9 Space Saving Kids' Bunk Bed Ideas

When space is at a premium, these 9 bunk bed ideas do the trick.

If space is tight in your home, your children may need to share a room. But in many houses (especially older ones), bedrooms are small. If that's the case in your house, a bunk bed might be a good option. As you comb through bunk bed ideas, keep safety in mind as you shop for beds.

"Children under 6 should not be allowed to use the upper bunk," says Patty Davis, a spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). That's because younger kids often don't have the coordination needed to get in and out of the top bunk safely. At the same time, follow the manufacturer's weight restrictions, and ensure that kids properly use the bed. "Have babysitters keep children from playing on bunk beds in a way that could weaken them," says Lara McKenzie, a principal investigator at Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus, Ohio.

"Put a nightlight close to the bed to help children get in and out more easily in the dark," McKenzie adds. Finally, make sure the bunk meets the CPSC's safety standards, including guardrails on both sides of the upper bunk. Most professionally produced bunk beds do meet those standards.

Below are nine bunk bed ideas that will save you precious space and leave more room for playing.
 

  1. Multifunctional Bunk Bed
    With its two beds, desk, drawers and shelving unit, Pottery Barn Kids' Camp Bunk System and Twin Bed Set serves as sleeping quarters, a work space and a storage area all in one.
     
  2. Minimalist Design
    Ikea's sleek steel SVARTA bunk bed frame is perfect for extremely small bedrooms. The ladder can mount on the right or left side of the bed. Add the SVARTA pull-out bed underneath to create a sleeping space for a third child.
     
  3. Versatility
    The Land of Nod's Tall Order Loft Bed can be configured to meet your family's needs with its array of attachable accessories. Put a twin bed, such as the company's Expo Bed, underneath to make it a bunk bed. Add-ons like a desk, short shelves and long shelves can be attached wherever you'd like. The ladder can go on either side.
     
  4. Room for Three
    If you have three kids sharing a room and a trundle bed isn't an option, the Chelsea Home Twin Triple Bunk Bed is a great option to save floor space for playing.
     
  5. Trundle Bunk
    A bunk bed with a trundle underneath, like the Merlot Twin Staircase Bunk with Trundle, is a great option for three kids. It also works well for two children who aren't old enough for the top bunk -- one of them can simply sleep on the trundle bed, then move on up.
     
  6. Quadruple the Space
    Sleeping four? The Maxtrix WONDERFUL Quadruple Low Bunk Bed with Stairs includes four twin beds (two on each side). The center staircase has four built-in drawers -- one for each child.
     
  7. Storage Star
    If you're hard-pressed for storage space, try the School House Stair Loft with Chest End. It's got a five-drawer chest attached to it, as well as shelves that can serve as a desk. The staircase also has four drawers built into it, the bottom of which is a rolling toy box. You can fit a full-size bed under the loft in which an older child -- or two younger children -- can sleep.
     
  8. Convertible Sofa
    Got a family room that moonlights as a bedroom for your kids or young guests? The Palazzo converts from a sofa to a bunk bed. It's got a built-in ladder and an embedded guardrail and comes in a variety of textures and colors.
     
  9. Futon Bunk Bed
    If your tween or teen is averse to sharing a bunk bed with a younger sibling, but you don't have space for separate beds, this Eclipse Twin Over Full Futon Bunk Bed with built-in ladder and guardrails might make him change his mind.


With so many space-saving bunk bed ideas, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to find one that works for your family. Sweet dreams!

Also check out 9 Unique Kids' Bathroom Ideas.

Jennifer Marino Walters is a Washington, D.C.-based writer specializing in children's and parenting topics.

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