We have come a long way in the shared bedroom department. Gone are the days of basic bunk beds made of a simple structure, who’s sole job was to house two rambunctious children. The nightly arguments alone were enough to rattle the very foundations of a well-constructed bunk. I remember a particularly prickly exchange between my sister and I when she (accidentally she claimed?) wee’d on me from the top bunk (sorry sis I know I promised never to tell, but I need material for this blog post!).
You see, today there are just so many options when it comes to doubling up on beds in a shared bedroom. From spectacularly designed bunk beds to triple bunks with a hidden trundle pull out bed. Kids bed designers know parents require more when it comes to savvy space-saving and storage.
I think my absolute favourite kids bed configuration for a shared bedroom has to be the L shaped bed. Something about it fitting neatly into the corner soothes my brain’s need for perfect symmetry in a bedroom. L shaped beds have opened up a world of interior design ideas that would otherwise be limited by a bunk bed blocking beautifully designed wallpaper or treasured wall art. I would have loved one of these growing up, hey sis?
What is an L Shaped Bed?
An L shaped bed is exactly as it sounds, a bed that is made up of a bunk like structure but with the one bed running horizontally and one running vertically. You can find some exceptional examples of L shaped beds here at Cuckooland (shameless plug over).
L shaped beds don’t stop at a fixed design either. Some clever so-and-sos have created a range of L shaped beds with the bottom bed as a pull out sofa! This means that the bottom bunk bed can be neatly stored and used as a sofa when a bed isn’t required.
Perfect for all Ages
Thanks to the wonderful array of designs, there is an L shaped bed for children of all ages. L shaped beds take into consideration height and safety requirements, making low L shaped beds more suitable for small children and an L shaped high sleeper more suitable for older children and teens. Take a look below at my recommendations of L shaped beds by age –
Toddlers & Small Children
The kids corner beach house bed with bench is perfect for toddlers and small children. This wonderfully designed L shaped bed is low to the floor and features safety rails around the bed area to prevent little ones from tumbling out. The cute design will appeal to small children with big imaginations who love nothing more than a trip to the beach!
Big Boys & Girls
For children who are slightly older, the Oscar triple bunk is a great option. Featuring three beds, this L shaped take on the triple bunk not only features three beds but a wealth of storage too. There’s shelving throughout this structure, drawers to the sides and it even has storage up the staircase to the top bunk!
For teens, an L shaped bed with a loft bed or high sleeper structure is a must. This design features an elevated bed with lots of space underneath. The additional space can often accommodate furniture like desks for studying, small cupboards or a chest of drawers to house books and study aids.
The best thing about an L shaped Bed is that space saving has been a massive consideration in the construction, and it shows. It would be nice to have two single beds in a shared bedroom (god knows this would cut down on the arguments) but for many, space is an issue. In a shared bedroom, it’s not just double the beds, it’s double the furniture items too! So a space saving bed… brilliant.
That’s why L shape beds are an ingenious way of maximising space. Not only do they reduce the floor space needed for beds, but some L shaped beds also feature storage solutions within the frame.
Ideal for Sleepovers
If the kiddies don’t actually have to share a room but are partial to a sleepover or two, the L shaped bed might just be the perfect solution for your social butterfly. Many L shaped beds feature a pull out bed that can be stowed away when not in use, making it a multitasking master.
Hopefully my little musings on L shaped beds has helped you pick the perfect kids bed for your child. As a kids bed expert I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.