Sharing a Kids Room in 600sqft (Part 3)

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The most affordable of our options so far is the Ikea Kura bed. It's a low loft bed that could grow with our family.  To start Theo could sleep on a mattress on the ground if I'm too nervous to have him sleep up high.  Then when he's older he can move to the top bunk and baby 2 can sleep on the bottom.  Apartment Therapy already wrote a great article about using the Kura Bed as a bunk bed here

The main downside I see to this bed right now is that it has quite a large footprint compared to Theo's current crib or Option 1 and Option 2 and I worry about losing precious playing area.  If Theo could easily navigate the top bunk we could leave the bottom open for play but I worry that 3 is too young for the top bunk.  I hear mixed opinions on 3 year olds and tall beds.