Hanging Beds

November 17, 2010

I’m completely charmed by this bedroom! What do you think of the hanging beds? I think they’re ingenious and want to copy them. I like the navy and yellow color scheme as well. (If you’re worried, know that each bed is bolted securely to the wall.) You can read all about how the room came to be, and see lots more photos at The Bumper Crop.

Have you ever had multiple kids in the same bedroom?

Beds are on my mind right now. Specifically mattresses. We’ve had a wave of guests that started in early October and will continue through Thanksgiving. The day the first guests arrived, so did a new mattress set. It’s called Embody by Sealy and I think it’s the best mattress set we’ve owned. We had the choice of the memory foam, which they say feels like sleeping “in the mattress” and the latex foam, which they say feels like sleeping “on the mattress”. We chose the latex.

It has been wonderful to have a comfy new bed for guests and I confess, it’s our new favorite spot for naps. I love it because if I fall asleep on the new bed with Baby June, and I want to sneak away for a minute, I can climb out of bed without jostling the baby — the mattress stays still and steady.

I’m pretty excited, because I get to give away a brand new Embody by Sealy mattress set to one of you guys as well! It will be one of the prizes during the Design Mom Holiday Giveaway Week. I can’t wait. Getting a really good mattress set is the ultimate treat.

images by The Bumper Crop

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1 kitchen-dreams November 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

As long a properly installed I think these are a great idea. I love how they are a relief from the visual clutter of traditional bunk bed furniture!


2 Jenna Hallock November 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Love the hanging beds! My kids have both a bunk bed and a lofted bed. What is it about sleeping “in the air?” They love it and I love it because it’s a great use of space.

We are in the market for a new mattress, so I’m glad to hear your recommendation! Hugs!


3 Katie November 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Love hanging beds. I think they’re an excellent way to utilize space. I totally want them in my home one day!


4 mandi@herbanhomestead November 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I remember seeing this on Oh Dee Doh. I immediately forwarded it to my husband. Our son (age 4) and daughter (age 6) share a bedroom (and a bed!). I love this look!


5 deborah@applesinwonderland November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

i like that room too. very partial to yellow and navy and grey. and i’ll be back for the mattress giveaway. we’ve been on ours for 17 years– i think it’s beyond time, for a new one. our 16 year old has the best bed in the house–but imagine, he doesn’t want to nap with his momma!!! ;)


6 Br November 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I love the idea! My two boys share a room now and have more traditional bunk beds, but these look much more fun.


7 peggy November 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I like it, because they are not as huge as a bunk bed and it looks pretty cool!
and I like grey walls, the new white for me…. goes with everything and specially for boys: great room colour!


8 Shaela November 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Three sharing a room now age 10,7, & 3! Quite the adventure being in a smaller home. Looking to get a bunk bed with a trundle right now, may need to reconsider… hmm.


9 Natalie November 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Okay, that’s really funny, I just looked in Google Reader… didn’t click on any links, but after looking at this post thought, I haven’t looked at Ana-white in a while. So I went to her website and saw the same thing. Weird!


10 stephanie November 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

This is brilliant. We’ll soon have three boys in a pretty small room, and my husband has been trying to talk me into hammocks for them. These are hanging beds I could definitely live with.


11 Martina November 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I have a friend who is from Brazil and they used hammocks in place of beds all the time!


12 Chris November 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

It would be so cool to have a guest room like this…kinda like a bunk room in a hostel but chic. Love it!


13 Barbara November 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I think it’s a great way to save space!


14 Cris Marsh November 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

You get to give away a new mattress…how exciting! My husband and I have been thinking that we need a new mattress. We LOVE the mattresses at Hampton Inn’s and are considering buying one from their website. They are reasonably priced, which is surprising.


15 AutumH November 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I have been looking for ideas to help save and create space and this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing, I really do appreciate it.


16 Mariana November 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Hi Gabrielle,
This is Mariana from the bumper crop… Just wanted to say hi after seeing my boys’ beds on your blog. I’ve been a long time fan of Designmom and feel inspired daily after reading your posts! I actually thought about emailing you about them because I know you have a large family! What a fun surprise- thanks!


17 Martina November 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I think it’s probably only done for photo staging. At least that’s true at our house!


18 Kate November 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I think they look amazing. My only problem with them is that I have an issue with bed – for kids or adults – where the style of making the bed is sort of equivalent to wrapping a present. You know, everything tucked in and under, with corners perfect, etc.? I find this to be true of a lot of platform style beds that I see in catalogs. They look beautiful in pictures, but I know that in reality I wouldn’t take the extra minute or two each day that it takes to make beds that way. I’m doing well each day if I can get them made the traditional way – pull sheets and comforter up, toss pillows on!


