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With their attractive design and practical use of space, bunk beds are becoming ever more popular for families with more than one child or restrictions on bedroom space.

From standard bunks to loft beds and everything in between, there are loads of options for families choosing a new bunk bed. To find out more, here’s our practical guide to all the different types.

The Bunk Bed

A standard bunk bed usually features the classic design of one bed over another with a connecting ladder providing access to the top bunk, like this Flair Furnishings Joey bunk bed. Functional and affordable, standard bunk beds make good use of space at a great price.

Storage Bunk Beds

An upgrade on the standard design, storage bunk beds like this Nordic Bunk Bed with Drawers make extra use of available floor space by incorporating drawers under the lower bed or wardrobe space to one side. Great for siblings with lots of belongings!

Double Bunk Beds

A great option for kids who have lots of sleepovers, this type of bunk bed features a twin or double bed with a single over the top. Also fab for convincing an older sibling to share with a younger one, the larger lower bunk provides plenty of space for an older child as well as extra opportunities for under bed storage – a la this Flick Triple Bunk Bed.

Loft Bed

Making use of height in the same way as a bunk bed, a loft bed features only one mattress on top, with the space underneath used for extra storage – like this Solitaire White High Sleeper – or as a sofa and desk space – like this Stompa Unos Highsleeper with sofa bed, desk, and hutch.

 Trundle Bunk Bed

Another great option for sleepovers, a bunk bed with a built in futon like this Scallywag High Sleeper or a built-in trundle bed like this Stompa Uno Multi-bed makes excellent use of available space with multi-use functionality. Trundle beds slide easily underneath the frame while futon beds can be folded up into a comfy seat for everyday use.

Low Space Bunk Bed

If you have a little more space to work with, an L-shaped bunk bed can be an attractive and eye-catching addition to any child’s bedroom. Featuring a lower bed that faces outwards at a 90 degree angle from the top bunk, designs like this Solitaire White L-Shaped Bunk often include plenty of space for storage as well as helping children on the lower bunk to feel like they have more room.

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