Sleep Tight: A Creative 7-Person "Family Bed"

Sleep Tight: A Creative 7-Person "Family Bed"

Carrie McBride
Oct 19, 2015

Blogger Elizabeth Boyce recently shared details about her family's unconventional sleeping arrangement—seven of them sharing one room— and, as you'd imagine, has received a lot of attention and interest about this unique setup. As a fan of creative solutions at home, I think it's pretty rad.

You might guess that this family lives in a tiny home and that space considerations pushed them all together into not just one room, but one, big bed. But that's not actually the impetus for this communal layout: sleep is. Elizabeth writes on her blog that the whole family, for various reasons, collectively gets more sleep with a family bed. More sleep=happier family.

As someone whose daughter has slept in the master bedroom for 2.5 years (in a crib, not my bed), I get it. I happen to be a light sleeper and sleeping this close to this many people would not personally work for me, but I know my kids would love it. Sleeping in the same room is common in many parts of the world and my 7-year-old son has often seem confused as to why he can't move into our room, too. He would find it comforting to be nearby at night.

So even if you couldn't imagine this arrangement for yourself, the point of sharing this is to salute a creative, custom solution that is working well for this family. Elizabeth says that flexibility is the name of the game and as soon as it's not working for someone in the family, they'll change it up.

Elizabeth answers questions (adult privacy, how they handle kids getting sick, etc.) about her family's big family bed on her blog Wandering the World Below. If you're interested in how they put this bed (two IKEA Kura loft beds) together, check out her post here.

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