Vacation Inspiration: Built-in Bunk Beds

Vacation Inspiration: Built-in Bunk Beds

Susie Nadler
Jul 29, 2009
We've always loved bunk beds for how they combine function with fun, but built-ins have the potential to be even more functional and more fun than your average bunk. They're a great option for vacation homes, since even after kids grow up, a vacation house is likely to need sleeping space for lots of guests. So as Escapes Month winds to a close, here are a few built-in bunk beds we love and some thoughts about why they work so well... FIRST ROW1 These sweet bunks from Southern Living show how an awkward corner can be transformed into sleeping space for four. We love the idea of customizing each bunk for a different child rather than decorating them all uniformly. • 2 Modern built-in bunks from Livingetc have the feel of berths on a spaceship; they're sophisticated without losing their sense of fun. • 3 One of the glories of a built-in is that you can customize your storage situation. The closets underneath this built-in bunk (another one from Livingetc) look big enough to store pretty much anything a child might need (including the child herself, maybe for a game of hide and seek!). • 4 More customized storage, this one from This Old House... the stairs that lead up to the top bunk each contain a drawer. • 5 Understandably, the nautical look is popular for built-in bunks. We love the netting used as safety rails for the top bunks in this room by Steven Gambrel. SECOND ROW6, 7, and 8 Built-in bunks are a great solution for sleeping multiples in a vacation home. In such a relaxed context, it's even fun to incorporate them into great rooms and other communal spaces (even hallways!), so the kids can lounge or nap while the grown-ups sip cocktails nearby. All three photos from Coastal Living. • 9 Lining a long wall with narrow bunks is a great space-saver. Photo from Traditional Home. • 10 Adding curtains to built-in bunks, like these from Decorno, makes them feel like secret nooks and crannies, and creates privacy too.
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