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BlakeCadesmummy Tue 26-Sep-17 04:12:57

So I have a 3 year old son and I'm due with a new baby boy any day and I've been given/forced to take a council house after my ex partner had a kick off and social got involved and removed him from our lives so too tight on M o net the o pay a private rent bond, basically this house I've been given has one room the size of a large living room and one box room too small for a single bed to fit in no matter which way it goes, I figured the boys would have to have the big room as they need their own space as they grow up and 2 kid so juat wouldn't fit anyway, and I'm stuck here for quite a few years (council said it's a 12 year wait for another 2 bed house) but I can't really fit in the box room I'm quite tall so finding a short bed probably made for kids isn't really an option and I couldn't put 1 boy in there really never mind 2 it's just not possible, not got any spare rooms in the house the bathroom is tiny as it is (have to sit on toilet and swivel to reach the bath and sit on toilet to use the sink there is NO floor space) and kitchen is so small that I have a sink and cooker and one tiny workspace the size of a chopping board, washer and fridge are in an outhouse so it's not like I have anywhere I can convert into a bedroom I asked about knocking through the box room into the big one and putting a false wall in to make 2 normal sized rooms even though this would be the house budget swallowed whole but they said no at a bit of a loss as to what I'm meant to do

SerfTerf Tue 26-Sep-17 05:05:16

Get a sofa bed. Give the DC the big bedroom. Make the box room your dressing room.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Tue 26-Sep-17 05:08:45

I second the sofa bed.

INeedNewShoes Tue 26-Sep-17 05:15:59

The baby will need to be in with you for the first few months anyway so for the time being at least I'd put you and baby in the big room, possibly until baby is old enough to be in a bed rather than a cot (2 yrs?)

Then in all honesty I'd put bunkbeds in the boxroom. Ali they have to do is sleep in there.

Is there a living room or does the property literally consist of only two rooms plus kitchen and bathroom?

SleepingStandingUp Tue 26-Sep-17 05:45:15

For now put son in box room with a toddler bed and baby in with you. That will do you for at least a year.
You may be able to get a deposit together if you're returning to work after the baby.

If not then you could get a sofa bed for you once the boys can share and use the box room as your dressing room.

Decorate in neutral colours to make swapping round easier

BobTheBuiler Wed 27-Sep-17 13:58:17

I agree at staying in the big room with baby until he moves in to a bed, and then get some of those bunk beds or some creative space saver bed for the boys. Maybe consider some sort of room divider like one of those Ikea storage units to give the illusion of your own space.

The sofa bed is also a good idea though. I wouldn't have thought of that.

JoJoSM2 Wed 27-Sep-17 15:38:24

I'd probably put a bunk bed in the box room too. That way you'll have a proper bedroom for yourself instead of couch surfing in your own house. The boys can play in the living room or the garden and use the box room just to sleep.

emsyj37 Wed 27-Sep-17 20:11:42

OP says the box room won't fit a single bed, so how on earth would bunk beds fit?? confused

SerfTerf Wed 27-Sep-17 20:26:15

I'm glad someone asked emsy bunk beds are normally single bed size aren't they? Or are they something else that now comes in "space saver" variety.

SleepingStandingUp Wed 27-Sep-17 20:26:45


SerfTerf Wed 27-Sep-17 20:29:36

I don't think OP is coming back.

GardenGeek Wed 27-Sep-17 20:31:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

wannabestressfree Wed 27-Sep-17 20:31:49

Me neither.

emsyj37 Wed 27-Sep-17 20:45:49

Never seen a bunk bed that size! Is that toddler bed size, in effect?? Not sure how you would actually manage to build the thing in a tiny box room but I suppose it could be possible!!

SleepingStandingUp Wed 27-Sep-17 22:46:35

Yeah I assume its toddler bee size ad built insitu

happy321123 Thu 28-Sep-17 07:21:07

There are plenty of places do custom size or space saver bunks as said previously. If it is too small for a bed though, is it even legally a bedroom? We nearly bought a house where the old linen cupboard (former care home) had a bed in it and was being sold as a bedroom. It was tiny, but the bed fit.
What do the neighbours do?

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