Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
While we’ve investigated nearly every part of the bedtime experience — from the perfect pillows for side and stomach sleepers, the softest (and most cooling) sheets, and minimalist and lofted bed frames — now, we’re digging up the best, most space-saving bunk beds as told by the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best wooden twin bunk bed
“My 4-year-old just loves her beds! She sleeps on the bottom only, but the top is set up as a stuffed-animal reserve. She plays up there with them. Obviously, with a 4-year-old, there are strict rules on the bunks; however, the short stature on these is what sold me. They’re not too scary for this helicopter mom. They are a perfect size for her and will last her for many years to come. They seem quite sturdy (especially for a child), and while I don’t max out the weight limit on top, I prefer to not try my luck on it and rarely go up there. I would recommend these and in fact have to friends. I’m pretty sure my sister will be purchasing these in about a year.”
Best metal twin bunk bed
“Two teenage boys put this together in their apartment. My son is six-foot-five, and they have had no trouble with it so far since September. I found out they didn’t bother to put the little plastic things in the holes for the slats. I’m not very happy about that, but so far it has not affected the bed in any way. They also chose to take the ladder off as it hurt their feet and they didn’t need it. So bottom line. Two college baseball-player boys have not broken this yet.”
Best twin bunk bed with two ladders
“I live in a small apartment in Brooklyn, New York. I wanted to buy a bunk bed for my two kids who share a room together to maximize on the space. Let me tell you that it was one of the best purchases I’ve made on Amazon thus far! The bunk bed was easy to assemble; though time-consuming, but well worth it! The quick lock assembly makes this bed feel much more secure and very sturdy. There has been no squeaking or shakiness on this bunk bed. It feels so well-made.”
Best twin-over-full metal bunk bed
“My boys love their new bunk bed. Spacious. My 5-year-old is like a spider monkey in, on, AND around his tree. And the bed stands strong!!! I like that it allows more light to enter their room because of less wood taking up space on the floor. And it wasn’t hard to put together. Me alone (small housewife), four-and-a-half hours.”
Best twin-over-full wooden bunk bed
“My wife and I finally agreed on a bunk bed for our 4 and 3-year-old daughters after searching for what seemed an eternity. We were sending options back and forth, and just so happened to send this one to each other at the same time. It was perfect. It arrived quickly, and I was pleasantly surprised at the heaviness (indicating to me it was indeed solid, sturdy wood). My wife and I have had some horrid experiences in the past trying to follow instructions and put things together with each other. This bunk bed, however, was something of a miracle. We only yelled at each other once or twice, took one cigarette break, and somehow still managed to put it together in less than two hours. Our girls absolutely love it and so do we.”
Best full-over-full bunk bed
“I bought this bed for my two teenage sons a few months back. They love this bed and so do we! This is not a cheaply made bed that wiggles back and forth, nor is it a bed that you have to worry about the kids being too hard on it. This bed is made to last! It took about an hour to put together and was pretty simple if you are handy with tools.”
Best convertible twin bunk bed
“This bed is perfect for our 8-year-old daughter. We needed a place for her to do homework and hangout with friends and an extra bed for her friends when they stay over! This is a quality product, very sturdy and well worth the price. The color is exactly as I expected, very rich color, and matches our daughter’s other furniture perfectly.”
Best space-saving twin bunk bed
“We are very impressed! I think this is the best combination of price with SOLID value that you can find if you’re looking for a bunk bed! I can’t imagine my kids being able to destroy this thing, and we can probably pass it down to the next generation! The wooden beds are definitely attractive but pricey, and they aren’t as tough as this one. Wood can splinter and crack, but the metal on this is smooth and indestructible. It was also extremely well-packaged, so there was no damage.”
Best bunk bed with trundle
“I was a bit concerned purchasing a bunk bed online. The picture of the bed didn’t do it justice. The picture showed a bed that may not be as sturdy as I would have liked. The bed arrived at my door and my husband put it together. I was so wrong for worrying. The bed is everything I wanted and more. My teenage daughters are so excited and happy with their new bed, which makes me happy.”
Best twin-over-queen bunk bed
“I do not review very many things, so I truly feel this item deserved one. The bed itself is very sturdy and was very easy to assemble. It took a little time to be shipped, but in the end it was well worth the wait. The bottom queen bed is strong enough to support both myself and my wife. There is also plenty of room under it for storage bins (trundle is not included). It is a high-quality piece of furniture.”
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