I've been agonizing over this for like a year. Feel free to ignore me. Typing stuff out helps me think ;).
I'm sure I've mentioned at least a hundred times that my DH sleeps in Teagan's room because he has a bad back. Our bed is lovely. It's a queen size pillow top that cost an arm and a leg. We got it just before DH herniated a disc and had to sleep on the floor for 3 months. Anyway, it's too soft for him. Every time we have company and he sleeps in our bed with me, his back becomes aggravated and he spends a few days in agony. The bed in Teagan's room is my crappy old full size that I bought for $150 at MattressMart (or something). We bought a cheap foam topper for it and put it directly on the floor and its actually quite comfortable now. Problem is, its too small for the three of us, especially since Teagan is a SERIOUS bed hog. I don't intend on giving up co-sleeping for awhile longer still and I'll co-sleep with the next baby.
This setup is not ideal. I kinda want my husband to sleep in the same bed as me. If we ever plan on having another baby, it's sort of required. So, I've been thinking and come up with two solutions. We need to keep this purchase under about $600 because we have some house stuff that really needs to get done soon.
#1 - Buy a cheap firm King size mattress and foam topper. It probably won't be as comfy for me but at least I'll have my hubby back in bed with me. I'm just worried that a cheap box spring will sag within a few months and we'll be up $hit creek without a mattress. We could just put it on the floor but I like having the storage under the bed. Where else will all of Teagan's clothes go?! Maybe a thick board under the bed will do the trick?
#2 - Buy 2 cheap firm Twin mattresses, strap them together and throw on a foam topper. Apparently, people do this? It's roughly the same size as a King (2 inches wider). DH seems to think this will be cheaper. I think he's wrong. I also think it'll be a pain to find sheets that fit well. He argues that we'll be able to take them apart some day and use them as beds for the munchkins. Perhaps by then his back won't be so bad and we can go back to using our queen, which we'll keep in Teagan's room as a guest bed.
Anywho, a few questions for you ladies. Does option number 2 sound as silly to you as it does to me? For you co-sleepers, what size bed do you have? Anyone have a King; does it really make for that much more room? At what age do most kids transition to a regular bed? Is there a reason a toddler bed can't be a queen (spoiled little monkey, taking my dreamy mattress ;))? Anyone see a problem with us using our queen as a bed for both our munchkins down the line (like a community monkey bed)? Anyone have bunkbeds; do they take small or large twin mattresses? Anyone ever rigged up 2 twins to make a king? Can anyone come up with a really good reason not to buy used mattresses (DH isn't buying that I'm totally skeeved and that it might come with bed bugs)?