Ah, the Pinterest-famous bunk room. It’s up there with “outdoor kitchen” or “organized garage”—they exist mostly in magazines but they are part of the lifestyle-mafia “must have” checklist which taunts normal people on a daily basis. And I want one. Ironically, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been in a bunk room myself, so it seems like an odd thing to covet when I’m a virgin to its lifestyle benefits. But from what I can tell on social media, a bunk room ensures that my kids scamper to their room quietly, eager to tuck themselves into their own cozy spaces and sleep soundly through the night, waking at 8:30 am only to whisper adorable pretend-conspiracy dialogue to each other on their walkie-talkies.
Let’s revisit this fantasy land before I get into the fantasy plan…
It wasn’t exactly full of youthful magic when we bought the house. Please remember this was the window-less master bedroom. We made the nearby extra family room the new master and this will become the kids bunk room. We debated the other upstairs bedroom being the kids room as it has an attached bathroom, but there is something so secretly amazing about the location of this room…IT HAD TO BELONG TO OUR KIDS.
Here’s the original floor plan (with overlays of what we were proposing), followed by the final floor plan, where you’ll see those swaps more easily.
So before starting the design for our magical bunk room land, we look for inspiration, of course. And we found a ton.
The shiplap, the slate-y blue color, the little nooks and under-bed storage of the bottom bunk, the tongue-and-groove ceiling of the built-in…so much good here.
What I love about the above is the mix of wood and metal which feels fresh, but probably too cold for us. This image is actually from a higher-end hostel in Bangkok (so not built specifically for kids) but that material play is great inspiration. Also, a concrete floor isn’t exactly what our cozy cabin needs.
Ooh, but a blue and brass number isn’t exactly out of my wheelhouse like concrete floors are. This is probably not Scandi enough for what I’m aiming for in the mountain house, but it’s so wonderful. That rolling ladder is awesome (even though it’s on carpet so not sure how well it rolls without having to lift it up, but WHO CARES IT’S SO CUTE). Oh and um those draperies…I have mini curtain fantasies.
But where are the safety railings?
Do you want to kill your children?
Have you not seen this season of the “Bachelorette” where that one dude falls off the top bed and smashes his face with dramatic there-is-blood-everywhere commentary? HE WAS IN THE ICU FOR DAYS. I will not put my kids in the ICU on television with millions watching (or ever).
I love the darker color of the above shot. It feels cozy, functional and safe but special. The idea of stairs (versus a ladder) is nice, and these look to have storage so…that’s a plus.
The pipes and wood certainly feel cabin-y but maybe not totally right for the rest of the house.
We knew that we wanted something like all of the ones we showed you above, but we had some challenges. We needed to build around the master bathroom plumbing, which also had to be accessible:
Not impossible, of course, but…something we definitely had to work around.
In my effort to utilize the value of my talented team, I asked Julie to take a stab at reading my mind (and finding a solution/workaround for the bathroom plumbing). She knows this project really well (and has done a fantastic job so far) so with my direction, she designed the first round of our built-in bunk beds and after a few edits we got to this:
I’ll show you the first edits in my Instagram stories but honestly, they were so close to the final that it felt redundant to put in this post. Stylistically, we need to keep the theme of the house (reminder: a mix of refined-Scandi-chalet and rustic-California-cabin), and though it’s not easy, I think this is headed in the right direction. Here was the general direction I tasked her with:
1. Maximum bed space: We wanted two twins over a pair of full beds, so we can maximize the beds (also, so when it’s just our kids, we can read, cuddle and potentially sleep with them in the bottom bunks). Charlie is in a “please lay with me” phase and we are used to a full bed at our house so we’ll continue that phase as long as he wants (P.S. we give him the option of me laying with him for one, two or three minutes and he always chooses three minutes, but is generally ready for me to leave then).
2. Storage and shelving (in a clean, safe way): Because of some bath components and mechanisms in the nearby bathroom (the ones we showed you in the construction shot above), we had to build the wall out a bit at the bottom for pipes and electrical for my fancy bubble tub, so we inset some shelving and included a brass bar to keep books, water glasses and/or art intact.
3. Lighting: Each bed should have their own controllable on/off reading light with its own switch. The light needed to be safe (no bare bulb that could burn/hurt them) and not project too far out to hit heads.
