Futon bunk beds

My aim here is to bring all the futon bunk beds available in the UK into one place to help you choose the perfect one for you.

Beds last updated 24 September 2012.


April 30, 2011 | Posted in: Products | Comments Closed

Hyder Alaska Futon Bunk Bed

The Hyder Alaska futon bunk bed seems to be one of the most popular models that people look to buy. Its attractive and stylish design and many features set it out from the others.

Hyder Alaska Futon Bunk Bed

In its bunk bed configuration, it features a ‘swimming pool’ style ladder with hardwood steps. This can be attached in four positions on the bed to suit the arrangement of your room and whether you feel more comfortable having them near your head or your feet. The pleasant silver effect tubular metal construction is sturdy and strong, and the bed uses wooden slats to increase the comfort. Often much quieter than metal-sprung construction to sleep on too!

The Hyder Alaska can also be used as a separate single bed and sofa if you ever move house to somewhere more spacious.

Multiple futon colours are available from the manufacturer: purple, navy blue, cream, lilac, lime green, bottle green, black, beige, terracotta and red. Please note that most retailers are unlikely to carry the full range of colours purely as this is such a niche item!

A detachable drinks table that fastens onto the side of the bed is also available. This would also be very handy for a mobile phone or glasses.

For those that need measurements, its size is:  L 201 cm x W 94.5 cm x H 166 cm

January 13, 2012 | Posted in: Products | Comments Closed

What would you like to see?

You may have noticed that I’ve recently found a few more merchants to add to the site, and have put them in the box on the front page. This obviously benefits you as someone looking to buy a futon bunk bed by showing you as many internet retailers in one place, so you can compare before you make your purchase.

However, it’s never been my intention to solely be a price comparison site for futon bunk beds as that would be rather mundane. I’ve tried to add useful posts but given the nature of the product I cannot possibly review all the beds on offer. That would be madness! I do intend to give my thoughts on the design of each at some point in the future but now is your chance to tell me what else you want from this website. Or does it already satisfy your needs? Do you want a section where you can add your own reviews on a bed if you’ve bought one? Do you want a question and answer section or maybe some kind of discussion area?

Hopefully some of you have found this site useful so far. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to use the contact form!

Futon bunk bed maintenance

The upkeep and maintenance of a futon bunk bed is nothing to be concerned about.

Despite being modelled on the traditional Japanese futon which requires regular airing in sunlight due to its natural fibre filling, the Western version needs no different treatment to that of a normal mattress. Regular turning of the upper mattress as you would with a normal bed will suffice. Depending on the level of usage of the lower futon mattress, you could likely get away with simply turning that on occasion and washing the cover as and when required.

The mechanism is designed for longevity so the only likely maintenance required is perhaps some lubrication, if even that.

Very little to worry about so you needn’t be concerned that it needs to be treated differently to any other kind of bed.

Styles of futon bunk beds

The futon bunk beds currently available can be divided into two main styles: metal or wooden. The vast majority that are available today are metal framed ones as this construction lends itself to ease of assembly if supplied ‘flat pack’.

These are usually made from powder-coated steel frames which gives a rust-resistant finish, and a modern styling that fits in well with the majority of bedroom furniture currently available.

The rarer wooden framed ones usually still have a metal action to provide smooth movement of the futon (read: easier to use!) but will suit a more traditional set of furniture. This type would be more suited to a permanent guest bedroom than student halls (for example), as the metal construction will be more forgiving of the need to take it apart if moving house.

Futon bunk beds for university students

When you go off to university in the UK, most students end up living in university accommodation for their first year. This will either be individual rooms in halls of residence or sharing a self-catering flat. Most residences come furnished but as you only really have a single room to call your own, it makes sense to make the most of the space available.

Given the importance of the social aspect during these college years, the ability to provide somewhere for friends to stay after a night out or simply somewhere for several people to hang out comfortably will benefit the student endlessly. Providing an excellent way to utilise the reduced amount of space, a futon bunk bed could prove invaluable.

Considering the majority available are made of powder-coated steel, they would fit in well with the IKEA-style decor favoured by many in this age-group. They are also easily complemented with cushions or a throw to adjust to new tastes or surroundings.

Futon bunk beds for children

Futon bunk beds are ideal for kids. There are multiple benefits and as such make a great purchase if you have a small child. It’s the kind of bed that will stay relevant as they age too.

Children often want their friends round for a ‘sleepover’ and for families with minimal space these can provide¬† a way of fitting more into a small room. There is also the added fun aspect of the ‘tree house’ or ‘king of the castle’ effect with the child being able to look down over their room.

As the child gets older, even into their teens, the sofa configuration of the futon becomes more important as it gives them somewhere to relax in their own space. Perhaps for watching television or playing computer games and the space can also be shared with their friends.

It’s an investment that suits all ages of both girls and boys, and not only will it be fun for the child but beneficial to you too.

What is a futon bunk bed?

Though an increasingly popular style, many retailers only seem to stock one or two models. This has the knock-on effect of a lack of awareness about futon bunk beds, despite the possibility that it would suit many people’s needs.

The basic design is simple enough: a bunk bed with a folding futon at the bottom instead of another bed. This enables its use as a sofa during the day then being easily converted into a double bed if needed at night. This brightly coloured example shows the futon in the bed position in a child’s room.

The design is a variation on the loft bed and is ideal for children or in your guest bedroom.

Why a blog on futon bunk beds?

It may seem odd to some but everyone’s got their idiosyncrasies. Ever since I was a child I’ve always admired the bunk bed style but thought two single beds on top of each other was wasting the idea somewhat.

I’ve seen quite a few variations on the theme. A particular favourite was someone who had simply slotted the legs of a double bed into some scaffolding poles and cross-braced them to stabilise it. I thought it might be a little unstable but attempting to move it, even slightly, proved otherwise.

In my student years, trying to live in one room meant coming up with some ingenious seating and sleeping arrangements. Next to my bed was a large wide cupboard above the staircase. This was conveniently about the same width as the length of a mattress, but not quite big enough the other way to fit a double in. So of course I bent the mattress and I had an instant sofa.

Many other people experience the same difficulties when they try to make a practical use of their space. This is where futon bunk beds come in. Single bed on the top, with a sofa that turns into a double bed on the bottom. I don’t know who came up with this superb idea but it seems tailor-made for a guest bedroom or for a student living in rented accommodation.