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Houses are getting smaller and smaller and with that the rooms are also getting smaller. This is why we are increasingly looking for ways to optimise the space, either with smaller and simpler furniture or furniture that can be used for several things at the same time.

Using bunk beds in bedrooms is a good option when looking for furniture for small bedrooms. These beds allow us to have two sleeping spaces in bedrooms where two continuous beds won't fit or if we put them there the room would feel too cramped. Other times there wouldn't even be a chance for a hallway.

There is a great variety of bunk beds with different numbers of beds, sizes and materials. It seems a bit difficult and time-consuming to find the right bunk bed for your bedroom that suits your needs and budget. In this article we tell you about the different features you can find in this type of bed.




Summary

  • A bunk bed is a piece of furniture that usually consists of two single beds stacked one on top of the other, allowing space to be saved and other furniture to be placed in the room. They are sought after for smaller rooms where two continuous single beds will not fit or rooms that will be used by more than two people.
  • Although bunk beds are made up of two parallel beds, there are other variants of bunk beds that include three beds, a single bed and even two beds but arranged perpendicular to each other with extra furniture such as a desk or chest of drawers.
  • Among other things you should consider is whether the upper bed has a safety feature or not. If you want the bed for small children, it will be better if it has a safety rail. You will also want to know if it has a ladder, the type of material and the number of beds.

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Buying Guide

There are several types of bunk beds, not only twin bunk beds. As we know that the variety is extensive, here we will tell you about their main features, their advantages as well as the different bunk beds. With this information you will be able to find the right bunk bed easily.

A bunk bed with a guard rail is a good option for a child's room. (Photo: petro / 123rf.com)

What is a bunk bed and what are its advantages?

A bunk bed is a piece of furniture that consists of two single beds placed one on top of the other. The upper bed is used by means of a ladder that allows you to climb onto it and is attached to the lower bed or floor. Often they do not include a ladder because the base of the bed is tubular and you can use it to climb up.

The advantage of a bunk bed is that it allows you to save space in the room for other things or to make the room look more spacious. Because of the same space-saving property, they are the preferred beds in houses where the rooms are very small. Also large families with few rooms are looking for this type of furniture.

The disadvantage is that the person sleeping in the upper bed cannot carry too much weight to provide security for the person below. They can also be dangerous for small children who can still fall out of bed while sleeping.

Advantages
  • Saves space
  • More people use the room
  • Room looks more spacious
  • Other furniture can be placed in the room
Disadvantages
  • Young children can fall out and hurt themselves

Bunk beds: double, triple, perpendicular or single - what should you pay attention to?

When you hear the word bunk bed, the image of two beds spliced together may come to mind. Have you ever thought that a bunk bed can have more than two beds? Well, there are bunk beds with two, three or even just one mattress, and even bunk beds with two beds can be arranged in a different and very striking way.

Double bunk beds. Double bunk beds are the most common. They are made up of two single beds, one on top of the other, and one on top of the other by a ladder. With this type of bed two people can sleep "in the same space", which is why they are preferred for small rooms.

Another version of these beds is with the upper bed in single size and the lower bed in double size. They take up a little more space because of the lower bed, but sleep a little more comfortably. Both versions are available in tubular or wood.

Triple. These beds are like the double bunk beds but have an extra bed on the bottom. The extra mattress is removed when it is to be used and stored away to clear the area and allow passage through. They are handy for having an extra bed for visitors when you don't have an extra room.

Perpendicular. These are also two single beds but either the top or bottom one is perpendicular to the other. The remaining space is usually used for a piece of furniture such as a bookcase or desk which is included in the bunk bed package. They are recommended for rooms with a little more space.

Singles. It is practically a single bed but raised high enough to accommodate some furniture underneath it. They are also sought after for small rooms but when you want to place a desk and a bookcase in them instead of more people.

Doubles Triples Perpendicular Singles
Number of beds 2 3 2 1
Extra furniture No No Yes Yes
Space saving Yes Yes Yes Yes

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate bunk bed models

As there is a wide variety of bunk beds with different designs, it can be a bit tricky to decide which one to use in your room. In this section we present you with some features that will help you to better choose the product you require and compare it with other types of beds.

  • Number of beds
  • Material
  • Safety
  • Ladder

Number of beds

Bunk beds originally started out as twin beds, but over time they have been modified to suit people's needs. Nowadays you can find bunk beds with one, two or even three beds. Below we describe in more detail what each one consists of.

One bed. This option is uncommon as most people when looking for a bunk bed are looking for a twin bed. But this piece of furniture allows you to have your bed elevated and occupy the lower part with a piece of furniture such as a writing desk, a small bookcase or a chest of drawers for your clothes.

Twin beds. They are more comfortable for small places where two people need to rest in the same room. One bed sits on top of the other bed either parallel or perpendicular. In some models, the bottom bed is usually a larger size, such as a double bed, while the top bed is a single bed.

Three-poster bed. These beds are also comfortable and are used in small places. However, the space taken up by the bottom bed when it is used cannot be used for other objects if this bed is used every day. But if it is only for when visitors arrive, then it is a good space-saving option.

Material

The most common materials in which you will find this type of furniture are metal and wood. The wooden ones are decorated in various colours and the metal ones are usually in grey. Here are some interesting facts about each.

Metal. Bunk beds made of this material have their structure formed by metal tubulars, even the ladder is also made of metal. The bars make the bed look more aesthetically pleasing and all types of duvets match it. It is easier to match it with the rest of the furniture.

Wooden. They are completely made of wood, the bars for the mattress support are also made of wood. Single, double and triple beds are also made of this material. The disadvantage is that you will not always be able to match it with the rest of the furniture.

Both types of material are equally strong and both are equally difficult to assemble. However, most people opt for the metal ones as they go with everything. They are not affected by the fact that they are a bit colder in winter, as they can be solved by heating.

Safety

For people or children who tend to fall out of bed, top bunk beds are often a bit dangerous. This is because the average height of a bunk bed is 1.7 metres. We will tell you about unsafe and safe bunk beds.

Unsecured. They are recommended for older children or adults who do not fall out of bed while sleeping. They do not have any kind of barrier, at the edges of the bed, to prevent them from falling out of the upper bed onto the floor.

With bars. These are bars made of the same material as the bed and are placed from head height to a third or halfway up the bed. These allow children to be restrained when they turn over and are not yet able to identify the edge of the bed while asleep. These bars are only found on the top of the bed.

Ladder

It is easier to access the top bunk bed if the bed has a ladder. However, there are bunk beds that do not have a ladder but you can still reach the bed. Both are good options but one may seem better than the other.

With ladder. This is a ladder made of the same material as the bunk beds. It can be located on the side of the beds or at the foot of the beds. It is usually fixed to the top bunk to avoid accidents. The ladder is recommended when the bunk bed is for children or for very adult persons.

Without ladder. When there are no ladders, the footboards of the beds are adapted so that you can climb up to the bed above. Both metal and wooden beds have this option. They are a bit uncomfortable for bare feet as it is not a real ladder and the edges of the wood can hurt your feet.

Some beds have railings on all sides of the bed (Photo: tirachard / freepik.com)

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