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The Ultimate Guide to Bunk Bed Types

The Ultimate Guide to Bunk Bed Types

Whether you’re looking for the perfect solution for siblings sharing a room or simply want a spare bed for those increasingly regular sleepovers – bunk beds always bring delight to any kids’ bedroom!

There are lots of different loft and bunk bed types, each with their own functions and benefits, so let’s explore the wonderful world of bunk beds and find the perfect choice for your little ones.

The Classic Bunk Bed

When you think about different types of bunk bed – this is probably the first thing you picture. The standard bunk bed usually has one single bed stacked atop the other. A ladder provides easy access to the top bunk, while railings keep everything safe.

Many standard bunk beds are detachable, so you can always use them as separate single beds, or stack them if you want to create some more space. That’s especially useful if they’re really struggling to decide who gets the top bunk!

With classic bunk beds from Aspace, you can position the ladder on either side and either end of the bunk bed, so it will work well no matter how their room is laid out!

There are plenty of variations to the classic bunk bed – including those that have a double bed on the bottom bunk and a single bed on top, or three-person bunk beds where the third bed is connected to form an L shape. You might also find bunk beds that stack three or even four beds atop one another – though these are more commonly found in campsites and youth hostels for bigger kids!

What is a Cabin Bed?

While not quite the same as a bunk bed, cabin beds are elevated, one-person beds that offer the same space-saving benefits. Cabin beds aren’t as high as a top bunk, but are taller than the average single bed, providing a great space for storage underneath. Unlike bunk beds and mid or high sleepers, cabin beds generally don’t require steps or a ladder.

Many cabin beds come with built-in drawers and shelving, which can be used for toys, clothes, books – just about anything! So, while they enjoy the added height, you’ll enjoy more space to hide the clutter!

What Age Are Cabin Beds For?

At Aspace, we make wonderful cabin beds specifically designed for kids aged 4-6, as well as larger single cabin beds that are suitable for anyone aged 6 and above!

What is a Loft Bed?

A loft bed is similar to a bunk bed – but with only one mattress on top and empty space where the bottom bunk would be. These are also known as mid sleeper beds and high sleeper beds – so let’s explore of those a bit further!

What is a Mid Sleeper Bed?

A mid sleeper bed offers all the same functionality as a cabin bed, with even more storage space! Mid sleepers are raised beds that are taller than a cabin bed, but not quite the height of a bunk bed or high sleeper. They come with a ladder for little ones, while being low enough for big kids to hop straight on!

At Aspace, we have a number of mid sleeper beds with underbed storage on wheels, so they can be easily pulled out when needed, and tidily tucked away when they’re not.

A lot of our kids’ furniture is designed specifically to fit perfectly beneath our mid sleeper beds, making them all the more practical! Check out our Juicy Fruits mid sleeper bed, for example. This delightful bed can be paired with a colourful chest of drawers and an adorable desk in the same enchanting design. The desk and chest of drawers are on wheels so they can easily be rolled to neatly fit under the bed.

Your kids will absolutely love the whimsical look of the mid sleeper bed and will love having their own special space to read, write and play, while you’re sure to enjoy the storage space and tidiness!

What Age is a Mid Sleeper Suitable For?

Generally, mid sleeper beds from Aspace are great beds for any child aged 6 and above! Ultimately, no one knows your child as well as you do, which is why we can only offer a rough guide for the age we recommend children be before they move into a mid sleeper.

What is a High Sleeper Bed?

A high sleeper bed is just like a mid sleeper but, you guessed it, higher!

Think of a high sleeper as a bunk bed without the bottom bunk; if a bunk bed is the ultimate space saver for two kids, this is the ultimate space saver for one. So, without the bottom bunk, what goes underneath? Anything you’d like, really!

High sleeper beds from Aspace offer a variety of options, whether you want to use the space for a desk, for a bookcase, a futon for guests, or even all of the above! You can even go for a high sleeper with a versatile daybed underneath – so it can act as a bottom bunk for sleepovers, or just a cool chill out spot for reading and relaxing.

If you’d rather keep the space open while you brainstorm ideas, you can always go for a high sleeper on its own without the extra bits and pieces.

The space you save by having the bed elevated with room for furniture underneath will make a huge difference. Plus, even if they don’t have someone to share a bunk with, your child can enjoy all the glory of having the raised bed all to themselves!

Bunk Bed Safety

Bunk beds are not inherently dangerous, but it’s very important that you understand the risks involved with bunk beds and make sure your kids understand how to use them safely too. Bunk beds should never be used by children under the age of 6, and they should never be played on or around.

Bunk bed-related injuries do occur, but they can be avoided if you take time to learn the dangers involved. Read our guide to bunk bed safety before deciding whether bunk beds, cabin beds, mid-sleeper beds or high-sleeper beds are a good choice for you and your family.

Bunk Bed Mattresses

Loft and bunk beds require special mattresses to ensure complete safety up on the top bunk. High bed and bunk bed mattresses must be a certain size, depth and weight that meets EC height safety regulations. We have a large selection of children’s bunk bed mattresses that are designed with safety and comfort in mind. Look out for the words ‘raised bed’ when searching for the best kids’ mattress for bunk beds, cabin beds, mid sleepers and high sleepers.