Bunk Beds Go from Functional to Fabulous

From space saving to big and bold, bunk beds have undergone a home décor evolution.  No longer just utilitarian, designers use them to elevate style in guest quarters, create awesome play areas in children’s rooms, set the tone in vacation homes, and provide a sense of privacy.

Read on to see some of the ways bunk beds have gone from functional to fabulous.


Building Up for Good Use of Space

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The tiny house movement helped bring bunk beds into the forefront of modern home design.  Consider this luxury vintage camping hut featuring cozy single bunks tucked behind the wood-burning stove in the kitchen space.  It’s perfect for the weekend getaway home or a rural guest house.

Are more than two people sleeping in the same room?  If so, check out these designs from Freshome and Utah Style and Design that allow for comfortable sleeping quarters without taking up too much space.  From pallets anchored to walls with rope for a fun nautical look, to bunks with stairs and ladders that slide for easy access to drawers, these modern designs will dress up any bedroom.  For a more rustic feel, this ski dorm from the HGTV Dream Home 2011 might be your thing.  And these double bunks below a vaulted ceiling loft accessed by a rolling library ladder create a room that sleeps five.  More nautical concepts include bunks with stairs and portholes, and a massive ship of old with dark wood, rope and mooring cleat ladder.


Creative Storage Ideas

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If extra storage is what you need, these cleverly designed offset bunks incorporate plenty of cabinets and shelves in a cheerful blue and white, and staggered-size beds with shelves at the end and drawers underneath provide lots of neat storage space.  Pink-themed custom built-in bunk beds from HAUS Architecture for Modern Lifestyles have plenty of drawers and nooks for stuffed animals, providing more space in a shared room, while allowing each child quick access to favorite things in their own space.


Fanciful Themes and Play Spaces for Toddlers and Small Children

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Do you have toddlers or younger children you don’t think are ready for bunk beds, but you need more space in a room they share?  Consider placing the bottom bunk on the floor and the top one only a few ladder rungs up, making it an easy climb for the child and good access for you during nighttime tuck-ins.  Another great idea is this “cabin in the woods”-themed bed built over a play area with plush pillows and creative wall decorations.

For young children there are all kinds of fanciful play house-themed bunks that incorporate creativity, comfortable sleeping and a sense of privacy.  For some great ideas, click on Belissima Kids to see Saartje Prum children’s beds used in imaginative room designs.


Encouraging Activity with Indoor Bedroom Play Areas

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For older children, consider incorporating climbing walls like the ones on the Mommo Designs site.  The walls give children access to upper sleeping bunks, while also providing an indoor play space that encourages coordination and improves motor skills.  If you want to go a step further with the indoor play space theme, consider adding a slide to the design like these inspirations from Homedit Interior Design & Architecture.  From fairy tale princess to forest cabin, there is a bunk bed theme that is sure to delight any child, or the child in you.


A Comfortable Teen Hangout

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Sleek and chic designs for teens use clean lines, cool colors and a sense of adventure, like this ship in the sky and these beds in Home Design Lover.  Not into themes?  Bunk beds like the one in the Contemporist glass-sided guest house provide a neutral space for teens to customize.


Whatever your budget or need, there is a fashionable space-saving bunk bed design that will elevate any room in your home.

Do you already have fabulous bunk beds in your home?  Share your ideas in the comments below.

By |2018-11-15T12:42:08-07:00March 2, 2017|

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