Bunk beds are a pretty nifty solution if you’re looking for space optimizing bedroom decor. Though popularly used in children’s bedrooms, bunk beds are actually a surprisingly versatile piece of bedroom furniture.
Understanding the ways in which you can utilize a bunk bed for the purposes of saving space in smaller rooms or studio apartments won’t just help you create a cleaner looking home, it also provides the opportunity for you to get creative with decorating.
Whether you’re using it for your child’s room, are looking to spruce up a shared flat with a roommate, or are simply on the hunt for ways to create space within your own homes, here are our top tips when it comes to using bunk beds intelligently, from picking the right mattress size, to getting a little creative with room decor.
Using bunk beds for children
When it comes to using bunk beds for your children’s rooms, the good news is that you’re left with plenty of examples online to take inspiration from. There are a few reasons bunk beds are such a popular choice for children’s rooms.
Since children’s bedrooms tend to be naturally smaller in terms of room to work with, bunk beds can be a really innovative way to create space. Since bunk beds tend to come with smaller mattress size options, they make a natural fit for children. Twin size mattresses tend to be the ideal mattress size for kid’s rooms, whether or not they have bunk beds, since their compact dimensions allow for them to be stacked and moved around with ease.
If you’re using a bunk bed to create more space in your child’s room, you might wish to experiment to give them a space that feels unique and cozy to them.
Adding a nightlight to each wall corner of your children’s beds will enhance their comfort without the need for the typical nightstand, which may be tougher to orient with a bunk bed. You may also choose to use creative wallpaper with cascading artwork that keeps the room decor feeling playful and creative.
Using a loft bed in your studio apartment
A bunk bed doesn’t always have to refer to two sets of mattresses. Loft bed frames are particularly useful for those who live in smaller rooms or studio apartments that are looking for a way to separate their bed from the rest of their space.
Loft beds are kept higher up, while the rest of the bed frame acts as a storage solution/ workspace. Since they’re built for adults, they might come in slightly larger mattress size variations, but since the point of loft beds is to save space, you might want to consider sizing down or using something more compact than you’re used to. Twin XL mattresses are appropriate for taller single sleepers, but if you’re looking for something with a little more space to move around in, a Full-size mattress might also work.
Try and pick out a loft bed that has accents that will work with your wider space to tie your entire apartment together. For instance, if your loft bed has a darker wooden frame, you may want to consider adding similar accents to your dining table, photo frames to display memories and artwork in, or display shelves.
Adding a bunk bed to spruce up smaller rooms
If you have a smaller spare room that you’d like to repurpose into a guest bedroom, or your existing bedroom isn’t spacious enough to fit a larger bed, bunk beds can help. When you’re working with smaller spaces, and you’re restricted in terms of your options with mattress sizes or bedroom furniture, you can still get creative with decor.
Replacing the railing on your bunk bed can be one way to make your small space unique and special. Your bed frame can, therefore, double as a piece of bedroom decor. Getting creative with the colors and making sure you can still find ways to incorporate your personality into the general room decor through small details such as art or carpeting can make the difference between a space that feels inviting, and one that feels cramped.
Bunk beds are a fun addition to any bedroom, but they can also be practical. Figuring out how to choose the best mattress size and keeping your room decor snug and comfortable will allow you to have functionality without having to compromise on the quality of your rest. If you are getting a bunk bed as a space saver in your children’s room, the only thing you really have to worry about is getting them to agree who gets the top bunk. Happy decorating!