Bunk beds

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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