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Does it feel like you don’t have enough space in your home or apartment? Yeah, us too. The stuff of small humans just takes up so much space—and a kids bed is usually a pretty major furniture item and an even more major space-sucker. So, whether your kids are room-sharing (#apartmentlife), you want an extra sleeping option for sleepovers and visiting cousins, or you want a bed that does double duty as a play area / treehouse / you name it, a bunk bed can be a fantastic investment. But safety comes first, so we talked bunk bed guidelines with Dr. Lara McKenzie, principal investigator for the Center for Injury Research.
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McKenzie, who works with the website Make Safe Happen, notes that while bunk beds can be convenient space-saving sleeping arrangements, there are an estimated 36,000 nonfatal bunk bed-related injuries each year. “Children get hurt in bunk beds playing or sleeping—these injuries are from falls, jumps, ladders, bed malfunctions and striking the bed,” she says, noting that bunk injuries are more severe than those related to conventional beds.
So if you go with a bunk bed, make sure you look at brands and styles that meet current safety standards—and rule out homemade or hand-me-down bunks. And don’t forget to check that the model you buy has not been recalled at recalls.gov; “There are a lot of bunk bed recalls,” cautions McKenzie.
Then, when setting up bunk beds, make sure there are guardrails on either side of the top bunk that are at least 5 inches above the mattress—and that have gaps 3.5 inches or smaller to prevent kids from getting stuck or falling out. McKenzie also recommends placing bunk beds in the corner of the room (and away from ceiling fans, obviously), so there are walls on both sides. “Discourage children from playing on or under the bunk beds,” she adds, also warning: Only one person on the top bunk!
To prevent nighttime falls, use a nightlight for those ladder-climbing bathroom breaks—and clear any objects from around the bed. Also, children under 6 shouldn’t sleep on the top bunk, period. Find out more about furniture safety with the free app Make Safe Happen.
And now comes the fun part: choosing a bunk bed that meets all those standards and is still somewhere your child will get psyched to sleep. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, elegant, fantastical and oh-so-safe bunk beds that will make you want to be a kid again—and will let your kids rule their room (and corner the sleepover market too). Read on for ideas.
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BJ’s Berkley Jensen Twin Over Twin Size Bunk Bed
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This strutctured twin over twin bunk bed converts into two twin beds to suit your preference, but the solid pine piece with beadboard accents is beyond sturdy vertically, too. Here’s the bonus: the Berkley Jensen bunk bed comes in twin over full size, too, in both white (shown) and walnut finishes.
Berkley Jensen Twin Over Twin Size Bunk Bed $299.99, originally $399.99
Better Homes & Gardens Leighton Solid Wood Twin-over-Twin Convertible Bunk Bed
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The Leighton Bunk Bed is one of the prettiest we’ve seen. It’s crafted from solid wood and has sleek lines that go with just about any room design. The bed has horizontal safety slats and a four-step ladder that kiddos can easily climb. If the brown stain doesn’t match your design vibe, be sure to check out the bed in the black, gray, and white options.
Leighton Solid Wood Twin-over-Twin Convertible Bunk Bed $224, originally $249.00
DHP Dusty Twin over Full Metal Bunk Bed
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Consider this Walmart find the ultimate Barbie pink bunk bed! It’s perfect for kids who love vibrant, fun colors or anyone who can’t get enough of the classic, iconic Mattel dolls. The metal bunk offers a twin-over-full design that gives plenty of space for sharing a room or sleepovers.
DHP Dusty Twin over Full Metal Bunk Bed $178, originally $274.38
Donco Kids Mission Bunk Bed with Trundle Bed
Image Credit: Donco Kids
A minimalist mama’s dream, this bunk ain’t cheap, but it will stand the test of time—and look cool doing it. Add this gray color bunk, and you’ve got a chic kids’ room that will never go out of style. The bed has no frills or designs, making it an excellent option that will grow with your kids.
Donco Kids Mission Bunk Bed with Trundle Bed $647.00
Daury Twin over Full Bunk Bed
Image Credit: Wayfair
This modern bunk bed is so easy to put together, thanks to its smart construction. The bottom features a full-size bed for your older kiddo and a twin bed up top for your younger child.
