the guys’ sleeping loft {a room tour, part 2}

Yesterday I posted a tour of the downstairs portion of the guys’ room. Today – a tour of their sleeping loft. The space is pretty small and functions just as a place for them to read and sleep. We are trying to make the most of the limited space in our house. Opening up the downstairs portion of their room has been such a practical solution for us.

I didn’t have a firm idea of how I wanted the boys to be able to get up into the loft. So, I asked my dad to come up with something. He drew up plans, built a model, and then began construction. I know a lot of girls say their dad can do anything, but truly mine can.

This is the view when you walk into the room (full tour of the downstairs, click here)

6.15lofttour-01This is what it looks like as you walk up.6.15lofttour-026.15lofttour-04My biggest dilemma in this room was the bedding. I knew the boys would not neatly make their beds every morning. Also, with the mattresses on the floor I knew it would just end up being a floor full of blankets and pillows. I could not figure out a solution that would be simple for the boys, but would appeal to my need for order and cleanliness. Big dilemma. One day in the midst of looking for blankets and sheets, my friend Kristin posted a picture of her daughters’ bunkbeds on Instagram. The beds were made using Beddys – it attaches like a fitted sheet to the mattress, but zips like a sleeping bag. Any parent that has ever tried making bunkbeds knows how difficult the bedding part is to manage. Instantly, I knew they would be the perfect solution for the loft. I contacted Beddys and was pretty ecstatic that they agreed to collaborate with me on this room.

Three beds. Three boys. All they have to do is zip up the sides and throw the pillows on in the morning.6.15lofttour-056.15lofttour-116.15lofttour-06Tucked in a corner is a basket for extra stuff they think they need up here….like dart guns to shoot down the stairs.6.15lofttour-07The boys asked why I was hanging plants. I told them to help clean their stinky boy air. That is not really the purpose, but they understood that rationale more than ‘it looks pretty’.6.15lofttour-086.15lofttour-10This is what the Beddys look like unzipped. So easy. Unzip to get in. Zip back up in the morning before they come downstairs. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to climb into their loft and see three beds made. Amazing.6.15lofttour-156.15lofttour-126.15lofttour-13And the view when you head down the stairs…

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We did insulate the loft and redirect air ducts to help with air flow. The temperature has stayed great in the winter and spring. We will probably use some type of safe fan for the really hot Oklahoma nights.

For those interested, here are my sources:

Stairs – designed, built by my dad

Hanging pots – IKEA

Book shelf – IKEA

Bedding – c/o Beddy’s

*I also want to note there are three exits from the loft: ladder, an attic exit and a fire safety ladder for the window

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  • kassondra - As always amazing! Just one question. Where do you put their clothes?

  • Ilse - Wow, can I borrow your dad? Those stairs look so well made and proffesional, I guessed they must have cost a fortune!
    Truly a job well done!

    I am rooting for a little chaulk between that planked wall and the ceiling tough!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Total genius Ashley! I’ve never heard of Beddy’s, my eyes have been opened! Love it!

  • Becky - Oh, those Beddys are AMAZING! Where were those when my girls were young? I couldn’t wait until they were old enough to learn how to make their own beds since my making those beds up fresh was hard! As teenagers, still in those bunk beds, I still loathe going into their room and finding those beds not being made!

  • Kelly - Well Done Campbells!! This space is fantastic! Thanks for showing it to us! Kelly

  • Tanya - Very cool. It’s like they are sleeping in a traditional tent with that pointed ceiling! Will you build up like that for the girls or have they not outgrown their shared room as much?

    And interesting question above: where do you put their clothes?

  • Jenny - This is VERY cool! I do have a question, though. Do you worry about your youngest daughter going up and down the stairs safely? Is she allowed to access the loft freely, or do you not allow her in the room? I’ve been avoiding getting a lofted bed for my older son, because I worry about my 2 year old daughter on the ladder. I know she wouldn’t be able to leave it alone!

  • Diana - this is incredibly awesome. That would have been my dream room situation as a kid!

  • Amy - GORGEOUS! I absolutely love this space!

  • christina larsen - I just love this room, part 1 and part 2. I have never heard of Beddys. That is the coolest idea, ever. Thanks for sharing.

  • Becky - Ashley ~ this area is awesome! Question for you ~ how did you handle the heating/cooling aspect of the loft area?

  • AnnMarie - This is so amazing! It’s such a great solution and what little boy (or grown-up woman, for that matter “cough*ME*cough*) wouldn’t love a sleeping loft? And it seems your dad really can do everything – did he build the railing, too? It looks to be made out of metal. I’m impressed with his craftsmanship!

  • Courtney - this is AMAZING!! i echo the “where do you put the clothes” question…

    and also, can you talk about the air conditioning/heating for that space??

    you’ve got my mind working overtime with solutions to rooms for our 6 kids….hmmmm…

  • AshleyAnn - Kassondra – Their clothes are in the closet and some are in the black cabinet in their room. Being a family of 7 means we do laundry everyday. Since I am doing laundry daily, there is no reason we need tons of clothes. The boys have a few of everything (shorts, jeans, long sleeve shirts) and a bunch of t-shirts. I am constantly purging every room in our house too. Stuff and things can quickly overtake smaller spaces!

