10 Best Bunk Beds for Kids in 2017

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best bunk beds for kids

Not all of us have a home that has spacious living areas especially bedrooms for our kids. If we only have one child, this should not really be an issue. However, if we already have 2 kids whose ages are not so distant, then we might want to consider getting them a bunk bed especially if they are already at least 6 years old. Bunk beds can be real space-savers especially if we live in an apartment or even a house with small rooms. To help you get started with shopping for the best bunk bed for your kids, check out our top 10 bunk beds.

10 Best Bunk Beds

PictureBunk BedBrandRating
Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed, GrayStork Craft5
DHP Twin Over Twin, Metal Bunk Bed - SilverDHP4.97
Dorel Living Brady Twin over Full Solid WoodDorel4.91
Storkcraft Long Horn Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed, WhiteStork Craft4.86
Dorel Home Products Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed, BlackDHP4.79
DHP Screen Over Futon Metal Bunk Bed, Silver/BlackDHP4.75

1Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed by Stork Craft

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One really elegant-looking and very versatile piece of sleeping furniture especially designed for children in the Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed. Its luxurious finish that boasts of fine classic rubberwood grains make the Caribou a perfect addition to your kids’ bedroom. It is available in 6 different color designs including espresso, black, cherry, gray, navy, and white to give you superb options to match the current color theme of your children’s bedroom. The top bunk is well-guarded with very sturdy wooden rails that wrap the perimeter of the top portion except for the section where the ladder is attached. The bottom section is just several inches off the floor and as such does not really require any safety railings. The ladder has 4 rungs which are spaced just right for your kid’s legs. This should enable your kid to climb up the top of the Caribou without so much as breaking a sweat. The real wonder of the Caribou is in its versatility. If you are concerned that your kid might fall from the top section of the Caribou despite the added railings, then you can just disassemble the furniture and turn it into two separate twin beds. This versatility allows you limitless possibilities. You can move one Caribou to another room if you’d like. Once your children have learned to behave themselves while in the Caribou or they have already grown, then you can connect the pieces again for that classic double-decker furniture.

What We Like about It – The versatility of the Caribou can translate into an added safety feature that can help minimize the impact of fall injuries on our young kids. The sturdy construction is also admirable.

2Dorel Twin over Twin Metal Bunk Bed by DHP

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One of the most classic types of double-decker sleepers is composed of a metal frame. These are often seen in boarding schools, training camps, and other mass accommodation facilities. These are lightweight yet very sturdy. Above all, they’re real space-savers. Such things are what the Dorel Twin over Twin Metal Bunk Bed guarantees. Made of very durable high grade steel, the unitary design simply means that there no joints that can be the source of a potential danger. And since metal is a lot stronger than wood, the Dorel Twin over Twin Metal BB provides you with the peace of mind you desperately need. The top section is guarded with a full-length railing system on 3 sides while one side has a section opened specifically for a steel ladder that slants 60 degrees towards the floor. The large angle of incline of the ladder allows for greater stability so your child can climb onto the Dorel Twin over Twin with ease. Both the upper and bottom platforms of the sleeper accommodates twin-sized mattresses which, unfortunately, is not yet included with your purchase. The entire system has been finished in safe, nontoxic materials. Just do take note that the upper section can accommodate no more than 200 pounds while the bottom platform can accommodate 225 pounds, and not the other way around.

What We Like about It – If there’s one thing that we love about the Dorel Twin Over Twin Metal BB by DHP, then this would be its ease of installation. And we have hundreds of other parents who can attest to the ease of installation of the Dorel ToT Metal BB. We also read several feedbacks of the metal furniture being assembled by older kids themselves.

