Bunking Up: a Kids’ Shared Bedroom Design

kids-shared-bedroom-bunkbeds-RaymourFlaniganI have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received products in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Even though the kids are getting bigger, they are very much still adamant about room-sharing (and phew! because right now they don’t have a choice.). It’s all they’ve ever know and happens to be the norm among friends living in smallish spaces here in New York City. These two certainly squabble, but I do think that sharing a room has fostered a unique closeness, a penchant for creative play, and a desire to seek new discoveries and adventures together.

With a new school year approaching, we were determined to make their shared bedroom as functional as possible with a space saving and equitable design.  The room was previously overrun by big sister and had a feminine pull despite adding personalized touches for the little guy.  The kids have been keen on getting bunk beds for a while now, and we’re so pleased with the Jordan Bunk Beds we ultimately decided on from Raymour & Flanigan.


With two built-in storage drawers (trundle or open options are available too), both kids quickly stuffed their prized possessions into their designated drawers (coined their collections).  Although I envisioned tucking clothing options for the school week into the bunk bed drawers, their “collections” became the solution for housing those special (and random) nick-knacks in a centralized location.


The additional single cubby stores their current reads and library books and other ever-changing methodically placed toys that make me appreciate my children’s inherent creativity; the sort of evidence of living a vibrant life with kids.


After falling in love with an online exclusive item (a beautiful rug!) I almost placed the entire order online, but I’m glad we made our way into a Raymour & Flanigan showroom.  It stirred up incredible kiddo excitement and in hindsight, I had a lot to learn.  Who knew that bunk beds took smaller box springs than stand alone beds?  And the top bunk needed a thinner mattress to prevent the top bunker from going overboard. Raymour & Flanigan has it all, and one of the best parts is that they deliver it, COME OVER AND SET IT ALL UP FOR YOU!


The spacious Glistening Night’s Area Rug is cozy and inviting and super soft on bare feet, and definitely adds warmth to the space.


In addition to painting the walls a fresh coat of white, and undergoing massive purges throughout the summer, I learned that I had to let go of a few of my design ideas in order to create a functional space in a small home.  We love an eclectic mix of special family pieces in our furniture, and I had reservations about removing an ornate vintage chandelier from the kids’ room that didn’t make sense with bunk beds (or a boy/girl shared space).  Adding my father’s family rocking chair to the corner and leaving my husband’s grandmother’s large mirror in the room (previously sprayed white) fulfilled the meaning that I was craving in the children’s room, reminding us of loved ones no longer with us.


The room continues to feel incredibly bright and light and positive, and easy to clean up and organize.  And although we were tempted to add one of Raymour & Flanigan’s options for matching dressers or night stands – the open space is utilized so well. Since changing things up, we’ve found the kids naturally separating when needing a break from each other, with one in the playroom in the front of our home – and the other carrying about, on their own in the bedroom.


Organizationally set to approach a new school year, I can’t believe it took me this long to make much-needed changes to the children’s bedroom.  Even just a few pieces can create a massive impact with lasting effects on the entire family.  We’re all so happy with the outcome and motivated to continue to make smart design changes throughout our home.


Healthy Habits: How To Fight Germs During the School Year and Beyond

Consideration provided by Lysol.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

Raise your hand if you’re the mom with immediate psychosomatic symptoms as soon as those school notices start rolling home in your kids’ folders!  I so experience immediate head itching as soon as I read the words “lice found” on a classmate’s head – and don’t get me started on stomach bugs, mysterious rashes, pinkeye and more.

My hope for kids (not just my own) is to be as healthy as can be during the school year and beyond.  But we all know how quickly germs spread; how awful it is to see our little ones ill; and how taxing it can be on an entire family when illnesses rear their horrid little heads.

That’s why I was down with revisiting my public health classroom years by attending “Lysol Germ School” and gleaning fascinating and perhaps somewhat disgusting info about the transmission of infectious agents, the heartiness of germs, and so much more.

Washing-Hands-Lysol-Germ-PreventionI may have been the one who sneezed in germ school (whoopsy daisy!), but here I am attempting to be the valedictorian of hand washing knowing that I’d endure careful hand-examination under a black-light flashlight when I headed back to “school”.

In a true classroom setting, complete with desks, chairs, backpacks, and more – the presentation began with “germ expert” Joseph Rubino, The Director of Research & Development, Hygiene Personal Care & Surface at RB.   This guy is the real deal – the sort of researcher who’s sampled doorknobs in department stories to identify and report on all the junk found living on them.  He ran us through some interesting facts, which made me want to up my cleaning game immediately.

  • The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for 48 hours.
  • The amount of germs in our body weigh collectively nearly the same amount as our brain.
  • 22 million school days are missed each year due to the common cold
  • Shaking hands transmits more viruses than kissing.
  • The Flu virus can travel up to 12 feet in the air, traveling at 100 miles per hour.
  • Flu season stretches from October through May.

Pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Loubler was also on hand to address questions and reinforce healthy habits to avoid illnesses.  Hand washing is key (along with keeping hands out of mouths!), disinfecting surfaces and sneezing into elbows.

I was already a Lysol fan before attending germ school (their Dual Action wipes are my favorite) – and I left with an even deeper commitment to having a more solid prevention plan in place as we enter the school season next month.

From lunch pails to car-seat buckles, public transportation and so much more, we all come into regular contact with so many germs on a daily basis. But if we collectively work on prevention (keep sick kids home, wipe down surfaces, wash hands effectively) – we can help prevent what feels like the plague once it comes around.

Why Lysol? It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including all the funky ones like Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Human Coronavirus, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli (YES! E.Coli!), along with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (stay away from my family ALL OF YOU, thank you very much.).  You can also count on Lysol to get rid of more than 95% of allergens and remove all the gunk that the kids manage to cake all over the place (I’m telling you Dual Action wipes are the way to go!).


Also, we’re thrilled to find Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and Lysol Disinfectant Spray as an official Box Tops for Education partner to help support schools.


Armed with a plan, I’m facing the school year with confidence.

Wishing you all a healthy school year and beyond!

Image number one via Will Star.  Special thank you to Lysol and Audrey and Vera for including Marino Bambinos in this sponsored event.


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