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Which Kind of Bunk Bed Would you Choose?

Sagar Datta

Did you know that bunk beds are also available in a wide variety? Not in terms of colour, but on the basis of their style and structuring. Whatever your budget and design sensibilities may be, there’s a bunk bed out there that’s just right for your, err, the children’s room.

Let’s look at the major types of bunk beds available on the market.

1. Standard. Standard bunk bed design incorporates two beds, one atop the other. This is the simplest kind of bunk bed there is and the most popular with kids.


2. Futon. These bunk beds combine a standard upper level bed with a lower level futon for added versatility. Not only can they sleep two people comfortably, but the futon acts as a comfortable sofa during waking hours. These are great for bedrooms with televisions or for simply hanging out.


3. Trundle. A standard trundle bed tucks a secondary bed below the main one, usually on casters, so that it can be tucked away when not in use. When combined with a bunk bed, this creates a piece of furniture that can comfortably sleep three people.


4. Loft. The loft bunk bed design uses the basic framework to open up extra floor space in a bedroom by hoisting a bed up and leaving empty space below instead of a second bed. This gives flexibility, allowing for a desk, storage or simple open play area below the bed.


5. Novelty. The novelty style is loosely defined as any bunk bed that centres on a whimsical theme. There can be sports, fantasy, fairy and even playhouse-styled novelty beds in elaborate, meticulously crafted shapes. Consider a treehouse-themed bed, replete with tiny roof and cubbies for storage, for a nature-loving child, or a nautical-themed bed with sail boats, stripes and a canopy.


6. Study. The study design bunk bed uses the standard loft platform to place – instead of a lower bed – a desk or work station below the upper level. Some will simply have a shelf, while others will contain a fully equipped built in desk and shelving.


7. L-shaped. Offering the same amount of sleeping space in a novel configuration, the L-shaped bunk bed sets the lower bed at a right angle to the upper one. This takes up more floor space, but offers a sprawling and luxurious setting for those who have enough room.


Keep these tips in mind when scouting for a bunk bed.

  • A child under age 6 should not be allowed to climb into or sleep in the top bunk.

  • Position bunk beds into a corner, with walls supporting two sides. This will reduce the risk of areas where a child could fall and offer more stability.

  • Mattresses should fit very snugly inside the frames.

  • The top bunk should have an attached ladder, a night-light and a guardrail that won’t allow a child to slip underneath.

  • Top bunk mattress should be secured by slats or wires and securely fastened at each end.

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