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Bunk Beds Buying Guide
Metal vs Wood Bunk Beds
Metal Bunk Beds
Metal bunk beds are a durable, stylish, and if desired, highly colorful choice in space saving furniture. They are a versatile product, ideal for shoppers working with a budget or anyone requiring multiple bunk beds for a group or institutional setting.
Pros and Cons of Metal Bunk Beds
Metal bunks are an ideal choice for economical furnishings, sought after by young families, students, camps, and dormitories. In any setting that requires affordable and/or space-saving bedroom furniture, metal bunk beds will meet your needs.
There are a few points, not necessarily drawbacks, to be aware of before choosing metal over wood. Metal bunk beds tend to offer fewer options for bookcases, desks, dressers, and other add-ons you may be looking for if your purchase is personal. Likewise, coordinating pieces of bedroom furniture are not always readily available from the manufacturers who make metal bunk beds. Metal bunk beds also tend to have a less ‘cozy’ feeling which you may find appealing in bedroom furniture.
Bed Frame Size and Design Choices
If the durability and cost-savings of metal bunk beds are an ideal fit for you, then size and design are your next choices. Look for twin over twin, twin over full, and full over full models to customize your purchase. For students in particular, metal loft bunk beds with a desk (shown above) or futon can be ideal. Not only are many of these frames affordable, but the cost and space of two pieces of furniture is combined into one purchase.
Wooden Bunk Beds
Looking for a fun kids’ bedroom idea? You can’t go wrong with wood bunk beds. Choose a traditional style or something clever and ultra-modern. In either case, today’s selection of bunk beds made with wood or wood and veneer, is sure to accommodate your personal taste, regardless of where you are on the style spectrum.
Traditional Twin Over Twin Bunk Beds
Before you decide on a bunk bed, start with the basics. If you already know you want wood beds, your next option is mattress size. Are you shopping for one or two children? If you’re shopping for two, how close are they in age and size? For one child, how old is he or she and how long do you anticipate the bed being used?
Twin over twin designs are ideal for two younger children, while twin over full may be a better choice for children several years apart, or a single older child who may want occasional guest space.
Bunk Beds with Storage & Seating
Choose wood and your options begin to include delightfully complex models that feature everything from stairs and a desk to dresser drawers and a bookcase. Be sure to consider the space-saving factor of these bunk bedroom units. As you begin to budget floor space for these larger wood bunk beds, remember that you won’t necessarily still need room for a separate desk or dresser. Look for brands like Berg, South Shore, and Tradewins if a multipurpose unit appeals to you.