Designer Bunk Bed Ideas

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Designer Bunk Bed Ideas
Designer bunk beds are not just for kids. (morning bed image by araraadt from

Designer bunk beds save on space while providing an aesthetic appeal. Bunk beds are not just for kids; they are suitable for teens, college students in dorm rooms and adults staying as guests at a family member's summer home. Their space-saving design is meant to provide beds for more than one person or create more floor space by suspending a sleeping unit in the air.

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Add a Theme

Integrate a theme for the bunk bed to create a designer bunk bed for a child. Examples of themes are safari, jungle and princess. Use the structures of the bed to hold decorations related to the theme. For instance, wrap cloth branches that have adjustable wire inside around the bed posts and frame for the safari or jungle look. Incorporate hanging monkeys and a snake to make the bunk bed look like it is coming alive. In the instance of a designer princess bunk bed, hang pink tulle over and around each of the beds and place glittery stars throughout.

Create a Work Space

Remove the bottom bed of a multi-level bunk bed and replace it with a work space when a bunk bed set is only needed for one child. Add a desk for an older child so he or she can sit and complete homework in a private space or install a chalkboard and art station for a younger child. This designer bunk bed work space will not receive a lot of light from the rest of the room so add a couple of small desk lamps or overhead LED lights so your child can switch them on to utilise the space.

Integrate a Covered Play Area

Adding a covered play area is another method for creating a designer bunk bed. This option works well when some space is available beneath the suspended bed. If you need a bunk bed that sleeps two children but want to add a covered play area, set the bottom bed perpendicular to the top bed so the bottom half of the floor bed is under the top bed and the top half of the floor bed is exposed. Use the remaining space for the covered play area by installing a curtain over the entrance to the space and adding shelving to hold some of your childrens' toys.

Hidden Bunks

Hidden bunks act as designer bunks for college students and guest bedroom because they are not an obvious bunk bed. Build a designer hidden bunk by installing a single unit bed against a wall just high enough to slide another bed of the same size underneath. Place the bottom bed in a rolling, decorative frame so when it sits under the other bed it looks like one unit.

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