Bunk Beds That Will Bring Out The Kid Inside

Bunk beds don't have to look like utilitarian army barracks. Check out these stylish, kid-friendly design ideas for bunkrooms and bedrooms.

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September 04, 2015

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Clever Storage

This smart use of space incorporates storage cabinetry and shelves into bunk beds. The bright blue and white color scheme gives the room energy.

Efficient Design

This gray and red bunk room is perfect for little ones. With cool modern bunk beds that have storage built in, there is plenty of space left on the floor to play. The upper bunk makes a great reading loft, while the built-in desk provides a space for homework. 

Hidden Niche

This adorably stylish bunk bed nook is a space-saving dream. Pull the curtain and it's entirely hidden away; open the curtain and reveal two cozy bunks decked out in dapper stripes with under-bed storage drawers.

Modern Yet Rustic

Open and airy thanks to exposed pine beams and bright, soaring ceilings, this modern mountain bunkroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2014 is designed for children, but the array of red-and-white patterns makes it sophisticated enough for adult guests.

Murphy Bed Bunks

A 6' x 6' art panel pulls down to reveal a twin bunk bed. This clever design -- perfect for a room tight on space -- was fashioned from prefinished plywood and only $30 worth of hardware supplies.  Get the step-by-step instructions>>

Full of Spunk

Contemporary white bunk beds are tucked behind black and white chevron curtains.  The bold patterned curtains pop against the vibrant purple walls making for a chic rock 'n roll bunkroom.

Staggered Sizes

This kids' bedroom features built-in bunk beds with under-bed drawers and a wall of shelving. The unusual arrangement of bookcase against beds allows for great use of space to store books, toys and other kid paraphernalia. 

Come One, Come All

Fun but chic, this ski dorm from the HGTV Dream Home 2011 is punctuated by tomato-red walls, colorful furnishings and a knotty-pine ceiling. Reminiscent of a ski lodge, this bunk room can easily accommodate a multitude of overnight guests.

Gender Neutral Design

A navy-and-white color scheme in this open kids' room works for any gender. Interior designer Lauren Leonard placed two sets of bunk beds side by side for a built-in look. Simple baskets underneath the beds provide extra storage. Light fixtures made from galvanized buckets and thick rope bring a rustic element to the space.

Eclectic Bunk Room

Muted shades of blue and gray are contrasted with youthful pops of persimmon, adding a warm, rich appeal to the bunk space. Designer Shelley Cahan created the space to be an upscale retreat for the youngest gentleman of the house.

Red-Hot Vaulted Bunks

Bright red bunk beds line the walls on either side of the big window. Above the window, almost 10 feet off of the ground, is a fifth bright red bunk, nestled beneath the peaked roof. A red rolling library ladder provides access to the top bunk.

Built-In Bunk

This camp-inspired bunk room from the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 is the ultimate retreat that inspires loads of activity and creativity. A non-traditional layout of opposite facing bunk beds maximizes the overall living space.

Loft-Style Bunk

This modern, loft-style bunk setup takes advantage of available space below. The large desk and comfortable red leather chair provide a homework area under the full-size bunk bed, allowing more floor space for other activities.

Garage Lodge

Industrial style bunk beds line the back wall in this garage turned guest room. Large windows were added as well as French doors, replacing the roll-up garage doors.

Modern and Playful

This spunky, modern kid's room features built-in bunk beds with reading lamps, a streamlined paint treatment and a hanging bubble chair that any kid would love. Gray lacquered floating shelves serve as nightstands for each bunk, while built-in drawers provide storage. A mod polka-dot rug pulls together the fun and colorful palette.

Cantilevered Loft

A media loft cantilevers over two twin beds creating a cozy cabin-like cove. Although designed for youngsters, the layering of textures and fabric patterns in this kids' room suits both children and discriminating houseguests alike.

Private Quarters

A built-in set of bunk beds is the star of this kids' room. Green cafe curtains provide privacy as well as a pop of color.

Tunnel Vision

Blue mattresses hoisted up above a fun hideaway tunnel create the perfect play room and bedroom junction. A climbing rope suspended from the ceiling leads down into the tunnel. 

Frame Changer

Bright colors and layered patterns result in a kids' room with plenty of fodder for the imagination. Sheets and wallpaper provide instant pop, while a contemporary bunk bed leaves plenty of space for two brothers to play.

Perpendicular Plan

Custom-crafted bunk beds built with galvanized piping maximize floor space in this kid-friendly yet sophisticated room.

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