Find the right bunk bed for your space.
The world of bunk
beds is diverse and exciting because there are so many options. Bunk
beds are great for two children that share one room, they're excellent
space savers for guest rooms and wonderful for a child who loves
sleepovers. You can't go wrong when you get a bunk bed. The question is,
"what type is best for your space?"
We're here to provide you with all the information you
need to find the bunk bed that's right for you. If after reading our
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What is a bunk bed?
When you hear the term bunk bed you probably think of the standard
kind that includes one twin size bed suspended above another twin bed.
This allows you to have two twin size beds within the floor space
dimensions of just one twin bed. This can be a great space saver. Bunk
beds actually come in many varieties with twin, full or queen mattress
on the bottom and twin on top, storage drawers attached, ladders or
steps leading to the top bunk and some even have office space below.
This guide will introduce you to all of the bunk bed options and the
benefits of each.
How do I know what kind of bunk bed to get?
You'll first need to decide why you want a bunk bed. Is it for your
two children who share a room or to save space in your guestroom? Maybe
you want it so you can add a bed to your office with a desk attached or
possibly to have a place where your child's sleepover buddies or
visiting relatives can sleep? There are plenty of reasons why bunk beds
are a great option. Once you decide why you want one, then you'll need
to measure the space. Will your space fit a twin size bed only or a full
or queen. This will give you an idea of the dimensions of the bed you'll
need. It's also important to realize your storage needs. Now it's time
to weigh your options and pick that bed.
Types of Bunk Beds
Wow, the variety of bunk beds available is grand so we'll do our best
to introduce you to all of your options. This will help you narrow down
your choices so you can pick that perfect bed.
Twin over Twin without storage - This is the
standard bunk bed with two twin beds, one bunk over the other.
This option is a great space saver because you can sleep two
people while only utilizing floor space equal to the size of a
twin mattress. This option is great for small to medium size
rooms. There are no drawers or cubbies with this option so it
doesn't help with storage, but does give your child plenty of play
space in the bedroom.
Twin over Twin with storage - This is just
what it sounds like, two stacked twin size beds that include
storage drawers or shelves built into the bed frame. Some models
offer one big bottom drawer or you can get one with several
smaller drawers. Others have cubbies along the sides or cubbies
with drawers below. This type of bed is great if you have a small
room with limited storage options. Having the storage space built
into the bed is a definite space saver.
Full over Twin Shaped like an "L" -
This type of bunk has a full over twin that are angled in an
"L" shape, just overlapping at one end. This bed
structure frees the child on the bottom bunk from being completely
under the top bunk. Both bunk mates will have open space above
them giving them room to move or sit up without feeling confined.
This bed takes up more floor space than a standard bunk, but often
comes with attached storage and sometimes a desk on the end so it
has a lot of great features to offer.
Twin over Twin, with bottom bunk extension -
This bunk bed is quite versatile because it allows you to extend
the bottom bunk into a full-size bed. To save space, you can keep
this bunk bed a twin over twin until guests arrive. Then simply
pull the full-size mattress down from the attic and extend the
bottom bunk to sleep two.
Twin over Twin, with attached desk - This bed
offers your child a comfy place to sleep and study, all in one.
Plus, it makes sleepovers easy. This is a great space saver if you
don't have space in your child's room for a bulky desk, but you
really want to set-up a great homework area for your child. This
bunk bed is also perfect for the guest room and when relatives
aren't visiting it can double as an office or homework room.
Twin over Double, without storage - This bunk
bed has a twin bed on top and a full-size on the bottom. This is
perfect for siblings that share a room. The older and most likely
bigger child can sleep on the bottom bunk to have more legroom.
It's also perfect for sleeping two on the bottom bunk if company
comes to town.
Twin over Full, with storage - This bed has
room for 3 people so it's perfect for two siblings that share a
room, still offering space for the sleepover pal. The one or
multiple bottom drawers will also provide additional storage space
without taking up extra floor space. This is perfect for a guest
bedroom as well. Your visitors will have drawers where they can
store their clothes and the option to share a bed or sleep
Twin over Full, with desk - Having a twin over
full with an attached desk is very convenient in a guest room used
as a den when visitors are gone or when used in a child's room.
Either way your child will have plenty of room for friends to stay
the night or siblings who share the room, plus the attached desk
is a space saver and provides the perfect homework nook.
Twin over Full, shaped like a "T" -
Picture a twin bed on top and a full underneath configured like a
"T". (The head of the full bed is against the wall.) You
can get this option without storage or order it with drawers or
cubbies on the side for extra storage space. This is great for a
child's room or guest room. It does take up more space than a
standard style, but offers more sleeping room.
Full over Twin, with attached desk - Otherwise
known as a loft bunk; this unique bed includes a full size upper
bunk and a twin size trundle bed. Attached, is an oversize desk
unit that will hold a computer, video games and other accessories.
It also includes storage drawers and cubbies. This offers
everything your child needs wrapped into one sturdy unit.
Should I get a bunk bed with a ladder or stairs to the top bunk?
Let's face it, all kids love climbing to the top bunk. It's
recommended that children under the age of 6 never go up top. If the
bunk bed is for your older child then choosing the ladder option may
deter a younger sibling from climbing to the top. Stairs make it easy
for a little adventurer to get to the top bunk. If your children are a
bit older then stairs are a great option. Stairs are built-in to the bed
and usually include dresser drawers underneath for extra storage space.
Remember though, stairs add bulk to the bunk bed so measure carefully
before getting this option.
Ladders are exciting to climb, but make it a little more difficult to
get to the top. This option is fine for children who are 6 years and
older. Ladders also come in different configurations; some are set at an
angle, some straight up and down and others are built into the footboard
Why are bunk beds a great investment?
The fact that there are so many types of bunk beds makes it easy to
find the ideal sleep and storage solution to perfectly suit your needs.
A bunk bed is a great investment and can be used in your child's room
then upgraded to guest bed for visitors. Either way, bunk beds are just
plain fun and are great for any space.