10 Best Bunk Beds | April 2017

We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. What's the fastest and most affordable way to double the space in your kids' bedroom? Give them one of the bunk beds listed here instead of traditional separate beds. Kids not only love being able to clamber up and down the steps, but the additional space in the bedroom can allow for a desk, a play area or maybe even a drum set (ha-ha). Skip to the best bunk bed on Amazon.
10 Best Bunk Beds | April 2017
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The By Furniture4You Tent gives the kids a special fort on the top bunk and a full-sized bed on the bottom, so they have space for sleeping and for fun. This tent structure includes an opening window, providing air flow within the cozy enclosure.
  • complete slat kit for both beds
  • made from solid pine wood
  • not ideal for older kids and teens
Brand By Furniture4You
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
A modern twin-over-twin bunk bed that can convert into two single beds when needed, the Walker Edison is affordable and practical. With this package, you get two beds that can be set up in separate rooms for the price of what most people pay for one.
  • tubular steel framing
  • durable powder-coated finish
  • assembly can be time-consuming
Brand Walker Edison
Weight 113.8 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
Designed with a quick-lock assembly system that allows for setup in less than one hour, the Zinus Dual works well for children, but you may want to go with something a little more spacious for your teenagers. It accommodates 6-inch mattresses nicely.
  • attractive blue finish
  • 2 integrated ladders included
  • not a heavy-duty option
Brand Zinus
Weight 98 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
With ample room for three kids, the DPH Sturdy Kids features a large bunk for a full bed on the bottom and a simple twin bunk on top. The whole structure is built with dependable aluminum, and it doesn’t shake or shift once it’s set up.
  • 3 color options available
  • no box spring needed
  • setup requires two people
Brand DPH
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
A nice addition to a traditional bedroom, the Atlantic Nantucket is a chic piece of furniture that’s ideal for kids who share a room or often play host to friends spending the night. The top bunk features a sturdy guardrail that prevents sleeping kids from rolling out.
  • ladder can be set at either end
  • comes in three resilient finishes
  • convenient lower drawers for storage
Brand Atlantic Furniture
Model AB59122
Weight 68 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
The Discovery Mission offers plenty of storage space for toys, books, clothes and other items with its seven drawers and compact magazine rack. It can be configured with the staircase on either side of the bed, giving you more placement options.
  • rich honey lacquer finish
  • stairs arrive fully assembled
  • accommodates 8-inch mattresses
Brand Discovery World Furnitu
Model 2114TT3D
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
The Your Zone Premium looks utilitarian, and its performance matches its rugged appearance. It's constructed with robust metal slats that can accommodate 450 pounds on the bottom bunk and 200 pounds on the top bunk with no additional support required.
  • does not squeak or creak
  • strong rails around full top bunk
  • assembly is fast and painless
Brand Your Zone
Model 5563096WE
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
While simple and unassuming, the DHP Twin Over Twin offers reliable durability for parents who are bed shopping on a budget. It can stand up to those energetic kids who climb around and wrestle, so you won't have to worry about it wearing out.
  • 2 distinct design options
  • ladder easily attaches to frame
  • assembly requires minimal tools
Brand DHP
Model 3135196
Weight 95.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
With three spacious drawers at the base of the bottom bunk, the American Furniture Classic doubles as a mini-dresser, which frees up space in your kid’s bedroom. It’s supported by strong half-inch slats that don’t make any noise.
  • parts arrive clearly labeled
  • can accommodate adults as well
  • rustic wooden design
Brand American Furniture Clas
Model 2818-TFM
Weight 254 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
Comfortably sleep four people with the Coaster Home 460078. Equipped with two full beds, it features a modern metal design and has ladders on both sides, which are incorporated into the frame and blend in nicely with the decor.
  • sleek neutral gunmetal color
  • instructions have helpful graphics
  • stair treads offer great grip
Brand Coaster Home Furnishing
Model Ct460078
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Imagine A Bed For More Than Sleeping

I'm going to go ahead and make a statement that, as far as I can tell, is pure conjecture: bunk beds are good for the imagination.

