Lisa Leonard Designs

big news: we’ve bunked the beds!

October 20th | older posts


we bought the boys bunk beds a couple years ago but kept them separate.  we used the top bunk with its railing all the way around to keep david safe after we moved him out of a crib.  but now he’s ready for the next step.  so exciting!


karen sapp hand-painted these darling signs for the boys.  i hung them with ribbon threaded through the wood slates, so i wouldn’t have to nail into the beds.


oh, the view from the top!  can i just tell you how excited matthias is to have a top bunk??


here’s the white mesh railing we put on to keep david from climbing/falling out.  some friends gave us this one and we love to use it in hotels and on trips.  i can’t find another one any where.  any ideas??


and on the other side of the room we have a leather chair we got from some friends who were moving.  i found the dresser (it has two rows of drawers) at a garage sale for $20 and painted it red.  that was a happy day! the rug is from the ikea–it had been used in a display and was half off.  the baskets under the bed are from target.


it’s a simple room, but it’s clean (at least for the moment) and the boys love it.

33 Responses

  1. Denise C. says:

    We had a railing like that for our kids. We ordered it online through Target for around $20.00.
    Great room!

  2. Maureen says:

    When I was little my sister and I had bunk beds. I have some awesome memories from those things…there’s just something about kids and bunk beds (specially if you sleep on the top like I did). Yours are beautiful, I just love the signs. I’m sure the boys are going to have some great time with them!

  3. Kristina says:

    It’s a beautiful room and I’m sure your little guys love it!!

  4. natalie says:

    We bought a railing like that at either walmart or target a few years ago. I think it might have been Walmart. The bedroom looks so great and I love the painted signs.

  5. celia says:

    What a great idea!!!!!

  6. Becky says:

    Love the room! Our boys are 4 and 3 and they have their beds bunked and love it too! We have one of those white railings and we found it at Walmart. It wasn’t very expensive at all. Love the signs too!

  7. Joanie says:

    One step ahead might have a mesh railing. Great looking room. So classic and fun. I love Matty’s drawing of your family from your other post! He’s an artist like his mom.

  8. Robin says:

    Walmart has some extra long railings like that. Also, Children’s Orchard has some from time to time. Do you have one of those near you?

  9. Corinne says:

    What a great room – and a great bunk bed!! And those signs are just perfect.

  10. michele stump says:

    Hey Lis! We got an extra long mesh railing from Babies R Us. Excited for the boys. Miss you so much!

  11. Sallie says:

    I hope the caped crusader doesn’t get any ideas about jumping from the top bunk! We picked up a couple of those bed rails at a yard sale!

  12. Krissy says:

    Hi Lisa – I just rec’d the necklace I ordered and I love it! (it’s a bday present for my mom) I popped over to your blog and saw your question about the rails. Babies R Us has them…

    We are getting ready to transition our little boy to a bed so I had been looking into them!

  13. Mrs. Flabby says:

    Im going to post the target website and it has several different varieties for bed rails. I loved them when my kids were small. We would take ours traveling too! I hope this helps.

    I know the link looks scary but it really is a good link. Just copy paste it .
    take care.

    ps love your jewelry

  14. Jenny says:

    Hey Lisa – love to hear of sweet deals like yours! I just saw one of those mesh railings today at the thrift store for $5! If you lived closer, I’d buy it for you and bring it on over. :-)

  15. julie says:

    What a great bedroom… I love your style!

  16. Katherine says:

    Great room! We bought our mesh bedrails at Babies R Us last year and I just saw them in the One Step Ahead catalog last week. They are great!

  17. Jenn says:

    I love it! It’s fabulous!!

  18. I second all of the advice to check out Target/Wal*Mart/Babies R Us for the bedrail- we have one for Mister’s bed.

    Love the boys’ room. I adore those bunk beds! Some day I’d love to get bunks for our boys too.

  19. april says:

    i was just at target this past weekend and they had one.

  20. beth says:

    what a great boys room !
    we have bunk beds at our cottage and there is something special about that view from the top….

  21. angie says:

    Nice job!

  22. Liz says:

    I have a bed rail just like that for my daughter. The mesh is white, but the other white part is blue. I found it brand new at a consignment store for about $5, but the brand is Safety First.

  23. Destiny D says:

    Sweet, sweet!

  24. Lola England says:

    I love pulling a room together ~ a treasure from here a find from there ~ and keeping a kids room simple ~ perfection!! Beautiful Smiles ~ my boys take turns who gets that top view!

  25. Lisa says:

    Very nice! Love the rug – so fun!

  26. Marisa says:

    Looks a lot like our boys’ room. Ah, brothers in bunk beds…all kinds of new adventure there! Enjoy! 😉

  27. kamana says:

    and i love it too! my kids have been wanting bunk beds for sometime too, but we havent gotten around to getting them yet. these are great

  28. donna says:

    Hi Lisa – I found my way here via Beth in Madison. I’ve put you in my favorites and will be back often. David and Matty are lucky to have those great bunk beds. My grandson had those same green frog boots when he was younger. Leather furniture is perfect for little boys.

  29. I love all of your little touches! What a great leather chair…weathered just right! A perfect boys’ room!

  30. Wendy Sanchez says:

    Ah Man Lisa, I wished we lived closer I have two rails (barely used) that I would just give you. Sorry, I’m all the way in sacramento. :( Wendy

  31. Rachelle says:

    Lovely boys room! We have rails like that for our girls- they’re really old & got them from my mother in law but they still work!


  32. grace says:

    Lisa, you mentioned the person who did the name signs .. does she has her own website and take online orders? Love the bedroom and the idea of bunkbeds. My son wants bunkbeds but he has no siblings :-)

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