If you’ve got little people sharing spaces, it might be time to ditch the standard twin set. There’s a whole crew of creative designers (and a few ingenious moms and dads) with the right frame of mind: They’ve elevated bunk beds to a whole new level of cool. Suspended from ropes, designed to look like things that go vroom, or decorated in vibrant hues, here are the best bunk beds for sleeping multiples in style.
Navy & Brass Boys Bunk
We love what Sarah Barnard Design did this boys room. The bunk bed is built-in, which makes it sturdy and has the bold hardware for a modern feel. We also love the curtains that allow for privacy.
Alluvial Twin Bunk Bed
This cool bunk bed comes with tents for enclosed play, and the Brazilian wood frame adds elegance to any room. Buy one for your kiddos over at wayfair.com.
Cottage Bunk Bed
Your princess will feel like she just stepped out of the European countryside with this quaint cottage bunk bed. The cottage features a staircase and slide for up and down access and real wood shingles for that authentic look and feel. Check out the other builds on Sweet Dream's website for more jaw-dropping bed designs.
Tractor Bunk Bed
John Deere might not be a brand that your city slicker kids are familiar with, but we're pretty sure they'll quickly get the hang of how this tractor rolls once they climb into it. Every aspect of this awesome bunk bed pays tribute to the hard-working brand, including an exact color match and decals used.
Bricks in Bed
The Suzanne Nichols Design Group has designed a room and a bunk bed set that invites a master builder to cozy up in her very own LEGO bunk. We especially love the steps that are fashioned to look like building bricks!
Out on a Limb
This contemporary space from Optimise Design from isn’t just for the birds. It’s also for kiddos who love to be tucked into a cozy space every night. The built-in bunks come with a special space for each kid to keep their treasures, and the tree-inspired ladder adds total charm.
The metallic frame on this bunk bed in a room by design firm Massucco Warner Miller really stands out. Not white, not wood, it adds a pop of industrial without feeling cold. Throw in colorful bedding and a good night sleep for tired kiddos won’t be just a pipe dream. Take a peek at this Deer Valley retreat by clicking here.
We think this fire truck bunk bed is worth sounding the alarm. The adorable wheels, decals, fire ladder, front hood that works as a desk or play space and metal guard rails make this contemporary design a dream sleeping space for future first responders. Want to buy one for your kid? Grab all the details from Pearl Igloo furniture here.
Three is the Magic Number
If you’ve got triplets (we salute you!) or three kids sharing a room, this modern bunk bed set from Fixture Studio could be the answer to your dreams. The frames are designed to be attached to the wall, there’s room to tuck in the bedding around the edges of the mattress, and the simple design makes for a sleek look. If you’ve got multiples sharing a space, anything you can do to minimize bulk is a total bonus. Each one is made to order, find out more here.
Pitch a Tent
When it comes to kids, bedtime is always an adventure. Lily Z Design took that concept to the next level with this adorable camping themed bedroom. The traditional wood bed frame and the custom canvas tent attached to the top bunk help to make outdoor dreams a reality for a city kid.
A Regal Dwelling for Two
We especially like this bed for little royals who might not be totally ready for a big kid's bed. The castle bunk bed, wrapped in coordinating fabrics from IKEA, is a DIY masterpiece designed by the very crafty mom over at Project Bauer.
Up in the Clouds
Five people, two bedrooms, 1000 square feet. This unique set up describes the pint-sized abode of the mom-of-three behind Elsie Marley: Handmade and Imperfect. In search of a solution to sleeping her growing brood, she created a makeshift bunk bed by building a loft above the existing bed. The clouds double as a guardrail and decorative distraction from an unmade bed.
Groovy Bus Bed
Beep! Beep! It’s nothing but sweet dreams ahead. As his daughter’s third birthday approached, and her days in the crib were numbered, this handy dad raced to finish her adorable big kid bed. Adorned with real VW parts, painted in a spectacular palette of psychedelic colors, and finished just in time for the big celebration, watch this incredible bed come together from beginning to end at Treehouser.