4. Safety: We know that our kids and our friends’ kids are going to rough-house, play, take physical risks and probably misbehave. We are big believers (fine, I’M a big believer) that every injury without an ER visit is a SUCCESS and should be celebrated. It means their brain just learned more about risk-taking and their body learned more about their physical environment. So I don’t want to make this a fortress. A guardrail is important, but a cage will make them unsafe in the long run. Not that anyone does that, but I’m justifying my only one-rail choice. Will they jump from top to bottom? Maybe. But I’m not going to create a padded room. They’ll learn and they won’t be reckless.
We also have a railing going up the stairs/ladder to help with stability. I’m LOVING those brass details.
There are little-hidden cabinets inside, that don’t hold much but could house water, a nightlight and favorite books.
The outside of the cabinetry has the same grooves that WERE in the kitchen cabinetry (that we’ve since changed to be easier to clean) with cute little latches. When opened, it would have a pretty clad interior. This is the same wood that is at the back of the bed built-ins and some of the ceilings because it echoes the tones of the living room ceiling (we didn’t want to all of a sudden jump into a hardwood like walnut or teak and this cedar is really pretty).
The same cedar is on the headboard wall and adds a ton of warmth and texture to the room. We wanted a darker, cozier feeling in here so that dark green and wood combo does it and obviously feels very “mountain-y.”
I’m VERY excited for this. Our GC has an in-house carpentry studio and he quoted us $7,500 – $8,500. I was very scared it was going to be cost prohibitive after we did all the renderings, but since we had to do this build out with the wall, doing something custom was necessary or else we would have had to lose a foot of the room.
Here’s an “in action” walkthrough of it all:
I’m so excited about it and so grateful for a design team who can do these beautiful renderings that help get the design and details dialed in early on. But if you have any suggestions or concerns, speak up now because it’s going into production!
The kids will love them and have so much fun! We had a bunk room and it was great, although VERY hard to make the beds. I’m sure you will be thoughtful about it but do some test runs with sheets and blankets, because making the bunks ended up driving me a bit crazy.
Exactly my thought. And based on experience, it’s even harder when there is a double bed on the bottom.
LOL that was my first thought too, making up bunk beds is NO fun!
This! We have bunkbeds for our kiddos, and I basically have to halfway lift out the top mattress to put the darn fitted sheet on it. Shop for bunk mattresses (which are thankfully 6 inches instead of 14 or whatever) that are lighter, in case you also realize the feats of strength are the only way to change sheets.
Also – I love the design! Looks beautiful, and well thought-out.
Bedding from Beddy’s!
We gave the mattresses in our bunk room an “upholstered” look (removable, washable mattress covers in upholstery weight quilted fabric) and had sleeping bags made in a coordinating fabric that are easily washable and makes it so easy for the kids to make their beds each morning.
Beddy’s is the answer to this problem! They are wonderful – and my kids don’t even have bunk beds (just beds that are pushed up against the wall on one side).
Great idea! Did a seamstress make the sleeping bags?
That sounds cool
I love the Smithhanes inspiration photo (the one with stairs right above the pipes one). I am digging your design too except for the top safety rail. For that, 1) I want it to tie into the wall and basically be an L instead of having the wall-side up-down post, since I think an L will look cleaner and also be structurally stronger. 2) I want the rail to be rounded. As an adult who has gouged herself on a nightstand more than once, I want rounded edges near my face at night.
I like the idea of an L rail also and rounded. I kept wanting the rail to be the brass also. Making the beds is a real challenge. My queen bed has to be against the wall and it is VERY difficult but because of the size of the room there is no other choice, i.e. bunk beds. Hummm, maybe there is an new magic tutorial out there.
Drawl on top of it.
Interesting. I like this configuration for the rails better than an L; this seems more balanced. If one side tied into the wall, I’d want the other side to tie into the end post.
I like the idea of an L rail as well. As they get bigger, they definitely will just sit in that spot and jump down and that was one of my favorite parts of my bunk bed growing up!
The plan is lovely, but I’m worrying about making those beds.
Having just spent a week in my family place, which has a bunkroom and also a separate cabin with a bed that has a twin on top and a double on bottom, I’m trying to figure out how you will make those beds. It is really hard to put sheets on a top bunk, especially when there is a safety bar. And it’s even harder when there’s a double bed beneath. And the double bed isn’t exactly easy either, when there’s another bed right above it. I bumped my head twice just putting on a mattress pad.
