When bedroom space is a little on the small side, the solution could be building upwards, not outwards. Check out our guide to the best kids’ bunk beds for fun and convenient sleeping solutions
As your family grows over time, the home you bought will probably feel like it’s shrinking before your very eyes. Suddenly, your mantra is all about optimising its existing space, taking the reluctant decision to consider practicality over interior design.
When it’s time to move the littlest one out of your bedroom and into a dedicated kids’ room, a reshuffle ensues and somehow you’ve got to move the middle child in with the eldest. Often the case is that the spare bedroom doesn’t quite have the capacity to house an extra bed, without you compromising on the current floor space.
What to consider when buying bunk beds?
But, if you are planning on buying a bunk bed for younger children, be careful about the height: too tall and you might find that your little one will be fearful of climbing the ladder. Many bunk beds for young kids are designed to be lower than an adult sized bunk bed and also have the added bonus of coming in a range of exciting, novelty designs.
Another scenario that may be prompting you to look into purchasing a bunk bed is the eldest child somehow overnight has reached the age where suddenly it’s all about hoarding collectables, not being able to throw away clothes, while managing to acquire all sorts of junk that they always seem to find a use for. Storage becomes an issue, and suddenly the kitchen table isn’t a good enough place to do their homework, so a desk is required too. If this sounds familiar then bunk beds with an integrated desk and storage system is really the only way to go.
Then there are sleepovers. The kids raid the toy trunk of all the railway track they can find, build the biggest, most intricate layout they can possibly produce, then follows a picture of disappointment as they have to tidy it all away again to make space for the extra bed. So to avoid the need to clear floor space or indeed blow up the ever-uncomfortable inflatable bed for their little guests, a bunk bed is an ideal solution.
Traditionally, bunk beds are a little notorious for being boringly wooden and flimsy in design. But these days, they’re hybrid pieces of furniture that don’t just provide a place to sleep.