Harriet Bee Daury Bunk Bed $272. 99, originally $447.00
Deer Blind Bunk Bed Loft
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Bunk beds usually don’t offer much privacy, but this set is an exception. It comes with tent kit, which will add shades to your child’s bunk bed. The shades have mini-windows to look out of, which makes this bed set feel even more like a house.
Deer Blind Bunk Bed Loft w/ Tent Kit $1,013.23
West Elm x PBKids
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This chic midcentury-modern collab between decor favorites Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm is one bunk your kids will cherish all the way through college. Just look at that elegant matching dresser, too—this is a bunk bed for old souls if we ever saw one.
West Elm x PBK Mid-Century Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Bed $1,799.00
Dorel Living Milton Junior Twin Loft Bed, Espresso
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This twin loft bed isn’t a traditional bunk per se, but add a twin mattress underneath and it transforms into one for when your friends spend the night. Then just store the mattress to convert the under-bed area back into a play space for your own kid.
Dorel Living Milton Junior Twin Loft Bed $159.00
Max & Lily Bunk Twin
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This high-quality bed frame is made of New Zealand pine and boasts a nontoxic low-VOC finish that’s safe for your littles. Plus the low bottom bunk offers easy access for wobbly toddlers (and middle-of-the-night potty training).
Max & Lily Low Bunk Bed $519.99
Powell Twin Over Full Jayden Bunk Bed
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This stylish twin-over-full set is anything but an eyesore, thanks to its curved design. The shape is even echoed with the ladder.
Powell Twin Over Full Jayden Bunk Bed $745. 99
Pottery Barn Kids Secret Treehouse Bunk Beds Set
Image Credit: Pottery Barn Kids.
Your kids will spend all of their time in this upper bunk, reading and make-believing. It comes in navy, white or brown.
Pottery Barn Kids Tree House Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Bed $2,799.00
Donco Twin Over Full Campsite Loft Bunk Bed
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It doesn’t get much more glamorous than this “campsite” loft bunk bed that’s basically two beds and a treehouse and a playset all in one. Plus, the rustic gray finish will blend with your actual adult-house decor in a way that will last—and won’t make you want to replace it with something less garish when your kids hit kindergarten.
Donco Twin/Full Campsite Loft $833.63, originally $916.00
Vogu Triple Bunk Beds
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For parents of three, this streamlined bunk bed system won’t take up too much space. It even has a built-in deck underneath the third bunk, which can serve as your kids’ study space.
Crate & Barrel Adaptable Bunk Beds
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Short on space? This bunk bed set can be set up ontop of the lower bed or across the top or bottom, like shown in this photo.
Crate & Barrel Abridged White Glaze Low Twin Bunk Bed $1,798 each
Costzon Twin Bunk
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This adorable bunk bed works with kids of any gender — and any room-design taste. Plus, it gets rave reviews on Amazon.
Costzon Twin Bunk $339.99 on Amazon.com
Cabina Bunk Bed
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A minimalist mama’s dream, this bunk ain’t cheap but it will stand the test of time — and look cool doing it. Add that yellow-and-gray color scheme and you’ve got a Scandinavian-chic kids room that will never go out of style.
Cabina Bunk Bed $1,800.00
Room & Board Fort Bunk Bed
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The Fort bunk bed from Room & Board comes in beautiful colors like blossom pink and ocean blue. Further customize your duo by choosing a twin-over-twin size or a twin-over-double.
Bonus: The beds can separate for when kids age out (or just decide on a reorg). Made of sturdy steel, the fort bunk complies with or exceeds all safety standards.
Room & Board Fort Bunk $2,099.00
Harper & Bright Stairway Bunk Bed with Trundle
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Be prepared for sleepovers with this Harper & Bright solid wood bunk bed — it has a pull-out trundle underneath! Additionally, it can be separated into two beds if you need to separate later on, and its staircase (with drawers!) can be positioned on either the right or the left side.
