Wow this was really tough. It took me years to figure out how to fit bedding for four daughters. I guess I had one less problem given they are the same gender. Anyway, I went through numerous ideas. Let me take you through them and you can figure out what might fit you best if you have many kids to squeeze in a tiny apartment.
Many people would immediately build custom-fitted bedding, like in the case of Fandi Ahmad and his four boys. I considered this too, but my girls are much too young. I wasn’t ready to commit to in-built bedding. But if you have older kids, I think custom beds would be perfect.
1. Mattresses on the floor: We did do this when the girls were infants and because we haven’t moved and also, we didn’t want to buy more furniture that we would end up disposing/giving away. So we removed our current bed frames and bought additional floor mattresses and slept on the floor when the kids were 0-2 years old. It is perfect for co-sleeping with babies, or if you have multiple babies/toddlers and a small home.
2. Two Ikea Kura bunk beds (or normal sized bunk beds), lined against a wall: I was attached to this idea for an entire year! I thought it was a really space-saving solution because it frees up the rest of the room. In the end the girls’ bedroom wall was not large enough to accommodate two Ikea Kura bunks. Another con is the limitation of the Kura bunk bed: it can only last till the kid is perhaps 7 or 8. Especially the kid on the bottom bunk would not be able to sit up at a certain point because his head would hit the top of the bed. So I recommend Ikea Kura if you have toddlers but expect to change your beds again when the children grow older.
3. Two Ikea Kura bunk beds (or normal sized bunk beds) positioned in a L-shape: This actually works best for HDB rooms in terms of space if you can’t line them against the wall. In the end we didn’t go for it because I did not like how it looked.
4. Two normal-sized bunk beds with trundles adjacent with each other: This arrangement can fit up to 6 children. I considered this quite seriously but was not a big fan of the idea. For one, two large bunkbeds will eat up ALL the space in a bedroom. It will also block the windows/natural light. And not to mention make the bedroom look really cramped and small. However, if you have like 5 or 6 kids, this would be the perfect solution.
5. Multi-layered beds that can be tucked away easily: I saw this in Taobao many times and I believe certain preschools use this. I was quite tempted! However, I am dubious about how safe this is for little tots and also, it looks quite unstable. I entertained it for a while but it didn’t win me over. Still, wanted to share it with those who might be interested.
5. So we finally settled on a normal sized bunk bed with trundle + matching single bed: It is currently really large for the girls but this means I don’t have to change their beds when they grow older and I can take cat naps in them.
I got both beds from Ni-Night Singapore because I thought their designs, bed quality and total package (bed+mattress) were within reason. I also liked that the bunk bed and single bed had the same design so they were not mismatched when put together. Best to purchase during periods where there is a sales promotion to benefit from further discounts. I also considered similar beds at Flexa Singapore and Danish Co Design, but ultimately the price at Ni-Night was more competitive.