The plan is great, don’t change a thing – but if you can think of a nifty way to make changing sheets less acrobatic, please let us know. Maybe if the mattresses were light enough to come down and the sheets were like pillow cases? Or if they were fitted sheets that had some way of holding the sides in place while you toss it back up into place?
Is a great resource for easy to use sheets and blankets meant for kids rooms and bunk beds. Created by a mom who realized making a bunk bed was really difficult and starting making beddy’s as a solution.
So where /how do you access the plumbing? I want all the deets! Also, I stayed in a bunk set up like this (with other 20/30 yr old adults) for a vacation at a lake and FREAKING LOVED IT! They had power outlets built in the most convenient spots that I wouldn’t have even thought to have considered (for our phone charging obsessed world). The whole thing was hands. down. amazing.
Yes, sad but true — always put plugs near every bedside.
Yes! Definitely make sure there are charging outlets by each bunk… Even if your kids don’t have smart phones now, other guests might!
The power outlets by each bed was going to be my comment too. I saw an outlet in the rendering, inside the lower cabinet, so that solves the issue on the lower beds. I was also thinking that’s best for adult guests who unfortunately are glued to our phones at all times.
I haven’t been following this process closely so please excuse the newb question, but….why did you remove the closet in the bunk room and add a staircase?? Seems like such an odd choice. Love the rich color you and mix of wood and brass though! So cozy.
The staircase goes up to a little attic room and there’s a still a small closet under the stairs.
What if the drawers on the lower bunks have a larger “face” that allows for a consistent, even border on the front? (Even if when you open the drawer, the interior would be shallow, since the mattress takes up half the depth.) Or have a fake matching drawer front above the working one, to really make it look custom? Second the rounded edges of the bars, too.
My suggestion is make the top bunk low enough that you reach the top mattress to change the sheets. Use fitted sheets to make it easier to make.
In terms of the bottom bunk – can you make it a trestle bed style so that you can pull it out when needed but push it away when not required and makes access to the top bunk easier?
Also – having a full sized double bed under the top bunk makes a very tempting landing spot for children to dive onto from the top!
This is gorgeous, they are going to have so much fun (and they’re definitely going to jump off the top bunks)
Love, love, love this! My in laws built a bunk room in their new house for the grandkids and they all love it! Each has their own little space. They each decorate them differently with washi taped art work..it’s too cute.
Someone mentioned a charging outlet and love that idea as the kids age and of course when you have adult weekends and friends stay in the bunk room. Bed schmed. Yes, bunk beds are a pain in the arse to make, but the fun outweighs the not so fun!
Oh the memories your family will make in this home! So excited for you.
Agreed! Maybe the outlets can be tucked in the cabinets as long as there is room to lay an iPhone in there too… not that they will have phones anytime soon. Or they could be placed in a non visible way along the book shelves. This room is going to be the setting for so many wonderful memories for your kids 🙂
Can you adopt me? I want to be a kid that gets to sleep in this room. Just stunning.
These are amazing and honestly that price is sort of amazing for building something of that quality out! I am stealing a tip from Chris Loves Julia but it’s a smart one… make sure you have somewhere besides the light itself to control the lights, otherwise when the kiddos fall asleep (especially up top) with the light on, you won’t be able to turn it off. Can’t wait to see this one!
That is a really thoughtful comment (about the lights). I agree!
GREAT IDEA about the second switch for the lights away from the bunk for parents. Brilliant!
love them plan! I would highly highly recommend putting outlets in each bunk. We have this same condition at a vacation home and as an adult with things to charge, phones, ipads, ect.. outlets in each bunk is such a life saver!
What computer modeling program and rendering program do you guys use? The drawings look amazing and love the design of the bunk beds!
I second this question! I also LOVE the design. It’s so friggin’ cute.
I second this question! I thought maybe it’s sketchup with a light rendering plug-in? Also, I LOVE the design. So friggin’ cute!.
I’d also love to use what program/software you are using 🙂
What a fabulous room it will be!
You guys are right! We use Sketchup to model the interiors and the SU Podium plug-in with SKP to make the renderings! You can add the lights that you want using the plug-in and it also comes with a lighting warehouse 🙂
Great, thank you Emily!