Harper & Bright Stairway Bunk Bed with Twin Size Trundle and Storage Drawers $512.99 on Amazon.com
DHP Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed
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This metal-framed bunk bed may look utilitarian, but it’s easy to dress it up (just look at that mauve bedding!). It’s also a perfect pick for kids who want an easy sleepover-buddy option — but the ability to sprawl out in a full-size bed for their day-to-day.
DHP Twin-Over-Full Bed $178.00, originally $359.00 on Amazon.com
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25 Fun Bunk Beds for Kids
Whether you have a small space or just really the kids to share a bedroom, bunk beds will take their sleeping arrangements to a whole new level. From designer bunk beds to bunk beds with stairs, the only limit for these lofty projects is your imagination (and your ceiling height). And who knows? With these clever designs, sleeping in your kid’s room may not be such a bad option after all.
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Full-Twin Bunk Bed Combo
Rooms to Go
If you’ve got an older kid sharing with a younger sibling, this full/twin combo bunk bed will make a room feel like it belongs to everyone. Plus, the steps have built-in storage and one side is a storage chest, so it’s perfect for a shared bedroom. Get the details at Rooms to Go.
Convertible Bunk Bed
They want twin beds—no—they want a bunk bed! Lucky for you, Delta Children has a brand-new convertible bunk bed with guard rails and a ladder that can be converted into twin beds.
Mid-Century Bunk Bed
If you love all things Mid Century, then this bunk bed from West Elm will be a perfect fit in your kids’ room. We also love that the ladder is fixed, so there’s no worry that someone will dislodge it. Get details at West Elm.
Bunk Beds with Built Ins
We love the built-in shelves that line this twin over full bunk bed idea from designer Bailey McCarthy. It’s perfect for older kids and allows for sibling sharing rooms to have their own decorative space. See the bunk beds over at Bailey McCarthy.
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DIY Designer Bunk Bed
Jewel Marlowe, interior designer and prolific DIY-er, upgraded a standard wooden bunk bed into this luxurious room-stopper in just seven easy steps. Head over to her blog Jeweled Interiors for the step-by-step instructions and see for yourself the amazing photo transformation before photo—you’ll never look at a bunk bed in the same way again.
Tess Neustadt via Amber Interiors
If your kid’s (or your) taste tends to eschew on the less juvenile side, get inspired by Amber Interior’s bunk bed situation that was made with timeless design in mind. This modern marvel, complete with stairs and built-in bookcases may be the best twin bed over a full bunk bed that we’ve ever seen. Don’t be surprised if your kids never want to leave their room.
Triple Bunk Beds
Foxhole Farmhouse via Instagram
The problem with a lot of bunk beds is that they look, well, out of place. This triple-bunk by Foxhole Farmhouse looks as if it has always been in this space thanks to custom woodwork like moldings and shiplap. For the full instructions on how these clever DIY-ers maximized this corner in their house, check out the «Bunk Tutorial» on their Instastories.
Sleek and simple, this bunk design by Vardehaugen Architects, a firm located in Norway, nails the privacy and space issue while maximizing the hygge feel of course.
Bunk with Stairs
Instead of a ladder, which might be scary for little kids, this one has a set of stairs (keeping bunk bed ideas for toddlers in mind) that’ll take your little one to dreamland. Plus, with an extra pull-out trundle and built-in cupboards, this one is perfect for sharing among family and friends. More details at Wayfair.
Built-In Ladder Bunk Bed
We love how the ladder is built into the side of this bunk bed from Crate&kids, saving additional floor space, not to mention the rolling twin bed feature that allows you to change the positioning of the lower mattress from parallel to perpendicular to the bunk. More details at Crate&kids.
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Bunk for One
Room & Board
Kids that don’t have to share a room can enjoy the perks of bunk living too. This loft-style IKEA bed allows for the top to be used as the sleeping space, and the area below as a reading nook or even a study space, which is ideal for a small room. More details at IKEA
Navy & Brass Bunk
We love how Sarah Barnard Design tackled this kid’s bedroom. While bunk beds don’t traditionally don’t scream privacy, the addition of individual curtains on the bunks coupled with the private desk alcoves all but guarantees that each kid will have plenty of space to themselves.
