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#1 of 24 Old 03-26-2006, 07:04 PM - Thead Starter
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We're thinking about bunk beds for the boys, but for some reason, I feel uneasy about it. Does anyone's kids sleep in bunk beds???
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We are looking at bunk beds for the boys too. Their room is just too small to consider two twin beds. My brothers had them at that age and did just fine unless you count the time one of them jumped off the top and broke his arm.
My biggest worry is if they both want the same bunk.

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My boys had wooden twin bunkbeds when they shared a room and they were a godsend. Right now Bailey has a bunkbed in his room that has a full size futon on the bottom but he sleeps on the top because I heard that some studies showed that sleeping on a futon can cause depression in children.
My boys had bunkbeds at an early age. When Bailey was age 12mo to 2yrs we pulled them apart because I was scared of him falling off the top. Then when he was two he slept on the bottom bunk. Never had a child fall off yet...knock on wood!
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Not yet, but we're thinking about it. (Maybe in the next couple of years) I grew up with bunk beds. (Not sure how old I was when we started using them though)
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My brothers had them from the time Lee was 3 and James was 7.
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Sigh ... I guess I'm just overprotective. But then I stop and think about TJ's busted lip. And the stitches to his chin. And every other cut/scrape/bruise/scar that boy has.

Thanks for the answers! I guess we'll do a little shopping this week to see if we can find something sturdy enough!
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We bought the boys a set of bunks for their 5th birthday and they used them until they were almost 9. We sold them b4 we moved over to Oz, they have had their own rooms ever since we moved over altho TK had a bed like Krista is describing he slept on the top bunk and kept the futon folded up as a couch, except when Greg came over.

We had the tubular metal bunks that are seperate pieces. You can have them as two single beds, bunks one under the other or even one tall and one normal in seperate parts of the room but at least that way you can put their dressing table under the top bunk.

Watch out if you do it that way tho bc they simply can't help using the bottom bunk as a trampoline When we set them up we had the bottom bunk under the top bunk but at right angles. We missed a few kids at the party (it was raining and we had 30 kids in various different places doing various things - that was a fun day ) we found the missing group in the boys room, taking it in turns to jump off the top bunk onto the bottom bunk. W nearly had a heart attack.

Once and only once did Tk fall off the top bunk (Rick didn't like the top bunk), Rick was asleep, we were asleep, all 3 of us woke when we heard a large bang. At that stage they were set up as normal bunks and Tk had somehow managed to roll over the safety rail and fall out of bed. He was the only one who didn't wake up we thought he must be unconcious, nope, just fast asleep, he didn't even remember it in the morning. He was fine.
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Gee thanks Maree ... now I'm second guessing it again! Believe me, I've already thought about the whole trampoline thing. I have NO DOUBT my kids will use it that way. Guess I should put the good, thick mattress on the bottom, eh?
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Yep or make sure that the bottom bunk is completely under the top bunk

Of course my kids had a real trampoline as well and when we lived in a two story house I found them jumping out the window unto it.

As you can imagine I had a very good impression of a screaming hissy fit When I told Des he said "Oh yeah, they were doing that last weekend" but he didn't think to tell me so I would be on the alert for it I think he was proud of them
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Of course my kids had a real trampoline as well and when we lived in a two story house I found them jumping out the window unto it.
OH NO! And I was thinking about getting them one! Since we don't have a two story house, I bet they'd figure out how to climb the roof and jump off it! I've already caught TJ climbing over the fence (it's 6 foot!)