19 chulamama November 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

those beds are awwwesome.


20 Martina November 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Lovely room. I love the color palette, too. My sister-in-law has 7 sisters and 3 brothers. They shared 3 rooms: 4 girls in 1 room, 4 girls in another room and 3 boys in another room. Various combinations of bunk beds, single bed and double beds. And they’re very normal! :)


21 shelly ok November 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I love the look! My kids are too young (3 and 1), but I can imagine if they were older they would love it. I know as a kid, I always wanted bunk beds…they just seemed so much more fun than a regular bed.

I also love the color scheme. Yellow is my favorite color, so I’m partial.


22 marian November 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

We have 3 girls (7,6,4) and a boy (3) in one room with two sets of bunk beds and all is well (most of the time). I think sharing rooms is great and I love the hanging beds and the airiness it gives a well used space.


23 Ayme November 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I love these! I’ve wanted to experiment with hanging beds or hammocks for a while. These look great :)


24 chelsea November 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Okay, I’ve already sent this link to my husband at work because I think we need these; however, I can already hear him telling me that these won’t work for our jumping-on-the-bed toddler. I would love to a see a picture of a child jumping on these to see if they are kid proof :)

Thanks for sharing! I love the colors too.


25 Maren November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Those are super cute! I would be worried they’d fall!! I’m sure they are secure though:) ahhh I’m excited for the Holiday Giveaway Week! woo hoo!


26 Juliana Chan November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

very cool post; such a modern way of organizing kids bedrooms. Food for thought as we are starting the design process for our new home.


27 AlyssaP November 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

What a cool room! I’d love to hear more comments from everyone on HOW your kids do sharing a room. Do they wake each other up at night? Where do you put all the STUFF – clothes, toys, books, etc.
We have three kids at vastly different ages – 7 (boy), 3 (girl), and 1 (boy). The youngest two share a room but we get virtually no sleep because they keep waking each other up at night and in the early morning. Our 7 year old has his own room – all the legos and action figures are choking hazards for the youngest, plus he is at the age where he hates his siblings getting into “his stuff”.
How does everyone else deal with these types of issues?


28 Shaela November 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

We have a 10,7 and 3 year old sharing one room. We are in a small 3 bedroom home. We really needed more living space and so we turned the master bedroom into a play room/den of sorts. Most toys are organized and contained to that room. My hubby and I took one small room and put the 3 kids in the other. It is mostly beds, clothes and books. That is how we make it work. There are challenges with the age differences. We do put the “baby” (3) to sleep in our bed and then carry him in later. Also the oldest is a boy (10) and he does have “his stuff” issues . I bought him a locker that has a lock. He keeps special,fragile, and small items locked in there, away from little siblings. We can’t do this forever, but it is working for our current needs. In our last home everyone had their own room so this has been a huge adjustment. They seem to like being together at night, i guess it is not as lonely when the lights go out.


29 Ren November 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I like the hanging bed- What a great prize! Glad it is working out for you!


30 kiera November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

OOOOO I love the hanging beds. My two older girls (age 4 and 2) share a queen sized bed, and JUST today I put the twin bed in their bedroom. So now baby and 4 year old share queen and 2 year old gets her own bed. Love it! (we have an extra room, but I love the girls snug as bugs all together. They do too. They’re chatting right now in bed. ahem. giiiirls?????!!!!)


31 plaeground November 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm

A new mattress set? That just might make me feel better after hearing Santa isn’t real.


32 Kit November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Gabi, we have three boys in one room. Our beds are not as cool, but we do have Ikea beds (one bunk, one lofted). I feel that our 12-year old is starting to need more of his own space, so I’m trying to see how we can make that happen. Our little girl has her own room…necessary? I don’t know.
Thanks for all the great pictures!


33 Deb November 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I love the hanging bed! We decided to have both our boys in the same room, and it’s worked quite well, but it can be a little tight at times! We considered putting the toddler in the closet and make it like a fort, but I think we’ll save that for another day. (It required a custom bed and too much brain power for my pregnancy brain!)


34 Beth November 17, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Those are rad!


35 liz November 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

I have two kids sharing one bedroom and three kids sharing a different bedroom. My kids are all young (under age 9) and I love having them share rooms. I love the late night chats and the imagination and the bonding that goes on when siblings share rooms.

We have two traditional bunk beds and I love the space they save, but HATE changing the sheets on the top bunk. Total pain. Someone brilliant should figure out a better way to do it. LOVE the suspended beds.


