BUYER'S GUIDE

LEARN ABOUT LOFT BED SIZE

We name, and categorize, our loft beds according to the size of the mattress that will fit inside the loft. This is similar to the naming of bed frames. For example, a queen bed is a bed that is made for a queen mattress. Queen loft bed means a loft that houses one queen mattress. The external length and width of loft beds are not all the same. Given that their size is determined by the mattress size, it is fair to assume that the external dimensions are 3” to 5” wider and longer than the size of mattress they host. Now let's explore loft bed sizes. Please note that a loft bed’s height is not part of the name. We will talk about height options in another article.
1. Single

1. SINGLE LOFT BED

Also called twin size loft.
Length: 75 inch or 190 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Usage: This is the most common bed size. The very compact size makes it the ‘go-to’ option.

2. Single XL

2. SINGLE XL LOFT BED

Single extra-long, or Twin XL.
Length: 80 inch or 203 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Usage: This size loft bed is good for teens or tall adults. The inside length is 80” which is enough space for a person over 6 feet tall. The extra length also gives you more room to place a small sofa under your loft or a futon frame. Keep in mind that you need an extra-long mattress and fitted sheet to fit the loft. These are readily available.

3. Double

3. DOUBLE LOFT BED

Also called a full-size loft bed.
Length: 75 inch or 190 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: This size bunk can fit two average size people. Two people on the loft would enjoy a cozy sleeping area, or one person can enjoy a generous sleeping space. The double loft bed is also a good alternative to Single XL for tall people who can sleep diagonally for the extra length.

4. Double XL

4. DOUBLE XL LOFT BED

Also called Full XL Loft Bed.
Length: 80 inch or 203 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: This is an in-between size. If you wish you had the space for a queen loft and you find double size is a bit snug, then choose double XL. Don’t worry about finding sheets, this size is more common than you think.

5. Queen

5. QUEEN LOFT BED

Length: 80 inch or 203 cm
Width: 60 inch or 152 cm
Usage: A Queen Loft Bed is a good choice for teens or young adults during the course of college. Or for adults who live in a small studio apartment and wish to open up floor space without compromising on their sleeping arrangements.

LEARN ABOUT CLIMBING STYLES N OPTIONS

1. Vertical Ladder, Front Entry
1. VERTICAL LADDER, FRONT ENTRY
A vertical ladder is harder to climb, but it takes less floor space. These ladders do not intrude into the room and form an obstacle. This is important where there is little space or in a kids room where they like to run around.

2. Vertical Ladder, Headboard Entry
2. VERTICAL LADDER, HEADBOARD ENTRY
You’re still getting a vertical ladder, but now entry to your loft bed is from the headboard. The advantage is that you have a completely open front. If you plan to add another bed frame under your loft, then this is the type of ladder arrangement you should choose. You will need 10 to 15” of space between the loft and your wall to use the ladder.

3. Angled Ladder
3. ANGLED LADDER
Easier to climb, but takes more floor space
Angled ladders are easier to climb, and more importantly, easier to descend (climb down). Some ladders are hooked to mattress rails in which case you can put aside your ladder during the day. There is also a ladder which gives you the option of adding a metal handlebar. This is a great alternative to a staircase with a bannister.

4. Built-in Ladder
4. BUILT-IN LADDER
A Built-in ladder is another type of vertical ladder, except it is incorporated into loft bed’s headboards. This type of ladder is easier to climb than a normal ladder since you have more space. The drawback is that you have to climb over the headboard. You do need some space between the loft and walls, so in very tight rooms you want to reconsider this option and go with a vertical ladder in front of your loft.

5. Staircase
5. STAIRCASE
We recommend climbing at 6 years old. You may have one child over 6 who is old enough to sleep on the top loft, but you may also have a 2 year old. Sooner or later they’ll crawl up and find themselves in danger. A staircase is the safest way to climb up to or down from a loft bed. They will take more space and they do add to your cost. But, on the plus side, you could get drawers or shelves built into the staircase which offers a good storage solution. Another advantage of a staircase for your loft bed is added weight. Loft beds by their very nature have a bit of sway. By adding the fairly heavy staircase you anchor the bed and you’ll end up with a rock-solid loft bed.

