How to Choose the Perfect Bunk Beds

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Practical and fun… who wouldn’t want bunk beds? Whether you’re short of space or looking for flexibility, the perfect bunk bed set up could be the answer. There are a few factors to consider before buying, so check out my shortlist to get your thinking!

10 Perfect Bunk Beds for Kids Rooms

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I almost bought bunk beds when the Twins were moving from cribs, but my head span and I went for separates. When choosing beds for a shared room there are practical issues to tackle! Have you honed in on what you want from your perfect bunk bed? Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you need extra storage?
  • How many people may come to stay?
  • Do you want the flexibility to separate the beds?
  • Are you worried about the height of the top bunk?
  • Splurge or save?
Bunk Beds for Kids

Bunk Beds That Look Great When Split

Bunk beds are generally built lightweight, it’s a big piece of furniture afterall. But if you’re going for bunk beds that unstack to two separate beds, you still want them to look like they belong…

Ulus Twin over Twin Bunk Bed

Ulus twin bunk beds white

These beds look just as fabulous once stacked up. Check the bunk out on the Birch Lane website. I love timeless painted kids furniture like this and the sale price is pretty great too for two quality beds.

South Shore Bebble Bunk Bed

Bebble Modern Bunk Bed

The Bebble modern bunk bed doesn’t just look great as separate twin beds, it oozes style when stacked up too! The mix of white panelling and natural wood gives a Scandi feel and I’m a big fan of an angled ladder for ease of use. There are no reviews on Amazon yet so I can’t comment on the quality of build but it certainly looks fab!

Twin over Full Bunk Beds

If your kid shares their bed with a pile of books like mine, you may be looking for a little more mattress space. Perfect for chatting with friends, or storytime with parents, a full bed bed is often preferred on the bottom while your sleepover guest can sleep up top!

Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Trundle

Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Trundle

This twin over full trundle bunk has a sturdy, rustic feel. I can see it being perfect for grandma’s house or second home… one spare room can have space to sleep the whole family!

Viv + Rae Pierre Bunk with Storage

Viv Rae Pierre Twin over Full Bunk with Storage

I love the box steps to the end of this bunk… they will be much easier to climb than a ladder. The storage under the bed and in the steps makes it a pretty substantial piece of furniture and it’s super stylish too!

Affordable Bunk Beds for All

Sometimes budget is everything. Us twin moms know all about how expensive kids can be! If you’re looking for a cheap bunk bed option, you do have choices!

Zinus Navy Metal Bunk Bed

Zinus Navy Bunk Beds

My boys sleep in Zinus twin beds from Amazon and although they are cheap, they are stylish, simple to put together and amazing value. For under $175 this Zinus bunk bed is a bargain!

Storkcraft Caribou Harwood Bunk Bed

Storkcraft Caribou Gray Bunk Beds

For an absolute steal, you can’t get much better than the Caribou bunk beds. They unstack and still look good, they get plenty of great reviews on Amazon and come in a range of colors. The gray is definitely my favorite, and for less than $200 your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief.

Low Level Bunk Beds for Little Ones

Because I moved the Twins into beds just before their second birthday, I was worried about falling. Even when those little ones are older, it’s quite the fall to come off the top bunk. If you think Mom won’t sleep while thinking about it, a lower level bunk bed may be for you!

Max & Lily Low Bunk Bed

Max & Lily Low Level Bunk Bed

The top of the ladder is only 33″ from the floor and it’s quite adorable! We may be moving soon and if the Boys end up in a smaller room, this is a strong contender. Classic natural wood will go with any gender and any styling. Love it!

Twin Ladder Low Bunk Bed

Gray Low Level Bunk Beds

Super cute bunk bed set up and perfect for the littler ones. The top rail looks like a good height too. It’s worth noting that the thickness of your mattress plays a big part in the height of the rail, so factor it in when browsing deep mattresses.

When You Want to Splurge…

Grayson Painted Wood Bunk Bed

Pottery Barn Grayson Bunk Beds

Pottery Barn Kids is often my splurge choice. It is a little pricey but the quality is fantastic and the style always classic. Your furniture with not only look fabulous but it will last. I love this classic bunk bed, from the black details to the storage underneath!

Oeuf Perch Modern Bunk Bed

Oeuf Perch Modern Bunk Bed

You might squint a little as you’re paying, but this modern bunk bed will be just as cool when you’re kids are grown up. It comes in a light birch or walnut finish and if you’re looking to save, Kathy Kuo Home gives you 10% off when you sign up to their mailing list. There is even a trundle bed option for an extra guest!

I hope you’ve found a style that suits your little ones’ needs! If you missed it last year, check out how I finished the Twins room when they turned 2yrs old, they love how it turned out! I will come back soon and add some more perfect bunk beds to the list… in the meantime, which is your favorite?

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Katherine is an electrochemist, hiking enthusiast, and family lifestyle blogger. As a mom of three, including twins, she enjoys DIY, travel, and eating good food. British born, Katherine moved to the US in 2014, and now called Las Vegas home.

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