Another caution about doing some thinking ahead of time about changing the beds. My girls have twin bunks with the thinner mattress, which on one hand are helpful since I can literally take the top mattress down to change it. (That said, fitted sheets don’t fit well, so I found these bungee cord clip things to keep the sheets on tightly.) We recently got “bunk bed hugger” comforters, which have been amazing – the bottom edge is like a fitted sheet, and I was able to specify the mattress depth so there’s not five extra feet of comforter flapping around – much easier for my girls to deal with!
I love the idea of a bunk room though, so fun!
The bunk room will be so much fun, but the bed making is a nightmare! Maybe you can do something with a sleeping bag/ sleepsac situation with a bottom mattress cover that doesn’t need to be changed as often…. The bed rail as is is a little concerning to me as we did have one er run for chin stitches after a jumping on the bed and falling on a corner incident. Maybe a railing more like the first example would work. My son’s bunk bed had a single board, attached to the vertical with some sort of bracket that allowed easy removal, which sort of helped with bedmaking… Also, I’m not sure I’d even bother with the cabinet doors as they just seem like an opportunity for injury, and the shelves wold look great even without them…
There are zip off sheets made specially for bunk beds to make them easier to change. Also check out Beddies – it’s an all in one set that somehow goes on a bunk bed. I’ve never tried this but it looks pretty clever.
I have a whole Pinterest board of bunkrooms and no kids! I don’t know what it is but I love the look of them.
Random aside – I really struggled with my vote on the kitchen design because I preferred option 1, but thought the cabinet fronts were extremely busy and the white looked way busier than the gray. The note that you went another direction made me really happy:)
Love the built-in bunk beds! Chris Loves Julia did that for their girls in the girl’s shared bedroom. You should def check it out, it turned out really nice. Great inspiration in the post Emily. I can’t wait to see what you do, your kids will LOVE the bunk beds, and they will def jump from the top bunk!
I 2nd this. They added light switches that were accessible to the parents on the outside edges of the beds to avoid having to climb up and turn off lights if a kiddo falls asleep with the light on. Also, charging plugs in each section is genius.
Can you design the stair to hinge up for added storage and/or great hiding spot for the kids’ hide and seek games? That would be fun.
Check out Beddy’s for the bedding. I bought a set for our twin over full bunk beds and it was money well spent.
We had a bunk for 15 years. It is a pain to change the sheets, but not impossible. I would just forego the flat sheet because making the bed daily is not very easy either. As for the shelves on the bottom beds, I would suggest foregoing the doors. Bunks are tricky as it is without having doors swinging out handy for banging elbows or heads. Otherwise, gorgeous! Your kids will love them (until they are teenagers :)!
Can you envision a situation where an adult might need to sleep in one of those twin top bunks? I’m curious if that opening at the top of the ladder is big enough for an adult to crawl through.
I’m pretty sure this bunk room is going to be the most pinned/IG image of 2018/2019!!
I like it but it definitely looks California new traditional (the brass, sharp railing corners and green color) and doesn’t look Scandinavian at all.
Ugh I hate bunk beds because the beds are a nightmare to make. But loving this rendering!
This is really great! What color green is this?
We did built-in bunks and it turned out beautifully! My one suggestion is to make sure there’s a way to turn off those bunk lights that doesn’t include you climbing over sleeping children! We put them all on switches that are easy to reach from inside AND outside the bed!
That is beautiful! I would add that I would definitely bump the bed out to a queen. I have even seen and slept on awesome twin/full over king bunks that don’t look big in the room. I assume the king is too big for this room but the full bed size ends up being too small way faster than you think. You won’t EVER regret having that extra space. The bunks will last for the kids much longer and be usable by adults and guests that are couples for years after the full beds are a no-go. I agree with having and outlet that has a USB plug also. I have a friend who had the sheets she chose for her bunk beds sewn together(flat to the fitted) at the bottom and along the one side that would be tucked into the wall side of the bed. That kept the bed from having to be tucked in all the time on the interior side. Much easier to keep tidy and to make up. Also, you can still choose your own sheets that way!
I was thinking queens too if possible. Depending on how many people you plan on staying here and space.
A full would be fine for kids/cuddling and teens/solo people… but two adults need a queen. I’m 5’10 my husband is 6′ we’re broad shouldered people, we cannot sleep together in a full.
