Flair painted birch bunk bed, $1,995, Bunkhouse Kids. Revelle quilted cotton twin bed covers, $250 each, quilted cotton shams, $90 each, Rustic magnetic chalkboard, $68, Nestings Kids. Sabrina wicker baskets, $36 each, Pottery Barn Kids. EA Kids painted birch chairs, $129 each, maple table, $209, Ethan Allen. Squared wool rug, $350, EQ3. Whole Home polycotton percale twin flat sheets, $15 each, pillowcases, $20 per pair, Sears Catalogue. Summerhaven dresser, $1,140, De Boer’s. Minnen Drake dragon, $15, IKEA. Replogle Explorer globe, $55, Scholar’s Choice. Glass fish bowl, $10, Solutions – Your Organized Living Store.
Travis bunk bed in antiqued white, $1,199, Bombay Kids. My Stuff tufted-cotton chenille bed covers, $70 each, tufted-cotton chenille shams, $30 each, Sears Catalogue. Luns magnetic chalkboard, $20, IKEA. Wicker baskets, $20 each, The Bay. Carolina Kids chairs, $89 each, Pottery Barn Kids. Minnen Children’s pine table, $69, Hellum wool rug, $99, IKEA. Cotton jersey sheets and pillowcases in Ink Blue, $20 per twin set, Home Outfitters. Hemnes dresser, $399, IKEA. Honduran Palm viper, $12, Scholar’s Choice. Globe, $23, glass fish bowl, $5, Wal-Mart.
Bunk beds conjure up camp memories of reading by flashlight and late-night giggle sessions. If space is at a premium in your home (or even if it isn’t), bunk beds are a great way to find extra room for guests and, of course, your kids!
designs to choose from
Single beds with single bunks above are not only ideal for siblings sharing a room, but also great for guests. The top bunk can serve as a display spot for a stuffed animal collection, too.
Loft bunks with no lower bed offer a good spot to put a desk and computer, or a mini-living room setup – an excellent choice for teens or college students with small rooms.
Double beds with single bunks above come in handy if you’re hosting guests with children, and provide room for more kids at slumber parties.
For safety, the top bunk should have guardrails on all four sides. Also, check that mattresses fit tightly on all sides of the beds.
Top bunks aren’t safe for kids under six years of age, nor are they safe for more than one person.
Check that the bunk bed frame is sturdy and doesn’t wobble when you shake it, which is something you’ll have to test on a regular basis.
Ladders should also be sturdy and securely attached to the bed frame.
Health Canada recommends bunk beds meet American standards, so look for ASTM F-1427- 96 and 16 CFR, Parts 1213, 1500 and 1513 on the label. Be sure to ask before you buy!
– JENN HOULIHAN