practical vs. stylish: bunk beds

Thursday, April 7

Hi there!  I'm researching bunk beds for the T. house {client} because they are really hoping for them in one of the bedrooms.  I have to say that I haven't seen bunk beds done well.  They always seem to consume the whole space.  I know they are practical but can they be stylish?

After a bit of searching, here are some I think are done fairly well.

Family Shelter Adopted Room eclectic bedroom


 The Upward Bound House by Typhanie Peterson contemporary kids

Connie Braemer via House and Home

Palmer Weiss

As usual, Sara Richardson shows us how it's done.  I really like the idea of wallpaper behind the beds to give replace the effect of a headboard and just add STYLE--which I think can be difficult to accomplish when bunk beds feel so practical.
Sarah Richardson

How do you feel about bunk beds?  
What?!  You've never thought about them let alone had feelings about bunk beds?  ;-)  Well, stay tuned because I think we're "going there" and I won't be happy unless the room looks fantastic.

17 comments:

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Done right, I love them!! I did a whole post on them a while back haha

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Here it is!
http://galleryeight.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-top.html

Karen said...

My husband built bunk beds for 2 of our girls a long time ago. They were adorable & the kids loved them. I am not a fan of the larger mattress below but both the same. I say go for it & good luck!

Heather (love your space) said...

Cute finds! I like bunks that are (or feel) built in, bun-house style. I may have some inspiration picks around--if I come across them, I'll send them your way.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I have seen some beautiful ones in blogland recently. I really like the Palmer Weiss bunk beds.

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

I agree with you, bunk beds have to be set up in the right corner of a room to look appropriate...all of these are done right, even left functional!

Val said...

I'm all, for stylish bunk beds. I have two boys close in age and they loved them.

Cathy Wall said...

Love Sara Richardson's version, painted bunks, beautiful wallpaper behind, go for it!

Sara Mueller said...

Love the last photo! I wouldn't mind bunk beds if they are stylish like these.

tina - Half Of What I Say said...

One of my boys has bunk beds, I think it is the same ones in the Palmer Wieiss room, from Pottery Barn. I don't love it, but then again, his room has yet to be fully decorated. I do love the look of built in bunkbeds, but that would be quite the endeavor.

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Adore Palmer and Sarah's versions. So great!

Lili said...

abby, check out this post :

http://cocktails-cupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/04/all-tucked-in.html

A Delightful Design said...

Thank you Lili & Brittany for the links!! I love the look of the custom/built-in bunk beds. I don't think we'll be doing that in this house.

That's the trick to bunk beds--Can you really make them look beautiful just as they are?
abby

Marjorie Rose said...

Hi! New here :)

Haven't thought about it since the college bunk bed I slept in for an entire year. That was NOT stylish..

These on the other hand are dreamy and perfect.

UpperBottom said...

I love bunk beds!

(Hi! New Twitter follower, by the way.)

You know what else I love? WALPAPER! Way underrated, I think.

Thanks for the beautiful pictures! : )

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Oh what child doesn't want a bunk bed? I know I did as a kid, my girls begged us for them. It goes with the territory of being a kid, I think! I love the images you show, especially Sarah Richardson's I agree. But can a kiddo on the top bunk be trusted not to peel the wallpaper on sleepless, mad at mom nights? LOL. I'm sure whatever you do will be gorgeous!

Cat said...

I adore bunk bed...esp. the ones with a larger bed on the bottom with a twin up top (I don't know why but the asymmetry make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :) )

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