How To Choose A Bunk Bed

Are you facing space constraints in your child's bedroom? It's a common issue when two or more children have to share a room in a home with few bedrooms. Learning how to choose bunk beds is the best way of resolving this issue.

The first thing you'll notice when you start shopping around is there is no shortage of options in today's market for bunk beds. However, with such a broad range of options to choose from, that makes figuring out what's ideal a challenge.

In this guide, we're going to discuss how to choose bunk beds to help you navigate through your buying decisions. That way, the process doesn't become overwhelming or a hassle.

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Do You Want the Bunk Beds to Separate?

One thing that's common among all bunk beds is that they vary in height. Even though your children are using them primarily for sleeping, that doesn't mean they won't have other uses. For example, your children might want to sit up and read or use their electronic devices. Can they do this comfortably in the bunk beds you're considering? Is there a chance your child will hit their head when trying to move around or in a sitting position?

As your child continues to age, they'll also get taller. So, take all of these things into consideration when looking at bunk beds. Ideally, you don't want your child to grow out of their bed too soon, or else you're looking at making another investment. Otherwise, if there's space, consider choosing a set that will separate. These sets also allow you to place spacers in between each bunk to help raise the upper bed.

How to Select the Right Size Bunk Bed?

Beyond choosing a bunk bed that separates or is the right height, you must also consider the bed's size. There are several sizes from which you can select, including:

  • Twin Over Twin

These are the most popular option as there are two twin beds, one on top of the other. These bunk beds don't take up much room and are optimal for tight living spaces.

Standard Solid Wood Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed
White Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed With Storage
Black Metal Steel Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed
Solid Wood Twin Over Twin Triple Bed With Trundle
Brown Solid Wood Pine Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed
Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed With Drawers And Shelves
  • Twin Over Full

Here's an option where there's a twin bed on top of a full. If you have an older child sharing a room with a younger sibling, this is an excellent option.

Metal Steel Twin Over Full Bunk Bed
White Solid Wood Twin Over Full Bunk Bed
Solid Wood Stairway Twin Over Full Bunk Bed With Trundle
Solid Wood Grey Slate Twin Over Full Bunk Bed With Bookcase And Drawers
Gunmetal Metal L Shaped Twin Over Full Bunk Bed
White Manufactured Wood Twin Over Full Bunk Bed
  • Full Over Full

If you don't plan on reinvesting in beds for your children for a while, this is an optimal choice. You'll find that both the top and bottom bunk have full beds, thus allowing your child to grow.

White Manufactured Wood Full Over Full Bunk Bed With Shelves
Metal Steel Full Over Full Bunk Bed
Grain Solid Wood Full Over Full Bunk Bed
Brown Metal Manufactured Wood Full Over Full Bunk Bed
Silver Metal Full Over Full Bunk Bed
Black Metal Steel Tube Full Over Full Bunk Bed
  • Twin Loft

This bunk bed features one twin bed with loft space below. If your child's room is small, this gives them extra space for a desk, dresser, or toy boxes.

Before selecting a set of bunk beds, make sure your ceiling is tall enough to accommodate them. In other words, you should be allowing for at least two or three feet of headspace between the ceiling and the top bunk. Another size consideration is the bed's mattress. There's no need to purchase special mattress sizes as a standard size will work fine.

White Twin Bunk Configurations Bed With Drawers and Desk
White Light Blue Manufactured Wood Twin Loft Bed
Gray Manufactured Wood Twin Low Loft Bed
Metal Twin Low Loft Bed
White Solid Wood Twin Loft Bed With Desk And Shelves
Black Solid Wood Twin Loft Bed
White Solid Wood Twin Loft Bed With Blue Curtains

How to Make Sure the Bunk Bed is Safe?

This step for choosing a bunk bed is a given. All parents want their children to remain safe. That means looking for sets that include sturdy safety rails to prevent your child from falling in the middle of the night. While most sets come with rails, it's easy to overlook them when constructing a set of bunk beds.

Selecting a wooden set of bunk beds is also safer than metal. The main reason is that metal might have screws sticking out, it's slippery, and gets cold. Wooden bunk beds are durable and easy to maintain, which further adds to their stability and safety. Typically, a bunk bed's construction features birch plywood, cedar, or pine. Make sure the bed set complies with standards set by Consumer Product Safety.

How Can the Bunk Beds Double as Storage Storage?

Look at the space available in your child's room. Will that space fit a set of bunk beds featuring storage? There are dozens of storage bed options you can choose from to help maximize space, including:

  • Storage Bunk Beds

These sets feature a classic style whereby drawers are available in a set of stairs leading to the top bunk, as well as beneath the bottom bed. If you don't have room for a stairway on the side of the bed, then there are still options featuring drawers beneath the bottom bunk.

White Solid Wood Storage Bunk Bed
Solid Wood Pine Storage Bunk Bed
Solid Wood Poplar Storage Bunk Bed
Wood Knots Storage Bunk Bed
White Standard Storage Bunk Bed
  • Loft Storage Bed

If your child is in a small room with space limitations, the loft storage bed is an excellent option. Like the storage bunk beds, some models feature a stairway with drawers. Otherwise, you'll find drawers, cubbies, and cabinets below the top bunk.

Manufactured Wood Twin Loft Storage Bed
White Manufactured Wood Loft Storage Bed
Brown Manufactured Wood Loft Storage Bed
Black Solid Wood Loft Storage Bed
Manufactured Wood Loft Storage Bed
White Twin Low Loft Bed With Drawers And Shelves
  • Twin Over Twin with Side Storage or Desks

While most twin over twin bunk bed sets is in the same position, here's where things get creative. The bottom bunk of these sets are in the middle and point outward. That design allows for storage on either side or the ability to add storage on one side and a desk on the other.

Mahogany Twin Over Twin L Bunk Bed With Drawers
White Twin Over Twin Bed With Drawers And Shelves
Solid Wood Twin Over Twin L Shaped Bunk Bed
Natural White L Shape Bunk Bed With Drawers
Solid Wood Pine L Shaped Bunk Beds With Drawers And Shelves
 Manufactured Wood Solid Wood L Shaped Bunk Beds With Drawers

Best Tips

  • Choose a set of bunk beds that will separate, so you can add spacers as your children grow.
  • Consider the size of the set of bunk beds you'll need to prevent your children from growing out of them.
  • The bed's safety must include the installation of rails.
  • Bunk beds featuring storage help maximize the space in small bedrooms even more.

Final Thoughts

While the design of the bed tends to take priority when figuring out how to choose bunk beds, there are many other options to consider. For example, if your child's room is contemporary, then select a set of bunk beds that feature a color instead of stained wood. That way, you're matching the set's style with the rest of the room's décor and preventing it from being obtrusive.