Great College Dorm Room Bunk Bed Options That Maximize Space and Functionality

Jan 03 2013 0 Comments Tags: Articles

College students who are looking to taste independence may choose to live on campus, which means they will probably have to share a small dorm with one other person. Anyone who’s ever lived in a dorm can attest to the frustrations that come with limited space, but there are ways to minimize the drawbacks and maximize the benefits.

One way to properly maximize limited space is to opt for a wood bunk bed or metal bunk bed to share with a dorm mate; there are twin over twin bunk beds as well as full over full bunk beds to choose from. There are advantages and disadvantages to consider depending on the material. If you are looking to spend less, metal bunk beds may be the ideal option. Since undergraduate college education generally lasts no longer than four years, there’s really no need for a wooden bunk bed, though metal can last just as long with proper use. For college students who desire a more modern look, metal bunk beds can provide the clean and simple design that conveys functionality as well as style.

Wood bunk beds are perfect for students who want a more classic look, which allows for the flexibility to match almost any kind of décor. No matter which stain you choose—whether it’s dark cherry, oak, espresso, pine, ebony, natural maple, antique walnut, caramel latte, and much more—you will find that it will easily blend in, no matter how you or your dorm mate chooses to decorate the dorm. These types of bunk beds are generally more expensive and sturdier than metal bunk beds, which can also come with built-in space saving features that normally don’t come with metal bunk beds.

A great type of bunk bed that’s popular with many college students is the bunk bed with built-in desk. For students who need space to study but don’t have a lot of space, this kind of bunk bed is perfect for maximizing limited room availability so there’s no need to compromise between competing needs.

Another type of bunk bed that combines functionality with space optimization is the bunk bed with drawers. It’s hard enough to fit in one dresser into a dorm, let alone two. A bunk bed with built in drawers is a nice compromise, so students don’t have to sacrifice walking space just to get the storage capacity they need for their clothes and prized possessions.

But what if you’re looking for drawer and studying space, but don’t seem to have space for either? There are bunk beds with built-in drawers and desks, so you can practically kill three birds with one stone. Another unexpected advantage of this type of bunk bed is that they are usually too bottom heavy to tip over, which can be reassuring if you’re the kind of sleeper who tosses and turns often.

For students who want to accommodate the occasional guest, the bunk bed with trundle or bunk bed with futon is a great choice. The trundle allows the accommodation of one occasional overnight guest without permanently using up valuable space, while the bunk bed with futon allows the owner to combine a bed and couch into one piece of furniture.

Because it’s very difficult (to put it mildly) to ask someone you don’t know to share a bunk bed with you, and you want to fit as much furniture into the room without impinging on your dorm mate’s share, the bed bunk with futon may be the best solution. Not only can the futon accommodate the occasional guest, it can also serve as your couch. There are models that include a built-in desk and futon, so you can easily have your study area without compromising your ability to make another person feel at home.

Living in a dorm room is an exercise in frugality in terms of money and living space, which can be a shock to young adults who have yet to learn how to budget. But living within your means and making it work doesn’t have to be more difficult than it has to be—as long as you know all your options, stretching your space and budget is always doable—no matter how seemingly frustrating it may be at the time.

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