Bunk Bed Terminology
The following is a chart defining the commonly used terms relating to Bunk Beds, Loft Beds, and Trundle Beds. The list is by no means exhaustive and is intended as a starting point only. We hope it is helpful when selecting a bed that fits your needs.
Standard Bunk Beds
The Standard Bunk Bed is simply one bed supported over another bed. It yields twice the sleeping space of a single bed. The idea is nearly as old as the bed itself.To see all of our Standard Bunk Bed Plans, click on the image on the right.
Stackable Bunk Beds
The Stackable Bunk Bed separates into two distinct beds. Usually a dowel or pin is used to keep the structure intact while the units are in the stacked position. The top bed generally is lifted off of the bottom and set on the floor.To see all of our Stackable Bunk Bed Plans, click on the image on the right.
Loft Beds or Loft Bunk Bed
Loft Beds are beds elevated from the floor for the purpose of gaining useable space underneath. Loft Beds can dramatically increase the useable floor space in a room. Loft beds are a common in dorm rooms and are gaining popularity in apartments and anywhere where space is at a premium. All of the Loft Bed Plans available on our site contain simple instructions for conversion to a Bunk Bed.To see all of our Loft Bed Plans, click on the image on the right
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This Bunk arrangement consists of a loft bed with a matching twin. The two beds can be positioned in a variety of ways allowing greater flexibility.To see all of our L-Shape Bunk bed Plans, click on the image on the right.
Full-Twin Bunk Bed
This Bunk has a full bed on the bottom with a twin bed on the top. This style is also available as a stackable bed. Stackable and non stacking models are available.To see all of our Standard Bunk bed Plans, click on the image on the right
This arrangement has been around since ancient times as well. Originally referred to in Old English as a "truckle bed" the trundle is actually any small bed on wheels that usually fits beneath a taller bed. It can be stowed away when unoccupied and made ready for use at a moments notice. With the mattress removed, the bed can double as a large drawer for storage of bedding, luggage, off-season clothing, children's train sets or any item that fits.To see all of our Standard Bunk bed Plans, click on the image on the right.