7 Outside the Bedframe Bunk Bed Ideas

Apr 3, 2011 by

Since adding the title “mommy” to my many hats, I’ve been much more attuned to children’s rooms and decor.  A classic piece of furniture for a child’s room is, of course, bunk beds!   However, there are many more options beyond the rectangles we remember sleeping in from summer camp or our freshman year in the dorms.  Here are seven unique bunk bed ideas that will have you thinking outside the bed frame.



I love the sophisticated feeling of this room and its built-in bunk beds and desks, as seen via Houzz.   It almost feels like a gentleman’s den was repurposed into a room for two boys!


Who knew bunkbeds could be so sophisticated?  The moldings, thoughtful staircase, and muted colors make this built-in bunkbed wall tres chic.  (I lost the photo source on this one…if you know who the designer is, please let me know so I can add the credit!).


Part of the wood bunk beds collection at BunkBeds.net is the Argington Uffizi Bunk Bed, which would fit well in a mid-century modern home.



The right piece can be the bunk bed that launched a thousand (make believe) ships!  I like how this pirate-inspired bunk bed has antique aged brass portholes, but still fits in well with a room’s decor without being too themed.  This is also from the collection of wooden bunk beds at BunkBeds.net.

I also love the outside-the-frame thinking of this unique bunk bed from Mimondo.

This vintage 1975 bunkbed by Luigi Colani is simply ingenious.  The desk feels intimate yet productive, while the chalkboard hides the closet – perfect for small spaces.


And just to put a smile on your face, here’s another repurposed luggage cat bed from the Etsy shop lovenotsalgicwhimsy, but this time in a bunkbed fashion, complete with baseballs for feet.  Who says our felines can’t enjoy bunkbed fun too?


When you no longer need bunk beds, what can you do with such a large piece of furniture?  Repurpose them into sofas or daybeds, but of course!  Designer Deborah Parks took bunkbeds and repurposed them into sofas for her sleeping porch, as seen in the 2010 Decorators’ Showhouse.

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Introducing Baby Poetic

Feb 4, 2010 by

18 hours of labor and one natural childbirth delivery later arrived Baby Poetic in all of his eight pounds and twelve ounces glory!   May I introduce you to my beautiful son, Jet Mercury?

While the start of his life involved a full week in the ICU due to respiratory problems, Jet was able to come home with us last week, and my husband and I feel so blessed to have this angel in our life.   The fragility of life, especially in such a tiny body, truly puts the priorities about health and love in perspective.

Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and supportive comments!  It may take me a week or two to return to a regular publication schedule (from lack of sleep, I’m not even sure what day this is…), and I apologize for my delay in responding to comments, questions, and emails — but I do hope you may understand the little bundle of joyous distraction in my arms!

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A Note of Contraction

Jan 18, 2010 by

I think I may have just felt my first contractions, which means I shall be signing off to deliver our baby son!  I’ve scheduled posts here on Poetic Home for the next week, so please feel free to indulge in the vintage-inspired posts whilst I am away.  I look forward to being back soon with a larger family!

P.S.  With impeccable timing, sweet Cindy of Quaint Handmade has photographed a small collection of vintage toys and baby-inspired goodness in part dedicated to my son and me, which you can enjoy in her Monday post.  Thank you so much Cindy for the vintage baby joy!

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Why Vespas Make the Best Repurposed Rocking Horses

Jan 10, 2010 by

One look at the final result has me searching high and low for a vintage Vespa beyond repair.  A very chic grandpa turned his old Vespa into a custom rocking scooter for his very lucky grandson Diego, as seen via Greenwala.  How happy does that little boy look?!

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Are Vintage Toys Dangerous for Baby?

Sep 2, 2009 by

In our most recent ultrasound, my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing…our son!  We are so excited to welcome our baby boy, and I can now truly begin curating treasures for his nursery.  In the process, I have been contemplating and researching what vintage treasures and toys would be safest for baby.

Vintage Toys Safe

From what I’ve read, babies like to put everything in their mouths…which does not bode well if vintage toys have lead paint or other dangerous toxins.  Sadly, it does not seem that many vintage toys will make the cut until baby stops chewing on all items in his grasp.

  • Toys made before 1978 may have lead paint.  While lead paint usage decreased throughout the 1960s, the CDC did not officially ban lead paint until 1978.
  • In 1931, there was tremendous growth in the usage of phylates, which are present in plastic toys.  Although these were banned in the EU in 1999, in the US, we did not ban them until 2009!

Thus, what toys can be safe for a baby?  Based upon the above, my logic says:

  • Vintage toys with paint that are manufactured after 1978 should be safe.
  • I don’t think I will be buying plastic toys made in any era, including the current one.
  • For pre 1978 toys (which I find to be the cutest), I will be looking specifically for non-painted wooden vintage toys.  To the best of my research, I could not find information connecting wood finish or shellac to lead, as lead was used specifically in paint as a pigmentation extender.  Thus, if there is no pigment in wood finish, this prompts me to believe that there is no lead (although I’m not sure how this applies to stain finishes).

Here are toys I think would make the preliminary safety cut.  However, for vintage or antique toys that make the pre-qualifications, I will still be testing them with LeadCheck swabs for my peace of mind.

Safe Vintage Toys
Here are vintage toys that would have to be stored away until baby stops chewing on everything, unless they happen to pass the Lead Check test.

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In my research, I was greatly shocked about how lax standards have been for toys, both vintage and modern.  In fact, did you know that asbestos is still technically allowed to be put in today’s toys?!   Indeed, the CDC has NOT banned the use of asbestos in toys.  All I can say is thank goodness for Waldorf-inspired wooden toys, handmade organic softie toys, and lots of creative crafting at my house!

As a new soon-to-be-mom, I have so much more to learn about baby safety.  I sincerely welcome and appreciate any advice you may have about choosing safe vintage toys!

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