25 space-saving bunk bed ideas

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Bunk beds aren’t just for kids’ rooms. While kids find them fun – especially the jumping up and down and having the option of being above or below – there is a charm that bunk beds can bring to adults. They are practical, practical and space-saving solutions for small rooms. So if you’re looking to maximize your space and add style to your bedroom at the same time, we’re sharing chic bunk bed ideas to inspire your next look.

Bunk beds are perfect for a kid’s room, master bedroom, or even a guest room. So, if you want to upgrade your design scheme with this particular type of bed, there are a few things to consider before looking for the right one. Make sure the bunk bed you choose is sturdy and the right size to fit your bedroom layout. After considering these variables, also plan how the bunk bed will fit into the overall aesthetic of the room. Whether you want a modern, bohemian, coastal or moody vibe, these ideas will help you choose the perfect bunk bed look.

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Arrange the bunk beds in your guest room with a mini staircase. These bunk beds from Cortney Bishop Design have a pastel green and white palette.

Maximize your space by designing bunk beds into the wall. Designate an area near stairs or in the corner of a room for a unique built-in setup.

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Use old vintage wooden furniture

If you’re looking to make the bunk beds yourself, use simple pieces of wood to put it all together. These beds have a playful yet simple design that makes it comfortable for children.

Design the staircase and wall with wood, making the rest of the all-white bedroom and bed frame stand out – similar to this look from House of Jade Interiors.

If you don’t know how to decorate your guest room, go for pastel shades. Think soft fern, smoky, and cloudy white. Design your bunk bed to match the overall decor, including wicker furniture, as seen in this room.

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Bring on the beachy vibes

If you can’t take the kids to the beach, bring the seaside vibe right to their bedroom. This includes an ocean-inspired rug, red and blue striped bedding, and a step ladder worthy of a captain climbing a ship.

The bottom of a bunk bed doesn’t have to be a twin. A double bed can be an unexpected option, provided there is enough space. Parents can sleep downstairs and their little one can go upstairs if there are night scares.

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Fill the whole room with a bunk bed for three. This arrangement from Erin Williamson Design is ideal for an attic or the smallest room in the house.

Design a bunk bed around a nautical theme to bring a fresh and comforting feel to your child’s room.

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Don’t forget to add storage

Nicole Fisher of BNR Interiors gave this large room some extra storage space by building shelves and drawers into the lower part of the bunk beds. This leaves plenty of space for children to store their toys, books and seasonal clothes.

If your home isn’t set up for a designated office space, placing a compact workstation near a bunk bed is the next best thing. Just stick to the same color scheme to get a cohesive feel.

Design by Leslie Cotter Interiors »

This bedroom from House of Eilers has a playful and feminine feel, perfect for your little princesses. The low profile wood frame is simple and a great addition to a neutral bedroom.

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Create a Dark and Moody Theme

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Think ahead for the children’s room

It’s always fun to decorate a child’s room around a specific theme. The perfect example? Mother Nature. Just go for a mix of botanical and animal prints, but stick to white bunk beds to balance out the room.

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Jenny Keenan Design opted for classic white walls and a sleek wooden bunk bed for this airy setup. A woven basket for greenery and a striped rug and stool add warmth.

Take inspiration from Becki Owens and decorate a black bunk bed with a decorative railing in a gold finish. Contrast is an easy way to boost the visual appeal of a bedroom.

For a rustic look, you can’t go wrong with mixing wood tones. The light wood walls in this room act as a perfect counterpoint to the dark frame of the bunk beds.

Design by Bria Hammel Interiors »

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Design the perfect playroom

Make the most of your child’s space by installing a play area next to the bunk beds for even more fun.

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Go for rich, deep colors

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Leave room for a bedside table

Leave space underneath for a handy piece of furniture – like a bedside table – to place a lamp and make room for nighttime essentials. Don’t forget to include flowers, as seen in this space by Madison Nicole Design.

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Swap the bottom bunk

Looking for a way to mix things up? Replace the bottom bunk with an ottoman or lounge chair.

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Install a built-in bunk bed

Designed by Demilio Design, this bunk bed is cleverly concealed by velvet curtains. This installation not only saves space, but it makes a unique addition to any room.

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Design an intricate balustrade

Whether your bunk bed is for you or your kids, a substantial railing helps keep anyone from falling. Try a crossover design to make the whole thing stand out, similar to Martha O’Hara Interiors and JPC Custom Homes.

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