Cottage Chic Bunk Bed
Dangerfield Woodcraft via Etsy
Wake up and play in this fully customizable farm fresh-inspired bunk that comes complete with flower boxes and a handy trundle space that can be used for storage or extra sleeping space. More details at Etsy.
Tractor Bunk Bed
For those kids that love tractors more than trains, this DIY bunk bed pays tribute to the iconic brand John Deere including an exact color match and those can’t miss decals. If you want to make one for your own little hauler, all the details (including measurements!) can be found at the blog Rucker Rendevouz.
LEGO Bunk Bed
Suzanne Nichols Design Group
The Suzanne Nichols Design Group took their inspiration from one of childhood’s most clever toys and designed a room that any master builder (or master builder in training) will want to cozy up in thanks to the eye-popping colors and brick-inspired steps.
Industrial Modern Bunk Beds
Kimberly Gavin via Massucco Warner Miller
The metallic frame on this bunk bed looks like it is made from plumbing parts. It lends an industrial modern edge to the room and successfully mixes and matches with the classic Hudson Bay bedding. The whole look is pulled together by interior design company Massucco Warner Miller.
If you’ve got triplets (we salute you!) or three kids sharing a room, this modern, made-to-order bunk bed set from Amazon could be the answer to your prayers. The bottom flor bunk uses the space well, and the simple design makes for a streamlined look.
Fun & Smart Bunk Beds
Max Trix Kids
The best part about this bunk bed setup is that you can fully customize it to meet your needs. But don’t worry about feeling stuck with it—not only are the parts are reversible, but they can also be dismantled and used separately, meaning you can change the configuration as the needs of your family changes. Oh, and let’s not ignore the awesomeness of the slide. More details at Max Trix Kids.
DIY Loft Bunk
Here’s some fun math: Five people, two bedrooms, and 1000 square feet. Tight right? Well, maybe not. Thanks to this unique setup by Meg Freeman who ran the blog, Elsie Marley: Handmade and Imperfect, she found a fantastic solution for providing the best dreamscape for her growing brood. Here she created a makeshift bunk bed by building a loft above the existing bed adding «clouds» to double as a guardrail and as a decorative distraction from an unmade bed.
Groovy Bus Bunk Bed
Beep! Beep! It’s nothing but sweet dreams ahead. As his daughter’s third birthday approached, and her days in the crib were numbered, this handy dad raced to finish her adorable big kid bed. Made with real VW parts, painted in a spectacular palette of psychedelic colors, and finished just in time for the big celebration, you can see this incredible bed come together at the blog Treehouser.
Just hanging around takes on a whole new meaning with this lofty bunk bed designed by Barbara Chapartegui. Like a modern hammock suspended from strong ropes, this modern twist on traditional bunk beds is an ingenious solution to creating a shared sleeping space.
Bunk Over a Crib
Expecting a new addition to the family? Your toddler might be ready to abdicate their spot in the crib and move on up…to the top bunk! Customize your shared space with a lofted toddler bed/crib combo. This configuration features easy staircase access to the top bunk, a built-in bookcase, sturdy safety railing and shelving. The crib is even outfitted with wheels for easy mobility. More details at Casa Kids.
Treehouse Bunk Beds
Riikka Kantinkoski via Aalto Aalto
Inspired by treehouses, this bunk bed design is available in an assortment of vibrant colors and unique configurations. We love the slim and compact nature of the beds—providing maximum comfort in a minimal amount of space. More details at Aalto + Aalto.
Cozy Cabin Bunk
Mathy by Bols
The ultimate sleeping quarters for your little campers, this adorable cabin is handcrafted by a Belgian design company. The house-inspired bunk bed is great for a shared space that also doubles as a playroom. More details at Mathy by Bols.
Opting for a rock wall in lieu of a traditional ladder helped to transform these top bunks into a private space that’s definitely worth the climb. More details at Decoist.