LEARN ABOUT BUNK BED SIZES

Upper and Lower Bunk w Same Size

1. Single over single
1. SINGLE OVER SINGLE
Single size, also called Twin size, mattress, sizes:
Length: 74 inch or 180 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Usage: This is the most common size bunk bed. Inside length is same as any standard size single, or twin, mattress which is fine for average person.

2. Single XL over Single XL
2. SINGLE XL OVER SINGLE XL
Single XL size mattress:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Usage: This size bunk bed is good for teens or tall adults. Inside length is 80” which is plenty of space for someone 6’.2”.

3. Double over Double
3. DOUBLE OVER DOUBLE
Double size mattress:
Length: 74 inch or 180 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: Can fit four average size people , or two people can have very roomy sleeping area.
This size can also be used as alternative to Single XL for tall people as you get more length if sleeping diagonally.

4. Double XL over Double XL
4. DOUBLE XL OVER DOUBLE XL
Double XL size mattress:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: An alternative size to Queen over Queen if space is very limited and you still need to accommodate four adults.

5. Queen over Queen
5. QUEEN OVER QUEEN
Queen size mattress:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 60 inch or 152 cm
Usage: Main usage is for adults in ski resort, cottage home, hunting lodge and places like that.

Bottom and Bunk Bed Different Sizes

6. Single over double
6. SINGLE OVER DOUBLE
Single sizes:
Length: 74 inch or 180 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Double sizes:
Length: 74 inch or 180 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: This is the most useful size. You can sit at the edge of your bed without worrying about head room, you can accommodate sleep overs, or even in-laws in a hurry.
If you have extra 15” x 80” more space available to you, this size is a better choice than Single over Single.

7. Single XL over double XL
7. SINGLE XL OVER DOUBLE XL
Single XL sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Double XL sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Usage: Same as Single XL over Single XL, this size is more suitable for tall individuals, teens and adults who need more length.

8. Single XL over Queen
8. SINGLE XL OVER QUEEN
Single XL sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 39 inch or 99 cm
Queen sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 60 inch or 152 cm
Usage: Often this size is called Single over Queen as well which is not accurate. Single and Double mattresses are same length, so it is easy to stack one over the other size. But they are shorter than Queen. When you put Single size mattress over Queen, you technically putting Single Extra Long over Queen.
Single Extra Long over Queen is a perfect choice for rental properties, vacation homes, or guest room where three adults need to share a room for short term use. Ample space on lower bunk, as it is queen, airy feel, and also lots of space on top bunk.

9. Double XL over Queen
9. DOUBLE XL OVER QUEEN
Double XL sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 54 inch or 137 cm
Queen sizes:
Length: 80 inch or 230 cm
Width: 60 inch or 152 cm
Usage: This size is an alternative to Queen over Queen as it is less boxy looking.

LEARN ABOUT BUNK BED HEIGHTS

Low Bunk Beds, Overall Height Less then 62

Low Height Bunk Bed
Lower the bunk, more comfort on top and less on bottom
Standard ceiling height in Canada is 8 feet or 96 inches.
Some places, like older basements or attics, are lower in height.
Our lowest height bunk bed is 65” high.
Lower the height of your bunk, more room you have on upper bunk and of course less on lower bunk.
Usage:
If you ceiling height is less than standard.
If you have one child and like to leave lower bunk for sleep overs.
If you worry about changing sheets, or falling, or simply just feeling more comfortable with lower height bunk bed with no rim or reason.

Medium Height Bunk Bed
Medium Height Bunk Beds, Overall Height 66” to 70”
This height range is the most common height range. Both upper and lower bunk have reasonable space. Please note that you can have two bunk bed with same height, but one with less space on lower bunk compare to the other. This is because there is no standard on where to put mattress rails. Some design objective is a lot of space for storage under the bunk, and so on.
Usage:
Just about anyone, anywhere, anyhow! The Goldilock of sizes.

High Height Bunk Bed
High Height Bunk Beds, Overall Height from 71” to 73”
This height range is on high side of spectrum but still fine for standard eight foot ceiling.
Usage:
If you prefer a lot of space on lower bunk.
If you are looking into Queen size bunks, higher the height the better. Reason is that usually parents get to sleep on lower bunk and need more headroom, and kids get to sleep on upper bunk.
If your ceiling height is more than standard eight feet.