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Beach House Bunk Room Reveal!

This budget-friendly beach house bunk room is the perfect vacation sleepover spot for the kids. The Ikea bunk beds have a built-in storage hack.

This is a project my family has been dreaming up for a few years. A bunk room at my parents’ beach house for the six grandkids! What could be more fun??? We got it started back in December, and it was a few long months of building and shopping and painting and staining and sewing and sewing and sewing.

I even put my house guests to work sewing stuffed sea creatures (thanks Patty & Erin). Hopefully they’ll come back! My folks are the ones who really put in the hard work- I just helped with the fun stuff. And I come from a whole family of creative DIYers, so this was a very collaborative effort.

And it’s finally finished! (Well almost.)

drawing of a  beach house bunk room with 6 bunk beds and a fish rug

This weekend my folks had all the grandkids come to the beach house to sleep in their new bunks for the first time.

It was so fun to see the looks on their faces when they saw their new room! We made each of their favorite sea creatures for their beds.  I can’t wait to show you the photos!

Here’s before…

Stinky, broken tile from a previous owner. There was definitely a strong essence of dog in here.

image of basement room with old tile before makeover

And after…

4 bunk beds in a beach themed bunk room with a navy fish rug and stuffed sea creatures on the beds

There were three big design challenges with this room. One was fitting three bunk beds into a small, long and skinny room with two windows and two doors.

stuffed sea turtle on a child's bunk bed with aqua colored bedding

The other challenge was creating the high-end look of built-in bunk beds on a budget.  This is actually an IKEA hack of my own design. (Can you tell I’m just a little bit pleased with myself?)

Ikea Bunk Beds

We bought the inexpensive IKEA MYDAL bunk beds, and used paint and stain to make them look built-in.

Then we got grey HEMNES under-bed storage drawers, sanded the finish off them, and stained them to match the bunk beds. I think they really complete the built-in look. You can see the tutorial for the storage drawers here.

The stuffed sea creatures…

homemade stuffed warus with polka-dot tusks on a child's bunk bed
homemade stuffed seagull sitting on top of a bookshelf in a beach house bunk room
homemade stuffed jellyfish toy on a child's bunk bed
view of two bottom bunks with homemade stuffed sea turtle and seahorse on the beds

I found this cute seahorse pattern at

hand made stuffed seahorse toy on a child's pillow on a bunk bed

Shop The Bunk Room…

We put a lot of thought into this space. The furniture and bedding needed to be sturdy and long-lasting, yet reasonably priced. Things add up when you multiply them by six! Here are the products we used (and they’re still going strong after two years!)

IKEA MYDAL bunk bed frames

6″ Foam Mattresses (We tried 3 different types, including ones from Ikea that ended up being a few inches too short for the beds. These are our favorites by far!)

Waterproof Mattress Protectors (Also my favorite mattress protectors that are soft, don’t leak, & don’t melt in the dryer! I use these for all the beds in my house now.)

White Twin Fitted Sheets- 6 Pack

Fish Area Rug

Lifeproof Vinyl Plank Flooring (this stuff is great! We also used it in our laundry room makeover)

Navy Blue Pillowcases

Inexpensive Standard Pillows

IKEA HEMNES Under-Bed Storage Drawers

Beach House Bunk Room Reveal! image of 4 bunk beds with aqua colored bedding and a navy blue fish rug

Well, that’s it for now. We have some finishing touches to do on the other wall, and once they’re done I’ll show you the rest! (Update: It’s done at last! You’ve only seen half of the room, so come see the rest of the bunk room here!) Part II is full of tons of fun details!

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  1. Hello! Can you give more information like staining and color as well as white color in the room? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jena! My parents are up at the beach right now so I’ll see if they can find the colors for you. Sorry we did this project in my pre-blogging days.

  2. I just purchased the Mydahl bunk today. What color is the stain? Did you stain the bunk before putting it together? 1 coat of stain? Which mattresses did you get for the bunk beds?

    1. Hi Casy! So we went through a couple of different types of mattresses- including ones from Ikea that ended up being a few inches too short for the bunks. We bought these for the bunk room: The kids all seem to sleep on them just fine. But they’re not squishy enough for my taste. Last Summer we got the same Mydal Bunkbeds for my girls’ bedroom at home and we got these Aveline mattresses, which we like much better. Both types fit well and are holding up great.

      We assembled the beds before painting & staining. And we found that we needed to use wood conditioner first before the stain. They’re made of pine, which is soft wood, so the stain will end up looking pretty blotchy if you don’t condition first. Let me get back to you about the stain color- I know we did a ton of testing to get the color right to go with the flooring, but I don’t have the can of leftover stain at my house. We also applied a coat of satin polyurethane after the stain. Maybe a couple of coats on the ladders, since they take more wear and tear than the rest of the wood. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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