A Brief History of Bunk Beds

Although no one can actually verify its inception or debut, there’s no denying the fact that bunk beds have been around for many years. Loft beds, futon bunk beds and standard bunk beds, in one form or another, have occupied the bedrooms and hearts of parents and children for generations on end. And with good reason too – because there is nothing quite like the fun and joy that comes with sleeping in a bunk with your best friend or favorite cousin and chatting the night away – when you very well know that you should be sleeping instead.

And while it’s nearly impossible to trace where they actually came from, it seems that we can thank the ancient Egyptians for, at the very least, the idea and the concept of bunk beds. And even though there aren’t any visual pieces of evidence to confirm this, it can be safely assumed that the loft beds of the ancient Egyptians looked drastically different to the modern and comfortable bunkers that we are familiar with and accustomed to today. Having said that, the fact of the matter is that bunk beds have definitely come a long way over the years.

Today’s modern and funky bunk beds come in a whole myriad of designs, shapes, colors and materials. In the early days of the modern and popular bunk bed, you simply would have two boxy, similar shaped and sized bunk beds perched atop one another – a testament to function, if not form. However, if you fast forward through a few decades, today’s commercially available bunks, which are commercially available are equal parts sleeping devices and equal parts works of art. Yes, bunk beds have evolved into not just something that you stick in a bedroom, but a focal point of the home.

There are bunk beds which are made from high-end wood materials such as maple or walnut bunk beds. For other people, they may want something a bit more powerful; hence they look towards purchasing a metallic or iron-based bunk bed. And in addition to the materials used to construct these beds, they are also infused with splashes of colors and personality. Cherry colored, bright white, dark blue, black, silver and other hues and tones are now readily available for people to purchase and place in their children’s bedrooms. That is, without a shadow of a doubt, a far cry from the beds that the ancient Egyptians first came up with all those years ago.

Another advancement of bunk beds is the form that bunks today now can take. Yes, conventional twin above twin bunk beds are still available, but now, you can get twin above full bunk beds too. These are bunk beds that have a full-sized bed at the bottom, and a simple twin-bed sitting on top of it. Today’s bunk beds now serve a much greater purpose than simply providing a location in which to sleep – now they serve as space savers and decorative home pieces too. However, no matter what style, form or shape bunk beds take – and will take in the future – there’s still one aspect that will always remain – and that’s the pure joy and fun that bunk beds can provide on a nightly basis.

No matter how bunk beds will look in the future, there’s still something to calling the top bunk, then racing up the ladder and sitting up high in the sky (or, at least, it feels that way to a child). Now, nobody knows if the ancient Egyptians enjoyed racing up a ladder and calling the top bunk, but even if they didn’t – they at least started something that has lasted just as long as all those pyramids they built.