We've found 17 of the most striking bunk bed ideas, from custom made, built-in wonders to modern furniture pieces.
Bunk beds are a wonderful thing. Aside from being space-saving, they are fun and can look pretty chic too – when done well. Not convinced? We've sifted through our Livingetc.com archives and pulled out some of the best bunk bed ideas we've come across so far. While most are intended for kids rooms (opens in new tab), some of these are grown up enough to feature in guest rooms or holiday homes too.
Built-in beds are also great for holiday homes, to accommodate extra sleepers – and they're far more chic and comfortable than a pull-out sofa in the living room. Get inspired by ABD Studio's bunk bed design and give each bunk bed its own curtain for privacy.
Bunk bed design is all about combining a fun, playful vibe with space-saving solutions that help maximise a room's potential. With space at a premium for urban, city homes, it pays to think vertically.
Some of the below built-in bunk beds were designed with adults in mind – there is enough space so you don’t bang your head when getting into bed.
To really make the most of every square inch in a room, going bespoke is your best bet as it means that a bed can stretch wall to wall (without leaving award pockets of wasted space), and can be personalised with USB sockets, wall lights, and even built-in trundle drawers or book shelves. To soften the look, make like Katharine Pooley and give each bed an upholstered headboard.
The best bunk bed ideas feature playful and creative designs, from mezzanine balconies and look-out towers to clever concealed storage and a fun slide to get down. In this East London house (opens in new tab), a bunk bed room was given a mezzanine floor that's only accessible via a climbing wall – with a fireman's pole to come down.
If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free.
Get inspired by these gorgeous bunk bed ideas...
2. Curtain Call
ABD Studio created this chic and elegant bunk bed room for two young girls. Curtains give each bed privacy.
3. Mezzanine Play Space
If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free. Here a loft play space has been created above the built-in bunks, leaving plenty of floor space to play and creating a calm and un-cluttered vibe.
4. Extra Tall
These built-in bunk beds have been designed with adults in mind – there is enough space so you don’t bang your head when getting into bed.
5. Plugged In
These bunk beds are custom made and each has a docking station for Macs or iPads with their own light and headphones.
6. Stair Storage
A house-inspired bunk-bed design was created to make use of the full height of this room. An actual staircase leads to the top bunk, which also doubles as fun storage.
7. Lookout Tower
This bunk space isn't actual a bed, but it makes a super fun play area complete with desk, balcony, slide, and even a separate ladder going up to a lookout tower. A mattress could easily be added to the mezzanine level, transforming this into an epic bunk bed. We also love the blackboard wall which transforms this upper story into a creative zone.
Here a ladder is placed in the middle of the mezzanine, freeing up enough space at either end for single beds. The mezzanine level acts as a cool daybed – a space to read, lounge and relax, rather than to sleep. Timber wall cladding covers the ceiling in this charming beach house kid's room.
9. Upholstered Headboards
These gorgeous bunk beds by Katharine Pooley feature upholstered headboards and soft details.
10. A good fit
This was an awkward space, so it was difficult to fit in normal-sized bunk beds. The owners had them made slightly smaller with cupboards either side, allowing more room for train tracks and tea parties.
11. Nautical Vibes
This bunk bed has a distinct nautical feel to it, thanks to the white painted finish, the shiplap wall, blue and white bedding and the brass wall lights. The effect is very summery – perfect for a themed bedroom or for a coastal holiday home.
A set of wood bunk beds with a minimalist black ladder makes a cosy modern kids room.
13. Built Ins
To really make the most of every square inch in a room, going bespoke is your best bet as it means that a bed can stretch wall to wall (without leaving award pockets of wasted space), and can be personalised with USB sockets, wall lights, and even built-in trundle drawers or book shelves.
14. Alcove bed
The child’s bedroom sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below. A raised, built-in bed plays on the multi-level theme.
15. Rounded Edges
The white bunkbed with its soft, rounded edges create a Scandi look.
16. Keep it simple with a natural wood frame structure
The below kids bedroom (opens in new tab) features a modern and simple wooden bunk bed frame that can used to either keep a mattress or divan bed underneath, or swap out the under bed for a kids desk (opens in new tab) or cosy reading den. It's the kind of structure that's easy to personalise – for example by attaching a curtain underneath, by painting it in different colours, or by creating a kids desk space (opens in new tab) underneath.
17. Choose a rounded design for a retro edge
The below bunk bed idea features rounded edges, giving it a distinctly retro vibe.