Love, love the design and wouldn’t mind spending time in there. I only have a suggestion to not use handles that stick out on the bottom drawers. You will bump into those ALL the time when you walk by, get out of bed or just swing your legs out of bed.
Have you already told us which bathroom the kids will use? I’m guessing they will wind up in yours for the next few years?
Mic drop. These are AMAZING! What an absolute kid paradise! Way to go, Team EHD!
We just put in a bunk room in our cabin and it is now the favourite room in the house! Making the beds is an actual nightmare but I view it as my cardio for the day. I intentionally didn’t put any power outlets near the lights/shelf area because I’m trying to fight the going to sleep with my phone thing but my contractor and electrician thought I was crazy to not do that. It may be something you consider??
This looks super cozy and fun. My note: the drawer handles for the bottom bed storage look like potential foot/ankle/shin scrapers, and maybe an unintended place for small feet to use as a foot rest/step, which could pull the handles off the drawers over time. You might consider a recessed drawer pull (like a campaign style where the handle sits flush and pops out when needed), which would give you that metal accent there, or a no-handle style drawer front. Anything that doesn’t protrude.
I second this!
great suggestion -a campaign style handle to save both shins aaand the gorgeous-against-that-deep-green brass element (I just had a flash of someone missing their landing while jumping from above and landing on the existing protruding brass handles -ouch!). of course beddys already exist (created specifically to make changing sheets on a bunk bed simpler -I like the ones Chris and Julia are using a lot) but, i also loved a previous suggestion of having the fitted and flat sheet sewn together -just think of all the possibilities to customize bedding : )
soooo much fun watching this educational/inspiring/beautiful project come together!
ps. I am hoping to come meet your Portland Fixer Upper this weekend : )
The book ledge and rail is awesome!
I agree that I’d rethink the safety bar. Those sharp corners look rough and if its flat on top its inviting kids to rest things on there that will inevitably fall and smack the person on the bottom bunk. I’d also think through the lighting. You might need something very flush to the wall or with a bulb that is covered so it isn’t glaring into little faces.
This is perfection. I am so excited!
I love all the little details like the brass brackets on the sides of the stairs, and the outlets in the cupboards. As for changing the sheets, I make the kids climb up there and do it at our house. They are perfectly capable. Stretchy jersey sheets seem to be easiest.
Love it!! They are going to be so fun and beautiful!
Having recently done the hostel circuit in Asia… outlets in each bunk are a must. Also maybe think about curtains. I know that the bottom bunk can’t have them but depending on the ceiling light situation, being in the top bunk is direct line of sight for the lights. (especially when it gets accidentally turned on in the middle of the night) Bottom bunks seem to have a little more protection with the top bunk above them.
I’m also wondering if not building the mattresses into the the bunks but having them more on a platform (most of the examples were like that), would make it easier to make the beds? Worth a thought anyway. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Another vote for considering curtains…but for a different reason. When I was a kid, we would go on family vacations to a lake cottage with a bunk room. The bunks had curtains we could pull shut, which made the bed feel like a special little fort. I would set up my books, squirrel away cool rocks and pinecones, and as I got older, write bad poetry in a diary! It was heaven. To this day my siblings, cousins, and I recall those curtained twin beds as the coolest part of the vacation, even over the fishing, games, swimming, and s’mores!
Making the top bunk is terrible. Would not do it again!
eh to all the PPs- making a bunk bed is annoying but not a deal breaker. I remember having to acrobatically make my lofted XL twin in college and it was fine, you get used to it. I have a tough time making my Queen sized bed solo! Love love love this room
Absolutely ADORE this! The color scheme is so sexy and sophisticated (hope the kids will appreciate that as much as the adults – ha).
One thing that I wanted to mention was a privacy curtain – probably not necessary for a cottage bunk room with children, but I once stayed in a cool hostel in Europe with privacy curtains on the bunks (obviously quite necessary in a hostel) and it was so cozy and fun! I realize that this may take away from the streamlined look that you have now, but it could probably be made into a discreet design feature.
Loving these updates! Can’t wait to see the finished product.
