Best Bunk Beds 2011: High & Low

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Welcome to bedroom month! To start March off with a bang, we've updated our annual list of the best bunk beds. These are our current favorites — from Italian space savers that are so slick they'd feel at home in a modern bachelor pad, to basic budget options that fit in with almost any decor.

High-End: $2,000 and Up

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These bunk beds are expensive (you could drop $10k on one), but they're pretty amazing. Models like the "La Literal" and "Lollipop" fold up against the wall, while the "Doc" transforms from bunk beds into a sofa. Based in New York, Resource offers online shopping.

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Made from birch plywood, the Perludi Amber in the Sky Bunk Bed ($2,600) is a 100% recyclable model that arrives from its Austrian manufacturer flat-packed. It comes in orange and green, and it's covered in a textural wool surface that "feels warm in winter and cool in summer."

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These European-style bunk beds come with a full bed on the bottom, a twin bed on the top, and steps that contain built-in storage. Based in San Diego, the company offers free shipping on bunk beds. Set-ups similar to the one shown at left average around $3,000.

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Online retailer 2Modern has a nice selection of modern bunk beds in the low thousands. The Duc Duc Austin bed (left) has built-in storage (with up to 5 cubbies on each end, sold separately) and costs about $2,800.

Mid-Range: $1,000 - $2,000

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They have a good selection of well-made childrens' beds below and above $1,000. The $1,100 Loft bed has a raised metal frame and a bottom platform bed on casters, so that the layout can be configured in a few different ways.

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Pottery Barn's kids store carries a good selection of traditional bunk beds starting at $1,000. We like the Camp Bunk Bed, a classic wooden design for $1,200. It comes in navy, honey, or espresso finishes.

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As the sister store of Crate & Barrel, Land of Nod has a similarly affordable catalog of basic, well made furniture for kids. Named for the crossing of two streets in Chicago, the $1,300 Clark & Adisson Bunk Bed is "at the intersection of traditional and contemporary design."

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This modern online retailer specializes in space-saving furniture, and they carry wood and metal bunk beds from mid-to-high-end manufacturers like Nurseryworks and Argington. Shown: Uffizi Bunk Bed by Argington, $1,850.

Budget: Under $1,000

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IKEA sells several affordable loft beds for teenagers and kids. The Norddal Bunk Bed Frame ($300) can be divided into two twin beds, and the ladder goes on either the right or left side of the bed. They've also got some basic, modern metal frames in stock.

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They have a whole section of their site devoted to nurseries and children's rooms. The Solid Wood Twin Bunk Bed (in white or espresso) is a good deal at $350 - $380. Quality can vary widely, so it's wise to check user reviews.

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This giant network of furniture stores includes a whole site devoted to bunk beds (SimplyBunkBeds.com) where they sell basic wooden and metal designs — nothing too fancy. Shown: Garson Metal Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed, $500.

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For solidly made bunk beds on a budget, check unfinished furniture stores, where you can find basic solid wood designs for less. Based out of New Jersey, the Grove is a good one — their East Port Bunk Bed is currently on sale for $969.

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Photo: Lollipop Bunk Bed from Resource Furniture

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