What is a Bunk Bed Desk?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

A bunk bed desk is a piece of furniture that is made up of a loft bed with a desk that fits underneath it. This sort of bed is often used in children's bedrooms, bedrooms for teenagers, and dorm rooms. The purpose of a bunk bed desk is to save on space. Because the desk fits under the bed, both pieces of furniture take up the same square footage and leave room for other pieces of furniture. This is especially useful in rooms that have more than one occupant, such as siblings or roommates.

Man with hands on his hips
Man with hands on his hips

This kind of furniture, unlike other bunk beds, only has one mattress. Where the lower mattress would fit on a traditional bunk bed, there is a desk. The bunk bed desk is sometimes used by adults who live in small houses or apartments.

In many growing cities, as price per square footage increases, people try to find more and more ways to live comfortably in smaller spaces. In fact, there are entire magazines and blogs dedicated to living in small apartments. A bunk bed desk is the kind of space-efficient furniture that people living in small spaces often purchase in order to live as comfortably as possible in the space that is available to them.

Some people choose to live in small spaces for environmental purposes. The smaller a living space is, the less energy it takes to heat, cool, and light the interior. For this reason, some environmentalists who are serious about reducing their energy use and environmental impact choose to live in small spaces. Space-efficient furniture like the bunk bed desk is perfect for such living spaces.

There are a number of companies that sell bunk bed desks. There are a number of different models, but almost all of them follow the same basic pattern with the mattress up top and the desk underneath. The height of the bed often shifts depending on the intended user. A bunk bed desk for an adult, for example, has a much higher mattress than a bunk bed desk for a child.

There is one variation that is also a bit common. This includes a bed that is like a high day bed that has a desk that rolls underneath one end of the bed. The desk can be entirely out of sight when not in use. This kind of desk is usually smaller than the kind that fits under a lofted bed.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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