Next-Level Bunk Beds: Elevated Design for Kids’ and Guest Rooms

Previously a design-conscious parent’s worst nightmare (and every child’s favorite furnishing), the rickety, utilitarian bunk bed is a thing of the past. We love a loft or bunk’s ability to maximize space in city apartment, bring young family and friends together at summer and weekend homes, and create drama in rooms with vaulted and high ceilings. From our jaw-dropping triple-decker custom bunk bed designed for a young family’s Berkshires ski house to sophisticated bunk rooms in Nantucket, New York City, Aspen and beyond, here are a few of our favorite recent designs.

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Call it the bunk that broke the internet. This triple-decker bed was created for a sky-high bedroom shared by sisters in a Williamstown, MA ski house. It’s the scene for frequent slumber parties with friends, cousins, and the girls’ brother, whose room is connected by a secret door. With three full beds and a top-level twin our architectural designers engineered this white oak structure for stability, safety and comfort – but it looks great, too.

2019 01 10 WorkshopAPD 138
A stylish custom bunk bed for an family's Aspen, CO ski house provides extra space, storage and style in a relatively compact unit.
2018 09 26 WorkShopAPD 053
One bunk, two ways. A streamlined Room & Board design featured in two very different Nantucket homes
WorkshopAPD McKendree RL4 33
DDP 9332 Web
At The Printing House townhouses in NYC, this sophisticated, substantial wooden bunkbed multiplies space in a shared room, but also creates a sense of privacy on the top and bottom bunks.
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From the Hamptons (L) to the Bahamas (R), two takes on fun, coastal kids rooms.
GLM Main House McKendree 120
DDP 2176 Web