Find Out Why This Family of Seven All Sleep in One Big Bed (PHOTOS)
The sleeping arrangement in this Texas couple’s home is not exactly what you’d expect: Elizabeth and Tom Boyce sleep in the same bed as their five children.
Because the family travels so often, the kids became accustomed to sleeping together in a small camper or hotel room. When they would return home to sleep in separate rooms, “bedtime was full of tears and fights,” Elizabeth says in a blog post.
Co-sleeping seemed like the answer to their problem, so Elizabeth used two Ikea beds to create a mega-bed that accommodates the whole family.
“When she mentioned it, the kids were in the bedrooms tearing the beds apart already,” Tom tells PEOPLE. “They were like, ‘Let’s go! Let’s do this!’ They were ecstatic.”
Elizabeth and Tom sleep in a king size bed on the floor with their 1-year-old Elijah. Zach, 11, sleeps in a twin-size bed on their right and Owen, 3, is in a toddler bed on their left. Ben, 7, and Izzy, 9, sleep in the lofted beds above them. The professional portrait photographer has even outlined instructions for families looking to recreate the bed.
And while the arrangement is working for their family, the couple — who run the blog Wandering the World Below — did have some kinks to work out, including finding space for their alone time.
“Sex doesn’t have to happen in a bed,” says Elizabeth. “There are plenty of 16 year olds who ended up in the back seat of a car to prove that! I think what it boils down to is your lack of imagination.”
Now that their bed has gone viral, Tom says they are taking all the attention in stride.
“It’s just a bed. It’s a bed and we sleep there,” he says. “But it’s interesting, it’s fun and my kids are having a blast with it.”
And if the fun ever stops, they are by no means tied to their situation.
“I don’t expect this to be a long term solution but it’s what works for us right now,” he says. “And everybody is getting the rest they need, so we’re going to run with it.”
—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone