I love bunk beds. But as a child, my brother and I never got to share one. We had those drab, wooden rectangular ones with same-sized head board and foot board for a bed. Lined up against each wall with three foot walking space in between. You get the picture, don’t you? But those were the early 80’s and, in a small town like ours, bunk beds were unheard of.

I relived my dream when I recently went shopping for a functional bunk bed for my two-year-old son. His space-challenged room cannot accommodate another single bed for a sibling in the future. Safety, design, cost, storage, and size figured on my list of priorities, in the same order. It didn’t take long to realize that design and cost didn’t go well together. Most beds I liked were too big and upwards of Rs. 40,000. Though a Noddy themed or Formula 1 themed bed sounded cool for his age now, I was pretty sure he would find it a bit awkward to sleep in one as a 5 year old or feel really uncool to call his friends over to his room.

I had almost made up my mind to get one made when I came across this at a store nearby for Rs.15,000. The frame is made of rubber wood. In most bunk beds, the lower half does not have a protective barricade as it is assumed kids old enough to keep themselves within the bed sleep down. It was so not to be in my case. I wanted a protective barrier which no store was ready to customize. This one agreed to and I got the piece finally for Rs. 16,000. The bed measures 3 feet in width and 6.25 feet in length.

Rubber wood Bunk Bed
Rubber wood Bunk Bed

What I liked: Can be assembled using a single Allen key. Completely detachable.
What I didn’t like: No storage. Plain design. I plan to jazz it up a bit by painting Noddy characters on the headboard and foot board. A DIY project is waiting to take off…

This post is a roundup of some nice beds I came across in Bangalore, India. Next week, I intend to feature some great designs from around the world if you intend to have your carpenter make one.

Bunk Beds from @ home

But I liked the Formula 1 series in Home Town better. (They don’t have a website. How strange in today’s times!). Most beds of this kind are made from MDF with lamination.

What I liked: The storage space in the first one. In some versions, it becomes a three-tier bed with the lowest one doubling up as a bed and storage, which can be neatly slid in.

What I didn’t like: Price. Beds such as these are in the range of Rs.30,000-Rs.40,000. Wait for the sale time. I’ve observed prices coming down by over 50% which makes it affordable. It’s easy to get bored of such bright colors or themes too soon and then one doesn’t have an option to change. The breadth is over 4.5 ft which makes it huge giving a bulky feel to a modest size kids’ room.

I’ve saved the best for the last – my personal favorites. It’s tough to pick just one or two; all of them are so lovely. I am biased towards bright colors.

Bunk bed
Bunk bed
Bunk bed
Bunk bed

Image Courtesy:

1. @ Home
2. Ebony Gautier

19 Comments

  1. Sigh!!! It’s precisely to be able to sleep in such bunk-beds that I want to become a child again!! :)

  2. laksh

    Totally with you on this one! How I wish! But you know what, more often than not, I sneak in to my son’s bed to make up for those lost moments.

  3. No no no. There are beds for 25 K as well. childspace.in
    I bought my daughters bunk bed there and it’s gorgeous.

    As for the railing down, why I just used an add – on , one that slips under the mattress, Mothercare does a drop down one (very useful, so the child can use the bed for seating/playing) during the day.

    The store also provides an extra add on (made of metal) for 1K.

    Try and visit the store, it’s so worth it.

  4. laksh

    Oh yes, I’m aware of childspace (actually childspace.co.in). I was going to feature their products as well here. They are a regular in Saturday Times ad space. What theme did you go in for? I’m sure both the kids would love your choice.

    My budget including the mattress was 20K or less.

    I didn’t notice the detachable railing in Mothercare. Thanks for the tip. It must have been handy. Sigh! Too late now.

  5. Oh ok. But I must say I like the wooden finish too, something quaint and rustic about it. I got a white one, with yellow and pink on it. It was bought a few weeks before baby#2 or I’d have gotten an all pink one :p

  6. you bought yours from @ home? On the marthahalli ring road?

    poppy – you bought online? or at the store? store is on langford road, no? d sleeps on the top bunk?

    we are contemplating one…

    thanks…
    d

  7. ok thanks – we bought a futon from oak and oak, they have some nice stuff…

  8. D – we ought to talk more often offline :p

    Yes I bought mine at the store. D does not sleep on top, I think only a child 6 or above could, I would be nervous putting an almost 4 year old up there.

    She sleeps down and N sleeps in the crib. When N is three, she will graduate to the lower bunk bed and D will graduate to the upper. Atleast that’s what I hope.

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  10. Hi,

    I am in similar need as you.(lower half should have a protective barricade). Can you let me know where did you get this done?

    Thanks in advance,
    Regards,
    Angela

  11. laksh

    It’s from a shop called Oak n Oak in Bangalore. They have about 3 outlets across the city.

  12. prasanna

    i am searching for a bunk bed in the range of 15000-20000rs in Hyderabad , pls help

  13. These ares super awesome.. sad that we din’t have this when we were kids :(

  14. Hi Lakshmi,
    Can you share the location/website details for Oak and Oak. We are looking for a bunk bed for N and I would like to see some options in wood other than the regular duco and character bunk beds.
    Thanks,
    Simran

  15. laksh

    Haveyou checked Child Space – http://www.childspace.co.in/ ? On the Marathahalli ring road – just before Dhaba.

    Oak n Oak is now called Royal Oak (http://www.royaloakindia.com/) and they have outlets at many places. The one I took from was below the marathahalli railway bridge – the Marathahalli side of Purva Fountainsquare.

  16. I found some interesting stuff on pepperfry.com though don't know whether pricing is correct! help

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