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Loft Beds for Adults Buying Guide

Space efficient, multi-functional, and appealingly styled, loft beds are the smart solution for a variety of furnishing and sleeping needs. In studios, apartments, college dorms, and vacation homes, these twin and full-sized beds add another layer to your room’s floor plan, claiming unused space above while saving room below for a desk, dresser, futon sofa, or another bed. Loft beds: they’re not just for kids, and our buying guide proves it with helpful facts and contemporary bed designs that might provide a perfect match for your small or crowded bedroom space.

Published October 8, 2014 | By | Share
Solving A (Potentially) Weighty Problem

Before we begin, a quick word on weight: check it. No matter its style or material, a loft bed should come with a maximum weight rating. Most of the adult loft beds at hayneedle.com will feature a max weight in the descriptive bullets next to the image on the bed’s individual product page. The max weight for the top bunk is usually around 200 to 250 pounds. On two-bed lofts with a bottom bunk, the lower bed can typically hold 400 pounds or more

College Dorms & Student Bedrooms

Budget is usually a top priority for the student loft bed shopper. For college-worthy style at a low cost, we recommend metal loft beds. They’re inexpensive, contemporary and relevant in style, and come in a variety of classic finishes such as black, white, and grey, with under-bed options such as desks and futon couches. Here are three suggestions to get you started:

Best for Your Budget
Duro Z Bunk Bed Loft with Desk A slanted ladder and X frame break up the lines of this contemporary bed, which features a twin-sized bunk with outstanding weight support—a maximum of 320 pounds—thanks to its slatted bottom. The small built-in desk can easily handle a laptop, lamp, and more.
Dorel Home Barwick Twin over Futon Bunk Bed Versatility is this loft’s greatest asset. The lower futon can lie flat or sit upright for studying, gaming, hanging out, or sleeping.
Sunset Workstation Loft Bed This steel frame loft features clean modern lines and a cool black finish, but the office-style desk is its standout feature. It includes open shelving and a keyboard tray for use with a desktop computer.
Duro Z Bunk Bed Loft with Desk
Duro Z Bunk Bed Loft with Desk
Small Spaces & Studios

Studio dwellers need to pack a lot of functionality into a minimum of space, a task that loft beds accomplish with ease. For students and young professionals in small bedrooms or one-room apartments, we’d recommend some of our more traditionally styled wood beds with full-sized bunks. These three beds save square footage and extend your furniture budget with their greater variety of storage and organization options.

Storage Choices
Elite Classics Made from durable select hardwood, this bunk offers the option of a twin or full-size bed. The optional desk has an open frame on each side, creating better lighting conditions for those long hours spent studying or working on your computer.
Willow Run Tall Loft Bed This hardwood loft comes with the option of a cork board and desktop below, and the full-size bed can support up to 250 pounds. As part of the Willow Run collection, it’s also easily matched with other essential bedroom accessories.
Elite Crossover Loft Traditionally styled in cherry-finished hardwood, this bed offers three configuration options, including loft only and loft with desk. The cork board back is included in both the bed and desk configurations.
Elite Classics Loft
Elite Classics Loft
Vacation Homes & Cabins

The bed over bed for your home away from home, a loft or bunk bed holds straightforward appeal for vacation homes and cabins: space efficiency. But you’ll also want a contemporary rustic or cabin style that suits your surroundings, such as traditional wood finishes, log-style frames, and pine or cedar wood construction. Here are three great lofts to get you started.

Home Away Options
Woodcrest Heartland L-Shape Twin Loft Bed with Extra Loft This unique loft bed beats almost all others at fitting more sleepers in less space, with two beds on top and one below. It also comes with the option of two under-bed storage drawers. Crafted from pine in a honey pine lacquer finish, it’s made in the USA by Woodcrest.
Sierra Spacesaver Loft with Desk and Stairway Kids need a vacation getaway bed too, and this any-age bunk is an excellent choice. Its curving lines give it a more contemporary form, and it offers extra safety and functionality with its side stairs and integrated desk and drawers.
Lakeland Mills Rustic Twin over Futon Bunk Bed American made in a classic log cabin style, this bunk bed has an excellent weight capacity: 250 pounds for the top bunk and 500 pounds for the bottom bunk/futon couch. It’s crafted from rustic northern white cedar.
Woodcrest Heartland L-Shape Twin Loft Bed with Extra Loft
Woodcrest Heartland L-Shape Twin Loft Bed with Extra Loft

Need more info about bunk bed safety or wood types? Be sure to read our Bunk Bed & Loft Bed Buying Guide.