I didn't need a bunk bed growing up. One of the primary reasons that parents invest in bunk beds is that they have more children than they have spare rooms. Since bunk beds utilize the vertical cubic feet of a room to stack sleeping areas on top of one another, they're ideal for anyone trying to fit more humans into a tight space.

The house I grew up in had just enough rooms for my sister and I not to have to bunk together, which would have ended in violence, I'm sure. I did, however, have friends who weren't as fortunate as I was. They had more siblings and less space, but on the other hand, they also had bunk beds, which seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me.

There's also the occasional sleepover to take into account here. Even if you've got a single child, and he or she has a room bigger than yours, there's still a good chance (unless all this apparent wealth and isolation has rendered the child a pariah among his or her would-be friends) that you're going to host some sleepovers. Bunk beds make these affairs a lot easier, as you won't have to worry about blowing up tedious air mattresses or pulling that pesky bed out of the couch.

As for the imagination claim, well, I got my bunk bed around age eight, and it served me as a sleeping space, a space shuttle, an air plane, a sailboat, a submarine, a concert stage, a skyscraper, and a slew of other forms that fed my childish fancy. It was the size of it, the materials out of which it was made, and, most importantly, its climbability. That ladder and all those rungs and boards turned me into a little climbing monkey-person within the first few minutes of ownership.

Battle Of The Bunks

Supposing you have two people intending to share the bunk bed you buy, which is probably the norm, you're all but guaranteed to buck up against an impasse over the top bunk. On a bunk bed, the top bunk is prime real estate, the domain–most often–of the child with superior status. Often, parents will determine the bunk assignments by age, allowing the oldest to choose which bed he or she wants.

You may have a set of twins on your hands, however, and enforcing anything based on that difference of a few minutes between their arrivals is bound to leave psychological scars. When there isn't a clear path to resolution on the bunk levels, create a monthly schedule, where on the first of every month the kids switch.

If there's a big age gap between your kids, I'd take a good long look at either of the bunks on our list that offer a double bed size. One of them is full over full, meaning the beds on the top and the bottom fit full-size mattresses, while the other only has the full on the bottom. In the latter case, the older kid would likely grab the bigger bottom bunk, but if he or she is adamant about having a full bed and a top bunk, the former is your best option.

Among the other sets, your primary concern is liable to be aesthetic. Kids' rooms are usually pretty specifically decorated. I know mine certainly was when I was at that age, and the bright purple bunk bed my sister had in her bright pink room wouldn't quite have fit in with my sky blue fighter pilot scheme. Keep design in mind, and it'll guide you toward a smart choice.

No-Nonsense Sleeping

Sometimes the etymology of a word creates two distinct and diverse meanings for it through the years. Cleave is one such word, as it simultaneously means to cling to and to cut into pieces. Bunk has a similar history.

While bunk beds as we know them have a history that's hard to pin down, we know that "to bunk," as in to sleep, was a term in common use since the middle of the 19th century. It was likely a term derived from the establishment of military bunkers.

Of course, methods of tiered sleeping show up in history all the way back to the 1400s, when servants often slept on the floor beneath their masters' beds. While these couldn't technically be considered bunk beds (the servants didn't have any bedding to speak of), it is an early example of the sleeping design.

Bunk's other meaning, which is confounding, especially considering my reverence for the bunk bed, is "nonsense."

The story goes that a North Carolina State Representative by the name of Felix Walker was slated to speak regarding the debates of Missouri's statehood in 1820, and that he intended to droll on at length to make sure some of his speech got into the papers. He wanted the people of his state to see that he wasn't just wasting time in the House, so he said that he wouldn't be speaking to Washington, but to Buncombe, his home county.

Since then, particularly in the American south, bunk, a shorthand for Buncombe, has been associated with nonsense. Hopefully, as history roils forward, this negative designation will fade, and the glory of the bunk bed will remain.

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Last updated on April 27 2017 by Sam Kraft

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