Decorating A Kid’s Bunk Bed For Holidays

One of the few things I miss about living in a house is having room to store holiday decorations. At home, I had a few things to sit out for each holiday. I can’t justify keeping those things in the limited storage of my RV. There is too much other regular-use stuff that has to take a higher priority like seasonal clothes and tools.

One of the areas of the RV where I had unused space was in the box I keep under the bunks for extra bedding. I had about half that box free, so I thought, “What can I reasonably use this space for?”  I thought about it off and on for awhile. When the fall and winter holiday season began to roll around, I was beginning to miss having some special holiday decorations for my daughter to look at and enjoy. Then it hit me. I could decorate her bunk bed with special holiday themed sheets for each of the holidays!

So, I began shopping on Ebay for some good deals. After a few weeks, I had managed to find deals on a set of sheets for each of these holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween / Fall and Christmas. I bought used sheets for Halloween and Christmas because there really wasn’t much to be had at that time for those holidays. I got the Halloween sheets for 99 cents plus shipping! I am still looking for an American flag themed set for the Summer holidays.

My daughter loves her holiday sheets, and it’s just a small thing I’m doing to make her bunk bed space her own and to provide some holiday excitement.
I’ve had fun doing it, as well. The sheet sets fold up pretty small, and I still have some extra space in the box.

I can’t do the whole bed with blankets, comforters, etc. due to space and the fact that my daughter is really attached to her 2 fleece blankets she always sleeps with. You will see in the pictures that I don’t use a top sheet on her bunk. She doesn’t like to be encumbered with a top sheet so it always ends up wadded up in the corner or twisted everywhere. That’s alright with me because it gives me 2 sheets I can rotate for use as bottom sheets

Below are photos of the Christmas and Valentine’s Day sheets I used. I will post the Halloween and Easter sets when I find the time.

Valentine’s Day Sheets

Christmas Sheets

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Easter Sheets

Halloween and Fall Sheets Pics Coming Soon!

RV Potty Training Seat

When it was time to potty train our daughter, we used a potty seat that sits neatly on a standard toilet. After reading and talking to other parents, the consensus was to skip using the traditional stand-alone potty seat and go straight for the one that sits on the toilet. This worked out best for our family because it doesn’t take up any extra room in the RV. It sits in the space between the toilet and vanity when not in use. All things considered, I think this is the best option for a potty seat in an RV.

Picnic Table Booster Seat

If you are looking for a safe and secure booster seat that you can attach to picnic table benches, I recommend the Safety First traveling seat.  It has a tray for food, folds to a small size and has a handy strap for easy carrying. It can be used 5 different ways. I love this thing – it’s ideal for camping! We also take it with us if we are going to be visiting family so she has a place to eat comfortably and safely. We got it at Walmart.

RV Camper High Chair

This is the  restaurant style high chair we use in the RV.  We measured the height of the table to make sure it would slide underneath. Using one of these saves a lot of space in the RV compared to a conventional high chair. We got a real bargain on this chair on Ebay. You can get them brand new on there for less than half the price of Walmart.

We use a cheap dollar store plastic tablecloth for a splat mat under the high chair when she eats. It folds up to a small size, and has worked out well for our family. We keep it stored under the sink with our plastic bags.

RV Camper Child Proofing

Just like in any home, you have to child proof your RV. Luckily, all the same child proofing gadgets and gizmos you buy for home will work in an RV.

Standard cabinet door latches work in RVs. We have all cabinets within her reach secured with these.

The same latches secure all of our drawers. These latches provide extra cabinet and drawer security when traveling, as well.

Standard door knob safety device secures the bathroom door.

We used standard outlet covers on all the RV electrical outlets. The outlets actually look better with the covers on them.

We use a baby gate to keep her out of the office. There is a lot of stuff in there that she could get in trouble with, so she’s only allowed in there under supervision. She figured out how to work a baby gate before we moved into the RV, so my husband mounted this one with screws.

The screen door latch that came on the camper was very insecure and easy to figure out. We had to find something to secure that door with, and this is the best we could do. Russell had to cut into the door molding to make it fit. It isn’t pretty, but it works and is out of her reach.