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Bunk Beds Buying Guide

Bunk Beds Guide

The ultimate space-saving bed, bunk beds come in four main styles and can have some useful features, such as storage drawers and shelves. We take a look at the common styles and features that you'll want to keep in mind as you shop for a bunk bed.

Four Common Bunk Bed Styles


  1. Standard

    Twin bed-over-twin bed
    Full bed-over-full bed
    Twin bed-over-full bed
  2. Loft

    This style features one bed perched over a desk, drawers, open space or a perpendicularly-placed bed. A lofted bed over a perpendicular bed is most often called an L-shaped bunk bed for the shape the two make.

    A lofted bed with a slim profile (not an L-shaped bed) works in a small room where floor space is precious, but where two beds aren't necessary.
  3. Trundle

    A trundle bed is a third bed that fits underneath the bottom bunk and pulls out to allow room for a third person to sleep while not taking up floor space during the day.
  4. Futon

    lofted bed over a futon allows the bottom to be a sofa during the day and a sleeping space at night.

    This creates a casual hang out atmosphere, perfect for teen rooms.
Special features: Some kid-oriented bunk beds come with attached slides, tents, and other play features. Desks, drawers, and shelves allow for even more space saving with built-in storage.

Measuring for a Bunk Bed


Before you purchase a bunk bed there are two key measurements to take.

  1. Floor to Ceiling

    The average bunk bed is 5 ½ to 6 feet tall, measure from the floor to the ceiling to ensure there will be at least 2 feet of space between the top bunk and the ceiling. Bumping your head every night is not the way to restful sleep!

  2. Floor Space

    If the bunk bed of your choice has extra features, like drawers or a trundle bed, add these dimensions to the bunk bed footprint when measuring floor space to make sure that everything fits.

    Also remember, an L-shaped bunk requires more floor space than the basic set up does, but it can easily be pushed into a corner.

Safety Tips


  • With young children and wild sleepers, a guard rail on the top bunk is encouraged. 
  • Also, always double check that ladders are stable, sturdy, and secured to the bed before use.

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