Giving children a space can be difficult once the house becomes crowded, here are some ideas about built-in bunk beds that would help conserve room space.
Whether you have a large family of your own, have merged families through marriage, or have a generational home, giving a child a space that feels like their own can be difficult once a house becomes crowded.
Instead of buying flimsy bunk beds or overpaying for a quality piece, consider getting the perfect bunk bed for your family’s needs. A custom built-in bunk bed will open up your home’s space in ways you might not have thought possible.
Built-In Bunk Bed Ideas
Inset Bunk Beds
To start, you can set bunks within a smaller section of the room to maximize space. There’s a bit of shared decorating space on the central shelf, and the lights in each bunk are great additions for doing homework or reading without the main light.
By enclosing the bunks more, there is a greater sense of privacy even with the shared space. The floating side tables are convenient, but the way the lights are positioned will flood light to other bunks more easily.
For a narrower space, turn the beds and set them parallel. The central staircase here will be easier for some children, but the open front and close quarters reduce the individual decorating space. A curtain around each bunk can go a long way in helping maintain that sense of privacy with this design.
Remember to use vertical space. This goes double for anyone who bought a home with giant ceilings that they rarely use for anything but creating echoes.The cubbies under these bunks will add much needed storage.
A Living Bedroom
You can stack a number of bunk beds into a large living room while still leaving a central area for activities. 8 beds and a sofa is a shocking amount of furniture to find in one room, and it doesn’t even seem crowded with the smart arrangement.
Not every home has a giant living room that can be spared. This simple built-in bunk bed, bathroom, and storage bins would be considered comfortable by many sailors’ standards.
Combining some of the built-in bunk bed styles above with a large space can get you storage, ease of access, and a high number of beds. This arrangement shows how adding more features can start to overcrowd the space, but it’s fine as long as you don’t expect it to be a play area.
This serene white and blue room is soothing and open. Each bunk has plenty of overhead space, and the shared area features both sitting space and play space that’s perfect for storytelling, charades, or VR headset gaming.
A Secret Hideaway
Like the Lost Boys, these kids have a hidden sanctuary free from the overbearing rule of stuffy adults. The tall ladder and multiple bunk levels make this setup better for kids past their toddler years. As long as you feel comfortable with it as a parent, I know I’d have invited all my friends over just to see my awesome room.
Keep Going Up
With especially tall homes, triple built-in bunk beds make use of that dead air space. Don’t neglect safety when building taller, but the height can be especially enjoyable for your resident climber. Make sure that your safety rails are large enough and properly secured, then do it again regularly in case they’ve loosened.
Stack Them Tight
For smaller kids that will eventually be moving into their own rooms, a custom bunk bed can be built with a smaller clearance room. Older kids who don’t use their beds for much but sleeping might be okay with the lowered clearance, but they might knock their head.
A Rustic Triple
The classic wood of this triple setup would fit right at home in a hunter’s lodge deep in the woods. The surface areas and cubby holes are cozy touches for a better time resting after a long hike.
A Trundle Tower
The bottom of this built-in bunk bed pulls out for additional sleeping space that disappears when it’s not needed. Disguising it as a fireplace was a clever touch by the designer.
The Princess Suite
A shared space doesn’t have to feel like roughing it, either. Each bed has an excess of clearance, a view of the television, and a gorgeous surrounding of pinks, whites, and floral motifs. For parents struggling to move two children into the same room out of necessity, finding a shared theme like this can really sell the deal.
The Rangers’ Cabin
For explorers of any age, this setup can home an entire adventuring party and all their equipment. There’s even room to store their favorite finds in their bunk. Staircases are always welcome for a slightly easier time getting up and down for weary legs.
Sometimes, the space just isn’t the right fit. You can still go ahead with a slightly imperfect plan, as long as key features of the room still work. A solid panel over the excess would create a more intentional look, but it would increase the cost of the build.
Hanging beds can be quickly stacked in nearly any location, and some models will fold upwards when not in use. This concept photo shows one way you could maximize space inside a farmhouse with an angled roof.
So Happy Together
When your kids are just as likely to end up in your bed or each other’s beds for cuddles, don’t bother adding much separation when stacking more bunk beds together. These designers left the top and bottom pairs of beds connected, so be wary of conflicts over stuffed animals residing in the central region.
FAQ About Built-In Bunk Beds
How Much Space Does a Built-In Bunk Bed Need?
At a minimum, you need enough length and width for the bed size of choice, plus at least 2.5 feet of clearance between each bed and its ceiling. Around 3 feet is better for taller folks. Thicker walls, storage cubbies, and other features increase the space needed.
Can You Buy a Built-In Bunk Bed?
Unless you’re buying a home with one, you can’t order a built-in bunk bed for delivery. You can look for a contractor to determine the cost for them to build it, or you can purchase the materials and do the work yourself.
How Much Does a Custom Built-In Bunk Bed Cost?
At a minimum, the materials will cost in the hundreds to low thousands. With a hired contractor to do the work, the price could reasonably reach five figures with larger and more complicated builds using more expensive materials.
Are Custom Built-In Bunk Beds Safe?
Bunk beds made according to federal guidelines are generally safe. There is an increased risk of injury from falling that is mitigated but not removed by following those guidelines.