One of the most surprising requests we first encountered when we began designing beach homes was for bunk beds.
It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, given that guests are never far apart when you have a beach house. But I’m not talking about ordinary bunk beds here. When I say bunk beds, I mean architectural bunk beds – beds that are so inviting with curtains and cut outs and funky ladders and lights and – magnetically attached ipad charging and docking stations!!! – that you are likely to have the adults fighting the kids to sleep (or stay up all night) in them.
In fact, it’s become such a requested item that we rarely design a home without bunk beds these days, even if the owners never intend to rent it out and if their kids are grown – think grandkids 🙂
A few tricks of the trade:
- Bunk beds don’t have to be built in a bedroom. We love to design our bunk beds as part of a secondary den. You don’t lose the privacy of a full time bedroom this way and, let’s face it, the kids would rather be a part of the action in a den than a bedroom anyway.
- Bunk beds don’t have to be a twin sized mattress. We’ve designed double and queen sized bunk beds above ceilings and behind barn doors to give a bit of privacy and without sacrificing too much living space.
- Bunk beds don’t have to be made of wood. We’ve used metal plumbing pipes and all kinds of materials to add fun and texture to the room.
- Don’t forget about storage. Drawers underneath the bottom bunks and shelves along the side of the mattress are important for alarm clocks, glasses, stuffed animals and more.
- Consider lights and outlets. It’s always a good idea to have a reading light and everyone needs to plug in something at the end of the day, usually by their bedside so an outlet is a smart idea.
Below are some pictures of our favorite bunks. Enjoy!