What Bunk Bed Height is Right for My Child?

We recently shared some great tips for selecting the right size kid's bed for your space, but we received some follow-up questions about bunk beds specifically. As the bunk experts, we welcomed the opportunity to share more about selecting the right bunk bed height for your child. The good news is that at Maxtrix, we have three different bunk bed heights and will show you the differences.

Tips for Selecting the Right Bunk Bed Height
Keep in mind that no matter the bed height, you can choose from three different bed finishes (white, natural or chestnut), three entrance types (straight ladder, angled ladder or staircase), three mattress sizes (twin, full or Queen), and finally three bed end styles (slat, curved or panel). Easily customize the right look for your chid's room!

Full over Queen
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Did you know that our bunk bed ladders and slides are reversible? They can go on the right or left side of the bed's front OR opt for a side entry!


Low Bunk Bed Height

Younger children love bunk beds. In fact, it's often their first "big kid" bed after their toddler bed. If you started with a Maxtrix toddler bed, it will easily convert to a low bunk bed simply by adding leg extenders and a second bed. If you are starting new, low bunk beds are recommended for children around age six (but as a parent you know your child best!) Take a look at head room and bed height measurements below (assuming an 8' ceiling height):

Low Bunk Bunk Bed Height
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If shopping low bunks, they are also fantastic as a base bed for extra play accessories like slides, underbed curtains and top tents - all of which can be removed when your child outgrows them. Slide safely out of our solid wood beds, and choose from many fabric color combinations for tents and curtains.

Low Bunk Bed with Slide
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Mid Bunk Bed Height

Adding about five inches more to the height of the low bunk, the Mid Bunk is a great option for slightly older children around age eight. The ladder or staircase entry will have one more step, but there's still a lot of head room between the two beds and between the top bed and ceiling.

Medium Bunk Bunk Bed Height
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Mid Bunks can also easily convert into play bunks with an extension piece added to the under-bed curtains, but we often advise against top tents unless your ceiling is higher than eight feet.


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Our mid bunks are some of our most popular designs with our best selling Get It, Got It and twin over full Slope and Sumo.


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High Bunk Bed Height

Those with older kids around ten or rooms with higher ceilings have the option to go even higher with our High Bunk Beds. While this option gives you the most headroom between the two beds, your head space up top is a bit more limited. For this reason, we recommend a low profile mattress at five inches width, which will allow for ample sitting height.

High Bunk Bunk Bed Height
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We recently introduced a slide platform, which enables even those with high beds to add a slide for fun! Our best selling Poof is a good example of this design:

Tall Bunk Bed with Slide Platform
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Want to keep it simple and streamlined? The Tall is the way to go with a clean look. Kids climb safely up a straight ladder with stair grooves and hand rail.

Tall Bunk Bed
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Sleepovers are more popular in this age group so if you are looking to sleep several, you can also consider our high corner bunk beds with three or even four beds. These unique configurations are perfect for shared rooms, vacation homes, beach homes or sleepovers!


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Bunk Bed Shopping Assistance

Want more details? Consult a few of our buying guides for bunk beds, what size bed is right for my child or how to measure your room for your child's bed. Our design team is also here so tap us! We'll take your room measurements and help you figure out the right configuration for your space.

Queen Bunk Beds for the Whole Family!

This is it! Many have anticipated the arrival of our new solid wood Queen Bunk Beds since the day we hinted the design with our sneak peek. With families of four, we understand the need to sleep everyone in one room when visiting Grandparents or spending time in the summer/beach/vacation home. But, why scrunch up in a smaller twin or full size bed? We believe in sleeping comfortably, and the additional space provided in XL and Queen Bunk Beds allows everyone to stretch out!

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The Plush is a Twin XL over Queen Bunk Bed, so the top bed is smaller than the bottom. This is perfect for sleeping children (who love to be up high!) and adults on the bottom Queen. If your kiddos don't like to share (we soooo understand that one), then opt for a pullout trundle that provides extra sleeping quarters when needed.

Queen Bunk Beds with Trundle
You can even sleep up to six easily with the third optional trundle bed. Pile all of the grandkids or kids and their friends into one fun room! Design it the way you want it with three different color finishes - white, natural or chestnut.

Sleep Six with Queen Bunk Beds
When you're not using the trundle, simply push it underneath the bed to maximize floor space.

