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    Default Questions about Ikea's Kura loft bed

    You know, the one that is pretty low, and has a tent you can buy separately. We are thinking of getting it for Dora. My first question is, can you use a regular twin mattress with it, or does it have to be an Ikea mattress? Second question, has anyone every put a toddler bed or mattress under it? Right now Arwyn sleeps in a huge crib/toddlerbed with attached dresser, and it takes up so much room. I'm thinking it's not the greatest use of space, because we are moving Laurel in with them. OTOH, I don't want to use a regular bunkbed because they are much higher and I have safety concerns. So my thought was to just put Arwyn's crib mattress on the floor under the loft bed. That way I could easily pull it out to vacuum the carpet. Or if I really wanted her off the floor I could get a cheap toddler bed. Then we'd have room for Laurel's crib or a pnp, which is what she uses now when she sleeps with them.
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    We don't have one, but we've looked at it pretty closely at Ikea. It does use a twin size mattress, but it has to be less than 5 1/8" thick for the safety rails. I've also seen it set up in the store with a mattress underneath, so you could definitely use it that way. I think that it would be a good space saver in your situation.
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    Melinda, we're using the Kura like that in the boys' room. I'm pretty sure I have a pic of the setup somewhere. Let me check. We love it!
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    Yes we use it as a bunk with one kid on the floor. The top rails are not high so depending on your mattress you may want to put the one you have on the bottom. I love our simple thin foam ikea mattress for ease in moving around. I have often taken them outside to air out after the kids have been sick or had acidents. Also we have moved them to the living room for sleepovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniele_ut View Post
    We don't have one, but we've looked at it pretty closely at Ikea. It does use a twin size mattress, but it has to be less than 5 1/8" thick for the safety rails. I've also seen it set up in the store with a mattress underneath, so you could definitely use it that way. I think that it would be a good space saver in your situation.

    Oh, I didn't know that. I'll have to measure Dora's mattress, although I am pretty sure it is thicker. She doesn't actually need the safety rails, but up there I think having them would be better for my piece of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kep View Post
    Melinda, we're using the Kura like that in the boys' room. I'm pretty sure I have a pic of the setup somewhere. Let me check. We love it!

    Kelli, do you have the tent for it? I assume it's low enough to keep a 34 inch kid from standing up on the top?
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    We have the Kura and we use the bottom for DS2. We have a twin mattress in the top and bottom. We bought the mattresses from BJ's (standard mattress, not pillowtop etc), and I feel they are fine. We also have the tent on top and I suppose it "stops" DS1 from standing, at least I haven't seen our kids do it, LOL. I am not a huge fan of bunk beds, but this was a good compromise because it is so low to the ground. The kids love it, and it really opens up the space. hth
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    Joshua has it in his room, with a thinner twin mattress in it as well. And yes, the tent would keep a child from standing up in it.
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    We have it and have it set up that way. Regarding the tent, I will say it discourages standing, but it by no means would keep a child from falling out, because it only attaches at 3 points on each side.

    I am not too ecstatic with the setup, to be honest. I would like to switch to a twin-over-full arrangement. But with my oldest being 7, I would not be worried with him being up higher in a real bunk bed.

    My problem is the boys want me to lay with them and I can't do that comfortably, so YMMV if this is not an issue in your house!
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    Is L a climber? I think my concern at this point would be the younger one getting up on the ladder...

    A has had one for his room since he was 3.5 or so (about 3y now). He loves it.

    We'll probably end up upgrading his bed and giving the twins the Kura, with one mattress up and the other on the floor -- but not for several years yet, since they are monkeys and would climb and fall, no question. (I don't think I'd be comfortable with a bunk bed for either of them until they're at least 6, at this rate.)
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