3Brady Twin over Full Solid Wood Kid’s Bunk Bed by Dorel Living

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If you’re looking for a real space saver for your single-bedroom apartment or house, then we strongly recommend the Brady Twin over Full Solid Wood Kids’ Bunk Bed. The design, we believe, is inspired by families who may not have the luxury of several bedrooms in their homes that Moms and Dads had to share the only bedroom with their kids. The Brady is a beautifully and elegantly designed wooden sleeper that features two different sleeping platforms. The upper deck accommodates a twin sized mattress while the bottom section can accommodate a full sized mattress as long as it is not more than 58 inches wide. This simply means that Mom and Dad can take the lower sleeping deck while Junior takes the upper deck. This setup is also perfect for families with 3 children. The eldest takes the top floor while the 2 youngest will sleep on the lower platform. In case you have remodeled your home to create another bedroom, then you can easily disassemble the Brady and move either the Twin or the Full to the new bedroom. This versatility of the Brady is astounding. It can also serve to allay fears about your kid falling off from the upper deck. If such is a concern, then you’d better separate the Brady. Nevertheless, the upper deck of the Brady also comes with full length guard rails except on the section where the ladder joins the top floor. The Brady comes in white, black, blue, and espresso color designs so you can match it to your bedroom’s motif.

What We Like about It – The Brady’s versatility in transforming from a double-decker to two standalone sleeping platforms is simply amazing. The implications are immense as you can convert either decks into full sleeping furniture for your kids or even for guests.

4Long Horn Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed by Stork Craft

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Do you think you like the Caribou from Stork Craft but wished they had a slightly different design especially the headboard and the footboard? Well, that’s the idea behind Stork Craft’s Long Horn Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed. It is very similar to its other product, the Caribou. It features the same construction that is made from eco-friendly yet super durable and high quality rubberwood with superb solid core. The Long Horn also has the same versatility with the Caribou – it can also be converted into two standalone Twin sleeping decks so you will feel more confident about your kid not injuring himself or herself if he or she indeed falls from his or her Long Horn deck. The ladder is also slanted at a 60 degree angle to give it a wide and stable base giving your kids ease of access. Should you decide to leave the Long Horn as a standard double deck sleeper, then you don’t have to worry because the entire length and width of the Long Horn upper deck is guarded by rails except on the portion where the ladder joins the bed. Like the Caribou, the Long Horn also meets the specifications required by CPSC and the ASTM so you’ll have peace of mind regarding the quality and safety of this double decker. The Long Horn is available in cherry, white, espresso, and pink wood finishes. The pink looks marvelous for your girls while the cherry or the espresso looks great for the boys’ bedroom.

What We Like about It – Like the Caribou, it’s the ability to transform the Long Horn into two standalone beds that really impressed us. Of course, we also loved the design of the bed which was only different from Caribou by a small bit.

5Dorel Twin over Full Bunk Bed by DHP

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Need a no-fuss, no-frills double deck sleeping furniture for your children? Then maybe you’d be interested in the Dorel Twin over Full Bunk Bed from the same makers of the Dorel Twin over Twin Metal BB. Again, the only difference here is the substantially larger or wider lower sleeping deck as it can accommodate any standard full sized mattress with a width not larger than 56 inches. This is the perfect solution for single-bedroom homes where Mom and Dad can sleep on the lower deck while Junior can snooze comfortably in the upper deck. It’s also ideal for 2-bedroom homes with 3 children so that the 2 youngest will be sleeping on the lower platform while the eldest goes up the Dorel Twin over Full. There’s another advantage of the Dorel TOF: there are two access ladders to the upper deck both of which are located on both ends of the bed just towards the rear side of the Dorel TOF. This is a real space-saver as it minimizes the need to occupy a small amount of space in front of the bed if the ladder was this way. The arrangement of the ladder can also have safety implications as the entire length of the upper deck on both sides is now fully guarded with a sturdy railing system. If the ladder was placed in the front section, this area will have to be open. The whole railing of the Dorel TOF wraps around the entire perimeter of the upper deck. There are no openings for the ladder. That is why only an older child should use the upper deck so he or she can climb over the railings from the ladder without any issues. The Dorel Twin over Full is constructed of high grade steel to give it superb strength as well as unparalleled durability. The Dorel Twin over Full Bed Bunk is available in black, white, and silver color options.

What We Like about It – The full wraparound guardrails of the upper deck of the Dorel Twin over Full Bunk Bed is one of the best features that we love about it. This is something that can really help minimize fall injuries. However, because there’s no opening onto the upper deck, only an older child should sleep on it. The vertical orientation of the ladder also makes it difficult for younger kids to access the top floor.

