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How Can I Cover the Underside of the Mattress on the Top Bunk in My Kids' Bunk Bed?

Bunk beds are convenient for children who share a bedroom, as they provide separate beds without taking up double the space. Decorating a bedroom shared by two people can pose various obstacles such as deciding who will get the bottom bunk. The person on the top bunk typically has a view of the entire bedroom and the ceiling, whether it's decorated or left plain. The person on the bottom bunk will have an unpleasant view of the underside of the top bunk mattress--unless you cover it up.

Give the bottom bunkmate a nicer view by covering the top bunk mattress.

Step 1

Cover the underside of the top bunk mattress with a fitted sheet. Then, flip the mattress over and make it as you normally would. The bottom bunk will have a view of a sheet instead of an unsightly mattress bottom. Use colors or images preferred by the bottom bunkmate.

Step 2

Lay panels of fabric, flat sheets or curtains across the top bunk before you put on the mattress. The fabric can dangle over the sides of the lower bunk, creating a canopy. Tie the fabric with simple strips of the same fabric or let the fabric cover the lower bunk for privacy or to create a fort. Dangling fabric may not be suitable for young children.

Step 3

Paint a piece of plywood cut to fit the dimensions of the top bunk. Lay the plywood on the top bunk, then the mattress. The painted plywood could be a solid color or feature, painted designs or stickers such as glow-in-the-dark stars.

Things You Will Need

  • Fitted sheet
  • Fabric
  • Plywood
  • Paint

Warning

  • Wear protective eyewear if you need to cut plywood to fit.

About the Author

Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.

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