Bunk beds are the epitome of our childhood dreams. Reminiscent of summer camp, or big family vacations. Maybe you grew up on a bunk bed and don’t feel as excited about them, but you have to admit they’re convenient for space planning. And when you build them the right way, they’re totally luxurious.
We’re always excited when we get a chance to design a custom bunk room. We worked with our builder to give you the best tips and tricks when designing your own in 2020.
Let’s start with the basics! The spaces between each bunk should be about 40 inches, with the mattress next to bunk. If your ceilings don’t exceed 9 feet, it might be a little difficult to built a bunk with substantial space. For really high ceilings you can add built-in drawers or even a trundle bed!!
These rustic white oak built in bunk beds are bright and youthful, with wire details on the railing as an industrial feature. We keep styling in each bunk room uniform and streamlined, so we use the same pillow and throw styling for each bed. It brings the space together and feels cohesive! We stuck with a gender neutral green, for the pillows.
It’s convenient for each bunk to have control over the lighting, so choose one with a switch plate. Think about how much the kids rough house and move around. You don’t want a light fixture that’s too ornate or fragile. We like to stay clear of paper shades.
If you have an open window between the bunks, it’s the perfect opportunity to add a window seat! We maximize comfort by getting custom cushion seating. Add throw pillows for bonus coziness.
We also had an opportunity to create built-in openings that could host frames, books, and more. Sure, they’re convenient but they’re also just beautiful, and tie in with the storage drawers lining the bottom of the bunks.