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Bunks vs. Lofts. Which is right for you?

Bunks vs. Lofts. Which is right for you?

"Mommy, I want a bunk bed!" It’s easy to understand why kids wish for bunk beds. What’s better than climbing up to your own private space where others are not allowed? Or, how cool is it to recreate the same sleeping arrangements that they had at summer camp? We understand why parents search for "bunk beds" first when it's time to makeover their big kid's rooms.

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But, there's a common misunderstanding that we would like to address as the Bunk Bed Experts! Do you mean to shop for bunks or lofts? Loft beds also sit up high and provide many of the same features as it's sister, the bunk bed. While considering the many sleep options for your child's room, know the main differences (and possibilities) between bunk beds and loft beds - so when it its time to furniture shop, you know the exact terminology to use!

Bunks or Lofts? Let's Discuss Bunk Beds

A bunk bed is defined as at least two beds that are stacked on top of each other and form one unit. If you need at least two beds in one room, and you don’t have much space, a bunk bed may be the perfect option for you. Of course, there are many different bunk variations:

Traditional twin bunk beds (Psst: Maxtrix offers 3 heights - low, medium and high!) Here is an example with our best selling Get It bunk:

twin bunk beds

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Others prefer the popular staggered bunk bed design as seen in a twin over full bunk bed:

twin over full bunk bed

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If a twin bed is a little too small for you, shop our larger sizes, including Full, XL or Queen stacked bunk bed!

queen bunk beds

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Many people love the extra space the bottom bunk provides in a twin over full bunk or twin xl over queen if going larger. Whether you go with an angled ladder or bunk beds with stairs for easy climbing to the top bunk, you've got a classic look that accommodates all: 

twin over full bunk bed with stairs

SUMO WP : Staggered Bunk Beds Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Staircase Entry, Panel, White

Twin over Full Medium Bunk Bed with Stairs

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If you need to sleep more than two in a room, look for triple or quadruple bunks.

triple bunk bed

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If you don’t like the stacked look or have space constraints try an l-shaped bunk bed or a corner bunk. It sleeps three with ample space underneath for desks, hanging or storage.

triple corner bunk bed for three

Bunk beds are available with different entry options like straight ladders, angled ladders or stairs - you can read more about the advantages of these different entries. Here's an example with an angled ladder:

bunk bed angled ladder

You can add additional bunk bed storage or even add a third bunk trundle bed to add more sleeping space. The "Sumo" shows us how beautiful the chestnut finish is and how functional the staircase steps are for safe climbing:

Maxtrix Sumo Bunk Bed

SUMO WP : Staggered Bunk Beds Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Staircase Entry, Panel, White

Twin over Full Medium Bunk Bed with Stairs

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Lastly, with bunk beds, you can choose to dress up and accessorize your bunk with curtains and slides – something Maxtrix specializes in! Here's an example with the "Poof" with bottom curtains:

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Bunks or Lofts? Let's Discuss Loft Beds

A loft bed is a single bed that is raised on supports high enough to allow the use of the floor area below for various purposes. If you are after the “sleeping high” feeling, but you don’t need two beds in a room, a loft bed may be the perfect option for you. 

twin loft beds

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The added benefit of a loft bed is the huge amount of floor space it frees up – right underneath the bed. Unlike a bunk bed where this space is occupied by the lower bunk, a loft bed allows you to create a play-space with cute curtains, a storage space with dressers or bookshelves or an area to add a desk or a sofa. The "Great" low loft is shown here with a desk and a dresser as an example:


GREAT NS : Staircase Loft Beds Twin Low Loft Bed with Stairs, Slat, Natural

Twin Low Loft Bed with Stairs

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While many people may think of loft beds for college dorms or older kids, you can actually get them in different heights:

Starting with a low loft, which is perfect for elementary school aged kids. Add slides or play curtains for more fun:

Under Bed Curtains

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A mid loft, which works well to add lots of storage underneath.

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Or, a high lofts which leaves plenty of space to add desks or additional storage under the bed. With our new XL and Queen size loft beds, even high school and college students find our tall study lofts to be the perfect size.

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You can also go for a corner Loft, which basically combines two loft beds across a corner from each other – great for two kids sharing a room and utilizing all the floor space possible. Here's a look at the "High Rise":

Maxtrix Corner High Loft with 2 desks and dresser white slatted with Girl

HIGHRISE NS : Corner Loft Beds Double Twin High Corner Loft Bed, Slat, Natural

Twin High Corner Loft with Straight Ladder and Angled Ladder

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Now that you know whether you want a bunk bed or loft bed, you can easily begin your search with Maxtrix with our Best Sellers. And, remember, when purchasing Maxtrix, you are buying a bed that will last from toddler to teen. You can reconfigure our bunk beds or loft beds at any time. Bunk beds can become two twin or full beds and low lofts can become high lofts or bunk beds. So, you're never stuck with one bed! Contact our team at any time to transform it into something new!

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