Monday, January 30, 2017

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Bunk Beds

I love a well-executed kid's room.  Kids are tough clients to design for- all fabrics and materials need to be durable and comfortable, while also being beautiful.   The design for their space should include ample storage for toys, books, and games and the room should be able to adapt over time as they grow older.  I've learned a lot designing nurseries (here and here are two of my favorites), and grown to love built-in bunk beds.   Designing built-in bunk beds allows a designer to get creative and add interesting design elements- like a side staircase and a pretty banister:

Bunk beds are great for families with lots of children, or as an added element in a playroom. If added in to a playroom, they can also be great for sleepovers and built-in storage for toys.  I love these 4 bunk beds with storage underneath each stair:

Although not technically bunk beds, I had to include these 2 adorable built-in beds in my post.  The detailed casework is just lovely, and I love that the interior is painted in a punchy orange and includes shelving and lighting:

A small curtain on a rod for each bed provides privacy while sleeping (or a makeshift fort!):

This room proves an 8' ceiling CAN accommodate bunk beds-  although the bottom might have to sit closer to the ground.  I love the light, bright, airy vibe:

For a more masculine vibe, how about a steel safety rail? 

Speaking of masculine, I love these deep green built-ins decorated with sports memorabilia:

If having your own custom bunk bed isn't cool enough, how about adding a slide to the mix?  I love the floor is engineered wood tile from Mirth Studio:

The driftwood bunk railing on this bunk bed inside a Maine cottage is a fun, interesting detail and works nicely with the driftwood dresser:

A rope ladder adds a fun, textural detail to this San Francisco bedroom.  Designer Susan Greenleaf found it at Big Daddy Antiques (how great is that name?):

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