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50 Unique Bunk Bed Models
Bunk beds are considered a must when furnishing rooms for two or more children with little age difference. The popularity of such models is due not only to saving space in the room, but also to creating a playful and fun environment with their help.
Moda Bunk Bed as a smart space organizing and storage system by R&B
Many people know that babies love to overcome obstacles in horizontal and vertical planes, climbing on high chairs, tables, and then spectacularly falling from there. And in order to control this process and make it safer, parents arrange sleeping places and even other functional areas on several levels. The use of this option is also justified in case of a shortage of separate rooms in the house.
It should be noted that the scope of modern bunk beds is not limited to children. Ergonomic and stylish design allows them to be successfully used for furnishing guest rooms. In addition, as you know, a child lives in every adult, and no one refuses to remember one of the happiest periods of his life again, at least in this way.
Each reader has the opportunity to see 50 models of similar bedroom furniture items , as well as interior design options using them.
Choosing a bunk bed, you should be guided not only by how best to save space in the nursery. After all, its shape and appearance is an equally important factor in creating comfort and proper decor for a bedroom for kids.
Using beautiful fronts and racks, complementing them with appropriate textiles, you can effortlessly get a stylish room, as well as provide your children with the required level of comfort not only for sleeping and relaxing, but also for studying and leisure.
Multifunctional bunk bed design (designed by Michael Abrams Limited)
The appearance of such furniture in the house can create a conflict situation in which children cannot share the best place to sleep. The reason for the contention can be the upper tier, which seems more interesting due to the unusual location, and the lower one, which can be decorated more richly and beautifully. You can prevent this by designing a bed with exactly the same details or by motivating kids to change beds at regular intervals. Don’t forget to consult with them too, how to arrange the furniture in the bedroom so that you can comfortably perform any maneuvers and actions in it.
Identical bunk design that eliminates rivalry between children (project by Michael Abrams Limited)
When purchasing a bunk bed, you must also consider the gender of your children. Boys are less scrupulous in matters of color and configuration. For them, the determining factor, most likely, will be the height of the structure and the possibility of unhindered movement between tiers.
Girls still need more graceful and smooth contours, delicate shades, as well as a place to place their favorite dolls, cubs and other favorite toys.
Cozy girls’ bedroom with beautifully designed furniture (Design by Savio & Rupa Interior Concepts)
If your kids are growing up aesthetes and already have some interior requirements, you might be interested in the option in the photo below. As you can see, the designers have created a kind of «kingdom of geometry» with an elegant color scheme. The whole space is formed with the help of clear lines and regular figures. In it, even the railings of the upper tier of the bed are an inseparable design element, and a stunning chair in a round capsule looks like its final and spectacular touch.
Children’s room, trendy design (project Chango & Co.)
Elegant bunk bed design for young aesthetes (project Kraig Kalashian)
White and purple color scheme in the room for little fashionistas (project Karen White Interior Design )
Modern bedroom furniture , including bunk beds, can have a variety of configurations that allow you to optimally and effectively fit it into any space.
The variant presented below is interesting in that the tiers are not parallel, but perpendicular to each other. Therefore, it can be offered to parents whose children have a large age difference. The same model may appeal to families with one child, but do not have spacious housing.
Luxurious bunk bed for a small bedroom (Karen White Interior Design)
Beds with different sizes of tiers look equally amazing. This factor can also be used for children of different age categories. One more advantage of such models should be noted: the upper level has a separate entrance, which does not interfere with the owner of the lower one.
Modern sisters bedroom with stunning bed (designed by Betty Wasserman)
And, of course, we can’t say enough about transforming beds that can be fully assembled in a matter of minutes, not only freeing up space, but also representing a kind of decor. This type of furniture is best suited for hospitable hosts who often need to provide temporary accommodation for friends, and its indisputable advantage is that beds can be installed in almost any room.
Ingenious bunk bed design (designed by Caden Design Group)
Built-in bunk furniture for large families
When designing a home, one should not forget the main design principle, which says that there are no universal solutions suitable for any room. The same rule must be taken into account when choosing beautiful bedroom furniture , and especially bunk beds, which, although they save space, are bulky items.