  • AshleyAnn - Tanya – I doubt we build up like this for the girls, but we might do something different one day. The boys clothes are in the closet and some are in the black cabinet in their room. Being a family of 7 means we do laundry everyday. Since I am doing laundry daily, there is no reason we need tons of clothes. The boys have a few of everything (shorts, jeans, long sleeve shirts) and a bunch of t-shirts. I am constantly purging every room in our house too. Stuff and things can quickly overtake smaller spaces!

  • AshleyAnn - Jenny – No, I don’t worry about her. She goes up and down the stairs safely all the time. She will be 4 this month.

  • AshleyAnn - Becky – We had insulation done and re-routed air ducts to provide ventilation. In the hottest days of summer, we will probably use a safe small fan if needed.

  • AshleyAnn - AnnMarie – Yes, he built the railing too. He salvaged the metal from my aunt’s barn. She used it as part of a display a while back.

  • Jamie - Such an awesome idea! One question- what did you do for air conditioning?
    I also have three boys and little space…I wonder if this could be an option for our house! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Courtney – Their clothes are in the closet and some are in the black cabinet in their room. Being a family of 7 means we do laundry everyday. Since I am doing laundry daily, there is no reason we need tons of clothes. The boys have a few of everything (shorts, jeans, long sleeve shirts) and a bunch of t-shirts. I am constantly purging every room in our house too. Stuff and things can quickly overtake smaller spaces! We had insulation done and re-routed air ducts to provide ventilation. In the hottest days of summer, we will probably use a safe small fan if needed.

  • Ashley - I know you get a million questions and I’m sure you have limited time to answer them. I hope it’s ok for me to add one to your list. We are getting ready to build a new stair rail in our apartment and the one you have here is perfect. Do you know where your dad purchased the railing “grill” and posts? Thanks for your time!

  • Trisha - LOVE LOVE LOVE the beds!!!

  • Steph - This is awesome!! I’m so thrilled you’re a parent of the safest order – too often you see straight up reckless dangerous advice and activities on blogs. “We don’t believe in helmets or seat belts because I never wore them and im still alive” type stuff. Plus anger that people dare to express concern. It’s really refreshing that you’re responsible in your position of influence.

  • Emily - I love everything about this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa K - I wish I could have you come decorate my house. I love everything you do. And the Beddy’s are awesome!!! I need some for my six kids!!!

  • Meaghan A - Their new space is amazing – great job! The Beddys sound amazing, that might be perfect for my girls. I do have a question about the Beddys; is it easy to get the sheets off when they need washing?

  • Shana - I love it!! The beddy’s are a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely agree with you on the no clutter. Less is more and I don’t mind doing more laundry if it means less stuff! Great job!

  • Kate - Hi Ashley – everything about your boys’ new space looks amazing! And i love even more that you included them in all of it and made it a space they really enjoy. I have a question…you mentioned how you didn’t worry about organizing all the legos until they were really ready to do it themselves. I have a boy and girl who share a room right now (they are still little), and the toys overwhelm even me! When your kids were younger, what did you do with all the stuff? All the dress up clothes? All the tiny toys? We regularly go through things around here too, but I was just curious about how you handled it all when your kids were 6 and younger.

  • mary m - I am an older lady who is always concerned about safety.
    Just wondered if you have included an “escape exit” for
    the boys in case of a fire or other emergency…I see a
    window and you can buy “escape ladders” to have on hand and
    talk with your boys about plans to escape that loft if needed.
    Also, is there a fire alarm in the loft?….
    Please don’t take my comments as a criticism, just some safety
    ideas in case of emergency.
    Thank you for the tour.
    mm,vancouver,wa.

  • Danielle - This space is so fun! What a great room for adventures!

  • Lisa - Genius. So so cool.

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  • At Home & Busy - awesome!!!!!! Boys are lucky!! Didn’t fire cracker requested a similar room?
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  • Jenny - I love how their room turned out! They will have so many fun memories together. This is so much better than each of them having their own room. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley - any chance their is a coupon code for the beddy’s. Love them but a little pricey to be able to do all 3 for my girls room. They all share a room with a triple bunk bed and these would be amazing!
    Thanks!

  • Megan perkins - After a few months do you still love the bedding???

  • AshleyAnn - Megan – I do. I really, really like going up into the loft and the beds looking tidy and made…the boys like just zipping them up and throwing pillows on top is all it takes to make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennie - Hi Ashley,

    I had a question about your Beddy’s. Now that you have had them for a while how do you and your boys like them? How is washing them working out? Do they wash well? I wanted to get a couple for my boys twin beds but I wanted to get more feed back from people.

    Jennie

  • AshleyAnn - Jennie – my boys really like them…they like the soft inside and how easy they are to make. It has totally changed keeping their beds looking tidy. The hardest part is washing – it is one big piece. I wash and dry them one at a time in my fairly small washer & dryer. I take them out of the dryer immediately so they don’t get wrinkly. I have been very happy with them!