What kid doesn't dream of being on the top bunk? But once your little one gets up there, reality hits hard: there's nowhere to store special stuff! Bedside tables don't float in the air (yet), so until they do, here are some storage solutions for the upper bunk kid.
Your first option is wall storage. Built-ins like the ones in Anita Kaushal's home- featured in her book, The Family at Home (via Made By Girl)- are lovely, but not possible for all of us, so here are four options you can screw into the wall. Keep in mind that whatever you go with will need to be shallow or soft (otherwise your upper bunk dweller is likely to knock their head on it) and have some kind of bar or lip to prevent items from falling down onto the bed in the night.
Surplus Wall Shelves, The Land of Nod, $39-$49
There is plenty of storage space for all kinds of items in these. Available in grey, green, or pink.
Book Slings, LifeMadeChic on Etsy, $20
These slings are constructed with a sewn pocket that hangs from either short curtain rods or wooden dowels. There are so many variations available on Etsy; they're worth a look. Deep and soft to prevent bumps in the night!
Keep in mind that these ledges do not have super high lips, so tall items may topple off. Still, they are better than a simple shelf, and books sure do look pretty on them.
The Bunk Bed Buddy, Tidy Books via Amazon, $89
It comes with a hefty price tag, but this thing does everything: stores books as well as bits and bobs, is solid wood, isn't too deep, and comes in a bunch of colors.
If hanging something from the wall isn't an option at your place, the alternative storage solution for a bunk bed is to hang something from the side of the bed. "Bed caddies," as they are formally known, are all around us at the moment, thanks to their popularity among dorm dwellers. Here are five of the more attractive and kid-appropriate options.
Bamboo Bunk Bed Shelf, Bed Bath & Beyond, $24.99
This streamlined option creates a small, flat space for storage right by the bed.
The Alphabet Bed Rail by Jessica Cohen, available at aBaby, $124
It's a bed rail and a bookshelf, and it has the alphabet. What's not to love?
Bunk Bed Caddy, The Container Store (select stores only) $8.99
There's plenty of storage space in this one, right down to the water bottle holder. No more "I'm thirsty!" calls in the middle of the night!
STICKAT Bed Pocket, IKEA, $4.99
Though created for IKEA's popular toddler loft bed, it's likely this storage pocket would fit on your child's bunk bed, too. Comes in pink, green and orange.
Bed Butler 2.0, Bed Butler, $39.99
This would fit in great in a modern space because it's clear. The Bed Butler people offer an attachment for lofted beds, but be sure to check with the manufacturer that this model will work with the bed you have.