And if the room has a non-standard configuration or small dimensions, it is recommended to pay attention to built-in models developed by designers directly on site, taking into account all your wishes. In addition, this option is simply necessary if you need more than two beds.
Below you can see some adorable designs that will not only fit perfectly into the space, but will surely delight your children.
Adorable, casual children’s room design with twin tiered beds (Amy Maguire project)
Luxurious stylish bedroom for fidgets (project Lovelace Interiors)
Spectacular urban design for small citizens (project H&H Design)
Perfect bedroom decoration for large families (project Leonard Interiors)
It should be noted that bunk beds are popular not only for arranging children’s rooms in private homes, but also for decorating multi-bed rooms of hotels, cottages and resort complexes. At the same time, designers strive to create unique and comfortable spaces filled with an exciting and even festive atmosphere.
You will not feel alienated, bored and monotonous, as is usually the case in such establishments, but, on the contrary, you will find a sense of peace and tranquility even in the presence of a few more people.
Blue and white decor as a win-win option for the boys’ room (Lauren Leonard Interiors)
Bunk beds inside and outside the building as an original layout of the rooms (Project Raymond Forehand) h3O Architects)
Impressive classic for a stylish and comfortable bedroom (project Harman Wilde)
Separate chambers for little princesses in the castle of the Snow Queen (project Jennifer Brouwer Design)
Individual lighting for each bed, as an indicator of competent design (project Studio Frank)
Cabin Room Minimalism and Unpretentiousness (Designed by Studio Frank)
Innovative tiered bed design with smart storage
New generation bunk beds are rarely just comfortable and compact sleeping spaces. Almost every model is designed to make the most of the space of the room, including spacious drawers, shelves, a desk and even an additional sofa in their designs.
The thoughtful and smart design of quality bedroom furniture allows your children to create perfect order in a matter of minutes, disguising an unmade bed using a Murphy folding mechanism or a widely used roller device. At the same time, interior items do not look bulky, which is the secret of their success and popularity.
Bunk bed with an extra pull-out bed (project Vons Furniture)
I would like to note that architects try to approach the organization of storage systems in a non-standard way. Therefore, more and more often you can see models with original stairs that serve as both a closet and a place for games and study. And, of course, such solutions can be called not only smart, but also spectacular.
Luxurious wooden bed with plenty of drawers to store favorite toys and things (Project Vons Furniture)
Hybrid furniture design for a trendy interior of a children’s room (Project Leone Design Studio)
Bright colors — a win-win solution for decorating a bedroom for children (Project Incorporated) )
Stylish nursery interior created using original furniture fronts (project Incorporated)
Modern furniture sets are designed in such a way that they can be placed not only along the walls. See how elegantly the designers managed to divide the space into functional areas with the help of the same bunk bed.
An original way of zoning a room with furniture and color (Incorporated project)
We can’t help but say a few words about general interior design concepts in which furniture is not the focal point. As a rule, they are based on a bright idea, for example, “a picturesque glade under a fabulous maple tree” or “a room for future travelers and explorers”, and cabinets, tables, beds and various decorative elements are designed to effectively emphasize it.
Delicious Innovative Nursery Design (Project Incorporated)
Smart and stylish bedroom decor that stimulates curiosity and self-organization of children (Pearl Design project)
Spacious wardrobes and purple accents for little fashionistas (Pearl Design project)
Disciplined sports theme in the design of the boys’ room (Visbeen Architects project)
Ladders, slides and ropes are essential elements of bunk beds
Few people can provide their children with separate rooms for sleeping and playing. Therefore, when designing children’s rooms, each parent tries to combine all these zones in the existing room. And one of the important and obligatory questions in this case is competent arrangement of furniture in the bedroom . It should also be borne in mind that, unlike adults, kids are unlikely to appreciate the stylish and elegant, but boring design, which complicates the task a little.
But it must be said that designers offer significant help in solving this problem, offering beds that provide not only storage systems, but also game elements in the form of traditional stairs, a set of ropes and even slides for a fun descent from the upper tier, as well as physical development of a growing organism.
