Bunk beds are a practical and fun space-saving solution for kids’ bedrooms. The cabin style is particularly conducive to helping little ones feel secure as they sleep, and there are plenty of design options out there, from freestanding to fitted with integrated storage. Here, expert joiner Paul McCormack shares his top five tips on constructing the bed of your children’s dreams.
- Choose a versatile design that can be adapted as your children grow, either by separating the beds or taking out the bottom bunk to use as desk space, a den or a play area.
- Make the most of all available space and consider installing integrated lighting and built-in storage, such as shelving and trundle drawers.
- Err on the side of caution when it comes to your kids’ safety: install higher guard rails than you think you need and don’t build too high.
- If space allows, opt for steps. They are a safer alternative to a ladder.
- Birch plywood is a durable material that works well for bunk beds. Other options include coloured laminates, stained soft-woods and painted MDF.