6Twin over Twin Metal Bunk Bed by Walker Edison

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If you like DHP’s Twin over Twin Metal BB but are particularly concerned about the slanting design of the attached ladder which, unfortunately takes up space and can be a hazard to freedom of movement, then you might want to check out the Twin over Twin Metal BB from Walker Edison. This double-decker sleeping furniture features a vertical ladder instead of a slanting or inclined design. This greatly reduces the space that can be eaten up by the ladder that is positioned at an incline. However, this makes climbing onto the upper deck quite challenging for young children. As such only children with excellent motor coordination, balance, and muscle strength should use the upper deck for sleeping. There’s one more feature that’s related to the ladder of the Walker Edison ToT. It can be attached to either end of the bed. This allows for superb positioning of the bunk bed in any orientation in the bedroom. Regardless of how you’re going to orient it, you’ll be glad to know that the ladder will always be accessible. There is another feature that the Walker Edison has that the DHP doesn’t – it can be converted into two uniquely designed, fully functional Twin beds. This simply means that if you’re not really sure if the Walker Edison’s upper deck is safe for your child to climb on, then you can simply disassemble it and then place them side by side as in any other children’s cot. The metal construction of the Walker Edison ToT is finished with powder coating to give it a luxurious look and feel. It is available in black, white, and silver.

What We Like about It – The ability to reposition the ladder is something that we know parents will also love. The addition of a fully convertible feature makes the Walker Edison really superb. It’s a real space-saver, if you ask us.

7Over Futon Metal Bunk Bed by DHP

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If it’s versatility that you are really after, may we suggest the Over Futon Metal Bunk Bed? This double-decker’s design alone is already enough to turn heads. What more if you utilize its full features? The Over Futon boasts of a lower deck that can be turned into a very relaxing and comfortable lounger. All you have to do is to unlock a secure mechanism on one side and fold the section up to serve as the lounger’s backrest. The width of the Over Futon is just 41.5 inches so you can place a standard full sized mattress on either decks. We do recommend a softer, more comfortable mattress on the lower deck which can double as a lounger and to allow for the easier folding of the deck. For the upper deck, it is recommended that the mattress should not be more than 6 inches thick as the height of the full length and full width guardrails are only 12 inches high. There are 2 ladders that are vertically positioned on both ends of the Over Futon. Because of the vertical orientation of the ladder and the absence of an opening at the top, only an older child should stay on the upper deck of this bunk bed. The Over Futon is available to you in black, silver, and white versions.

What We Like about It – The reclining lounger feature of the Over Futon is what sets it apart from most other designs. The placement of the ladder also saves precious space. The design is also marvelous.

8Gunmetal 460078 Bunk Bed by Coaster Home Furnishings

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When we saw the Gunmetal Bunk Bed, we thought it was really sleek and sexy that we’re not really sure if it is meant for kids. But then we realized that the sleek curves are all part of the fun design of the Gunmetal. The semi-circular frame design that curves toward the center is an ingenious way of integrating the ladder without it appearing like a ladder. At first glance, you will be asking yourself where the ladder is. Only upon closer inspection will you realize that the horizontal bars that join the two half-moons together actually serves as the steps of the ladder. There are no opening on the upper deck, too which suggests that older children should always take the upper floor. The metal guardrail of the upper deck looks more like a security fence giving your child superb security and safety while sleeping. The Gunmetal accommodates twin-sized mattresses on either decks. And since it’s made of metal, it can accommodate up to 300 pounds of weight for either bunks.

What We Like about It – If there’s such thing as a sexy bunk bed, the Gunmetal would be it. The wraparound guardrails also provide optimum safety.

9Twin Metal Loft Bed by WE Furniture

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While it is true that the Twin Metal Loft Bed is actually not a bunk bed in its truest sense, it is nevertheless one of the best space-saving sleeping furniture around. Just imagine an ordinary kid’s bed with extra-long legs that almost 6 feet tall. Now, the space underneath this tall bed can be used for a lot of different purposes. You can place your toddler’s cot in the space, your lounger, your sofa, or even turn it into a beautiful play area. When your kid is done playing, all he or she needs to do is to climb up the dual ladder located on both sides of the WE loft bed. You can even place your home entertainment system under the bed. The height of the wraparound guardrails is less than 14 inches but is generally high enough to give superb safety for your older kid.

