RV Bunk Bed Crib

When you are RVing with a small child, you need a safe and secure place for them to sleep. We really only had one option in our camper, and that was converting one of the bunk beds to a crib. So, my husband designed a crib-style safety barrier for our daughter’s bunk bed. He used the specs of our home crib for the slats. It sits in two brackets, latches on both sides and easily lifts in and out. It has worked perfectly, and our daughter loves her bunk bed. When she is older, we will install a shorter rail and ladder.

He mounted our baby video monitor camera in the back of the bunk by running the wire through the wall of the towel area. We couldn’t make it without our video monitor. Sometimes, we sit by a campfire after she’s gone to bed and watch her on the monitor. The RV air conditioner makes a lot of white noise, and she can be hard to hear even from the office. Unless we are using it outside, we keep the monitor on in the office when she’s sleeping.

The crib safety barrier slides in and out of those two L brackets and latches with 2 sliding latches on the top.


For our daughter’s birthday, we thought it was time to give her access up and down her bunk bed crib with a ladder. My husband removed 2 of the bunk bed crib barrier slats on the left side to create an opening for her to climb through. We aren’t comfortable with her having no barrier yet while she sleeps.

Modifying the barrier was really easy. All he did was remove the screws holding the two slats we wanted removed. We bought a bunk bed ladder on Amazon. My husband had to cut a couple of inches off the bottom of the ladder to make it work.

Our daughter LOVES her new ladder and bunk access. She must have went up and down the ladder 1,000 times the first week. She takes her dolls and books up there to hang out often. I made her matching rainbow curtains, a pillowcase and a fleece blanket for her birthday as well. She’s really into rainbows right now.

2 thoughts on “RV Bunk Bed Crib

  1. I really like this idea! I have a few questions for you, what made you chose the top bunk over the bottom bunk? What did you do with the windows? The window in my camper has those cheap window blinds, but want to put something up o it will stay dark in there for him, but nervous he will pull it off. We were thinking about trying the bedrail idea, but am afraid he will just try to climb over it. He just turned 2 some is very very very very busy! We lucked out until last year and his playpen fit between the bunks, but he is to tall for it this year. Anyway, that’s for the perfect. Idea and look forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Chautanna,
      Thanks for your comment.

      We chose the top bunk because we needed the space below for a closet and clothes storage. We have 2 wider bunks on the other side, but my husband and I sleep in them. I would have preferred a bottom bunk at the time, but it just didn’t make any sense to put a closet and chest of drawers up that high. I am glad that we chose the top bunk now, because our daughter is 3 1/2 and we are going to be installing a ladder and shortening the length the crib barrier by 18″ or so at the end of this summer so she can get in and out by herself. She really likes the idea of a ladder, so I think in the long run she will enjoy the top bunk much more than she would a bottom bunk.

      As for the windows, I can relate to your thoughts about the mini blinds. My whole camper had them when we bought it, but I took them all down and made new curtains for most of the windows. Our daughter destroys mini blinds. She can tear up good ones in no time, so I knew the cheap ones they put in campers wouldn’t last more than a few days. My husband covered the windows in our bunk room with some paneling he had left over from removing the bottom bunk. He screwed the paneling in the wall to cover the windows, then I hung the curtains that were already in there back up. You can’t tell the windows are covered unless you pull the curtains back. We left the door to the outside from the bunk room functional just in case we ever needed to escape from back there because of a fire etc.

      Good luck with your RV Bunk Bed Crib. I think it’s a pretty good solution, all things considered. It has worked out well for our family. We measured the slats and rail of our home crib and designed the crib style barrier from those dimensions. Once we had figured out what we wanted to do, it was pretty easy to make it. We stained the barrier as close as we could get to the cabinetry and woodwork already in our camper. If you make one, please take some pics and post them here. I would love to see it.


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