Three girls peacefully and comfortably sharing a small space requires finesse and planning on your part, starting with designating a separate space for each bed. Having a small area that’s “just yours” can make the difference between serene coexistence and constantly playing referee between quarreling roommates. Rather than spend back-breaking hours rearranging the beds, start by creating a scaled layout on paper; look at it like a puzzle, with the finished picture a functional, comfortable shared bedroom.
1 Measure the bedroom including the location of doors and windows. Start from one corner of the room, measure to the first door or window, and write this down. Repeat, working your way around the room until you come back to the place you started. Record measurements in inches for the most accurate and easy to translate results.
2 Draw the room to scale on a piece of graph paper, labeling doors and windows. To create a scale, delegate one square as a specific length, such as 6-inches, and draw the room based on this. For example, a 10-foot wide room is 120-inches; on graph paper, draw the room 20 squares wide. For an easy to read and work with layout, tape sheets of graph paper together or purchase a roll of graph paper, using one square per every inch.
3 Measure the footprint of each bed's length and width. Draw these to scale on a separate piece of graph paper and cut the beds out with scissors.
4 Play with different arrangements using the bed pieces and your drawing. For a full layout, measure the footprint of each additional piece of furniture, draw these to scale, cut them out and come up with a layout that works for the space.
5. Configuration Ideas
1 Position beds so only one side has a minimum of 22 inches of clearance, keeping the other sides closer to another bed or obstruction. While 22 inches around is ideal, at least one side where each girl can get in and out comfortably will suffice in small spaces.
6. Configuration Ideas
2 Purchase one twin bed and one twin-size bunk bed to save floor space. Position the single bed so that the foot is against the foot of the bunk bed; this leaves plenty of clearance for all of the girls while minimizing how much space the beds take up.
7. Configuration Ideas
3 Construct or purchase a loft bed and place this lengthwise against a wall. Arrange two single twin-size beds underneath, perpendicular to the loft bed.
8. Configuration Ideas
4 Purchase two sets of bunk beds and set this up against two walls. Remove one of the beds and construct a desk or position dressers underneath to save floor space, or keep the fourth bed for sleepovers.
9. Configuration Ideas
5 Arrange three single beds in the room lengthwise against one or more walls. Line up the beds so that two footboards are touching and the third bed is headboard-to-headboard with the second in a room that’s very long yet narrow. Position two beds footboard-to-footboard against a wall and the third bed on the opposite wall in wider spaces.
10. Configuration Ideas
6 Line up the beds with the headboards against one wall, positioning nightstands in between each one. The nightstands create enough room for younger girls to get in and out of bed. Remove the footboards of each bed to make getting in and out easier for older children or for more flexibility.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Graph paper
- Consider adding a trundle bed to the mix to free up space.
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