Bunk beds suit so many situations that they really are a perfect choice for kids, especially if you want to save space. The choice on offer is bewildering with so many similar styles, it’s hard to know which is the best?
The simple answer is that the best bunk beds are the ones you can afford at the time and you shouldn’t stress too much about it as there isn’t that much difference from one option to another.
As a rule of thumb, metal frame beds tend to be the cheapest and contemporary styles are often the most expensive. In between, you’ll find solid wood beds that can be split into two singles offer the best value overall. Also, bear in mind that bunk beds are not normally supplied with mattresses and this can almost double the cost.
The beds below are fairly representative of some of the best options priced from under £200 to over £1,000.
Kidspace Domino Metal Bunk Bed – a great value for money budget option. This tubular metal bed comes in black, white or silver grey. Available as a frame only or with standard or premium mattresses. L197 × W98.5 × H153 cm. £129 – £289 from very.co.uk
Kidspace Cyber Bunk Bed – a trendy metal frame bunk bed with the option of different coloured panels and stair treads in blue, pink, green or black. Ideal for adding a splash of colour to a plain bedroom. The frame is silver which is fashionable but fairly neutral. Easily splits into 2 standard single beds at a later date, so a good long-term purchase. L197 × W98.5 × H153 cm. £149 from very.co.uk
Brighton Bunk Bed – although a budget option these bunk beds are solid wood and can be split into a pair of singles with ease. Finished in a silk grey colour. L202 × W00 × H154 cm. £179.99 from amazon.co.uk
Ashley Bunk Bed – a combination of a metal frame with rubberwood head and slatted footboards in oak effect or painted white. Splits into two single beds. Available with or without a choice of mattresses. L202 × W100 × H150 cm. £199 – £399 from very.co.uk
Chiltern Bunk Bed – these contemporary style bunk beds are a bit different from the norm. Instead of all wood you get metal frame teamed with grooved end panels in white or dark grey. The ladder is fixed to the frame, so it’s pretty secure, and there are safety rails on both sides at the top as well. The frame can also be split into two singles at a later date, if you want? You can buy the bed frame only or choose from standard/premium mattresses. Priced from £219 to £299 from very.co.uk
New Novara Bunkbed – a blend of modern and traditional styling with a choice of a white painted or natural pine frame. L202 × W98 × H150 cm. £249 – £439 from very.co.uk
Devonshire Bunk Bed – this bed also has a combination of a silver painted metal frame and wood end panels which provides the best of both worlds. The beds can also be split into two matching singles at a later date too, so you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. The rubberwood end panels have a block effect pattern and an oak coloured finish. The fixed ladder and integral safety rails are an added bonus. Available as a frame only or with standard or premium mattresses. L150 × W99.5 × H210 cm. £249 – £399 from very.co.uk
Wilton Bunk Bed – matching bunk beds with a slatted head and foot board, fixed ladder and substantial safety rails on the top bunk. The beds can be split and used as two singles at a later date. Available in natural pine or painted white. L198 x W105 x H153 cm. £299 from johnlewis.com
Silentnight Neptune Bunk Bed– features a classic slatted style, made from solid pine and finished in white. The two beds can be split and are an equal height so will look great side by side when the kids get a bit older. The white bed looks especially fresh and will help make a small room appear more spacious. Priced at £399 this bed is on the pricey side, especially as you also have to buy two mattresses. But if you want the reassurance of a brand name there will always be a slight premium to pay. Keep an eye on this one at sale time. L204 × W101 × H152 cm. Available online from very.co.uk
Stompa Uno Plus Multi Bunk Bed – a modern style bunk bed with a white painted finish. The beds can be split into two and the ladder can also be fixed on either side. L208 × W105 × H161 cm. £459 from johnlewis.com
Hastings Bunk Bed – part of the Hastings range of kid’s bedroom furniture at M&S, this is a quality furniture piece made from solid pine finished with a clear lacquer or ivory child safe paint. The beds can be separated into two single beds when the kids are older. L206 × W103 × H162 cm. Delivered and assembled with all packaging taken away. £499 from marksandspencer.com
Morgan Story Time Bunk Bed – most solid wood bunk beds you’ll find are made from pine, which is OK. But if you want a hard wood that’s going to stay the course solid oak is hard to beat. This bed frame is part of the Morgan range at John Lewis that also includes a guest bed. The design is fairly contemporary, although not overly so, and has plenty of space between bunks. Pine slats provide support for mattresses. The upright ladder is fixed at one side only. L199 x W99 x H176 cm. £499 from johnlewis.com
Stompa Uno S Plus Detachable Bunk Bed Frame – a contemporary style bunk bed with a choice of white, blue or pink trim. These beds can also be split into two if need be. The large, curved ladder with flat treads and grab handles means kids will find it a lot easier to get on and off the top bunk. L208 × W122 × H166 cm. £499 from johnlewis.com
Paddington Bunk Bed – contemporary style bunk bed with a central ladder and finished in crisp white. L197 × W112 × H162 cm. £595 from gltc.co.uk
Islander Bed – white painted bed frame with tongue and groove head and foot boards. This bed can be split into two singles but bear in mind the head and foot boards are different sizes. The truckle drawer base is an optional extra also. L203 × W100 × H164 cm. £975 from gltc.co.uk
Columbus Bunk Bed – an oak and oak veneer frame bed with a fixed ladder and guard rails. An expensive option, especially since the under bed truckle shown in the picture is an optional extra. L203 × W100 × H164 cm. £1,075 from gltc.co.uk