Fascinating History of Bunk Beds


Although no one can confirm its origin or appearance, there’s no disputing the fact that bunk beds have been around for ages. Loft beds, futon bunk beds and regular bunk beds, in one form or another, have maintained 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 beloved cousin and chatting the night away – when you very well know that you should be napping instead.

And while it’s nearly difficult to trace where they came from, it appears that we can appreciate the ancient Egyptians for, at the very least, the idea and the theory of bunk beds. And even though there aren’t any visible pieces of testimony to confirm this, it can be safely assumed that the loft beds of the ancient Egyptians looked quite contrary to the modern and luxurious bunkers that we are familiar with and accustomed to today. Having said that, the fact of the matter is that bunk beds have come a great way over the years.

Today’s modern and fashionable bunk beds come in a complete myriad of designs, shapes, colors and substances. In the early days of the modern and popular bunk bed, you completely 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 accessible and feasible bunks are equal parts sleeping devices and equal parts works of art. Yes, bunk beds have emerged 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 elements such as maple or walnut bunk beds. For other people, they may want something a bit more compelling; hence they look towards purchasing a metallic or iron-based bunk bed. And in addition to the elements 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 early Egyptians first came up with all those years ago.

Another improvement of bunk beds is the form that bunks today now can take. Yes, standard 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 rear, and a simple twin-bed sitting on top of it. Today’s bunk beds now serve a much greater purpose than simply providing a place in which to sleep – now they attend 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 seem 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 commenced something that has lasted just as long as all those pyramids they created. Or did they?

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