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. £119 – £309 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
Spindle Solid Pine Detachable Bunk Bed – a modern take on a traditional design with a slender turned frame and spindle headboards. Available in white or natural pine. L201 × W102 × H150 cm. From £269 at 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. £409 – £439 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
Paddington Bunk Bed – contemporary style bunk bed with a central ladder and finished in crisp white. L197 × W112 × H162 cm. £550 from gltc.co.uk