Whether you are designing a beach house guest room that can handle any type of guest or a spare bedroom that's always ready when the grandkids come for the weekend, there are plenty of reasons why you might find yourself trying to figure out how to stylishly squeeze two beds into one small room. Here are some ideas for mini bunk rooms in a range of styles and layouts that will make people of all ages feel at home, and remind you of the childhood joys of sharing a sleepover.
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Mix Colors and Patterns
This cheerful and welcoming guest room from interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis has a vibrant mix of color and pattern that combines cool and warm tones.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Source Antique Headboards
This whitewashed room from Leanne Ford Interiors features a pair of antique twin bed frames grouped closely together in the space between the windows. The richly stained, decorative wood beds are dressed with simple linens in shades of white and pale pink.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Use Mismatched Lighting
This Hudson Valley guest room from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas has identical black iron bed frames and linens, while a pair of mismatched bedside lights adds a sculptural touch. A shared nightstand with double drawers offers closed storage for each side of the bed.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Use Paint to Divide Space
In this small Parisian hotel bedroom designed by Vanessa Scoffier at Hotel Henriette, twin beds are separated a stool's width apart. But the designer found an inexpensive and inventive way to create a virtual separation between them by painting the wall in complementary shades of pastel green and pink. The beds are dressed similarly but given their own distinct throw pillow, and matching gold-toned wall sconces above the beds create cohesion.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Play with Height
In this small bedroom from BHDM Design, vintage painted wood bed frames with matching linens and empty decorative frames create symmetry. The tall, narrow shared bedside table is placed in front of the window and crowned with a tall oversized lamp emphasizes vertical space, making the small footprint feel more spacious.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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Share the Headboard
In this twin bedroom from Christina Kim Interior Design, a long shared pale blue velvet headboard and matching linens create a unified look, while each side gets its own photograph hung above the bed to keep it looking too matchy matchy.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Outfit the Attic
This cozy attic bedroom from Britt Design Studio has headboards upholstered with green-and-white striped fabric that are tailored to fit the line of the slanted ceilings.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Use Period Furniture
Interior designer Kara Mann chose period bed frames, classic floral and toile textiles, crisp white bed linens, neutral wall paint, and a simple area rug to add softness on top of dark hardwood flooring in this twin bedroom in a historic farmhouse in Pound Ridge, New York, complete with a working fireplace.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Incorporate Multiple Textures
Adding texture can make a small space come alive. In this vibrant twin bedroom from Jean Liu Design, a mix of cool grays and warm corals and browns creates depth, while layered headboards in plaid check fabric and cognac leather and a mix of linens and faux fur make twin beds feel luxurious.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Add Vintage Bed Frames
This Montauk guest room from Studio Robert McKinley is a summertime oasis with its soothing palette of white, cream, and black. White shiplap walls, soft Roman shades, industrial style sconces, vintage bed frames, and a sculptural round table with a tooth-like appearance fills the space between the beds.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Unify With an Area Rug
This Texas lake house lodge bedroom from Erin Williamson Design has matching wood and metal twin bed frames dressed in identical linens that float on a colorful diamond-patterned Moroccan-style area rug that defines the sleeping area.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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Try a Kitty Corner Layout
In this minimalist, black-and-white Swedish bedroom from Fantastic Frank, twin beds are arranged in a kitty corner layout that saves space, leaving the rest of the small room feeling open, and creating an off duty reading nook that turns a small guest room into a multi-purpose space.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Make One a Daybed
In this cozy room from interior designer Vanessa Scoffier at Paris' Hotel Henriette, a twin bed is positioned flush against the wall and backed with a mix of throw pillows that turn it into a daybed when not in use.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Add a Sense of Grandeur
In this compact Bahamas bedroom from Matthew Carter Interiors, twin beds are given a sense of grandeur with wall-mounted upholstered printed fabric canopies that begin near the ceiling and frame the small, high windows as well as the beds. This trick draws the eye upward, making the space feel more expansive.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Use Bright Jewel Tones
In this small bedroom from Studio Peake, twin beds are pushed together, hotel-style, allowing guests to have their own set of bedding while remaining close. Bright jewel toned colors and a mix of patterned textiles add energy and vibrancy to the small space.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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This whitewashed, modern farmhouse style bedroom from Marie Flanigan Interiors is just big enough for a pair of double beds, complete with slipcovered headboards that provide a sense of comfort and touches of wood, metal, and a simple gold-framed mirror that bounces light around to make the space feel larger than it is.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Trick the Eye
This playful twin bedroom in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas features bold red-and-white horizontal striped walls that extend to the ceiling and hide the door, making the room feel wider while adding an irreverent dash of color and pattern. The floors are covered in an orange-and-white herringbone pattern running lengthwise that creates a sense of movement and stands up to the bold walls. The designer kept the bedding plain and simple to allow the bold clash of patterns to do the talking.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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Use Multipurpose Furniture
Interior designer Ghislaine Viñas calls this small space in a large home in Hudson Valley, New York "the fainting room," and in the antique spirit of a fainting couch, has installed two chaise longue-like sofas that create a cozy seating area during the day and can double as single beds in a pinch when extra guests sleep over for the weekend.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Add Bold Color Accents
Blogger Ursula Carmona from Home Made By Carmona added bright green accent pillows to an otherwise neutral bedroom outfitted with twin tufted headboards that flank the window. A wooden table as wide as the shared window maximizes space.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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Using low-slung vintage furniture in a small room will make the ceilings feel higher and the room feel airier. This twin bedroom from Cathie Hong Interiors has low-slung vintage-style rattan bed frames and a midcentury modern-inspired shared bed table that is perfect for kids of all ages.