December 9, 2010

Lofty adventures

As we contemplate growing our family and someday having kids share a room in our home, I have found myself gravitating towards bunk and loft beds.  I think they really lend a special quality to a kids room because kids love small, cozy, intimate spaces (ever seen any kid pass up playing with a huge cardboard box?).  And I'll admit, I think they're pretty cool as well.

Of course, the closest I ever got to having a cool bunk bed was the loft my grandfather made for me to use in college.  It was essentially a bed with legs with a small ledge you could hoist yourself up to the top with.  It was functional and sturdy…but it was NEVER as cool as these awesome loft and bunk bed styles.

The kid inside of me totally did back flips when I saw this awesome set up.  But the practical adult in me realizes that 1) our ceilings aren't high enough for this concept and 2) our kids would outgrow this well before we'd gotten all of our investment out of it.  Still…I think the concept is pretty fresh and innovative.

For the traditionalist (and if you're only looking to house one kid in the space), there's always this super-cute new option from Pottery Barn Kids.

 

 

Of course, the multi-functional bunk/loft bed isn't a new one.  Look at these ultra suave offerings from back in the 70's.

 …trade out the desks for something a bit more laptop compatible and we have a space saving masterpiece on our hands!
 

 

I was very surprised to find so many different, innovative options out there for bunk/loft beds.  Who knew the great college standby was such a venerable kids-room idea.

Did you have bunk beds when you were a kid?  Would you consider them for your family now?

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(Photos: 1 & 2, 3, 4, 5)

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