Whether you have a small space or just really want them to share a bedroom, a bunk bed for kids will take their sleeping arrangements to a whole new level. From designer bunk beds to bunk beds with stairs, the only limit for these lofty projects is your imagination (and your ceiling height). And who knows? With these clever designs, sleeping in your kid’s room may not be such a bad option after all.
Bunk Beds with Built Ins
We love the built-in shelves that line this twin over full bunk bed idea from designer Bailey McCarthy. It's perfect for older kids and allows for sibling sharing rooms to have their own decorative space. See the bunk beds over at Bailey McCarthy.
Bunk Bed in the Trees
This adorable bunk bed in the trees from Crate & Barrel invites hours of imagination and creativity. Perfect for a woodland creature theme or even a Magic Treehouse type room, kids will love being among the trees.
Camper Van Bunk Bed
Always dreaming of hitting the road? This camper van inspired bunk bed is the ideal parking spot for wanderlusters. Made to order by a company in England, this roadside wonder comes with a functional door and surfboard-style ladder.
More details at Fancy.com.
DIY Designer Bunk Bed
Jewel Marlowe, interior designer and prolific DIY-er, upgraded a standard wooden bunk bed into this luxurious room-stopper in just seven easy steps. Head over to her blog Jeweled Interiors for the step-by-step instructions and see for yourself the amazing photo transformation before photo—you'll never look at a bunk bed in the same way again.
If your kid (or your) taste tends to eschew on the less juvenile side, get inspired by Amber Interior's bunk bed situation that was made with timeless design in mind. This modern marvel, complete with stairs and built-in bookcases may be the best twin bed over a full bunk bed that we've ever seen. Don't be surprised if your kids never want to leave their room.
Triple Bunk Beds
The problem with a lot of bunk beds is that they look, well, out of place. This triple-bunk by Foxhole Farmhouse looks as if it has always been in this space thanks to custom woodwork like moldings and shiplap. For the full instructions on how these clever DIY-ers maximized this corner in their house, check out the "Bunk Tutorial" on their Instastories.
Sleek and simple, this bunk design by Vardehaugen Architects, a firm located in Norway, nails the privacy and space issue while maximizing the hygge feel of course.
Bunk with Stairs
Instead of a ladder, which might be scary for little kids, this one has a set of stairs (keeping bunk bed ideas for toddlers in mind) that'll take your little one to dreamland. Plus, with an extra pull-out trundle and built-in cupboards, this one is perfect for sharing among family and friends.
More details at Wayfair.
The surrounding wood paneling with handy climbing ladders extends not just to gain access to the top bunk bed but all over the room—perfect for those kids who literally climb the walls (and ceiling). We also love how architecture firm Mops.Studio choose to upholster the wall and bottom bed base—it helps soften the room and make an otherwise stark room feel warm and cozy.
Built-In Ladder Bunk Bed
We love how the ladder is built into the side of this bunk bed from Crate & Barrel's kid's department Crate & Kids, saving additional floor space, not to mention the rolling twin bed feature that allows you to change the positioning of the lower mattress from parallel to perpendicular to the bunk.
More details at Crate & Kids.
Bunk for One
Kids that don't have to share a room can enjoy the perks of bunk living too. This loft-style set up allows for the top bunk to be used as the sleeping space, and the area below as a desk, which saves a ton of space in a small room.
More details at Room & Board.
Sleek & Stylish Bunk Bed
If you love the sleek, modern look of your nursery furniture from P'kolino, then you'll love their bunk beds. They come in four colors, are made from pine wood and come with a sturdy built-in ladder.
More details at Walmart
Navy & Brass Bunk
We love how Sarah Barnard Design tackled this kid's bedroom. While bunk beds don't traditionally don't scream privacy, the addition of individual curtains on the bunks coupled with the private desk alcoves all but guarantees that each kid will have plenty of space to themselves.
Cottage Chic Bunk Bed
Wake up and play in this fully customizable farm-fresh styled bunk that comes complete with flower boxes and a handy trundle space that can be used for storage or extra sleeping space.
More details at Etsy
Tractor Bunk Bed
For those kids that love tractors more than trains, this DIY bunk bed pays tribute to the iconic brand John Deere including an exact color match and those can't miss decals. If you want to make one for your own little hauler, all the details (including measurements!) can be found at the blog Rucker Rendevouz.
LEGO Bunk Bed
The Suzanne Nichols Design Group took their inspiration from one of childhood's most clever toys and designed a room that any master builder (or master builder in training) will want to cozy up in thanks to the eye-popping colors and brick-inspired steps.
Industrial Modern Bunk Beds
The metallic frame on this bunk bed looks like it is made from plumbing parts. It lends an industrial modern edge to the room and successfully mixes and matches with the classic Hudson Bay bedding. The whole look is pulled together by interior design company Massucco Warner Miller.
If you’ve got triplets (we salute you!) or three kids sharing a room, this modern, made-to-order bunk bed set from Fixture Studio could be the answer to your prayers. 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 streamlined look.
Fun & Smart Bunk Beds
The best part about this bunk bed set-up is that you can fully customize it to meet your needs. But don't worry about feeling stuck with it—not only are the parts are reversible, they can be dismantled and used separately, meaning you can change the configuration as the needs of your family changes. Oh, and let's not ignore the awesome-ness of the slide.
More details at Max Trix Kids.
DIY Loft Bunk
Here's some fun math: Five people, two bedrooms, and 1000 square feet. Tight right? Well, maybe not. Thanks to this unique set up by Meg Freeman who ran the blog, Elsie Marley: Handmade and Imperfect, she found a fantastic solution for providing the best dreamscape for her growing brood. Here she created a makeshift bunk bed by building a loft above the existing bed adding "clouds" to double as a guardrail and as decorative distraction from an unmade bed.
Groovy Bus Bunk 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. Made with real VW parts, painted in a spectacular palette of psychedelic colors, and finished just in time for the big celebration, you can see this incredible bed come together at the blog Treehouser.
Just hanging around takes on a whole new meaning with this lofty bunk bed designed by Barbara Chapartegui. Like a modern hammock suspended from strong ropes, this modern twist on traditional bunk beds is an ingenious solution to creating a shared sleeping space.
Bunk Over a Crib
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 configuration features an 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 mobility.
More details at Casa Kids.
Bunks for Four
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.
Treehouse Bunk Beds
Inspired by treehouses, this bunk bed design is available in an assortment of vibrant colors and unique configurations. We love the slim and compact nature of the beds—providing maximum comfort in a minimal amount of space.
More details at Aalto + Aalto.
Basic Bunk No More
Ultra-versatile, the "Up and Down Bed" by Thomas Durner is designed to grow with your child. Individual beds allow for multiple configurations, as single or lofted with an integrated ladder, storage space and side table. Delivered directly from the Netherlands, these pieces are modern, simple and worth the shipping costs.
More details at Thomas Durner.
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.
More details at Mimondo.
Cozy Cabin Bunk
The ultimate sleeping quarters for your little campers, this adorable cabin is handcrafted by a Belgian design company. The house-inspired bunk bed is great for a shared space that also doubles as a playroom.
More details at Mathy by Bols.
Opting for a rock wall in lieu of a traditional ladder helped to transform these top bunks into a private space that's definitely worth the climb.
—Andie Huber with Lauren Hill