Steep slide as one of the factors to stimulate easy awakening (project Martin Perri Interiors)
Additional obstacles for a fun climb to the upper bunk (project CG&S Design-Build)
Amazing bed with a full range of entertainment elements (project CG&S Design-Build) )
Creative kids bedroom design idea (CG&S Design-Build project)
Moveable lower bunk as an additional play element (CG&S Design-Build project)
Even in a small room you can find a place for a fun slide (Cynthia Prizant — Prizant Design)
Several models of bunk beds for adults
will change their minds by looking at the bedroom designs below.
The stylish design of such furniture allows them to be successfully used in elegant bedrooms, both as comfortable places to sleep and relax, and as a non-standard and effective design of the space.
Intricate designs can even become delightful room decorations, allowing you to take a fresh look at such furniture. And, as mentioned earlier, such a furnishing scheme can even be found in some hotels and campsites.
Agree that multi-bed rooms, equipped with bunk beds, is the best haven for a large traveling company.
Delightful bedroom option for a hotel room or guest house by Shane D. Inman
An elegant and bright solution for a trendy minimalist bedroom (Design Fab project)
A cozy room with a bunk bed and competent lighting system (Knudson Interiors project)
A stylish four-bed room for a good rest (Knudson Interiors project)
Unique furniture for a delightful bedroom (Project Room & Board)
Impeccable furniture for urban style (Project Room & Board)
Elegance and charm, emphasized with effective configurations and stunning textures (Project Becky Harris)
Tiered beds that enhance rustic splendor
Many people feel that the use of such items imposes restrictions on the choice of style. However, with a competent approach to design, there are practically no prohibitions, and the problem of which furniture to choose for bedroom is extremely rare.
For example, you might imagine that for a rather scrupulous country style, bunk beds, considered a specific decor for rooms for children and teenagers, will be a charming addition, not only not disturbing the spectacular image, but also adding spice to it.
By the way, the idea of using multi-level models in a rustic interior is not so new. Recall at least the design of log cabins. In each hut there was always a Russian stove with the warmest sleeping place, a sunbed. And next to it you could often see a wide bench, also acting as a bed if necessary. Therefore, such furniture can be called an attempt to reinterpret the old design of village houses and stone castles in a new way, which was successfully implemented.
You can verify this by looking at the amazing and memorable projects in the photographs below.
Medieval castle charm transferred to a chic modern bedroom (Highline Partners project)
Upper bunk designs enrich a rustic-style room (Platinum Series by Mark Molthan)
Fairytale furniture design as a worthy addition to a child’s room (Peace Design project) )
Luxurious interiors for a chic resort: chalet in Courchevel (project Landmark Homes)
Eclectic interior with bunk bed (project Landmark Homes)
Bright and spectacular accents in the design of the children’s room (Landmark Homes project)
The video below shows some more interesting options for bunk beds in the nursery.
advantages and disadvantages, rules for choosing the best model
The choice of a bunk bed is a very responsible procedure, because sleeping places for two children are selected. The choice of a bed in itself is an extremely important and sensitive process, but the search for a bed for children must be approached very carefully. Let’s look at the main pros and cons of bunk beds for children’s rooms, and also identify the main criteria for choosing this piece of furniture.
Benefits of bunk beds
Choose bunk beds for a reason. They save space in the nursery, are quite comfortable and allow you to compactly arrange two beds in a small room. Let’s look at the main advantages of bunk beds:
- Compactness. Bunk beds are quite often chosen for two children, if the nursery is one. They are especially popular with same-sex children, who can share the same room until adulthood or even longer.
Most often, parents choose a bunk bed for children with a full bed 90×2000 cm. This will allow you to use the furniture for quite a long time without the need for additional expenses and changing the bed. If you place two such overall beds in a room, then there may not be any room for games at all, but still children love outdoor games, and this requires space. Therefore, a bunk bed can be a real salvation in a nursery for two children.
