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.
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.
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.
1. @ Home
2. Ebony Gautier