36 Kady November 18, 2010 at 6:37 am

The hanging beds are awesome. I recently read about the Sealy Embody on Apartment Therapy. If I was not so poor from buying a new house I would probably buy one. Good to know you like it. The other review stated the matress had a funny smell. Have you noticed anything like that?


37 annie November 18, 2010 at 6:58 am

We live in a Cape Cod, so that wouldn’t work, although I love it! Our three boys share a room, each with a twin bed. It’s cute–they’re line up and it looks like a little dorm room. They enjoy having “logs” to jump across. (Fingers crossed) We have yet to go to the ER. :)


38 Nichol November 18, 2010 at 7:39 am

I love these hanging beds! I have a room that would work so well with this concept and 2 boys that share it! What a great idea! Thanks! And the giveaway is fantastic!


39 gweneth November 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

I am BEYOND excited about the chance to win a new Sealy mattress set. My husband and I would love to upgrade from a Full to a Queen and this would be the most awesome (and timely) giveaway to win.


40 Sandra Gonzales November 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm



41 katie November 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I can’t get this room out of my head since I saw it last week. I have three boys in one room. I love the space this saves and the dimension it gives to this room, but my boys are young. How old do you think a kid needs to be to sleep up there without railing?

Thanks for reminding me how fantastic this room is!


42 Colleen November 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Those hanging beds are awesome! I would love something like that for my 2 (future 3) children!


43 amy November 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I love that room. I’ve seen pictures of it before (perhaps on apartment therapy?)

and I’d love to use that room for inspiration for my boys when we’re ready. I might need to hire some people to make it happen, though


44 Rosa November 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

I love these beds, and the colors!!


45 my name is ish November 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I absolutely love these hanging beds (my two boys share a room – one is about to outgrow his crib and I don’t like bunk beds) and those colors make me want to buy some grey paint and yellow bedding. I cannot wait for the mattress giveaway!


46 Monica November 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

I can already feel my head hitting the bottom corner of each bunk…a million times.
My kids would love it though.


47 Mapiurka November 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Love this room and your blog! Leave mine so you can see my wall decals’ collection: http://mapiurka.blogspot.com/
Best regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina.


48 Lori December 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

Wow,these beds bring the designer mom out in me. I love them! the kids would think I was the coolest mom around.

We live in a small house and the rooms are small. I have a total of 8 kids and no one has their own room. I and my husband took the basement as our room and gave the small “master bedroom to three of my boys 12(soon to be 13),6 and the baby boy 1(going on 2). I think I would really like it for them the most!


49 Lori May 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Glad to hear you like your Embody latex mattress. Can you tell me which version you chose? Our store offers all four thicknesses of latex. We have yet to make our choice.


50 Von Archibeque November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!


51 monique November 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thanks for the pics!! You totally inspired me to do the same! We made a few modifications: We used two 2×4′s ratcheted to studs with 8” bolts (flush against the wall) to act as a counter balance. Instead of two seperate pieces of rope we threaded one piece through the hooks in the wall and rolled up the remaining rope in case the bed settles unevenly in the future. It looks awesome and unique!!


52 Erika April 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi Monique, I’d love some pictures of the modifications you made. I’m asking my husband to build one for our daughter and would like more info. Thanks in advance! Erika


53 Deb September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I want to do this for my boys so bad, but I am not inclined with power tools what so ever. My husband is overseas in the Air Force for a year; does anyone know of a company or someone that is reliable to possibly build these>


54 Sally from Little Hiccups November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This has been my dream bedroom for my two girls ever since I saw it on Pinterest about a year ago. If only I wasn’t renting!
I’m on the lookout for the perfect bunk beds for my girls at the moment. Ever since we moved to San Francisco from Australia a year ago my 5 year old has been sleeping on an air mattress. Not the best, I know, but it is actually pretty comfortable. It’s a Queen size pillow top Aerobed. It inflates in just minutes to the size of a proper bed. Visitors who have slept on it (while my daughter camps out in her sleeping bag) have found it really comfortable. I really recommend it if you need a bed for visitors.
Unfortunately though, air mattresses and small children don’t always mix very well – especially when those small children like to jump on the bed! My daughter’s bed has sprung a leak after a rather vigorous jumping session with her little sister. Oops! I’m yet to find the leak so I have to inflate the bed every night.
Looks like I’d better get a move on with the bunk bed search…


55 Berenice November 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Woww, beautiful! Love hangig beds ♥ I like the colours of the beds and the design.

You blog is cute.


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