In sleeping areas with limited spaces, bunk bed plans are the best solution to the maximization of these areas. Bed bunks, after all, allow two people to occupy the same floor area, in a manner of speaking, by stacking one bed on top of another bed. With this configuration, many establishments like dormitories, hostels and summer camp cabins as well as houses with children’s rooms have adopted the bunk bed as a standard in space optimization.
You have many choices in bunk beds from the standard to the L-shaped bunk beds. These bunk beds, however, share common characteristics that ensure their safety, comfort and convenience.
- Railings on the upper bed are a must to prevent the sleeping person from rolling over and falling hard on the floor. A few bunk bed plans provide for railings on the lower bunk for small children.
- Bunks beds are designed to accommodate mattresses for better sleeping. Thus, the bed platform is often deeper to prevent the mattress from moving around too much.
- Ladders are installed on bunk beds on one side so that the person occupying the top bunk can easily go up or down. In this regard, ceiling fans must never be installed where a bunk bed is located especially if the latter is directly below the former for safety reasons.
You will also find bunk beds with additional features like storage drawers underneath the lower bunk, decorative railings and even a foldable table. Your choice in bunk bed designs is largely determined by the general and specific needs of the occupants.
Naturally, the features in bunk bed plans vary depending on the type of bunk bed planned for construction. Your choice in bunk beds include:
- Standard – Two beds of the same size are stacked over each other with a ladder off to one side.
- Twin Over Full – The bottom bed is full-sized while the upper bed is only twin-sized.
- Futon – The upper bunk is of the standard type but the lower bunk is constructed for a convertible futon mattress-cum-sofa
- L-Shaped - The bottom bed is placed at a right angle to the upper bed, thus, forming an L when viewed from above. You can then create a small alcove at the angled portion for either a desk or a bookshelf or both, which makes for complicated bunk bed plans.
- Loft – Only the upper bed is built into the wall with the lower portion occupied by storage cabinets and perhaps a worktable.
- Triple Lindy Loft – The beds are configured to form three in all with the loft bed attached to the L-shaped bunk beds.
Indeed, looking at the bunk bed plans may require the assistance of a professional carpenter or woodworker to understand the diagrams and schematics. With more features than a standard single bed, you can expect a bunk bed to be more complicated during construction. The rewards of comfort, safety and convenience as well as optimal use of limited space are well worth the time, effort and money in building the bunk beds so it’s a win-win situation.