1. Doubled up. How can you accommodate four people comfortably in one bedroom? Here’s how. These corner bunks have space-maxing ability and a simple, grown-up look, courtesy of a classy neutral paint color and unfussy cabinetry.
Note how the slim reading lights tuck away in a corner of the wall that won’t be used to rest a head against. Their bendy design makes them handily flexible.
2. Stretched out. If you have the wall space, this is another way to fit in two bunks. Take a look at the decor too: It’s kid-friendly and beautifully stylish. The red-patterned wallpaper on the side walls (but not the back one) increases the sense of height in the room, while the boats on the duvet covers tie in to the design with understated panache.
6. Under a peak. If you’re converting a loft space and had written off the idea of making good use of sloping eaves for anything besides storage, perhaps this idea will spark your imagination. Although the low headspace may not make this design suitable for full-time sleeping or full-size people (at least up top), it does squeeze in an extra bed for a child or a guest without losing floor space. Rather than spoiling the architectural lines of the ceiling, as you might imagine this kind of construction would, the bunks in fact highlight them, turning the view into a focal point. And it looks as if it would be a pretty cozy place to dream.
Building a little way out from the end of the alcove, as seen here, allows both beds to be a bit roomier. Keeping the bunks the same pale color as the walls also contributes to this effect visually.
7. Freestanding. The examples so far have been built-in, space-specific designs — but freestanding bunk beds can be just as good-looking.
Store-bought bunks often come in natural wood, which can look brilliant, but if that finish doesn’t coordinate with the room in question, consider a paint job. Here, a simple white stands out crisply against the turquoise wallpaper. A traditional neutral from a posh paint company also can boost the style quotient of the beds.
8. For sitting and sleeping. This is a smart bed for a room that only sometimes needs to accommodate a second child. Since there’s just one real bed, it’s often called a loft bed rather than a bunk bed. However, those big cushions on the floor can do double duty as both a cushy sofa for bedtime stories and a guest bed.
A curtain made from a complementary fabric and suspended with a single telescoping curtain rod so that it covers the front of the lower level could make for a fun, fort-like experience for young children.
9. With a fun theme. With freestanding bunks, there’s also lots of opportunity to go for a theme. This one looks a bit like a treehouse, which also makes a proper fort of the top bunk. (There may be fights at bedtime over who gets to sleep up there, so consider your tactics in advance!)
All sorts of sweet designs are available, including boats, buses …
10. Behind barn doors. When an extra bedroom for guests isn’t a luxury you have at home, how about this for a clever way to host them in your living room?
The doors can slide shut when the beds don’t need to be accessed. Custom barn doors can be pricey but may be a worthwhile investment if this is the perfect style for your room (and they look lovely with this wood paneling). Alternatively, look online for DIY barn door projects and hardware kits.
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