Bunk Bed Bedding
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Bunk beds are notorious for being hard to make up and our bunks in the bus are no exception. Actually, ours may be worse. We built the bunks in the skoolie to be about 5″ narrower than standard mattresses in order to have a wider hallway and bathroom. I mean, does a 50 pound person really need 38″ of space? Does an adult even need that? Another thing that causes struggle when making up the beds is that the bunks are partially enclosed making it tough to get back in the corner of the top bunk, and because the space is so small, I can’t really get up on the top bunk without at least partially lying down!
Struggling with putting the sheets on, tucking them around, putting another sheet on, tucking it around, getting a blanket tucked in the bottom was a challenge and then there was no way the kids were going to be able to make their beds look made. It involved too much tucking in a tight space. So I asked around for ideas. A lot of people recommended Beddy’s zippered bedding, including another family who also lived in a vehicle with narrow mattresses.
I had seen these before and loved the idea but the price tag was hard to swallow. At around $250 for a twin bed, that’s a lot of money to sink into bedding. Especially if like me, you have traditionally purchased the cheapest sheets you could find. So how did I justify it? Well, all their bedding was old and gross and I really needed to replace it so I was about to drop some money on new sheets and blankets. And I knew I would be just as frustrated and still out the money on the cheap stuff I would have bought. So after much deliberation and trying to justify them to myself and to Adam, I just dove in.
HOORAY! They are awesome and so worth it!
This is what makes Beddy’s so easy for me. It’s like a fitted sheet that someone sewed zippers to and then zipped half a sleeping bag onto. So I take this big fluffy ball, pull it over the mattress. Yes, there is still tucking and tugging involved in the weirdly sized, enclosed space I’ve created but then I’m done. The bed is totally made. No more layers of sheets and blankets to tuck. Just ONE.
They also have a lot of elastic stretch around the entire edge unlike some fitted sheets that only have the elastic on the corners. This means that they fit a wide variety of mattress sizes. They are still a little big for our thin, narrow mattresses but with all the elastic, they are staying in place surprisingly well. On their website, Beddy’s says they fit mattresses up to 15″ thick. That’s a really wide range in fit!
Zippers are what make Beddy’s really unique and easy for the person sleeping in them. I love a DIY project and I thought about trying to create my own zippered bedding. The zippers were my hang up. I was worried about the quality of the zippers that I’ve found at fabric stores and my own skills at sewing in a durable zipper. Also, the fact that I only found one person online who had attempted a project like this discouraged me. If 20 bloggers haven’t done it and posted about it, it must be really hard! I also found a few other companies that made bedding with zippers but they all seemed kinda cheaply made and didn’t offer the beautiful colors and patterns that Beddy’s did.
The Beddy’s zippers are the nice thick coil zippers with a big pull tab. Like the zippers in a high quality sleeping bag. I’m confident they can take some kid abuse. I was impressed with the quality of the construction. No loose threads or stitches to be found and the fabrics are soft and feel tightly knit and durable as well.
5 Months Later Update: The zippers are still in tact and sliding smoothly. We spent most of the winter in the desert and the sand has destroyed the zippers on no less than 5 of our jacket zippers. One might think that sand doesn’t get in your bed like in a jacket but you should have seen the red stains from the sandy feet of 4 kids climbing in and out of the beds all day for 3 weeks when we met up with some friends in St. George, Utah.
Once you zip open the bedding (and it zips down both sides and all the way off of the foot of the bed if you want), you have a soft minky fleece top and a regular cotton bottom sheet. The minky part also has an extra flap of fabric so you can wrap up without zipping if you prefer. Beddy’s offers all cotton options as well if you don’t want the minky fleece.
To the kids, the zippers mean two thing: fun and easy. They were stoked to be able to zip themselves into a cozy snuggly bed. They even wanted to cuddle up together.
Both girls just love the minky fabric. Kids go crazy for that stuff! We’ve been sleeping in some pretty cold conditions (down in the 30’s and 40’s in the bus when we don’t stoke the fire overnight) and they are staying perfectly warm with a combination of their Beddy’s and one extra blanket on top. I, on the other hand, am under 4 blankets and still waking up chilly. But they swear up and down that their Beddy’s are super warm. All parents know kids are a little crazy when it comes to being aware of cold but they are still saying they’re warm in the morning so who am I to question it.
Kids are lazy unless it’s fun. That might have been a bit harsh but I’m thinking of how my kids will roll up in a ball before they will bother to unfold the blanket at the foot of their bed to cover up when they’re cold. Beddy’s seem to be fun enough and easy enough they I notice that both girls will zip them up in the middle of the night if they get chilly. They like the enclosed feeling so it’s fun and grabbing a zipper is so much easier than trying to unfold and spread a blanket over yourself in the dark. Especially when your arms are less than 2 feet long.
So now when I want the kids to make their bed, all they have to do is zip it up. Bonus, they can zip all their little toys and books under the blankets and their beds look nice and neat while still letting them keep all their stuff in bed with them.
Beddy’s came with washing instructions. They are pretty standard issue so people like me who identify with the Mitch Hedberg quote “This shirt is dry clean only which means it’s dirty” won’t have any problem washing their bedding correctly. Wash cold, tumble dry low.
The one thing that surprised me (pleasantly) was that they recommended washing the twin size all zipped up as one big blob. This just meant less work pulling it apart and zipping it together. If they are really dirty, I would probably flip them inside out to wash.
5 Months Later Update: Because they spend most of their time playing outside, my kids have really dirty feet. When I wash the Beddy’s zipped together, all the sand just stays between the sheets so I always separate them now.
This was a good decision! My hallway looks neater which, when you live in 250 square feet, makes a huge different in how big your space feels. Now how can I justify buying some adult Beddy’s? If you found this post helpful and want to check out Beddy’s, this link will allow me to earn a small percentage of your purchase.
blog post by Elizabeth