What Is a Loft Bed?
A loft bed is simply a bed elevated some distance above the floor. A loft bed differs from a bunk bed in that there is only a single bed above the floor, while there may be anything from empty space to a desk underneath. In a bunk bed, there are two or more beds stacked on the single frame. Loft beds and bunk beds share the same goal of freeing up floor space by lifting at least one bed well off the floor. There are rare configurations where two beds are elevated off the floor while a futon or couch sits underneath. In general, a loft bed has a desk, workstation, couch or storage under the top bunk.
List of Top 10 Best Loft Beds in 2018
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- List of Top 10 Best Loft Beds in 2018
- #10. Little Seeds Brand Rowan Valley Forest Loft Bed
- #9. Donco Kids Brand Low Study Loft Bed, Model 760W
- #8. Acme Furniture Brand Freya Loft Bed with Bookcase Ladder
- #7. DHP Studio Brand Loft Bed with Desk and Bookcase
- #6. We Furniture Brand Metal Loft Bed
- #5. DHP Brand Simple Silver Twin Loft Bed
- #4. DHP Junior Brand Loft Bed with Ladder
- #3. Coaster Home Loft Bed with Workstation, Model 460023
- #2. Your Zone Brand Metal Loft Twin Bed
- #1. Coaster Home Furnishings Brand Loft Bed
- Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Loft Bed
#10. Little Seeds Brand Rowan Valley Forest Loft Bed
We recognize that many of those shopping for loft beds are parents. This stylish loft bed is designed with a house shaped outline that goes in the front of the mattress, serving as a supplement to the sturdy bedrail. The relatively low loft bed has a child-friendly step to help your child get in and out of bed unassisted. The frame and canopy turns the bed into a de facto play house. It is available in black and white and shades of gray. The bed is far enough above the ground to let you store boxes underneath it.
The challenge is assembling it on your own. And you pay a modest sum for this loft bed/playhouse combo. Furthermore, you need to be careful that your child won’t toss and turn until they fall out, because this loft bed is no substitute for a crib.
#9. Donco Kids Brand Low Study Loft Bed, Model 760W
This loft bed is designed to free up as much floor space as possible in preschooler or early elementary school aged child. The loft bed lifts the child up off the floor, but the sturdy loft bed has a built-in ladder on the side. A full set of dresser drawers and book case fit under the bed. And at one end, you can pull out a desk to work on homework or draw. This desk won’t suit the average college student, but the ability to pull it out and work on school work before putting it away to free up floor space will make it attractive to parents.
You will pay a premium for all of this furniture in one compact unit. Assembly will take time.
#8. Acme Furniture Brand Freya Loft Bed with Bookcase Ladder
We recognize that not everyone has the agility to climb a ladder, whether they’re going to bed or getting up in the morning. That’s why we’ve put a twin sized loft bed with a full set of steps on our list. The space saving intent of the loft bed carries over to this ladder, since there is a book case built into it. There is a set of drawers built into one of the legs, and there is another set of shelves in the second set of supports. The long shelf on the opposite side from the stairs can be used as a basic desk. The entire set up provides enough space to put a twin bed perpendicular to the loft bed’s mattress.
The only downside to this unit is the price tag. The manufacturer explicitly states this is designed for children between 6 and 12, so it isn’t going to be large enough for college students who need something similar for a dorm room.
#7. DHP Studio Brand Loft Bed with Desk and Bookcase
This is one of those loft beds that tries to give you everything. There’s a basic loft bed with minimalist shelves on one side and a modest desk on the other. There is a ladder in front of the loft bed alongside the book case. It is an affordable unit given the fact it is three in one. You could set this up in a kid’s bedroom and only need a dresser to be done with it.
One downside of this model is the complexity of setting it up. You may pay half again the price of the bed to have it assembled by experts.
#6. We Furniture Brand Metal Loft Bed
This is an affordable, basic metal loft bed. It made our list because of how much space it has below the bed frame and the safety ladders built into each side of the bed frame. You can pay extra for a version with a wide, sturdy workstation.
The assembled bed is nearly 80” long and 70” tall. This makes it comfortable for all but the tallest users, while you can comfortable sit in a chair underneath the loft. This model is easy to assemble.
The only reason this loft bed doesn’t rank number one is that it sometimes shakes as people get in and out of the bed, though it is safe to use. It can move a little when the sleeper tosses and turns, as well. There are complaints that the sets ship without all the hardware, though that’s separate from the shaking.
#5. DHP Brand Simple Silver Twin Loft Bed
This classically designed metal loft bed is made for a standard twin bed on the top. Whether you’re getting this loft bed for children or a college student, the ladder that comes with it is appreciated. The 13” guard rails across the top make this one of the safer loft beds on the market.
The loft bed is reasonably priced. The space under the mattress is wide open.
This loft bed didn’t rank higher on our list due to challenges in assembly. It can be hard to get all of the holes to line up so you can screw everything together. The bed can be noisy when you move in bed, even when it is fully assembled.
#4. DHP Junior Brand Loft Bed with Ladder
There are times we want a loft bed that frees up floor space but don’t want the kids sleeping right under the ceiling. The DHP Junior brand loft bed is perfect for this demographic. It is far enough above the ground that a child could have a play space, toy box, dressers or other furniture under the bed but won’t get severely hurt if they fall out. Yet this loft bed has a full set of guard rails and ladder to minimize the risk of injuries. The loft bed is relatively cheap. It is easy to assemble.
The only strike against this loft bed is the fact that it doesn’t last more than a few years.
#3. Coaster Home Loft Bed with Workstation, Model 460023
We mentioned earlier that a popular reason for installing a loft bed is to give someone in a cramped room, such as a dorm room, plenty of space. This loft bed is designed with a built-in workstation you can use as a computer workstation or personal office. The wide desk runs the whole length of the bed frame. That makes this Coaster Home loft bed perfect for students living in a dorm or adults who want a comfortable office space despite a lack of floor space.
It is rugged, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Why isn’t it number one on our list? It is almost perfect except for the lack of a smooth entry point into the bed. Know that because it contains the workstation, it will take more time to assemble than minimalist loft beds.
#2. Your Zone Brand Metal Loft Twin Bed
The main reason this loft bed ranks so high on our list is the fact that it can support up to 225 pounds. Many loft beds can support children and teens, but this one is safe for most adults to use. It has basic guide rails around the bed and a ladder to match.
This loft bed is affordably priced. It is light enough that it can be moved as necessary. You have about five feet of clearance under the loft bed.
The only potential concern is that the bolts screw into plastic threads. If the bed is often shaken – whether because the user tosses and turns or children jump up and down on it a lot – that could cause the nuts and bolts to come out.
#1. Coaster Home Furnishings Brand Loft Bed
This loft bed is a versatile work of art. The rich brown pine wood will make this loft bed a future antique. The top bed is so well supported that no “bunking board” is required.
The loft bed can separate into two distinct twin beds if desired. The bottom level can be turned into a seating area complete with two cushioned seats and a table. This set comes with the cushions.
One potential issue for buyers is the sheer weight of the set. It weighs several hundred pounds. Some potential buyers may find this makes it too hard to assemble on their own.
Once you understand what you want to get out of a loft bed, whether it is freeing up floor space to simply live in or consolidating several pieces of furniture into one, you will be able to find a loft bed that serves your needs.