15 Seriously Cool Bunk Bed Ideas

Lotte Brouwer
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We've found 15 of the most striking bunk bed ideas to convince you that built-in is the most stylish way you can incorporate a bunk bed at home.

Bunk beds are a wonderful thing. Aside from being space-saving, they are fun and can look pretty chic too – when done well. Not convinced? We've sifted through our Livingetc.com archives and pulled out some of the best bunk bed ideas we've come across so far, from girls' bedrooms, boys' bedrooms and sharing rooms to grown-up spaces.

Bunk bed design is all about combining a fun, playful vibe with space-saving solutions that help maximise a room's potential. With space at a premium for urban, city homes, it pays to think vertically.

Our bunk bed ideas below range from kids’ rooms to playrooms and even grown-up guest bedrooms. Some of the below built-in bunk beds were designed with adults in mind – there is enough space so you don’t bang your head when getting into bed.

See Also: Sharing Kids Room Ideas and Small Bedroom Ideas That Max Out On Style

Built-in beds are also great for holiday homes, to accommodate extra sleepers – and they're far more chic and comfortable than a pull-out sofa in the living room. Get inspired by ABD Studio's bunk bed design and give each bunk bed its own curtain for privacy.

To really make the most of every square inch in a room, going bespoke is your best bet as it means that a bed can stretch wall to wall (without leaving award pockets of wasted space), and can be personalised with USB sockets, wall lights, and even built-in trundle drawers or book shelves. To soften the look, make like Katharine Pooley and give each bed an upholstered headboard.

The best bunk bed ideas feature playful and creative designs, from mezzanine balconies and look-out towers to clever concealed storage and a fun slide to get down. In Scenario Architecture's East London house, a bunk bed room was given a mezzanine floor that's only accessible via a climbing wall – with a fireman's pole to come down.

If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free.

Get inspired by these gorgeous bunk bed ideas...

See Also: Fun Ideas for Cool Kids' Bedrooms and Wonderfully Fun Kids Play Room Ideas

1. Arch Appeal

We love the arched surround of this built-in bunk. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

2. Curtain Call

ABD Studio created this chic and elegant bunk bed room for two young girls. Curtains give each bed privacy.

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

3. Mezzanine Play Space

If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free. Here a loft play space has been created above the built-in bunks, leaving plenty of floor space to play and creating a calm and un-cluttered vibe. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

4. Extra Tall

These built-in bunk beds have been designed with adults in mind – there is enough space so you don’t bang your head when getting into bed. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

5. Plugged In

These bunk beds are custom made and each has a docking station for Macs or iPads with their own light and headphones. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

6. Stair Storage

A house-inspired bunk-bed design was created to make use of the full height of this room. An actual staircase leads to the top bunk, which also doubles as fun storage. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

7. Lookout Tower

This bunk space isn't actual a bed, but it makes a super fun play area complete with desk, balcony, slide, and even a separate ladder going up to a lookout tower. A mattress could easily be added to the mezzanine level, transforming this into an epic bunk bed. We also love the blackboard wall which transforms this upper story into a creative zone. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

8. Symmetrical

Here a ladder is placed in the middle of the mezzanine, freeing up enough space at either end for single beds. The mezzanine level acts as a cool daybed – a space to read, lounge and relax, rather than to sleep. Timber wall cladding covers the ceiling in this charming beach house kid's room. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

9. Upholstered Headboards

These gorgeous bunk beds by Katharine Pooley feature upholstered headboards and soft details. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

10. A good fit

This was an awkward space, so it was difficult to fit in normal-sized bunk beds. The owners had them made slightly smaller with cupboards either side, allowing more room for train tracks and tea parties. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

11. Nautical Vibes

This bunk bed has a distinct nautical feel to it, thanks to the white painted finish, the shiplap wall, blue and white bedding and the brass wall lights. The effect is very summery – perfect for a themed bedroom or for a coastal holiday home.

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

12. Minimalist

A set of wood bunk beds with a minimalist black ladder makes a cosy modern kids room. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

13. Built Ins

To really make the most of every square inch in a room, going bespoke is your best bet as it means that a bed can stretch wall to wall (without leaving award pockets of wasted space), and can be personalised with USB sockets, wall lights, and even built-in trundle drawers or book shelves. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

14. Alcove bed

The child’s bedroom sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below. A raised, built-in bed plays on the multi-level theme.

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas

15. Rounded Edges

The white bunkbed with its soft, rounded edges create a Scandi look. 

bunk bed ideas
bunk bed ideas