One of the best ways to save space when purchasing multiple kids beds is to opt for a bunk bed configuration. This configuration usually consists of one bed stacked above another, but there are actually several bunk bed variations that work for kids.
Do you have two children of similar ages? => Twin Over Twin
The most common bunk bed, a twin over twin, is designed for two children of similar sizes or ages, and consists of one twin bed on the top bunk and another twin bed on the bottom bunk. This configuration works for many families and as an added bonus, when the time comes to upgrade, you can use the two twin mattresses to form a king.
Is one child a bit older than the other? => Twin Over Full
Another option when purchasing bunk beds in the twin over full. In this configuration, the top bunk is a twin mattress, while the bottom bunk is a slightly larger full mattress. This design works best when there is an older or larger child sharing the room with a smaller sibling. An important note for this option is that the top bunk will be the smaller bed, so it is important that the younger or smaller child be comfortable safely climbing a ladder to their bed.
Are you looking for a bunk bed that fits a couple of teenagers? => Full Over Full
The largest option for bunk beds is the full over full, which consists of a full mattress on the top bunk, and an equally sized full mattress on the bottom bunk. These are best for older children that need the added space, but it's important to note that with added sleeping space, there is also added used space in the room, as the full over full configuration uses 40% more space than the twin over twin.
Is the room used for entertainment as well as sleep? => Futon Bunk Bed
Futon bunk beds have a twin mattress on the top bunk and a convertible futon mattress on the bottom bunk. The futon mattress on the bottom bunk can be set to a 90-degree angle and used as a couch for watching television or playing games. Later, the futon mattress can be laid down to be a secondary bed in the room. If two kids are sharing a room, and spend a lot of time in their room in front of a TV, a futon bunk bed may be the best kids bed to choose.