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Differences Between Bunk Beds and Loft Beds

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What is the Difference Between a Bunk Bed and a Loft Bed?

Merlot Bunk Bed Twin Over Full Staircase

Color: Merlot
Mattress Size: Twin over Full Mattress Height: 8”
Material: Solid Pine Dimensions: 98.5 x 56.5 x 63”H

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Bunk beds and loft beds are often thought of when considering a functional space saving addition to the home. However, the question continues to come up; what is the difference between a bunk bed and a loft bed? The answer is kind of like the square or rectangle question; a square is always a rectangle but a rectangle is not always a square. Loft beds are bunk beds but bunk beds are not always loft beds.

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Bunk Beds and Loft Beds
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Loft beds have frames for one mattress, usually on the top and then space for extra features below. Loft beds usually have a built-in desk (sometimes called desk beds), under the bed storage and built-in shelving. Typical modern bunk beds feature these as well but also maintain a second mattress and even a pull-out bed or “trundle bed”. However, the second mattress means that features such as the built-in desk bed, under the bed storage and built-in shelving are different in design and often a little more minimal.

The line between a typical modern bunk bed and a loft bed is blurring as these new bunk beds hit the market. But the key difference is the one verses two mattress design. Loft beds are designed to the ultimate space saving a functional bunk bed solution. Traditional bunk beds are designed for provide maximum sleeping space.

So if you are an individual seeking maximum room efficiency, go with a loft bed design. The only piece of furniture you will need will be the loft bed itself. The loft bed will also provide more workspace than a typical bunk bed.

However, if you are looking to provide extra beds for a growing household then a traditional bunk bed with modern features will be the best solution. Adding on the under the bed storage, built-in shelving and a trundle bed will maximize room utility.

Now that you know the difference between a bunk bed and a loft bed we hope you find the best solution for your personal needs. Buying directly, whichever option you choose, will save you money. Using a manufacturer like Factorybunkbeds.com will allow you to avoid the retail mark up prices in most furniture stores.