A loft bed offers all the same room-saving designs as a traditional bunk bed – without the added bulk of a bottom bunk. Learn about the different types of loft beds and loft bed accessories – and see how they can help keep your space sleek and organized.
What Is a Loft Bed?
A loft bed is a bed type in which the pocket for the mattress is raised up by four posts. Basically, a loft bed is a bunk bed without the bottom bunk. Loft beds are a popular option for students, as the area under the bed can be used for a study desk. Because the area under a loft bed offers sizeable storage potential, loft beds also provide an easy solution for kids’ bedrooms, guest rooms and other rooms where space is usually limited.
Types of Loft Beds
Here are a few of the most popular types of loft beds.
Loft Bed with Trundle (Caster Bed)
While the open design of a loft bed, compared to a regular bunk bed, makes for convenient storage and space-saving potential, there may be times – such as when you need to host an overnight guest – when a second bunk can come in handy. In such an instance, why not opt for a bed on wheels? Roll it under the main loft bedframe when you need the second bed, and whisk it right back to the bedroom next door (or wherever else you would normally keep it) when you want to revert back to the open-space design of a traditional loft bed.
Loft Bed with Storage Unit
Many loft bed with storage units will feature a dresser-type of storage component that is designed to fit under the raised bed – and within the open space created by the loft’s four posts. Loft beds with storage range anywhere from a simple multilevel dresser-style drawer component to an all-encompassing storage component that includes shelves, drawers and even cabinet space.
Loft Bed with a Desk
The only thing that makes even more practical use of space than a loft bed with a desk? A loft bed with two desks! Perfect for shared kids’ bedrooms where arranging two separated desks is simply not an option, a loft bed with two desks provides each child with their own designated study area while maintaining a fun “lofty” design that will save you space – and which any kid will be sure to love.