Low bunk beds with stairs come in a whole host of designs, but one of the most versatile is a modern and clean-lined look. The majority of bunk beds are built in this style, as children's bedrooms tend to have a contemporary look with a theme. However, if you do want a bunk bed with texture, Jessica Davis recommends a bed with paneling. Simple and sophisticated without being overbearing for a small space, a paneled bed will bring depth to the space around it. Another cool design for a bunk bed is wood with a ribbed pattern. This will lend your bed more of a rustic look and could even be used to transform a bedroom into a pirate paradise. Either way, keeping things on the simple side allows you to get creative with your other décor.
We recommend white as the best color for a low bunk bed with stairs. Per Courtney McLeod, white is an ideal choice for a small or large room, as it naturally brightens up a space. It will also go with bright, neutral, or dark bedding, so you're not stuck with one color scheme. Pastel blue and pastel pink are also good choices, as they will have a similar brightening effect without looking overly dull. Darker wood shades like mahogany can make a room appear more old-fashioned as well as closed-in, so we recommend leaving darker colors for larger rooms.
One of the best things about a low bunk bed with stairs is the potential beneath the bed area. While some bunk beds do include a second bunk below, most come with a free space instead that you can make your own. Alyssa Kapito recommends looking for a bunk bed with at least 50 inches of free space underneath. You can use this space as a studying space with a desk or place a chest of drawers underneath for clothing storage. A bunk bed is a great option for smaller rooms due to this very reason, as free extra space is rare in smaller bedrooms.
One of the main things we looked out for when reviewing low bunk beds was whether any additional storage was included. This storage could be built into the side of the bunk bed, like a bookcase, or elsewhere. Another common place for storage within bunk beds with stairs is within the stairs. Sometimes these drawers pull out at the front, but mostly they are designed in a lift-top style. As stairs for children's beds tend to be quite deep, you can store a lot of items out of sight for a clean and uncluttered look. Sometimes, if a low bunk bed has a platform-style base, drawers are built into the base instead.
Children love additional features that they can access themselves, and the main additional feature found in a low bunk bed is a slide. Usually built into the opposite side of the bed from the stairs, your child can use the stairs to go up and the slide to come down. A slide is a great way to introduce fun to a bedroom and won't take up too much extra room. Plus, you won't have to worry about it going unused as your child gets older, as most bunk beds allow you to dismantle the slide separately from the rest of the bed.