When bunk beds are no longer needed, they might be worth keeping. After all, the top berth does not take up floor space. The sturdy platform can be used in creative and practical ways either with or without the mattress. Consider these inventive uses for the upper bed, especially if the bedroom is small. You might be able to free up other areas of the room while enhancing the decorating scheme.
Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Does your child love to read? If he or she enjoys reading, create a cozy reading nook on the unused top bunk. Strategically place an adjustable wall-mounted lamp, and search online for a bunk bed shelf and caddy. Fill the shelf with books, or use it to hold an electronic reading device and accessories. Be sure to add two comfy full-size pillows and a few throw pillows to lean against. If plenty of headroom is available, add a bed rest as well. Keep the mattress covered with bedding that coordinates with the other colors in the room, and be sure to provide a warm and comfy throw. The top blanket will need to be smoothed out now and then, but the bed will not have to be made if the covers are never used.
Add Bedroom Storage Space
If your child’s bedroom is lacking space and the top bunk is no longer used for sleeping, use it to store everything from toys and games to off-season clothes. To keep it looking neat, use lightweight baskets for storage. Since climbing up and down with toys or other items poses a hazard, remove the ladder to prevent accidents. Store seldom used lightweight items and it will not be an issue or a concern.
Display an Array of Plush Pets
Stuffed animals can take up a tremendous amount of space, especially when a child has an ever-growing collection. The top bunk is the perfect place to display them if the bed is not being used. Place the largest ones in the back and the smallest ones along the rail. Pet nets and other storage implements will no longer be necessary. A twin bed will hold dozens of plush pets.
Create a Comfy Area for Watching TV
The ceiling might be the ideal place to mount a DVD player and a flat screen TV. As the first photo shows, a top bunk can be a great place for television entertainment. Add two sets of full-size pillows to lean against while enjoying shows. Add a drink caddy that attaches to the bed and a basket that is large enough to hold popcorn containers and/or packaged snacks. The kids will love having a comfy space of their own for watching DVDs, reading or storing and displaying their belongings.
Source: Professional Home Decorating Experience