Fun With Bunk Beds
Tonight, I’m having a sleepover with my son in his bunk beds. I’m sleeping in the lower bunk while he gets to sleep on the top bunk. Like most boys, sleeping on the top bunk is the preferred bunk bed because it’s cool.
He has been asking one of us (either me or my wife) to have a sleepover with him for the past few years. Last week, he had a friend sleepover in his bunk beds, and the week before that my daughter slept over too. My daughter wanted to try out the top bunk, which she seemed to love!
Initially I thought that bunk beds were a military invention, but it turns out that the first know reference to bunk beds has been found all the way back in ancient Egyptians times.
Frugal Bunk Beds
When I was a boy growing up, I wanted to have a clubhouse out in my backyard. I never got the clubhouse that I wanted, but luckily, I had bunk beds, and they served as a cheap substitute. While not exactly the same, they still worked out quite nicely.
I would take a few blankets and let them hang down from the sides of the top bunk bed, which would make the lower bunk completely dark inside. Next, I would get a flashlight and hang it from the upper bunk’s rails, which effectively made a light for the lower bunk, thus enabling me to make the lower bunk a fort/clubhouse.
Mostly, I would just take my dog in my clubhouse, but occasionally I would get my grandmother or a friend to play along too.
I use hang pouches to the upper bunk rails and tape pictures to the wood sides of my cheap clubhouse (bunk beds), so that it really did look like a fort/clubhouse. It was both cheap and fun, not to mention easy to convert back to bunk beds.
At night, I initially I would leave my clubhouse alone, and sleep on the top bunk. Later, I found that it was sometimes more fun sleeping in the clubhouse because it was like a private room within my bedroom.
During the day, I wouldn’t always want the bunk bed to be completely dark, so I would flip up one of the side blankets, to let light shine onto half of the lower bunk.
Another fun activity that I would do was to pretend that my bunks beds was really a boat, and I would pretend that I was a captain, steering it when I was on the top bunk.
As a 9-year-old, I thought my bunk beds were awesome, and I still have fond memories of them today. So I have to admit, I was kind of excited to relive the past memories of sleeping in the bunk beds as a 9-year-old would.
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