Different types of bunk beds explained

Different types of bunk beds explained

Bunk beds are ideal for many different sleeping arrangements as you’ll soon discover in this post as well as saving space, sleepovers, and much more. Let’s briefly look at all the different types available. I’m sure there will be a few not mentioned here that slipped through the cracks, but I was able to put nine different types together. I tried to include images with each type.

Different types of bunk beds

1. Standard Bunk Beds

standard bunk bed

The design of a standard bunk bed incorporates the basic design of two twin beds stacked on top of each other with a ladder connecting the lower bunk to the top. Most bunk beds can be separated and used separately. Detachable beds are great for many situations. One example would be when two children are sharing a room, and one ends up moving into another bedroom. When that happens, you can detach the bunks and give each child a bed of their own.

2. Bunk beds with storage

children beds in a room

Bunks with storage are usually an upgrade of the standard design. These beds utilize floor space by incorporating drawers and additional storage units to put all kinds of items in. It can be used for storing clothes, shoes, books, toys and more.

3. Double Bunk Beds

The double bunk beds feature a double bed on the bottom with a twin bed on top. They are suitable for a household with two siblings sharing a room, where one sibling is older or if you’d like guests to be able to sleep together on the same bed. This can often be called a pyramid bunk bed as well.

You can see an example of the bed over here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/53691420544796989.

4. Triple Bunk Beds

military bunk

The triple bunk bed incorporates a top, middle, and the bottom bunk. This type of bed requires more vertical space than with the standard design. It is, however, usually not suitable for adults and is recommended for young children because of the height restraints as the space between the bunks are limited.

However, certain types of bunk beds are suitable for adults. You’ll have to check with the manufacturer to make sure of weight and height limitations. Some times triple bunk versions can be slept on by adults similar to the image above which clearly shows a bedroom set up for people on a ship or in the military.

Find more of these beds over here: https://www.wedgwoodinteriors.com/best-triple-bunk-bed-guide

5. Trundle versions

The trundle bed tucks a 3rd mattress usually on casters below the lower bunk. It is perfect for sleepovers such that the extra bed can be tucked away when it’s not in use. It’s also great for those rooms with low ceilings or when people don’t prefer sleeping on high bunk beds.

You can see an example of it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/630785491537234285/

6. Loft Bunk Beds

loft bed version

The loft bed aims at utilizing space just like any other bunk beds. The only difference is that the loft features a mattress at the top bank while space below used for extra storage. The additional storage could feature a closet, drawers, a sofa, or a desk space. This design suits small bedrooms or apartments/lofts in need of more floor space.

7. Futon Bunk Beds

futon version

A futon bunk bed is very similar to a standard bunk. The only difference is that the lower bunk of the futon design incorporates a futon instead of a mattress. The futon can be used as a sofa or a bed if the need arises. This design is perfect for older siblings sharing a bedroom as they can use the futon on the lower bunk as a sofa when watching TV or playing video games with friends.

8. L-shaped Bunk Bed

This design is unique. It incorporates two beds with the lower bunk facing outwards at a right angle to the top bunk hence the L- shape. The side of the lower bunk creates extra space for drawers and a short staircase connecting the top bunk. This design takes up more floor space than a basic bunk but offers a bit more luxury for those with enough floor space.

9. The Study

The study design is similar to the loft version. The difference is that, instead of a bed on the bottom level, it includes a desk or a work station. Some people go a step further to get a full built-in desk which provides for shelving. This design is suitable for persons living alone with limited floor space that need to study or work at home.

See an example of this bed here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/834925218396185833

General pricing

Materials used to build bunk beds include either wood or metal or a combination of both. Plastic versions do also exist, but they tend to be less popular. Prices will vary, and as with most furniture, you get what you pay for.

Plastic bunk beds are often cheaper. It is important to note that plastic bunk beds are preferably for very young children.  Metal bunk beds, on the other hand, are strong and durable and can support an above average weight.

Wood bunk beds are the most common. Most commercial ones are made from pine wood are less durable and cheaper than those made from hardwood or other quality woods.

In terms of pricing, you can expect anything from $150 to $1000 and even more depending on the number of bunks, materials used, quality, and uniqueness of design.

In closing

I hope you’ve learned a lot about the different types of bunk bed designs out there. I know I certainly have discovered a few that I didn’t know about.