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 compelling.
We’re sort of obsessed with what you need for a perfect night’s rest, including minimalist bed frames that’ll run you less than a grand, the best mattresses-in-a-box, and the comfiest (and most cooling) bedsheets. Here, we’ve searched high and low for the best loft beds — for kids and grown-ups alike — available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best full-size loft bed
“This frame has suited perfectly the needs of two 20-somethings living in a downtown studio. Like many studios, ours featured a walk-in closet that we turned into our ‘master bedroom.’ This frame fits so perfectly in the space that it almost seems custom-built. Also, since it’s impossible for us to fall off the bed, we’ve used a 12-inch memory-foam mattress. The bed is a tank. The 300 pounds weight limit is probably a liability thing. Sleeps myself, an Army veteran at six-one and 200 pounds, and my girlfriend at five-foot-11 and 150 pounds, and it really doesn’t move at all unless you’re climbing up or down.”
Best full-size loft bed with a desk and shelves
“I have had this bed for well over a month now, and I didn’t review it immediately because I wanted to be able to experience the product and know it better before reviewing. I love this bed! The construction is GREAT, very sturdy. The metal is SOLID, very well designed, and the desk is heavy, sturdy, and does NOT bow at all, even if I prop my legs up on it. The slat-type loft base is solid, and I can literally hang from the bars of it and it doesn’t budge. Basically, this bed is perfect.”
Best twin-size loft bed
“This was a Christmas present for my daughter, and she loves it. It has been up for a few months and there have been no issues, even with a couple of slumber parties. The bed is sturdier than I thought it would be, and stable. As far as putting it together, two people are better than one, but one person could probably do it. The instructions were great — we had no problems following them. It took us about an hour to assemble, so all in all, not too bad.”
Best twin-size wooden loft bed
“I looked for about two months for a loft bed for my 12-year-old son. His room is small and limited on space, so a loft bed was a must as he is growing older. I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, but still wanted a nice and sturdy loft bed. This meet all our needs and then some. It was simple, quick, and easy to assemble. Once together, the bed is very sturdy and nice. It is tall, so there is a lot of room under the bed. It’s perfect for my son, he can even sit up in bed. Great buy!”
Best twin-size loft bed with a desk
“Had absolutely no problem putting this together and all the necessary parts were there! Well, hubby actually put it together, but I offered the moral support. Heard less cursing than I expected and the bed is just as advertised and what we expected. It’s also extremely sturdy. We went with this one because it wasn’t as close to our ceiling as the others. I was also concerned that the ladder would ‘stick out’ too far and take up needless room in the bedroom, but nope, not a problem there, either! Overall, very happy.”
Best kids’ loft bed
“I searched for months to find a simple, well-made loft bed for my 4-year-old. We wanted something that was lower to the ground, to avoid any serious injuries. So far my daughters (ages 4 and 1) LOVE this bed, and all of our guests ask about it. It’s a fun, cute little bed — and you can’t go wrong for the price. I also believe that it will be suitable for a child up to age 10 because it doesn’t look overly childish.”
Best kids’ loft bed with slide
“This bed is too cute! Fits great in my daughters’ room. Love that it is a smaller bunk bed. Only con to this bed is that the slide is metal and can be quite loud if your kids think it is funny to kick their feet on it, haha! I also read a lot of people worrying if the slide was too short. It is the perfect length for my 2- and 4-year-old, actually longer than I expected it to be.”
Best kids’ loft bed with storage stairs
“I bought this bed for my son for his new ‘big-boy bed.’ We love it. It is the perfect height for my wife and I to tuck him in without having to climb up the bed like you would have to with a traditional bunk bed, and it isn’t too high that if he were to fall or jump (most likely) off the bed, that he could hurt himself. It seems to be very sturdy and will last a long time, even with my rough and rowdy 3-year-old son. The bottom part is a pull-out drawer, and we used that to put his cars and airplanes in, and the top part is a swing-out cabinet that we put a little storage bin with some Lincoln Logs in. Perfect for toy storage.”
Best kids’ wooden loft bed with shelves and drawers
“This is one of the sturdiest pieces of prefab furniture I have EVER purchased. I love the color, love the versatility of the pieces, love the design. I even set it up 100 percent by myself while pregnant! Be prepared for sore hands from all the Allen wrench work, but also be prepared for this furniture to last what I expect to be a lifetime! We’re going on six months of having it set up and in use by our almost-3-year-old and have not had a single problem.”
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