Best bunk bed 2022

The best bunk beds offer a little something for everyone: They save space, while providing a safe – and super fun – sleeping surface for kids. But while bunk beds used to mean two twin mattresses that were placed vertically, today’s bunk beds offer plenty of choices in terms of style, design, materials, and extras—like storage, slides, full stairs, and even treehouses.

“Parents love bunk beds because they save space and remind them of their childhood, and kids love bunk beds, because they’re fun,” says Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “They can be safe, but there are certain guidelines I always tell parents,” he adds. (More on those at the bottom of this article.)

The right bunk bed for your family includes choosing the right size beds (do you prefer double or full mattresses?), weight capacity and style for your kids. And of course, you’ll want something that fits within your budget. We’ve researched the bestsellers on the market, relied on our expertise in the bedding category and turned to experts, such as Dr. Ganjian, to find the best bunk beds to fulfill your child’s bedroom decor dreams.

Best bunk bed overall

Classic style bunk bed with plenty of storage space

The Mack & Milo Absecon bunk bed is incredibly well thought out. For starters, it has two built-in under-bed storage chests for clothes, books or toys, making it very useful in the space-saving category. (These lockers have molded handles, so you don’t have to worry about little toes or pajamas being pulled out as you get in and out of bed.) Allow plenty of ventilation. Everything is made of sturdy pine wood for a durable feel. The ladder is compact, reversible and vertical, so there’s no need to house extra space for an angled ladder. Keep in mind that younger children with less stable feet may benefit more from a bunk bed with sturdy stairs. It can also be converted into two single beds if the kids get tired of the beds or end up in separate rooms one day. The loft bed is rated up to 400 pounds. Choose from natural, white, espresso and gray accents.

Positives:

  • Extra storage space
  • Converts to two separate beds
  • small footprints
  • High weight capacity on the loft bed

Negatives:

  • It may disturb the sleeping staircase in the basement
  • small ladder

Best Spliurg bunk bed

This bed has a magical and smart design

In essence, bunk beds are designed to be whimsical—and this Pottery Barn bestselling bunk bed is all about it. The tree house design has an upper floor within a fun house frame, complete with five windows and a front staircase. Everything is made of solid pine and engineered wood for a sturdy feel. Finishes – choose from navy blue, white or gray – are lacquered for durability, so you don’t have to worry about chips. High guardrails make this bed suitable for children of all ages while the lower bunk bed is especially suitable for younger children. The loft bed can support up to 250 lbs. It’s also made in a Fair Trade Certified Factory and is Greenguard Gold Certified to get your kids breathing healthy air. We suspect the biggest problem you’ll have with this bed is knowing who’s sleeping in the treehouse upstairs.

Positives:

  • fun design
  • sturdy build
  • high protection barriers
  • White glove delivery and assembly available

Negatives:

  • Don’t turn into separate beds
  • The location of the ladder may limit access to the basement

Best value bunk bed

This bed is under $350

This DHP repository is priced at under $350, which makes it more affordable than a lot of the competition. (Twin version is priced at $263.) It’s also made of metal, for a modern look that’s also sturdy enough to withstand years of use. The bed has a double bed over a full bottom, allowing children of different sizes to stretch out. Two integrated side baskets save space while allowing easy access to the top. My sons own this bed, and it has remained intact, solid and chip free, despite all they’ve shed for the past two years. The top bed has a weight capacity of 200 pounds while the full bottom bed can hold 450 pounds, which means it could also function as a guest bed in a pinch. Choose from a range of frame colors, including pink, white, black and silver.

Positives:

  • Affordable, Affordable, Affordable
  • Lightweight but strong
  • double stairs

Negatives:

  • Metal bars can be uncomfortable when barefoot
  • Bigger footprint

Best bunk bed for small rooms

Affordable and durable bed with low profile

The Cvyatko Bunk Bed by Harriet Bee has everything you want in a bunk bed minus the extras you can live without. It has a solid wood frame for a sturdy feel you can feel good about. The bed is also designed to not take up much space on the floor – which means there are no angled ladder pops out or elaborate headboards. Parents of young children will love this bed’s low height and solid guardrail. You can also set this up as a traditional bunk bed or split it into two separate beds if your kids eventually decide they’re out of place. Choose from five color options and two sizes – twin over twin or full over full. Keep in mind that the double loft bed is rated at 165 pounds, which is a lower max weight than the other options on our list.

Positives:

  • Low profile is perfect for young children
  • space saver
  • The family turns into two

Negatives:

  • Assembly can take some time
  • May not be roomy enough for older kids

Best bunk bed for toddlers

This bed has a child-friendly drawer

One of the biggest concerns when using bunk beds for young children is the risk of falling. This Max & Lily bed has several precautions to minimize this including the actual staircase with handrails, the lower bed that sits on the floor, and the 14″ guardrails. The bunk bed is made of sturdy pine and has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, so adults can lie down for story time. The bed is only 50 inches high, which makes it great for rooms with low ceilings. There is versatility in the use of the tray, too: you can install it on the left or right. And although the bed-drawer design suitable for young children takes up extra space, it is worth noting that there is space inside that can be used as a bookshelf.