What We Like about It – The WE Twin Metal Loft Bed provides an entirely different interpretation to the idea called “space-saver”. There’s just so much you can do with all that space underneath the bed.

10Youth Kid-o-Bunk with Organizers by Dis-o-Bed 

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Want a bunk bed you can take with you to the park, to the beach, or anywhere else you’d want to go? Then get the Youth Kid-o-Bunk. We guarantee this is the best solution you’ll ever have. Imagine a fully collapsible bunk bed that can be turned into a sitting bench and then transformed into two beautiful standalone single cots. The Youth Kid-o-Bunk doesn’t require any mattresses as the high grade polyester sleeping surface is comfortable enough to sleep on. And since it is fabric, it naturally conforms to your kid’s body shape. The highly durable frame is made of high grade steel that has been powder coated and treated to resist corrosion. The Youth-o-Kid Bunk comes with a polyester bag for easy storage as well as transportation. Each cot comes with its own bag. Assembly is also a breeze.

What We Like about It – It’s modular, super lightweight, very compact, highly portable, and ultra-strong qualities make the Youth Kid-o-Bunk our favorite among the bunk beds for kids. It’s great for outdoors as well as for indoor sleeping or simply resting.

How We Chose the Top Double-Decker Beds for Kids in Our List

One of the major concerns of parents is the risk of injuries secondary to falls to their toddlers. It is for this reason that manufacturers of bunk beds explicitly recommend the use of their double-deckers only by children who are at least 6 years old. Unfortunately, we know that most parents cannot wait that long before they can buy these pieces of furniture for their children especially if space is an issue. As such, our primary focus in the selection of the double-deckers for our list is safety especially that of the top bunk.

We had to make sure that there are plenty of safety features in these furniture that will help prevent falls or perhaps even mitigate the seriousness of injuries in cases where falls are inevitable. Railings are a standard and these must be of the wraparound type. Additionally, the sturdiness of the leg supports especially for the upper structures had to be ascertained by looking at any indications of quality manufacturing. For instance, we know that these pieces of furniture must be able to pass certain tests of quality standards such as those provided for by the CPSC and the ASTM. And since we’re concerned about our kids’ safety, we also had to make sure that the materials used in the finishing of the furniture are non-toxic and made of child-friendly materials and substances.

The overall design was also taken into consideration. Wood products are often considered a classic. However, we had be sure that the wooden furniture we’re including in our list are made of high quality, solid wood and not some wood composite. For beds that use metal or steel, we had to ensure that they are also aesthetically pleasing and would be fun and enjoyable to sleep in especially by kids who are quite picky when it comes to their very “own” furniture. We had to be certain that what we have included in our list are worthy of a child’s praise.

Lastly, the thoughts of parents and customers who have been kind enough to leave feedbacks, comments, and reviews about these products were also considered. These provided us with the means to determine the accuracy of our own shortlist. At least, we can say that we represent the views of majority of parents who are also looking for the best bunk beds in 2016.

Safety Considerations in the Use of Bunk Beds for Kids

There have been a lot of issues concerning the use of bunk beds by kids. Unfortunately, while companies and manufacturers have tried to improve the safety features of their products as well as issuing recommendations for their use only on children at least 6 years of age, there are still some consumers who are adamant at using bunk beds for their young children.

Again there is nothing wrong with using bunk beds. The main issue is that young children, especially toddlers and pre-schoolers are known to have very active imagination. They can readily climb up almost anything and pretend to be Superman or any other superhero they can think of. That is why many experts recommend getting double-deckers that can be transformed into individual cots so that the risk of falls is minimized until such time that children have reached the right age.

Understanding of our children’s developmental skills is also important. If we think that we cannot dampen their spirit of exploration, maybe we can forego with the bunk beds for now. Regrettably, this is not an option in homes with single bedrooms or just not enough space for everyone. In such cases, vigilance is advised.

The Bottom Line

Bunk beds are excellent sleeping furniture for homes that have issues with space. However, as there are safety concerns regarding its use, it is very important to heed the advice of experts. Never allow young children to take the upper deck. Hopefully, our top ten bunk beds for kids have enlightened you on what to look for.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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