15 Kid-Friendly Loft Bed Designs
Perfect for a small bedroom, a loft bed can free up floor space for a desk, a play area, extra storage — even a second bed. Get inspired by these creative loft bed ideas for kids' rooms.
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If your child needs a study area but his bedroom is short on space, think vertical and tuck a desk under a loft bed, like designer Lauren Rubin did here. Two built-in shelves offer a place to display photos and favorite trinkets.
A loft bed is a great solution for a shared kids' room, freeing up floor space for playtime. In this bedroom, a twin-sized bed fits neatly underneath a raised sleeping area. Rather than a ladder, a real staircase is easier for a child to climb when getting in and out of bed.
In a teen bedroom, a loft bed can make space for a sofa or a few chairs—a handy feature when friends come over to hang. In this black-and-white room, a comfy sectional is the ideal spot for lounging, listening to music or playing games.
Double the Desk Space
Spanning an entire wall, this extra-long loft area makes room for not one, but two desks underneath. Corkboard and pegboard show off favorite art supplies, while closed drawers and cabinets hide other supplies.
Compared to a ladder, stairs take up precious space in a loft bed design, but you can make the most of that space with multifunctional features. This shared girls' bedroom boasts two loft beds with dozens of built-in storage cubbies, some open and some concealed. There's even an attached table under one of the beds for crafting and other activities.
Any loft bed can offer little ones a sense of privacy, but J&J Design Group took it a step further with this imaginative design. The loft bed mimics the look of a secluded backyard treehouse, while the space underneath serves as a cozy play area complete with a rustic, log-shaped pillow.
Safety is an important consideration when choosing a loft bed. In this room featured on Fixer Upper, a metal railing keeps the kiddos snug in bed, and gives them something to hold onto when climbing the stairs. Chip and Joanna Gaines squeezed lots of other practical details into this design, from two sets of shelving to a fold-down desk.
With a table and two roomy benches, this DIY loft bed can also serve as a desk, a play station and an eating area. You can make it yourself with step-by-step instructions from HGTV pro Chip Wade.
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Loft beds can sometimes be a little bulky, but Urbanology Design found a way around that problem in this Scandinavian-inspired bedroom. Made from unfinished wood and inconspicuously suspended from the wall, this loft bed looks sleek and unfussy — perfect for the minimalist home. The elevated design makes room for a platform bed on wheels underneath.
For the avid reader, a loft bed staircase that doubles as a bookshelf is a fantastic space-saving feature. The bed itself features a wooden caddy (for stashing current reads) and a small table for a clock and other bedtime necessities.
Slumber Party Central
Perfect for sleepovers, this dreamy bedroom features a sleeping loft that almost seems to float above the matching twin beds. The loft is packed with pillows for an ultra-plush look and feel, like you're sleeping on a cloud.
Inspired by fashion designer Kate Spade, this room's loft bed doubles as a dressing area for its tween resident. Custom details like molding, bookshelves and a bow-lined railing really make the room.
For younger kids, a low-to-the-ground loft bed can be a safer option, minimizing the risk of a fall. This style still creates plenty of room for stashing and playing with toys, though, as seen in this bedroom designed by Natalie Myers.
Two in One
Another great space-saving feature for a small bedroom: a loft bed with a built-in dresser. This design has six spacious drawers for storing clothes, yet still leaves enough room for an under-the-bed play area.
While some loft beds come with built-in features like desks underneath, others simply have an open space. This can be a versatile option if you want the bed to grow with your child. That space can be used as a play area, a slumber party spot, a study zone — whatever your little one needs throughout the years.