School is almost out and many of us will soon be sending our kids off to summer camp. Almost everyone has fond memories a camp’s musty wooden bunk house as a haven for fun, giggles, a few mosquitoes and very little sleep. Simple cabins do have their rustic charm. But did you ever wonder how they might look if an interior designer was brought into the mix? The answer is simple – the group sleeping situation gets kicked up a notch! Not only is the fun factor increased with creative bed design, but functionality and space planning are also professionally addressed. If you’ve got children, or summer house guests on the way, a bunk room is a wonderful way to create special accommodations that can comfortably fit the most people in the least amount of space. Vacation homes, lake side retreats, ski or beach houses and even a bonus room in your primary residence can benefit from the bunk house concept.
Built-in beds are a designer’s secret way of maximizing floor space in a bedroom. Stacking the beds and going vertical clearly gets a couple extra mattresses into the room. If you take it a step further and build the bunks right into the space, you can get all sort of added benefits – like bookcases, dressers, little storage nooks, and shallow drawers underneath for bedding. Plus, built-in bunks just look cool! Depending on the home’s location, you might want to add distinctive features like rope ladders, or suspended beds, portholes or individual bedside lighting that reflects the woodsy or seaside locale.
To give everyone a bit of privacy, you can outfit each bed space with its own curtain to be drawn whenever someone needs a bit of space. While bunk rooms aren’t necessarily a grown-up’s idea of luxury accommodations, these cozy nooks will still satisfy the child in us all. There’s something about having an dedicated “sleepover” space that makes time together with family and friends even more special.
Take a look at these amazing bunk rooms. Makes you want to sign up for summer camp again, doesn’t it?! Well, an interior designer’s version of summer camp anyway.