30 Cool + Cozy Bunk Rooms
Sharing a room has never been so chic. Whether doubling- (or quadrupling-) up for a vacation or in your everyday home, these rooms show how stylish and functional bunking up can be.
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A Day at the Beach
Vacation homes were made for bunk rooms. Whether your kiddos want to bring a friend or you're trying to corral a gaggle of cousins, bunk beds give each child his or her own space. This beach bungalow's all-American style mixes confident stripes with shiplap walls and a brilliant white color scheme. A wavy red, white and blue area rug brings a touch of the ocean underfoot, while the rope ladder will have kids hollering "Ahoy, matey" as they head off to bed.
Make Room for Fun
Maximizing space is the number one advantage to bunk beds. They double the amount of kids that can sleep in a room without taking up any extra floor space. The bunk room in this lakeside hideaway is designed as the ultimate hangout, complete with a shuffleboard table and oversized cushy sectional for relaxing and watching TV.
Constructed from reclaimed wood, each bunk has its own reading light and shelf at the head of the bed for stowing books and other nighttime necessities. Tactile fabrics — quilted, herringbone and faux fur — ensure a cozy place to rest after a day of adventures.
Calm Out of Chaos
Kids' rooms can easily become visually chaotic. Even with the sporadic wall of triangles and graphic bedding, this room's limited color palette lends serenity. Vintage model planes are hung from the ceiling for a playful touch. The pair of bunk beds flank the window and are pushed back against the walls to expand the play space.
Home Away From Home
Not just for sleeping, this bunk room guarantees a cozy spot for the kids to gather (away from the grown-ups!) on their Jackson Hole vacation. Reclaimed wood used around the bunk beds and exposed beams overhead share a rustic aesthetic that's tempered by the ready-to-flop-on neutral furnishings. Drawers under the bunk beds are a smart storage solution for housing DVDs and board and video games.
Bear-y Welcoming, Indeed
No sleek lines here. This log cabin's bunk room is like walking into a forest. Natural logs make up the pair of twin over full bunk beds, which guarantee plenty of sleeping space for young and old alike. Faux fur poufs surround a pint-size table for game playing, puzzle figuring and art creating.
Hello, My Pretty
Step into this full-of-whimsy girl's room. Oversized floral wallpaper creates a fanciful backdrop for an intriguing bunk bed combination where steps, instead of a ladder, lead up to the top bed. Beadboard detail adds a charming cottage feel around the lower bed, which can be used as its own separate piece one day. Sheer curtains surround a fuzzy pink bean bag chair for the ultimate in little girl comfort.
Rustically chic, this bunk pairs a twin over a full bed. Not only does it accommodate a tween or teen better, but it also makes it easier for mom or dad to spend a night in the room if needed. A live-edge wood slab combined with vintage chairs makes for a creative art and homework station.
Welcome to the Wild West
Nodding to Western style but keeping it completely current, this bedding mingles a plaid blanket with an arrangement of pillows in varying textures and patterns. The collection of straw hats creates a sculptural focal point that's laid-back and intriguing.
Light and Airy Haven
Shiplap walls and a dazzling white backdrop set the scene for this oh-so-sumptuous coastal retreat, where woven textures in the window blinds and carpet add warmth. The double-pitched roof ensures no little noggins get bumped in the night.
Their Own Little Sanctuaries
Layers of textured gray bedding meld with coral and teal accents for a decidedly beachy vibe, which is highlighted by nautical reading lanterns. Drawers are built into the bottom beds and window seat for much-needed storage.
Offset bunk beds still take up minimum floor space but have a totally different look than standard bunk beds. The shade of aqua updates a classic blue-and-white color scheme in this bright and playful kids' space, and industrial piping is an unexpected railing for the top bed.
Made for Sleepovers
Even if you're not designing a room as a shared sibling space, don't discount a bunk room. Having an extra bed makes sleepovers a cinch and totally fun — which, honestly, is half the reason for having a bunk bed in the first place.
In this kids' room, complementary hues — blue and orange — create a lively contrast against the surrounding white. These built-in bunk beds made from shiplap seamlessly blend into walls, making them a part of the room's architecture. The ladder is integrated into the end of the bed for a more streamlined design that also eliminates any trip hazard.