These gorgeous built-in bunk beds were an ambitious undertaking for one very handy dad. Constructed under the artistic direction of mom, Mikael of Mikael Monson Photography, and with a little inspiration from Pinterest, the beds are completely DIY (using no existing frame), and took more than two months to finish. Each level even includes its own bookrack for late night reading.
Build Your Bunk
Any budding builder would flip over this bunk bed. In search of the perfect theme for her sons’ shared bedroom, Joan of The Thing About Joan stumbled upon the solution after stepping on one of the Duplo blocks scattered around her home. Using an IKEA bed frame, large wooden dowels and paint in LEGO’s signature hues, the bed became the centerpiece of the boys’ LEGO-themed bedroom.
Hanging by a Rope
Just hanging around takes on a whole new meaning with these awesome daybeds. Like a modern hammock suspended from strong ropes, this twist on traditional bunk beds was an ingenious solution to creating a shared sleeping space. Create your own with instructions from Ana White.
Row, Row, Row Your Bunk
Row, row, row your...bed! Inspired by vintage ocean liners, the décor in this waterfront home is a maritime dream. Known to renters as the “Boathouse,” a highlight is the “row boat suite” featuring handcrafted bunk beds designed and built by the proprietors. Sleepy seafarers can climb up the custom ladder, stay at sea level or opt for sleeping on the adjacent “dock” platform bed. Check out (or rent) the entire nautical space here.
Expecting a new addition to the family? Your toddler might be ready to abdicate their spot in the crib and move on up…to the top bunk! Customize your shared space with a lofted toddler bed/crib combo. This bunk bed from Casa Kids Designed by Roberto Gil features easy staircase access to the top bunk, a built-in bookcase, sturdy safety railing and shelving. The crib is even outfitted with wheels for easy re-configuration in any room! Your big kid will love having a hidden space all their own.
Architecture-and-design studio Incorporated NY dreamed up these whimsical beds for two NYC boys. The modern built-ins come complete with a climbing wall, chalkboard, individual reading lamps and two extra bunks for sleepovers. It’s an urban kid’s dream.
A Bed for Your Little Bird
Your little birdies will love this adorable treehouse-inspired bunk bed from Aalto + Aalto. This modular bunk bed comes in an assortment of vibrant colors and unique configurations.
Basic Bunk No More
Ultra-versatile, the Up and Down Bed by Thomas Durner is designed to grow with your child. Individual “bunks” allow for multiple configurations, as single or lofted beds with an integrated ladder, storage space and side table. Delivered directly from the Netherlands, be sure to keep international shipping fees in mind!
Your little owlets would love sleeping in the hollowed out cubby holes of this unique bunk bed. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the nature-inspired sleeping quarters are just a glimpse of the features inside this incredible eco-friendly retreat created by designer Alexandre de Betak.
Sleep on a Wave
Designed by Danish company Mimondo, the Wave 2 Bunk Bed doubles as a modern centerpiece for your child’s bedroom. Made of sturdy materials and handcrafted to withstand years of climbing, the built-in ladder blends into the curved frame like the trunk of a tree. The structure itself resembles a playful work of art that any kid would love to sleep (or climb) on. Just be sure to ask for the American model.
Cozy Cabin Bunk
The perfect sleeping quarters for your little campers, this adorable cabin was handcrafted by the Belgian design company Mathy by Bols. The house-inspired bunk bed is great for a shared space that doubles as a playroom.
Climb to Sleep
We love the details found throughout this handcrafted bunk bed by Mette of Carlas Café, from the charming pitched roof to the whimsical cloud mobile hanging from the ceiling. Opting for a rock wall in lieu of a traditional ladder helped transform the top bunk into a private clubhouse that's definitely worth the climb.
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— Scott Wardell & Lauren Hill