Our secret DIY hack for making Beddy’s Beds work on more narrow RV bunk beds – because Beddy’s Beds is the only bunk bedding that won’t make you a crazy mama – especially in RV’s!
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I asked my Instagram friends to help me figure out bedding that wouldn’t make me a crazy mama for the 3 bunks in our RV renovation, and hundreds of comments all came back the same. Can you guess what they said?
It was a resounding response for Beddy’s Beds – the popular and adorable zip-up bedding taking the parenting world by a storm.
But wait – could we still make them work for RV bunks and mattresses that are more narrow and thin than a standard twin? Well, I”m here to testify that with a little DIY action, you bet we can! Let me show you how!
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I am so thrilled to be sharing all about our Beddy’s Beds that we’ve used in our bunks and for the sliding bed in our RV renovation – TIDBITS on wheels.
After living with Beddy’s for weeks now in our RV, I literally cannot imagine the bedding mess I would have in our RV without Beddy’s. They are a lifesaver and I would highly recommend them for any bunk bed or any bed where you feel you might benefit from having easy bed making (and style) as your priority.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS POST
- I want to show you the styles we picked out, and where to buy zippered bedding.
- I’ll show you how easy they are to make up in these extremely tight RV quarters.
- I’ll detail everything we did to make Beddy’s work for these more narrow RV bunk beds.
- A few thoughts on washing your Beddy’s.
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Our Beddy’s Selection
Over on these 3 bunks, I opted to choose a variety of styles. It gives this space a playful vibe, and my kiddos love having their own special Beddy’s.
This bottom bunk is my little boys, and I choose the “Farmhouse Beddy’s”, which is one of their newest releases. I’m a sucker for stripes and I love how this pairs with his gray gingham wallpaper.
In the middle, my littlest girl who is not actually super girly, has the “Oh So Boho” Beddy’s, She loves it! I love the neutral oatmeal color and the soft gauzy feel of the fabric. The neutral color will go with anything we pair it with, and her favorite color is blue, so it goes great with her toile wallpaper as well.
We choose the Beddy’s that is lined with the soft minky lining, and I love the graphic touches of the sheets underneath.
Up on top in this very tight bunk, which my older girl insisted on having, we picked the “Chic White”, which has adorable little ruffles and gathers.
I just love how all three of these Beddy’s work so well together, even with the varying wallpaper. It is such a happy little corner of our tiny home.
In the roll away bed, we choose the “Chic Gray”. Having this bedding zip up easily and be nice and snug to this mattress is everything. It works so well.
Making your Beddy’s Beds
Every morning, like clockwork, my kids know to zip up their beds before breakfast. The beautiful thing about it is, I didn’t even have to train them! It was so easy and rewarding for them, they just do it – and that is really the beautiful thing about this independent bed making.
All they need to do is tuck the minky lining inside, smooth it out on top as best as they can, and then zip it right up.
The farthest they can go in these tight bunks is up to this closet, but it still looks great. They can even fold the top down if they prefer.
Sometimes they get shifted a bit, and I just need to come in and pull it back up against the wall and tuck it in a bit more.
Making Beddy’s work for narrow RV Bunks
On a standard mattress, the Beddy’s is made to have the zipper fit right at the top edge of the mattress. With an RV mattress being more narrow, this zippered edge may need to sit slightly lower. However, this still looks great, and is much better than trying to tuck a comforter and sheets into the tricky spots.
Beddy’s is basically a cross between a fitted sheet and a sleeping bag – all in one. With a more narrow mattress, you will have added material underneath the mattress. So what to do about that?
The Secret to Keeping your Beddy’s in Place
I learned this trick from the Instagram account RVfixerupper, and it is so very handy. These sheet suspenders will hold the inside of the gathered bedding tight together, so Beddy’s will zip, fit and work better than any other option for RV bunks.
What Mattress Did we Use?
We actually bought memory foam standard size twin mattresses for these more narrow bunk spots, because they were much more affordable and comfortable than many of the thin RV foam mattresses you see on the market. Since we are living here, I wanted the kids to be very comfortable.
Tutorial for Cutting Mattress and Applying the Sheet Suspenders
I’ll show you in this tutorial how we cut down the foam to fit these spots, and then fit the beddy’s on with the suspenders.
STEP 1: Remove the mattress cover
If you bought a foam mattress, chance are it will have a couple of liners. This was the case for THIS MATTRESS that we bought. I highly recommend them, as they are very comfortable and durable.
STEP 2: Remove the mattress lining
Our mattress had a netted liner covering the foam. In order to get to the foam, we needed to cut an opening in the netted fabric to slide the mattress out.
STEP 3: Measure and mark where to cut your mattress
A standard size twin wouldn’t come near fitting in the more narrow RV bunk spots. This is why we had to cut the foam down. We measured the bunk area and determined how many inches would need to come off the foam mattress. We added an inch to the measurement to make sufficient room for the bedding.
STEP 4: Cut the foam mattress to size
To cut our mattress, a good pair of sharp scissors proved easier than a razor blade. You can see the 2 layers of foam and memory foam on our mattress. We did need to cut those in layers to make it through the whole length.
STEP 5: Put mattress lining and cover back on
We opted to sew or serge the netted lining back on, to protect the mattress. After the lining was back on, we zipped the mattress cover back on.
After using them for weeks, we noticed a small amount of condensation building up around the bedding and mattress. This is often happens when living in small homes and there is not adequate air circulation. We have since bought these waterproof mattress covers to further protect the mattress from building up mildew or mold.
STEP 6: Put on Beddy’s and Clip on Sheet Suspenders
Once all the covers are on, you can put on your Beddy’s, which again is just like a fitted sheet with the comforters attached.
Turn the mattress so the back side is facing up. Clip on your sheet suspenders evenly spaced out, to hold the Beddy’s tight against the mattress.
Finally, put your mattress with the Beddy’s on your beds and try them out!
I hope watching and reading that process made sense!
Washing your Beddy’s
I’ll address one more question, which is – how do you wash your Beddy’s? We learned this the very first week we moved into our RV – after our son got a stomach bug and threw up all over them.
You can read more about washing Beddy’s on their site, but please note that Beddy’s will detach into 2 separate pieces, right from the zipper. This makes it easy to wash each piece separately, without adding too much bulk to the washer. After washing, I have been so pleased that they still look brand new and are as cozy as ever!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and video and discovered how you can make Beddy’s work for your spaces – no matter how large or small they are.
Thank you so very much for visiting today, and let me know if you have any questions about Beddy’s and RV bunks! I’d also love to hear if you have other great ideas for RV or bunk bedding. Thank you!
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