Are you looking to get a bunk bed for your children’s bedroom or some other location? It’s no secret that getting the bunk bed dimensions can be quite difficult for those who haven’t been shopping for them before. There are a lot of bunk bed variations and all of them can be difficult to get right.
That’s why we wrote this article. We did the dirty job and dug out all the bunk bed dimensions as well as other bunk bed variations. If you find fitting the mattress also difficult, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as you’ll be able to fit the right mattress with the bunk bed of choice.
That being said, continue reading through this article to learn more. It’s also suitable for people who don’t know what variations there are and how bigger are bunk bed dimensions compared to their regular mattress sizes. You’ll also learn more about the triple bunk beds as well as loft beds.
If you have more than one child, but live in an apartment with limited space, getting the right bed and fitting it together with other furniture in the room can be challenging and exhausting. With that in mind, bunk beds come as an ideal solution.
Even if you have one child, you can refer to the loft bed and add a desk or toys under it to save more on space. Nevertheless, bunk beds were originally designed for multiple children that need to share their bedroom. However, given that two beds can take quite a lot of space, getting two in one in the shape of a bunk bed seems like the best solution.
4 Types of Bunk Beds (And Dimensions)
As we mentioned above, there are different types of bunk beds. That’s why we decided to list them all together below so that you can have an easier time understanding their differences. Continue scrolling to find the right one for you.
1. Standard Bunk Bed
- 39 x 70-inches. (Twin)
- 40 x 72 (TwinXL)
Standard, classic, or twin bunk bed is designed for twin mattresses and measures 39 x 70-inches. When it comes to the total height of the bunk bed depending on the shape of the frame it can measure up to 63-65 inches in height.
Another name for a standard bunk bed is single-over-single. This type of bunk bed is suitable for two children who are in the age of preschool to elementary school, as that age of children is usually the one to fit in the twin-sized mattresses which were previously designed for children.
On some occasions, depending on the manufacturer, there could be a variation where the bottom bunk bed is perpendicular as opposed to the top bunk. It’s an option some parents consider depending on the size of their bedroom.
Keep in mind that the twin mattresses are smaller compared to the dimensions of the twin frame, which also accounts for the thickness of the wood or metal frame used in manufacturing.
We could make the section for the bunk bed for twin XL mattresses but we decided to keep it here, as these bunk beds can often be varied together in the sense that one bunk is a twin mattress compatible while the other one is compatible with the Twin XL mattress.
All in all, the twin XL mattress is a bit wider compared to the standard twin better at 40 inches, while oftentimes they can boast the same width as the twin mattresses. The height overall of the whole bunk bed package is the same at 63 to 65 inches. However, these beds are longer at 82-inches meaning they are more suitable for older children and teenagers.
What’s also important to note is that regardless of the size, some manufacturers give the option to split up the bed and allow you to use two beds separately. That being said, if your bedroom ever clears up or you move out and your children want to sleep separately, you’ll be able to disassemble the bunk beds and turn them into regular beds.
2. Triple Bunk Beds
Triple bunk beds rarely appear in the standard bedrooms. That’s because most ceilings in regular houses and apartments in the USA don’t extend above 8 feet. They come in standard twin and twin XL dimensions that were detailed above. However, they usually measure 82 inches in height, which may be too high for some ceilings.
Nevertheless, if this bunk bed is suitable for some camp or a door room with a higher ceiling setting, then triple beds are ideal for multiple roommates living together. Additionally, they are also suitable for homes with a higher ceiling.
3. Loft Beds
Loft beds are suitable for children or teenagers that don’t share the room with anyone but want to save as much space as possible. If you get a loft bed, you can save up additional room for the desk, wardrobe, toys, and other furniture in your room.
The dimensions are the same as with the other beds, although height varies according to your preferences. Loft beds are usually Twin or Twin XL beds with a height of between 63 and 70 inches, depending on where your ceiling is.
4. Combination With Queen And King Beds
These are usually made on-demand, in case of parents sleep with their children in a camp room or some kind of a dorm.
When getting these, you should tell your carpenter of choice that you want to combine a queen or king bed that is sized 60 x 80 and 76 x 80 inches respectively, in combination with twin or twin XL bunk bed above. Of course, the carpenter will add a few extra inches so that the mattress will fit into the bed.
What Mattress Height to Use on Bunk Beds?
If you’re buying a mattress for your bunk bed height is important to consider so that sleepers have enough space between the bunks and can sleep without worrying that they will hit their heads in the ceiling. You should consider getting a mattress with a height of 6 to 12 inches. Another thing worth considering is the weight of the mattress to ensure that there is no weight capacity limit being broken.