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Space-Saving Bunk Beds After: Sleep and Play

Who: Nikki and Caleb Grandy
Where: San Tan Valley, Ariz.

With four kids under the age of 7, Nikki and Caleb Grandy have had to make many of the rooms in their home do double duty. For their three boys' shared bedroom, that meant carving out space for both sleeping and playing. So rather than dedicate precious square footage to three twin beds, the couple created a sleek wall of built-in bunks that leaves the floor clear for spreading out toys and roughhousing. Nikki and Caleb started by building the bunk beds' 2×4 frame, which they anchored into the walls and ceiling. Next the couple sheathed the structure with medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and trimmed its face with molding for a paneled look. Crown at the top, baseboard at the bottom, and beadboard inside tie the built-in bunks with the room's existing molding and wainscoting.

Shown: Hangout-friendly bunks maximize the floor area so that the bedroom can also serve as a play space.
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