The 7 Best Bunk Beds to Buy in 2018

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When you’re in the market for a bunk bed for your kid’s room or a guest room, safety is paramount. You want to ensure your purchase is durable and well-made above all else, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t beautifully crafted options that will keep your family safe and happy.

Buying a bunk bed for your children can help save space in a smaller home with similar-aged siblings or give your only child a fun base for slumber parties and impromptu pillow forts. We narrowed down the options for you — whether you’re looking for functional or fashionable, we can help you make the best choice for your family and your home. But we can’t help you when your kids start fighting over the top bunk.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Best Workstation: WE Furniture 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.

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    Best Splurge: 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.

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    Best Trundle: Discovery World Furniture 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.