I make whoever is sleeping on the top that week(they like to swap) put the sheet on.

TyneTeas Sun 30-Oct-16 19:16:25

Old enough to sleep in top bunk = old enough to put a fitted sheet on

MiaowTheCat Sun 30-Oct-16 19:27:12

6 foot 7 husband + delegating it to him = job done.

samecardoverandover Sun 30-Oct-16 21:45:48

I just climb up there, it's all very undignified...somehow I manage to do 3 corners without sitting on the sheet, I do the last corner standing on the ladder. I generally bump my head at least once on the ceiling.

Lucyannieamy Mon 31-Oct-16 18:49:14

Thanks, so it seems pulling up the mattress corners is easier with a thinner mattress. Unfortunately our bunks are designed for thicker matresses, the safety rail is set at that height, so I am going to struggle!!

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