So what are you telling me Maree ... that I'm really in for some heart stoppers over the next 14 or so years????
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Ummmmm, you've got two healthy, active, fun loving, phyically adventurous boys boys there

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So what are you telling me Maree ... that I'm really in for some heart stoppers over the next 14 or so years????
I reckon that about covers it :lmoa: and then the fun REALLY starts, they get to drive a car

However take heart, no matter how many crazy stunts my kids have pulled when I carelessly took my eyes off them while in the toilet or some other decadently selfish reason, they are still alive and healthy (and you do eventually become a little numb to the shocks along the way )
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Haley wants bunk beds so bad. I was thinking of getting her a loft bed from IKEA, but I'm pretty nervous about that. That means she will have to sleep on the top bunk because there is not a bottom bed on that loft. Yikes.
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I'd love to have one of the loft beds with all the storage underneath for Haley. She never seems to have enough space for all her junk... and I just think they look cool!

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My boys have bunk beds. They also come apart to make two twin beds. I love it and they haven't had any problems with it.
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We have 3 sets in our house. Mitchell's has a full size futon at the bottom..it is great for friends over. But he sleeps on the top. Collin sleeps on the top bunk he loves it. Allec sleeps on the bottom and thinks he is sleeping in his own little cave. We have put blankets all around it before and made a "tent"..they think that is cool. FYI..they are hard to make. A pain actually but they are worth it. Also my suggestions..get ones that pull apart and that have a shelf on the head board. So they can put their own little "stuff" on them and make them their own!!
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Scott is SO into getting Ryan and Aidan one ... I am eerie too (obviously this isnt for a few years) Scott thinks next year is ok... Not...

I would worry too. But as a kid I remember being around 7years old and LOVING sleeping at my friends house... and never fell out ... its more of a matter of JUMPING on purpose instead of rolling out in their sleep
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Trey has a loft bed since he was like 2 1/2. But I put a full size bed underneath till I feel he is old enough to be on top alone sleeping. Gosh we could have had it longer than that too let me think... No that is about right and Trey jumped off the top and broke his leg. He knows now to call for someone to get him down...

He uses the bottom bed to trampoline He is a climbing boy and will always be getting into trouble.

On the real trampoline thing check out homeowners insurance on getting one... I think it is through the roof.
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They charge you more for your house insurance if you have a trampoline Why?????

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something. Over here there are two types of insurance for people who own the home they are living in.

House Insurance: Covers the structure of the house and anything attached permanently to the house eg: bath, stove, toilet, decks etc.

Contents Insurance: Covers all the contents of the home. Furniture, clothes, linen, jewellery, electrical. It also covers your possessions away from the house like your mobile phone, camera, bike etc but if it is over a certain value you generally have to list it specifically, not pay more, just let them know you own it in advance of it being taken.

So is Home Owners Insurance the same thing as House Insurance and if so, why would it cost more if you had a trampoline??
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Because over here, your homeowners also covers if anyone is injured on your property. So if somebody trips and falls, your homeowners will pay their medical bills. If you have a large dog, trampoline, or other crazy stuff like that, they charge more because there is more of a risk of somebody being injured.
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Exactly, we have an inground pool therefore we had to buy an umbrella policy in case anyone (invited or not) went into our pool, even when people 'pool hop' and sneak into pools if they get hurt we would get sued, we had to get a one million dollar umbrella policy...

When we had a dog (Daphne) because she was part pit bull, we had to get another policy to cover if she ever bit anyone too - and that varies by the type of dog you have,
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We had a trampoline and I know my mom never even bothered to tell our home owner's insurance. Unless you have a claim happen they'll never know about it. Someone I know had a tramp and then lost her diamond from her ring and the insurance came out. They just made them take it down or they had to pay more. I loved having this as a kid, it's great exercise and if you have one of those nets they make now I don't think they could jump onto it from something else, like the roof.

Over here they call things like Trampolines, Pools, Swing sets, "attractive nusiances"

On the bunk bed thing...I Had one when I was a kid, we used to jump off it but we had a very long rail on the top so noone ever fell out of it when we were sleeping. I think they are a great thing to have.
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My sons started sleeping in bunk beds at 2 & 6 years of age and never had a problem. Just put the little one on the bottom.
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Oh good grief
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Christian has had a bunk bed since 2004 maybe? He hasn't fallen off yet and he has done some crazy things...lol
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