Bunker Up/Bunker Down

Monday, July 06, 2009 | Category: Bed and Bath, Decorating, Design Inspiration


I never had a bunk bed growing up, nor did my brother, cousins, or friends…I find the idea intriguing but always feared the stability of them.  However, having a customized or built-in bunk bed made – structurally sound is peace of mind.  Bunk beds are certainly a great space saver and as many of these pictures depict – stylish, thematic, traditional, modern – very creative and inspiring!


Such a great idea – this appears to be a “great room” that includes bunk beds – whether for guests, a reading nook, or an extra room for kids to sleep – this sure is a multi-purpose room  that is well coordinated.


These bunk beds are likely store bought but appear to integrate with the rooms and color schemes well.


What a great use of space for a more narrow pathway – even includes storage and privacy curtains.  Perfect for a vacation retreat for extended family and guests.


Obviously, very nautical.  The tapered angle reminds me a great deal of  a cabin on a boat or yacht – we have the exact same layout on the forward cabin of my family’s boat.


A more serene and timeless look with these built-in bunk beds.  The sconces and niches at the head of the beds are a great touch.


A very clean, modern look of  nice simplicity.


Another store bought version tucked into a corner with decorative elements which make this room look rich in style.


A colorful room makes this store bought bunk bed more appealing (I’ve seen many bunk beds online exactly like this one).


Uniquely designed and it looks as if each “bunk” is a bit more individual in design.


This room is also one that is serene and timeless.  The bolster pillows and privacy curtains are delicate touches.


This corner unit certainly doesn’t leave a corner space wasted.  It’s great the windows are there so as to not make it feel to claustrophobic (the eye is drawn to the outside).


Not that I’ve ever been on a train (or rather, slept on a train) but this reminds me of something you may find on an old- fashioned railway cabin.


Bright and modern, with coordinating bedding and paint colors – good placement of stripes to play off the bunk bed heights.


Very charming, perfect for guests or a beach house .


Definitely a separation of space with the full height wall between the beds.  Great detail for the crown molding and niche shelving built into the wall.  The ladder is built well to access the beds.


Another nautical feel – this one a bit more eclectic but the bedding and sconces along with the port hole between the beds makes me think sailboat.


This room was formerly featured in Domino magazine – if I recall, a city apartment.


Very pretty and chic.


The next few beds aren’t exactly bunk beds, but what I would call side by side.  These built-ins maximize space where otherwise definitely couldn’t have this many beds in a room without looking awkward.


If you have a length of a wall to fit in two beds side by side – this is really a great idea.  I once proposed it to a client but she didn’t go for it!

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8 Comments to 'Bunker Up/Bunker Down'

Leona Gaita 06 Jul 09 at 7:20 pm

Terrific collection of bunk beds! Some of these would be especially great in vacation homes, where the object is to sleep as many as possible. My two boys would have LOVED the end to end beds. Your client should have gone for it!

Renae 06 Jul 09 at 7:42 pm

Wow! I love all these bunks! So much fun, makes me wish my kids were still small!

Tommy Bahama Bedding 06 Jul 09 at 7:57 pm

So many great photos! I love the second pic and the nautical & train-inspired ones 🙂

Kids Rugs 06 Jul 09 at 10:26 pm

Those are some stunning photos. Tons of really good ideas in this post. Bunk beds aren’t just for kids it seems. I’d love a “reading bunk” in my own home.

The decor of the rooms is really aesthetically pleasing as well. The floor coverings, whether neutral area rugs, or themed kids rugs add to the serenity of each room.


Velma 22 Jul 09 at 11:58 pm

I found your site while trying to find a place to buy plans for building built-in bunk beds…. any ideas?


Lindsey 31 Jan 11 at 2:51 pm

i absolutely adore the “serene and timeless” built-ins! it makes me want to have 4 kids just so i have an excuse to get it 😉 the enclosed ladder is a brilliant (and safer) idea

TDH 20 Apr 11 at 9:51 am

I had no idea bunk beds had evolved so!

I am going to design and install my own, not as a bunk bed, but as a quiet reading nook.

Thanks for the great idea!


Mandy 04 Sep 12 at 1:52 am

All amazing, i am slightly jealous of these rooms, especially the ones with the reading niche. I have been looking to get one installed, but havent put much time into the idea.
As a side note, in the Nautical cabin-the fifth one down- if you look out the window, it looks very much like water. Maybe that one is, indeed, on a boat.

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