I’ll preface this by saying that I have 3 under 5 (almost 6 years old!). Bunk beds are hard to make, yes. But, even worse, is cleaning bunk beds when your kids are still potty-training + having bad dreams + any kind of little kid night time issue. Cleaning any body fluid from a sick kid is just 100% harder on a bunk bed. And, if they have a bad dream or just need some extra love, it’s nearly impossible to snuggle into bed next to them if they’re on the top bunk.
USB sockets so iPads can be plugged in while movie watching.
As others have brought up, I would seriously consider curtains. It helps if one child is sleeping when another comes in, or if one wants a nightlight and another doesn’t, or if one is an introvert (for whom bunk rooms may be a stretch anyway) and wants some private time and space to relax.
I would also look for a way to make the cupboard doors fold back and away or in (or something!) so that it can be left open at night without worry about bonking one’s head. And then put an outlet in the cupboard. That way it can be left open to see the nightlight, or reach the water, or check the time on the phone. It would be significantly less functional if you have to open it in the middle of the night, or find somewhere else to put the nightlight.
I love this idea!
I also love your fold away doors idea! It can looks streamlined when you are showing it off but accessible all the other times!
I was thinking the full on bottom takes away from the fun…too grown up
My kid would’ve totally made that his playspace, which I think is much better than trying to keep a kid in his dayclothes from bringing toys into his cozy, clean bed. Up for sleeping, down for playing or a 3 minute snuggle with mom.
I want to build a loft sleeping area for my teenage son. How much headroom should I go be him. I’m condo-huning in Berlin, where 2-4 m ceilings are common. He’s 6’ now and still growing, so I figure he needs 2m or maybe 7’ to be able to walk underneath, or I could make that closet/desk space to give him more room up above.
This looks like a classy bunkroom. What goes on the other side of the room to balance out such a big, dark piece? One thing I’d change: use a bar for the safety rail. I bet roughhousing could break that wood.
Your approach to I juries is refreshing. For years, people thought I was crazy mom for thinking experience is the best teacher, as long it doesn’t take too many stitches.
While these look so lovely in photos, they are a nightmare to keep looking like the photos. 1. Impossible to tuck in the blankets on the wall side. We tried remedy with fitted flat sheet and duvet folded at the end of bed. Still it was really hard to get the flat sheet on.
The comment section is rocking with the ideas! I am making a list for future projects. The only thing I find aesthetically awkward is the top left corner… I understand the ceiling prevents it from matching the top right corner, but have you considered painting the top the same white as the ceiling to camouflage the corner? And then going with a natural wood on the bottom? Or just paint everything white?
I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it, but good idea to make it match. Another option would be to add a slanted board on the right side to mirror the ceiling on the left?
I’ve designed a lot of bunk beds for clients over the years and here are two things I’ve learned:
1 – Double check the guardrail height on the top bunk! After adding bedding to a 12″ mattress, we often end up just a few inches from the top of the guardrail, and it sort of defeats it’s purpose of keeping bodies from falling out! Unless you know you are going with a mattress that is less than 12″ deep, keep this in mind, you may want to make the rail taller!
2 – Sconce placement! Once the pillows are in [and there’s usually a sleeping pillow, a decorative sham and an accent pillow] the sconces are too far in the corner and the pillows run into them! You may want to consider pushing it away from the corner a few more inches!
Love the ladder design and those brass details! 🙂
Sorry if this is a repeat, I commented hours ago and waited, I know sometimes there’s a delay, but I think I actually need submitted it. ANYWAY, I think this is a dream room at a mountain getaway house! It is a pain to make bunk beds, but like another said, it’s not a deal breaker. Something else I would consider, If it’s not a safety issues (getting entangled in hanging items) is adding low profile non threatening to eyeballs pegs! Littles will definitely use those nooks for pretend play and pegs would be perfect for safari backpacks, stethoscopes, random kid weird toys that become treasures. And for teens, perfect for owning and personalizing the space…hanging hats, purses, whatever personal items. I love pegs and hooks!
Agree with pp that mentioned taller drawer faces. That’d be a nice touch. This rendering is beautiful and the cost for FOUR CUSTOM BEDS seems like a great deal!
Dont think this could be any better – It’s perfect!
I just love the green and the wood!
A question about the outlet – is the only one in the hidden cabinet? If so, I would want my head that direction (for easier phone access) as well as making it easier to sleep-whisper to the person in the bunk across the way. But the sconce is on the other side, implying you sleep with your head that way. Food for thought!