Bunk Bed Ideas for a Kid's Bedroom

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Simple additions, like a fabric privacy screen, can make a standard bunkbed even better.
Simple additions, like a fabric privacy screen, can make a standard bunkbed even better.

Bunk beds can go far beyond the standard bed-on-bed concept and add extra floor space and storage as well as fun and excitement to a kid's bedroom. Expensive bunk beds designed to look like castles, rockets and dollhouses aren't the only options if you're looking for something more than a standard bunk bed. Loft beds and futon beds are inexpensive choices that offer the fun of the bunk bed with extra functionality, and tents, canopies and slides add even more fun to a kid's bedroom.

  1. Loft

    • Whether you need more floor space or want to create private space for children sharing a room, loft beds are a perfect use of vertical space. Although most loft beds have a desk underneath, you can use the space many ways, such as setting up a relaxing reading area, a dressing area or a space for arts and crafts.
      Two loft beds in a shared room give each child his own personal space without sacrificing the open feel of a room. The floor area under each bed can be personalized for each child, and gives him a place to keep special personal belongings.

    Futon

    • Futon bunk beds are great for small rooms, creating extra space for guests and providing a place where kids can lounge without sacrificing floor space. Most futon bunk beds have a twin-size bed on top and a futon on the bottom that folds up for seating and down into a full-size bed for sleeping. Other configurations are available, however, including beds with full-size mattresses on top and queen-sized on the bottom.
      Use a futon bunk bed when space is tight but you need an extra bed for occasional guests, or to give your kids a place to sit and read, watch television or play games.

    Tents, Canopies and Slides

    • Adding some extra fun and excitement to a standard bunk bed is simple. Beds with tents and slides already attached can be purchased, but accessories, such as slides that clamp on to standard bunk beds are also widely available. It's simple and inexpensive, however, to create your own tents and canopies. Hanging a canopy from the ceiling is perhaps the most simple way to add a special feel to a bunk bed, but other simple ways include hanging fabric from shower-curtain rods attached to the lower bunk or draping large sheets of fabric from the ceiling around the bed, sewing openings for doors and windows.

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