A Restful Niche
This former attic is transformed into a bright and airy playroom with one outcome being overflow sleeping quarters. The angled nook gets a bunk bed reno with black-and-white wallpaper featuring famous city landmarks, as well as layered striped and cloudy bedding.
This energetic bunk room truly embraces the indoor/outdoor spirit (there's even an additional set of bunks on the porch!) when a glass garage-door-style wall folds up to effortlessly blend the two spaces. Peppy bedding enlivens the simple wooden bunk beds while mod end tables pair form and functionality.
Not just for traditional or rustic rooms, a bunk bed, like this crisp white version, can be wholly contemporary. The ladder lays flat against the side to maintain the streamlined aesthetic of the room. Swirling wallpaper on the ceiling and shaggy bean bag chairs bring in a vital softness.
Making the Most
Custom designed for this room, the bunk beds and flanking bookshelves maximize the room's usage. The twin over full bed creates ample floor space for playing, and towering bookshelves display toys, books and artwork. Drawers installed in the base of the bed add extra storage, while the built-in desk is a handy homework station.
Rustic wood planks and black metal accents create a flexible backdrop for this bunk room. Simply change out the bedding and accessories for a completely different look. Here, tailored striped pillows pair with cross-stitched sheets and subtle gray quilts for a quiet, refined style.
Bunk beds come to the rescue to tackle the long, narrow layout of this shared girls' room. Smart space planning creates a designated spot for one of the sisters' favorite activities: crafting. Enchanted details, from the beaded chandelier and dreamcatcher to the flowing curtains and tasseled garlands, make the bedroom feel like magic.
Be More Flexible
In this shared space, the lower platform bed houses a toddler mattress and is on casters for maximum fun and flexibility, while the older sibling climbs a ladder to a bed in the sky. Simple white bunting reflects the triangle details on the wall, and a sisal rug adds tone-on-tone texture to the floor.
In the Green
A shared bedroom is often the number one reason for bunk beds since it takes the biggest piece of furniture in the room vertical. In this room, Kelly green bunk beds are styled up with striped bedding. Chalkboard paint stripes flow around the room so kids can literally write on the walls without getting in trouble.
Meeting All the Needs
Serving multiple functions, this light-filled room has sleeping quarters, a sitting area and a dining table (or domino-playing surface, depending on the moment). The lower bunks also double as window seats for cozying up with a good book. A favorite color palette for waterfront homes like this one, blue and white are always a can't-miss combo.
Turning this small room in a mountain retreat into a bunk room is truly making the most of your space. Almost a walk-through room, it now houses four kiddos comfortably and the cozy spot means they can chat about the day's escapades after the lights go out. Soft neutrals and browns blend together for a soothing and welcoming retreat.
Eclectic meets feminine in this black-and-white bunk room. A pair of simple bunks are made up in alternating fashion. Striking lines envelope the room in the bedding, pillows and even the arrow-motif wallpaper, and the crowning touch is a delightfully beaded chandelier.
In this waterfront bunk room, nautical flag linens carry the ship-shape theme. Crisp white woods and tongue-and-groove walls establish balance and keep the space from being too fussy.
To Each Their Own
A wonderful aspect of bunk beds is that, even in a shared room, every child has his or her own space. This bunk room was designed exactly with that in mind. Each bed has a chalkboard for the child's name or for them to personalize with silly drawings and sayings. Baskets, shelves and drawers make sure that the kids all have places for their own stuff, as well.
In this white room defined by warm wood trim, two bunk beds were designed to mirror each other. Pretty shades of aqua in a mix of patterns deliver vivid color to the room. Instead of ladders, each bunk has stairs making it easier for little legs to get to the top.
Pretty in Periwinkle
Grounded by a lush elegant rug in subtle shades, the room's periwinkle walls create an entirely encompassing effect. The muted regal shade continues onto the bunks' bedding making the space feel even more luxurious. A trundle is tucked underneath, adding a third bed for sleepovers.
Creativity at Its Best
When you run out of space underfoot, it's time to take the playroom up. These clever bunks offer up major storage and a private play space. Industrial-style pipes are used to create the ladder and handles up to the top, where an open space has bookshelves, built-in desks for homework or art and plenty of room to spread out and imagine.