I shared a great bunk bed with my brother growing up.
My dad built it. He bought a large book of woodworking plans which included plans for a bunk bed. This bed was cool in that it could be separated into two individual beds.
For years my brother and I shared a room; once we got our own rooms, we each got a bed by separating the bunk bed.
Since then (I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s), bunk beds have come a long way.
A super popular style is the L-shaped bunk bed.
Why an L-shaped bunk bed?
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The answer is simple and it explains why this is such a popular bunk bed style.
The reason you should buy an L-shaped bunk bed is the perpendicular configuration allows for more features and functionality such as dresser drawers and desks without taking up much more space in the room.
In fact, it’s the ultimate bunk bed design. Even if you have your kids in separate rooms, bunk beds are a great investment because there are extra beds when your kids have friends stay over.
2 Types of L-Shaped Bunk Beds
1. Overlapping (typical bunk bed design): The overlapping style is where there’s an upper and lower bed.
2. Adjacent bi-loft style: The adjacent style is where the beds butt up against one another in an L-shape. It’s more like a loft bed creating additional space underneath the loft bed.
FYI, you can also get triple bunks in an l-shape (or t-shape).
Other Notable Features to Consider
1. Can the lower bunk be separated? Some of our featured bunks have a lower bed on wheels which can be moved to another place in the room. In other words, the lower bed is not part of the support system for the upper bunk. Other units are designed so that the lower bunk cannot be moved.
2. Size of the beds: Some L-shaped bunks offer a full sized bed on the bottom while others are twin over twin.
3. Stairs vs. Ladder: Bunks are known for having ladders to access the upper bed; however, some models use small staircases instead.
If you have kids and would like a bunk bed, you’re in the right place. Below is an impressive collection of beautiful and functional L-shaped wooden bunk beds. Every selection in our gallery includes dresser drawers or some form of storage. Some selections also include a desk.
L-Shaped Bunk Beds Gallery
See more at Wayfair, Amazon, and Hayneedle. Rave reviews by customers who purchased this bunk bed… “easy to assemble”… “solid hardwood”, etc. This modern design packs a lot in a small space including a desk with drawers and a full height set of drawers. The wood used is rubberwood (an Asian hardwood).
Cherry finished hardwood L-shaped bunk that gives you the option for a full or twin lower bed. Access to the upper bunk is via a narrow staircase with railing. The other side of the unit includes a desk.
This hardwood L-shaped bunk bed is in a contemporary design with a twin over full. Stairs provide access to the upper bunk. Additional drawers included on the other side.
This twin over full L-shaped bunk bed is constructed of engineered wood which helps prevent warping. One side is a desk with drawers while the other side is a staircase to the upper bunk. There’s an open bookshelf on the headboard of the lower bed.
The bottom bed is a full bed with a twin sized on top. The base for each bed includes a slat kit so it’s ready for your mattresses. One side includes open shelving and 6 roller dresser drawers. Easy access to the top bunk with a leaning ladder. Upper bunk includes wrap-around railing to help prevent falling out of the bed.
Birchwood constructed L-shaped bunk bed. The light wood tone offers a brightness to the room. The finish is non-toxic. This unit is loaded with storage including open shelving dresser drawers and even a storage drawer under the lower bed.
The photo above doesn’t show it, but there’s a desk on the far side. As you can see, this dark wood L-shaped bunk offers plenty of storage as well. The materials are engineered wood.
This is quite the unit, being longer than others due to accommodate a staircase (with storage drawers) and drawers on both sides of the lower bed. The lower bed is on wheels and is not attached or used as support for the upper bed, so you can move the lower bed away from the unit.
The wood used is solid pine with a rustic finish.
See more at Wayfair, Amazon, and Hayneedle. Pecan hardwood L-shaped bed includes a staircase and desk. Lower bed (can be twin or full) is on wheels and is separate from the upper bed and storage. The staircase includes drawer storage (very clever design).
No shortage of storage with this twin over twin unit. It includes storage stairs, two sets of full height drawers, open shelving and one smart shelf floating off the guard rail for the upper bunk serving as a small nightstand.
Space saving L-shaped bunk that’s a twin over twin design with stairs and plenty of drawer space for storage. Rounded corners are used for additional safety.
Here’s a dark color design for a space saving bunk bed (twin over twin) with a vertical ladder, desk, and open shelving.
This solid ponderosa pine L-shaped bunk bed offers custom configuration because the lower bed is on wheels which means it can be placed elsewhere in the room. The upper bunk is supported by side shelving, drawers, and a desk unit.
This solid pine L-shaped twin over double bunk with a honey finish is a twin over twin. The bottom twin is one wheel. One side includes a desk with drawers and the other side drawers and open shelving.
Here’s an example of an adjacent L-shape bunk design where both beds are elevated like a loft bed offering more space underneath… in this case a small sofa/futon (for more sleeping options) and a full dresser.
This bed is constructed with pine with a honey finish.
This pine L-shaped bunk with twin-over-twin includes a desk area, open shelving, and drawers. The lower bed is on wheels and is detachable from the main unit.
The arrangement and features of this unit are very similar to others – desk, twin-over-twin, drawers, open shelving and lower bed on wheels. The ladder in this model is straight-up-and-down instead of leaning.
Solid pine twin over full bed with a fort theme design which is fun for kids. This unit offers fewer features than others in our gallery since it’s a full-size bed on the bottom. Only one side of the unit offers the storage of any kind.
Here’s a pine L-shaped bunk with twin over full. Instead of a ladder, there is a storage staircase to the upper bunk. The lower full bed is on wheels. The side opposite of the stairs includes drawers and open shelving.
See more at Wayfair, Amazon, and Hayneedle. Here’s another adjacent bi-loft style unit with both beds elevated offering plenty of space underneath… in this case for a dresser drawers unit and desk. It’s hardwood construction with a cherry veneer.
Each upper bed has its own ladder for easy access. You have the option for two twins or one twin and one full bed. Note, the desk and chair are optional (costs more).
This engineered wood L-shaped bunk is a twin over full-size bed. The lower bed is not on wheels. You have the choice of finishes (including white).
As you can see, there is storage under the stairs and the steps themselves are drawers. The other side is a full-height set of drawers. Also, there is a large drawer under the lower full bed.
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