Trundle Bed Pushed under Queen Bunk Beds
Another option (if you need more space) would be to opt for a Queen over Queen Bunk Bed - here's the Soar as an example:
Soar Queen over Queen Bunk bed
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A Closer Look at the Plush Queen Bunk Bed

Not only does a queen size bed allow for more sleep room, there is also more room for nighttime snuggles, bedtime stories or vacation card games. And, since this is a high bunk bed, there is ample head room space between the two beds for sitting up without adults bumping their heads.

Adults sitting on Plush Queen Bunk Beds
As a solid wood bed, all of our designs are built with solid wood and safe RockLock systems, which ensures everyone sleeps up high safely. Our beds are, in fact, are tested to withstand up to 800 pounds. Here's a closeup of our white finish, but the Plush is also available in chestnut and natural.


And, let's face it. Children are not the only ones who enjoying sleeping on an elevated bed. Tweens and teens also appreciate the privacy lended by sleeping away from Mom and Dad. ;)

Teenagers on Top Bunk

Two Queen Bunk Beds for Beach, Vacation or Grandparents' Homes

Looking to maximize the most space possible and sleep as many as 10? If you have the room, try placing two Plush Queen Bunk Beds side-by-side or angle them into two corners. EVERYONE will love this party room setup.

Two Plush Queen Bunk Beds for Vacation and Beach Homes

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Plush Twin XL over Queen Bunk Beds
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White Trundle Bed
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Underbed Storage Drawers
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Magazine Rack White
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Bedside Tray in White
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White Nightstand Kids
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Steel Knobs
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Find the Perfect Princess Bed - Daybeds, Slides, Lofts, Bunks & Poster Beds

Many girls absolutely love Princesses. We no doubt believe Princess themed beds are by far the most popular within our wide selection of girl's bedroom furniture. Explore your options, and invite your daughter to look along with you (that is unless you want to surprise her with a Princess bed... she just might scream with excitement like this little girl.) :) Read More

Toddler Twins Shared Room: MyMaxtrix Sighting

This family is seriously the cutest. We recently introduced you to Evelyn who just upgraded her toddler room to a big girl's room with a slide low loft. Now, you get to meet her two younger siblings! These kiddos were ready to move out of their cribs and into their toddler beds. Because their parents already LOVED Maxtrix, they chose to stick with high quality and got two Maxtrix toddler beds with top tents! See this amazing twins shared room.


As with Evelyn, safety and fun were the most important factors when choosing the beds for this twins shared room. Their room was a decent size so sharing with two separate beds was a great option. Take a look how they designed the layout so that each child had his and her individual spaces. The two area rugs really define their sides of the room.

Toddler twins shared room
However, we all know these toddlers are not ready yet to respect space those imaginary boundaries. ;) That's why their parents created a fun, shared play area in the middle of the room. Their matching nightstands provided symmetry to each side while also adding functionality for lamps, decor and cups.

Toddler Play Table

Toddler Beds for Twins Shared Room

Taking a closer look at the toddler beds, the twins love how their top tents provide a playful fort feeling. They love climbing in and out of the beds and playing hide-and-seek with the easy-to-move fabric curtains.

Toddler Bed with Top Tent
Inside Look of Toddler Bed with Top Tent
The curtains also pull back to make an open tent feeling; an invitation to the sibling to "come on in!"


Their toddler beds are equipped with high safety guard rails to keep the youngsters safely sleeping and playing in their "forts".

Safety Guard Rails on Toddler Bed

The decorative finials add a nice design touch. They are easily installed as an add-on, but they can also remove them - if so desired - at a later time.

Decorative Finials on Toddler Bed
But, let's not forget big sister and friends! Adding a pullout trundle bed creates a third sleeping quarters for guests, cousins and Evelyn! Looks like the twins also love it for nap times. :)

Trundle Bed for Toddler Bed

The trundle bed is also made of solid wood and glides across the floor for easy access.

Trundle Bed Solid Wood

We are so excited that the twins love their new shared room! As true believers in the Maxtrix System, we know their parents may convert their beds into a different configuration when they are older. Hmm... maybe bunk beds?? Stay tuned to find out!


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Love what you see? We've got you covered with some quick shopping links:

Girls Yo toddler bed
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Toddler Trundle Bed
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Toddler Nightstand
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