- Convenience. The bunk bed provides two full beds «for growth». This bed does not need to be folded every day like a sofa book, or otherwise transformed. The simple design provides ease of use while supporting the main purpose of this furniture — providing sleeping space.
- Saving money. Bunk beds are usually more expensive than single beds, but still do not compare in price with two single beds. The price depends on the materials used, the design of the bed itself, its dimensions.
- Possibility of use as a play area. Quite often, a bunk bed becomes the central object of a child’s room, not only for sleeping, but also for playing. There is nothing wrong with this, because children love to climb higher, make “houses” for themselves from pillows and blankets, and similar games. The main thing that is required is to monitor security.
- Durability. If the bunk bed is made of natural wood or metal, it will last for many years and retain its original appearance without needing to be repaired or replaced. This will save a lot of money without compromising the healthy sleep of children.
If you choose a high-quality bunk bed with large beds, then it can serve children 10 and 15 years old. And if the possibility of transformation into two single beds is provided, then the furniture will last even longer if necessary.
Disadvantages of bunk beds
- Height. Bunk beds are quite high, and the child who sleeps upstairs is at risk of injury if they fall. But here it is important to consider two nuances. First, you should not place a child under 6 years old on top, while it is important to look at a specific child. It happens that a child at the age of 5 already quite confidently climbs and descends from a high bed. And there are children who, even at 10, can go down carelessly sleepy. Because everything is individual, you need to look at the children. In any case, in order to protect children from unwanted falls, it is important to choose a bed with a high side on the second tier.
- Instability of some models. It is clear that children cannot easily move from tier to tier of the bed, therefore it is extremely important that the design is strong and stable. The bed should not wobble or creak much when in use and should be firmly supported on its supports.
- Inconvenience in use for children of different sexes for a long time. If the children in the family are of different sexes and they get a bunk bed, then it will not last very long. In adolescence, it is desirable to place a boy and a girl on different beds. But here bunk beds come to the rescue with the possibility of transforming into two single beds.
- Cumbersome design. At first glance, it may seem that the bunk bed is too huge and takes up a lot of space, but this is an erroneous impression. The fact is that a large area near the wall is also involved, because it seems that the space has become much smaller. It is undesirable to place a bunk bed directly next to the window, because it will block natural sunlight and make the room more gloomy.
In general, bunk beds have much more advantages, and some disadvantages are minor, which, moreover, can be circumvented if desired. This is a worthy version of furniture that will serve faithfully for many years.
When choosing bunk beds, you must clearly follow some rules and follow useful recommendations so that you do not regret the purchase later. Here are some of the most important and useful recommendations for choosing a bunk bed for children.
- Don’t choose a bed that’s too high. It happens that the first tier is located quite high, which is due to the fact that the second tier of the bed is placed at a fairly decent height. As a result, it may turn out that one child will sleep almost under the ceiling, where there is less oxygen and much hotter both in summer and in winter during the heating period. In addition, with a high height of the second tier, there are many risks of injury for the child, especially when he gets up at night in a sleepy state. The first tier can be located quite low, this will not cause any particular inconvenience, but the second child will sleep in safety and comfort.
- The bed model must be strong and stable. At the selection stage, you do not need to be embarrassed to shake the bed properly, pull on all parts of the structure, which in no case should hang out and diverge. The whole bed should be as a single array — strong and unshaken. There should be no gaps between the components, the fittings should be of high quality and durable, and the bed material itself should be strong enough and not subject to deformation. Moreover, the bed should not creak at the time of purchase, because otherwise this sound will only increase over time and will cause a lot of inconvenience.
- It is good if the bed has a mechanism for transforming into two single beds. This is convenient if there are children of different sexes in the family. Yes, and same-sex people can get tired of sleeping next to each other and want to change, then such a mechanism will be a salvation and save you from the need for additional expenses for two new beds for children.
- Do not forget about the high sides on two tiers. The child should feel safe both on the upper and lower tiers, especially if a 2-3-year-old baby is sleeping below. At the same time, mattresses should not be too high, it is important that at least 15 cm remain from the mattress to the end of the side.
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