Bunk beds are a great way to save space in a bedroom and sometimes they are a necessity in large families with small bedrooms. Kids love them too because they are different and fun. Bunk beds seem like such a great idea to roost all your little chicks. And then…it’s time to make the beds. Putting bedding on a bunk bed makes you wish you were some kind of super hero.
As I step on the metal ladder to climb onto the top bunk, the weight of my body causes the rungs of the ladder to press painfully into my tender arches. Darn, I forgot to put my slippers on again. By the time I reach the top, I’m in agony. Wonder woman probably wouldn’t even flinch.
I flop onto the mattress with relief, being careful not to bump my head on the ceiling this time. Now I attempt to untangle my load of sheets and blankets in my limited space. It would be easier spreading one sheet or blanket at a time but one trip up the ladder of pain is more than enough.
I lay down to anchor the corners of my fitted sheet on each corner of the mattress. With each corner, I am lifting not only the mattress, but my own weight as well. I start sweating from the exertion…time to slim down, I think.
Next come the flat sheet, blanket and comforter, which are worse because the bunk bed is up against the wall and it’s nearly impossible to smooth and neatly tuck the excess under the whole side that faces the wall. I smooth and crawl over the covers holding the upper edge of each one in my hand as I dive to the wall side. I try not to bunch anything up as I execute my crawling, diving, smooth and tuck maneuver. Now I am breathing hard and sweating. No need for a workout today. This is definitely more than enough exercise!
When the wall side of the bunk bed is tucked in nice and neat (sort of), all the layers need to be tucked under at the bottom. Ugh! The most difficult part, besides lifting my own weight again is tucking the bottom under without pulling out my award winning side tuck. If only I were Elasta-girl, this would be a cinch!
Thank goodness I’m pretty much laying down on the bunk bed at this point because after this ordeal I could use a nap! Making the bottom of the bunk bed is almost as difficult, except you don’t have to deal with the ladder of pain and the blankets lay flat because there are no side rails. Just keep a helmet handy!
All kidding aside, changing the bedding on a bunk bed is no piece of cake, but there are things you can do to make it a little easier.
My best piece of advice is to shop for specialty bunk bed bedding. These custom bunk bed sheet sets have fitted and flat sheets that are attached on the bottom and on one side. So essentially you pull on the fitted sheet and then it’s easy to neatly pull the unattached side of the flat sheet onto the pillow and over to the other side of the bunk bed.
You can also purchase specialty comforters for bunk beds. They are called cap comforters. The bottom is fitted with an elastic band at the bottom to fit snugly and stay in place through the night. The top of the comforter looks normal. If you purchase a cap comforter that is warm enough you can forgo the blanket. Using these specialty items for bunk beds will make it only a little easier to change the bedding but it will be A LOT easier to make the bed every day.
If you don’t want to buy specialty bedding for bunk beds, you can also pull the mattress over the bottom edge of the bed so you can attach the fitted sheet and tuck the blanket and comforter under the bottom while standing on the floor. You can also pull the bunk bed out away from the wall so you have easy access to both sides. But Superman is never around when you need him.
Aside from these very small tips, there really is no easy way to change the bedding on a bunk bed. If you are considering buying bunk beds because they are neat, cool and unique, you may want to think again. If you have any useful tips for making this chore any easier, feel free to leave a comment below.