Outfit a Summer Bunk Room for Storage and Style

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A long, lazy day filled with swimming, fishing and boating followed by sleepovers, midnight snacks and pillow fights in the bunk room. Sound familiar? When you have a summer home, a bunk room is an ideal solution for sleeping lots of kids. It’s also what memories of summer vacation are made of. Here are several ideas to take your bunk room from functional to fun.

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Nautical Details

Whether you’re lakeside or seaside, you can create the ultimate summer camp vibe using nautical style. Let accessories and decor anchor your theme. But before you go shopping, take a look around. You may already have items suitable for repurposing. For example, vintage boat oars become wall decor, sea shells create an instant collection and rope adds great maritime texture. Other items might include maps, ship wheel, surfboard and round mirrors. In our bunk room, we continued the theme with caged nautical-style lights over each bed.

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Coastal Color

Bright whites and soothing stripes build on the nautical theme with cool, breezy style and provide universal appeal to children of all ages, ensuring they won’t grow out of the look. Classic white iron beds unify this room for three while mix-and-match striped bedding in gender neutral hues are unique for each bed. No need to be too matchy-matchy! Simple white sheers filter the light.

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Plentiful Storage

With so many occupants in one room, having adequate storage is a must. Head off the danger of unruly piles by hanging a row of hooks for the kids to store their totes, robes, towels and other items. We love the idea of posting a chest to the foot of each bed, so each child can have his or her own storage — and it also lends to the overall coastal feel. Our very favorite way to add extra storage for linens, books and toiletries is with our Cambridge Storage unit. The chalkboard panels make it easy to label each bin for quick identification. No storage chests? Assign each child a bin and write his or her name on the front.

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Brenda

    July 9, 2014
     

    So beachy! Love! Please tell me where that striped bedding is from.
    Thanks!

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 9, 2014
       

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for your comment. So happy to hear you love these bedding pieces! In this space is our Ballard Designs Riviera Linen Bedding.

      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ruth Chandler

    July 9, 2014
     

    Where can one purchase the yummy bedding shown in the bunk room. Love that room!!!

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 9, 2014
       

      Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for your comment. So happy to hear you love these bedding pieces! In this space is our Ballard Designs Riviera Linen Bedding.

      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Michelle Slovak

    July 9, 2014
     

    WHAT WOULD SUMMER BE WITHOUT COOL, BEACHY STRIPES?! LOVE YOUR IDEAS AND THE LOOK!
    BALLARD AND YOU, NAIL THE BEST, PRACTICAL AND CHIC SOLUTIONS!!

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    Ann Clapton

    July 9, 2014
     

    Love the bunk room idea…..it is light refreshing and something anyone could do!!! Great place to put your head down!

  5. Reply

    Laura

    July 9, 2014
     

    Where are the beds from?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 9, 2014
       

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your comment. The beds in this room are our Ballard Designs Lorraine Metal Bed in a twin size. Hope that helps.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  6. Reply

    Barbara

    May 25, 2014
     

    love the idea of the bunk room wish I had a room large enough for that one!

  7. Reply

    Carolyn Smith

    May 7, 2014
     

    The bedding is the perfect mix of coastal and comfy! I love it.

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