Updated: November 2017
Loft Bed Reviews:You may think that a loft bed is the same as a bunk bed, but that is not true. Yes, loft beds have a raised up bed much like those found on bunk beds, but the main difference is that they are open down below. The idea behind the design is to take advantage of all the space in a room and that is partially accomplished by raising up the bed and frame. It's almost like having a bunk bed but with only the top level. Down below you can have a desk, a workstation, TV, a second bed, or play tents. Some bedding stores refer to them as "space efficient" and "fun bedroom decor". Kids love them as they add a childish style to any bedroom. The college loft beds can be more adult in design but still cost efficient. We found loft beds sold in stores like Ikea, Walmart, Target, and online at Amazon.com.
Choosing a Loft Bed - There are several things you need to take into account before purchasing any bed, let alone a loft bed. We have listed them below:
Material - Wood, Metal, and Engineered Wood. We recommend either solid wood or metal frames/structures. Type/Styles - Junior Loft Beds, Study Loft Beds, Loft w/ Trundle, L-Shaped, Kids Loft Beds. The college/study loft beds usually offer a bed and desk combination while the kids loft beds may have slides or tents underneath the elevated bed. Size - Vast majority of beds are Junior Twin or Twin sizes. There are a few that are queen size, but harder to find. Also, measure your usable space as you don't want a low ceiling to get in the way. Price - The basic junior loft beds are $200-$400. Throw in a desk or metal construction and they go from $350 to $500. Add more shelving or storage space and the price shoots up. We saw a few boys/girls loft beds that were themed with tents and cottages that topped out at $1000. Age - At what age is a loft bed appropriate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says no child under 6 should sleep on a top bunk, but keep in mind that some loft beds are much lower in height than a traditional bunk bed (the top level). You will find loft beds separately by age, 6-9(kids), 10-12(Junior loft beds), and 13-19(teen/college age).
A loft bed with desk is a great idea, especially for younger kids that will eventually grow into it. As a parent, I'm not sure I would go with a bed that has a slide, since that could lead to problems. Loft beds with storage are perfect for those that want to have a place to keep toys, clothes, DVDs, etc. You will find themed beds for both boys and girls - Walmart and Target carry some while Loftbedstation.com has a nice selection. Ikea offers a basic loft bed frame for under $100, not the most exciting, but affordable. Loft Bed Reviews - Where should you look for owner reviews? We found a bunch online at Amazon.com - they carry Walker Edison, Canwood, Powell, Bolton, and South Shore furniture brands. You can browse the best selling loft beds online here.