Positives:

  • low height
  • ladder for easier climbing
  • Built-in bookshelf

Negatives:

  • enormous
  • Assembly can be difficult

Best triple bunk bed

This bed has a room under it for a desk or lounge space

When you have a lot of kids to sleep in and only have a lot of square footage, you might start thinking about a triple bunk bed. This Harriet Bee option offers two loft beds – most kids’ favorite sleeping place – along with built-in drawers to help organize things. A single bed is actually a loft, providing room below to store a desk, create a closet with a clothes rack or just a lounge space where kids can read or just hang out when they need some quiet time. Another bed with storage drawers. Each bed is rated at up to 400 lbs. Gray and white finish options work with almost any décor.

Positives:

  • Two of the best beds are rated
  • Storage included
  • Loft style bed saves space under it

Negatives:

  • big footprint
  • The heads are placed upstairs next to each other

Best bunk bed twin over full

This sturdy bed saves a lot of space

Whether you have children of different ages and sizes sharing a room, or you have one child who loves to spread out, the Belden twin-over-full bunk is a great choice. It’s made from a combination of strong and popular pine wood, which keeps this bed securely in place. The bed also features built-in pigeon tail corner drawers for extra lasting storage. The actual staircase (opposite the ladder) makes it easier for younger family members to get up and down from the upper floor safely. It’s worth noting that the handrail is 22 inches high, which gives you plenty of coverage. The bed is Greenguard Gold certified, which contributes to the cleanliness of the air in your child’s room. There is a maximum weight limit of 250 lbs for both beds. Enjoy neutral shades of white, rejuvenated rockwood, gray and navy blue.

Positives:

  • sturdy build
  • Built-in drawers
  • Ladder
  • White glove delivery and assembly are available

Negatives:

  • big
  • fixed ladder
  • Do not separate the family from the bachelors

The most fun bunk bed

This basement doubles as a play area

Bunk beds are inherently fun, but this Isabelle & Max option raises the bar with plenty of features to keep the kids occupied—and perhaps looking forward to bedtime. The built-in slide makes for a fun way to get out of bed in the morning (or just blow off some steam before bed). The cotton play curtain creates a home front that can be hooked and looped or removed. The inclined ladder has rounded edges for convenience and is reversible. Nice feature: The lower bed is located just two inches off the ground, making it a good space for younger sleepers. The entire bed has a low profile, so you don’t have to worry about little kids climbing too high. However, each bed is rated as safely holding 400 lbs.

Positives:

  • Cool design
  • removable curtain
  • low profile

Negatives:

  • The slide takes up more floor space
  • It takes a long time to assemble
  • It does not turn into a single family

How to choose the best bunk beds

To choose the best bunk beds, we looked at the most popular bunk beds on the market and spoke to a pediatrician about safety concerns. Then we narrowed the field down based on parental ratings, security features, options, and added value. At Forbes, we’ve also tested and researched dozens of the best mattresses and beds, so we know your sleeping space well. Our parenting coverage includes baby and toddler furniture, including the best cribs, cribs, baby mattresses, toddler beds, and even beanbags.


Are bunk beds safe for children?

In general, bunk beds are safe for children, says Ganjian. However, he says, it’s important to keep in mind that there is a risk of falling from an upper floor — especially with younger children.

Falls and injuries from bunk beds are not uncommon in children. Our Education Editor’s daughter took off her ladder in the middle of the night and broke her arm in first grade. One study found that 23,000 children ages 9 and younger were infected in bunk beds from 2001 to 2004 (almost 15,000 of these were under 6 years old).

What is the best age for a bunk bed?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under the age of 6 not be allowed to sleep on the upper floor. While young children can technically sleep in the basement, you want to make sure they can stay where they are and won’t wander upstairs (or on the ladder) when you’re not there to supervise. Therefore, it is really best to limit its use to children 6 years of age and older.

How do you make a bunk bed safer?

There are a few different things you can do. “Make sure everything fits properly,” says Ganjian. That is, the mattress should go to the side of the bed frame and leave no voids or gaps where children can hang or get stuck.

You will also need to make sure that your upper mattress does not raise the sleeping surface so high that the guardrail does not work. Bunk beds usually come with instructions on how thick the upper mattress should be in order to maintain the integrity of the railing.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates bunk beds, requires guardrails and sets certain design standards to reduce slips and falls, as well as setting standards for sharp edges, surface coatings, phthalates, and lead. It also states that “handrail tops must not be less than 5 inches above the top of the mattress,” to prevent children from rolling off the upper bed.

Janjian says that having a nightlight in the room is also a good idea to help guide kids who get up at night.

“I recommend placing the bed in the corner of the room,” he says. “This way, at least two sides of the bed are taken care of, for safety.”

Looking for a bunk bed with an easy-to-climb ladder or even stairs may also help reduce tripping.

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