For children, a built-in bunk bed is not just a place to sleepâ€”it’s a hideaway from adults and a nook to share with a sibling or friend. An ideal addition to a family summer house, the built-in bunk is also a space saver. For practical types and dreamers alike, here are 24 memorable examples.
Above: Bunks in a Danish summer house designed by JVA Architects via Archdaily.
Above: Striped linens on a tidy quartet of bunk beds in the Hamptons summer house of Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu. Photograph by Eric Striffler for the New York Times.
Above: Bunk with built-in storage in a Palm Beach cottage featured on Home Life.
Above: Built-in bunk beds in a Shelter Island summer house designed by Wettling Architects. The room was the winner of the Best Professional Children’s Space in last year’s Remodelista Considered Design Awards. (Stay tuned to cast your vote later this month for the 2014 Considered Design Awards.)
Above: Rope ladders lead to bunks facing one another in a beach house designed by McAlpine Tankersley. Learn where to source the ladders in our recent Design Sleuth: Nautical Rope Bunk Bed Ladder.
Above: Wooden bunks in the Auckland, New Zealand, house of architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner, Melissa Schollum. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds for Dwell Magazine.
Above: Bunk beds with built-in shelves in the London home of Anita Kaushal, designer and author of The Family at Home.
Above: Platform beds and slatted bunk from our post 10 Favorites: Creative Beds for Children.
Above: A wall of built-in bunk beds in a bedroom designed by Lisa Sherry via Lonny Magazine.
Above: Four bunk beds in a tight space in the home of designer Justine-Hugh Jones, in Sydney, Australia.
Above: A twin and queen bunk bed, a combo that works well for growing teens; design by Orrick & Company of Greenwich, CT.
Above: Corner bunks at Alys Beach in Florida.
Above: Dramatic built-in bunk beds in a Moscow loft designed by Ruetemple Architects; photograph via Archdaily.
Above: Bunk beds in a 540-square-foot Oregon cottage owned by designer Jessica Helgerson, from our post A Scandinavian Cottage in Portlandia.
Above: All-white wooden bunk beds in a cottage featured on My Scandinavian Retreat.
Above: A bunk bed box built into the wall. Photograph from our post 10 Favorites: Creative Beds for Children.
Above: Bunks with a rope ladder in the San Francisco home of interior designer Susan Greenleaf via Lonny Magazine.
Above: A rustic streamlined built-in bunk at the Berge inn in Aschau, in southern Germany, from our post Berge by Nils Holger Moorman.
For more of our favorite children’s spaces, see 10 Children’s Swings for Indoor Play and 15 Radical Kids’ Climbing and Sliding Spaces. Ready to shop for a set of freestanding bunk beds? See 10 Easy Pieces: Bunk Beds for Kids Rooms. On Gardenista, have a look at An Architect-Designed Playroom in a 1908 Garage.