There’s nothing more fun as a kid than having a sleep-over. Bunk beds feature a built-in way to have a sleep-over every night. Whether this bedroom furniture is for multiple children, a spare room for guests, or used as a way to save space, bunk beds have a lot of utility.
Regardless of age, bunk beds can provide a comfortable sleep for multiple types of people. Some beds are designed specifically for children, while others provide further functionality than just a set of beds. We’ve examined what is out there on the market and sifted through the most popular offerings. Read on to find out what we found:
Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed
- Rubber wood. While many wooden bunk beds are made out of softwoods such as pine, this offering is made out of rubber wood, which is a more durable hardwood. Hardwoods originate from slow-growing trees, which tend to have a denser make-up, hence the increased strength and sturdiness.
- Two separate twins. This bed can toggle between a bunk bed formation as well as two separate twin beds. This is great for adjusting to the changing needs of a family.
- Color options. These beds are available in four elegant colors. The options are espresso, white, gray, and navy.
- Only available in twin size. This is a nice bunk bed, but it is only available with two twin beds. Those hoping to accommodate larger children or guests may need to look elsewhere.
- Low clearance. The person sleeping on the bottom bunk may have trouble sitting up. There is less than two feet between bunks.
The Storkcraft Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed is a durable and sturdy set that can be separated into two twin beds for great versatility. It is available in four classic colors that will match most decors.
Max & Lily Solid Wood Twin Low Bunk Bed with Slide
- Low bunk. This Max & Lily bunk bed has a low bunk that rests just above the ground. This is great for smaller children, as it is easier to get on the bed and reduces the danger of falling off.
- Slide. This bed can be purchased with a slide off of the top bunk. This can provide a use for the bunk and fun for the kids beyond sleeping time.
- Playful curtains. Another optional feature of this bunk bed is different colored curtains that make the bunk bed look like a classic house. There are blue and pink options.
- No storage space. The drawback of getting a low bunk is that there is no storage space underneath.
- Pine wood. This bed in constructed from pine wood, which is a softwood, meaning it may not be as durable as hardwood beds.
This low bunk bed from Max & Lily offers a simple and aesthetically pleasing design in four different colors. It has an optional slide and curtain that can make the bed a vehicle for play.
DHP Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed
- Two sizes of bed. With a twin bed on top and a full on the bottom, this bunk bed can not only accommodate two children of different sizes, but it can also potentially last longer as children grow.
- Two ladders. This bed has a ladder on both front or back. This is great for those who need to put the bed in a particular corner, as there will still be a ladder on the other side.
- Value. This is one of the most affordable beds available.
- Complicated assembly. While most bunk beds require assembly at home, this bed set can be a bit more difficult to put together. It is suggested to do this with at least one other person.
- Can wobble. Due to the metal tube construction, this bed may wobble a little when climbing the stairs or rolling over. This is less of a safety concern than a bit of an irritant.
The DHP Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed is a metal bunk with two ladders, front and back. With a reasonable price tag and two different sized beds, this bunk bed can accommodate lots of different needs.
Coaster Home Furnishings Stephan Full-Over-Full Bunk Bed
- 300 pound capacity. This bunk bed is rated for a 300 pound load capacity on both bunks. Many competitors only rate for half that weight.
- Curved ladder. Not only does it look nice, but the widening of the ladder caused by its outward and curves make climbing up and down the bunk bed a bit easier. This is great for kids who will be going up and down often.
- Design. This is a sleek metal bunk bed that features two ladders on the sides that seamlessly curve into the frame of the bed.
- Expensive. You should not expect to find this bunk bed on discount. It is one of the more expensive options one may find.
- One color. This bed is disappointingly only offered in a muted gunmetal silver option. Thought a versatile color, it won’t match all bedroom design schemes.
This bunk bed from Coaster Home Furnishings is a handsomely designed and sturdy bunk bed featuring two fulls. The beds have 300 pound capacity and feature a wide, curved ladder on either side.
DHP Twin-Over-Futon Convertible Couch and Bed
- Multi-function. The great thing about a bunk bed with a lower bunk that can double as a futon is that users can switch back and forth from futon couch to bed, or simply use the bottom bunk as a futon. Great for people using the bunk beds only intermittently.
- Bottom bunk has 600 pound limit. This product from DHP has a lower bunk with a capacity for 600 pounds. This allows customers to have multiple people on the futon at a time.
- Value. This is a bed that can double as a couch, and yet it is often available for less than the cost of many single couches or bed frames.
- 6 inch mattress. The top bunk is designed for 6” beds. Some mattresses are 8”, so customers should check their mattress sizes before purchasing.
- Top bunk too tall. Some may find that the top bunk is too high off the ground. It may be difficult for adults to sit up in some cases, depending on the ceiling height.
This bed from DHP features a twin bed laying over a convertible futon couch. You can switch between couch and bed mode, making it a great piece of furniture for a variety of situations.
How We Picked
Bunk beds are ubiquitous and timeless. They can be a staple of a family’s home, providing generations of children and guests space to sleep and play. Because of the wide range of uses bunk beds can serve, it can be overwhelming figuring out one’s own specific needs and finding a requisite product to accommodate those. We specified a few qualities that we measured as being the most critical when making this decision:
Bunk beds need to balance several different geometric factors. It’s height needs to be low enough to accommodate people sleeping on the top bunk, but not too low as to limit the room a person sleeping on the bottom bunk has. Storage space is often an ancillary benefit to having a bed; bunk beds featuring space underneath the bottom bunk will need to balance the space between the levels carefully.
The width and length of bunk beds can be a difference-maker in terms of the fit in a given room as well. If a bed is too wide or too long, it may need to be placed flush against the wall, rather than being perpendicular. This isn’t necessarily a problem in itself, but some bunk beds have ladders placed in locations on the bed that can hamstring the versatility of the bed’s placement.
Bunk beds are no different than any other type of home furnishing. Each one is designed with a certain style in mind, or at least with a broad range of decor it could compliment. The shape of the frame, the coloring, and the material all play a part in displaying this style.
Subdued and classic colors like black, white, brown, and navy can match many aesthetics, and can be appropriate for kids and adults. Some designs look explicitly youthful, but many manufacturers make age-neutral bunk beds.
Bunk beds are typically made out of either wood or metal. Wood bunk beds can be sturdier than some metal bunk beds, especially the ones made out of metal tubing. This means they will wobble less when climbing up and rolling over in bed.
Wood bunk beds can either be made out of hardwoods or softwoods. Softwoods like pine weigh less and usually cost less, but may not be as durable as hardwoods. The most durable bunk beds are the ones made out of solid metal, but these will be the heaviest and most expensive.
Not sure which bunk bed is right for you? Before you make your decision, consider the following tips:
- What will be the primary purpose of the bunk bed?
- If this bed is for young children, there are products that are specifically designed for them. Some have fun features like slides, while others are just sized appropriately.
- If your children are already starting to outgrow their current sleeping situation, it may be wise to purchase a bunk bed that can accommodate further growth. A bunk bed that is too small for the kids it was purchased for can suddenly seem useless.
- What is your budget?
- Affordable bunk beds can be bought for less than a few hundred dollars. These may be basic and light-weight, but can be perfect for those planning only intermittent use.
- If this bunk bed is going to be a permanent feature of a room or will be used by children for many years, it may be worth getting a more heavy-duty bunk bed.