Creative Shared Bedroom for Three Girls

With a little imagination and custom-built bunk beds, Emily and Peter Ligotti created an imaginative shared space where their three daughters could grow and play together.
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April 16, 2015

Small-Space Solution

Originally the guest room, this 13' x 9' bedroom is now home to sisters Piper, Sage and Ruby, aged 8, 6 and 3. Dad Peter custom-built the three bunk beds into what had been the closet to maximize open floor space. To provide storage, they added a ready-to-assemble, freestanding closet, plus each sister has her own color-coded storage bin.

Room for Play

The small room features plenty of open floor space for Mom, Dad and the girls to play.

Personalized Pods

The girls' bunks are a riot of color and pattern. They were each allowed to make their own design decisions. Piper, an avid animal lover, decorated her space with stuffed animals, puppy pictures and a few of her favorite books.

Every Girl Needs Her Privacy

Sharing a room with your two sisters can be tough, so each girl has her own secret hideaway — old post office boxes built into the wall above their bed. Each box has a unique combination and only Peter knows all three in case one of the girls forgets.

Custom Design

Using an online sketch tool, Peter designed the bunk-bed system that gives each of the girls their own mini room while maximizing available floor space so the small room doesn't feel cramped. The girls' beds are staggered, rather than one on top of the other, to take advantage of every available square foot. To reach the upper bunks, Peter installed a ladder made from sturdy galvanized pipe, which adds an industrial quality to the room.

Bedazzled Chandelier

What would a little girls' room be without a little bling? This fixture was originally destined for the dining room, but parents Emily and Peter decided instead to shorten it and add strings of crystals to create a whimsical fixture for the girls' room.

Custom Touches

Each bunk features a wall-mounted lamp and bookshelf so the girls can relax with their favorite reads. Peter constructed the shelves himself in the shape of clouds to coordinate with the cloud cutout on the lamps.

Easily Changeable Artwork

Baling wire attached to wall-mounted brackets provides a handy place for the girls to display their latest masterpiece.

Cubby-Style Closet

A massive floor-to-ceiling closet system, found at a warehouse store, keeps the girls' belongings organized. The closet has four sections — one for each girl — with the fourth reserved for the miscellaneous items they share.

Storage in Plain Sight

Color-coded wall hooks display the girls' jewelry. Small rings, bracelets and necklaces are easily lost; storing them where the girls can see them prevents headaches.

Cushiony Cork

Eco-friendly, durable and with the look of hardwood, cork has a lot going for it. Emily and Peter chose this flooring for the girls' room for its soft, bouncy quality that increases the safety factor during playtime.

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