The 7 Best Bunk Beds

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Our Top Picks
"No matter your style or space limitations, this attractive wood bunk bed is a great choice and will last a lifetime."
"Featuring a strong steel frame, this twin bunk bed is an affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice safety or durability."
"Perfect for forward-thinking buyers, as it easily converts into two single (and adorable!) twin beds as siblings grow older."
"The Harper Low Loft Bed comes with a durable slide that sits on the side of the frame and makes getting out of bed a little more fun."
"This metal bed frame is perfect for teenagers or college kids who are looking to save a little space in their bedroom."
"Owners rave about the product’s craftsmanship and agree that this bed is well worth the money as it will last for years to come."
"Boasts a full bed and a twin bed as well as a twin-sized trundle option that can be utilized as a large storage drawer."

Best Overall: Walker Edison Solid Wood Twin Bunk Bed

If you’re looking for an all-around great bunk bed without the bells and whistles, but will still last a lifetime, the Walker Edison bunk is the best choice for your money. We especially love that this bed comes in seven different finishes, so you can customize it to your child’s preferences. Made from solid pine wood, the Walker Edison bed is about 118 pounds, so two people can lift the bed and install it pretty easily. That’s extra helpful when you’re lugging your purchase up to a second floor bedroom. Reviewers agree that while there are a lot of pieces, construction is fairly simple and doable, even if you’re not all that handy. Both beds fit a standard twin size mattress and come with support slats, so there’s no need for a box spring. Walker Edison offers a 30-day manufacturer's warranty.

No matter your style or space limitations, this bunk bed is a great choice for every buyer.

Best Budget: Zinus Easy Assembly Classic Metal Bunk Bed

If you’re looking for a well-made bunk that won’t cost an arm and a leg, the Zinus bunk bed is a great choice. Made from a strong steel frame, this twin bunk bed is an affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice safety or durability. Though it may not be the most beautiful option, it’s by far the most financially savvy choice. The bed comes with a 5-year warranty, which is longer than most of its competitors, and the dual ladder system is great for tricky rooms where space is a concern.

The bed weighs only 93 pounds, and reviewers agree that it can be put together in under an hour—which is great for busy parents. The bed reaches 60.75 inches tall at it’s highest point and fits a standard twin mattress.

Best to Separate: Viv + Rae Abby Bunk Bed

The decision to buy a bunk bed is often made with the idea that two siblings can sleep separately in the future or that a single child may one day outgrow the novelty of climbing up into bed. This Abby bunk bed is perfect for forward-thinking buyers, as it easily converts into two single (and adorable!) twin beds. The bunk comes in white, cherry, honey, espresso and natural finishes and is made from solid wood. It includes a 30-day product warranty and is ISTA 3A certified, which means extensive precautions are taken to ensure a safe delivery of the product.

Best Fun Bunk: Viv + Rae Harper Twin Low Loft Bed

If you’re looking to convince your child that going to bed can actually be fun, or searching for a bed that will make transitioning from a crib a little easier, this slide bunk bed will have them simply begging for bedtime. At 43 inches tall, the single-bed bunk sits lower than most, so it’s great if you’re worried about slips and falls. Even better, the Harper bed comes with a slide that will add a bit of laughter to those groggy Monday mornings. It weighs in at only 84 pounds, so it’s easy for a single person to put together, and holds up to 150 pounds. The bed has guardrails on every side and meets CPC safety specifications. It’s made entirely out of metal and fits a twin mattress between four and six inches thick.

Reviewers rave that the Harper bed is a hit with their children and suggest using the space underneath as a play or fort area.

Best Workstation: Walker Edison Furniture Company Loft Bed with Workstation

This WE loft bed is proof that bunk beds aren’t just for kids. The metal, full-sized bed is perfect for teenagers or college kids who are looking to save a little bit of space and transform their bedroom into a homework power station. The bed is made from powder-coated steel and has a wooden desk top that owners say feels high-quality and durable. The frame tops out at 71 inches tall, 55 inches wide and 79 inches long, and weighs about 130 pounds.

Owners agree that assembly is a breeze; if you’re looking to upgrade a kids’ bed from twin to full or you want to experience the loft life for yourself, this WE workstation bed is a great value for your money.

Best Splurge: Atlantic Furniture Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed

If you’re hunting for a beautifully made bunk bed that your grandkids’ grandkids can enjoy, this Columbia bunk bed will last for years to come. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty, is lead-free and constructed from sturdy wood and steel bolts, exceeding industry safety standards. The bed’s full staircase can be attached to either side and includes a full handrail; both beds on this model fit a standard full mattress up to 9.5 inches thick, which means your children won’t outgrow it quickly.

The bunk comes in at about 500 pounds and can be tricky to put together, so you will want to plan to hire someone or rope in a handy family member to help out. Once assembled, the bed’s dimensions are 103 x 58.4 x 68.1 inches. Owners rave about the product’s craftsmanship and agree that for an exceptionally well-made product, the bed is worth the money.

Best Trundle: Discovery World Furniture Twin Over Full Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

If your house feels like a revolving door for slumber parties, a trundle bunk bed will make your next Friday night bash a little easier. The Discovery World trundle has both a full bed and a twin bed as well as a twin-sized trundle option and comes in three colors: merlot, honey and espresso. The trundle piece can also be utilized as a large storage drawer if you’d rather use it to store that embarrassing Beanie Baby collection you’ve been meaning to get rid of. The Discovery World bunk weighs 188 pounds, so it’s a fairly hefty piece of furniture. Its dimensions are 78 x 57 x 66 inches.

Reviewers state that they use a six-inch thick twin mattress for the trundle to ensure a smooth pull out. You’ll want to allot around three hours to put it together.

What to Look for in a Bunk Bed

Number of beds When most people think of bunk beds, they picture two beds stacked on top of each other. However, there are different styles that have more or fewer beds, as well. For instance, some bunk beds just have one bed lofted over a desk or open area, and some models have a third pull-out trundle bed underneath. For this reason, consider how many beds you need as you shop.

Separation The majority of bunk beds are one unit and must be kept stacked. However, if you value versatility, you may want to look into bunk beds that separate into two normal beds—this can be beneficial if your children may eventually get their own rooms. 

Style Finally, you’ll want to think about the style of bunk bed you purchase. Some products are more trendy, while others are more traditional. Plus, bunk beds can be made out of both wood and metal, so you’ll need to pick a material, as well.

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