A loft bed is a great space-saving solution for small bedrooms because it has the same footprint of a standard bed while providing extra space underneath for working, studying, or doing art projects. If your child’s bedroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a separate desk and bed, consider a loft bed that features a built-in desk so your child can sleep and study comfortably—even in a small bedroom.
For many parents, safety is a primary concern when shopping for a bunk bed or loft bed. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), loft beds are only safe for children ages 6 and up. The AAP also offers guidelines for safely using bunk beds, including setting the beds in a corner of the room and ensuring guardrails extend 5 inches beyond the mattress―smart advice to apply to kids’ loft beds, too.
If you’d like to make the most out of the floor space in your child’s room, read on to see some of the best kids’ loft beds with desk space, including one we tested ourselves.
Our Top Picks
The following recommendations take into account features to look for in kids’ loft beds, including materials, bed size, weight capacity, desk layout, and size as well as extras, such as shelves or bookcases. For safety purposes, keep in mind that a bed’s stated weight capacity always includes the weight of your mattress.
If maximizing your child’s storage space is a priority, consider this loft bed from DHP. Its space-efficient design features a desk and one shelf on one side and three shelves on the opposite side, providing your child or teen with plenty of room to do their schoolwork and store their things. The DHP bed has a weight limit of 200 pounds and accommodates a twin-size mattress with a maximum depth of 6 inches. The frame is 77.5 inches long, 41.5 inches wide, and 74 inches high.
In our testing we found the frame to be extremely sturdy, easily resisting any considerable movement when we used the ladder. Plus, we found that the 40-by-15 inch desk was more than enough space for a computer, textbooks, and various school supplies. Sitting 4 feet 10 inches from the floor, this loft bed a great option for children of school age and older.
This twin-size study loft from Hillsdale Furniture boasts a classic design that will look great in any child’s bedroom. Because the attached desk is tucked behind the ladder, there’s even extra room under the bed for an additional piece of furniture, like a bookcase. The top bunk is designed to be used with an 8-inch deep, twin-size mattress.
The bed is 80.17 inches high, 41.33 inches wide, 69.4 inches deep, and has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. The entire frame is made from wood with a neutral gray, painted finish.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a loft bed that offers a bit of versatility, consider this wood and MDF twin from Harper & Bright Designs. Its timeless, traditional design allows it to complement a range of decors nicely. A smaller desk tucked under the head of the bed means there’s additional space underneath the loft, leaving room for a play area or small piece of furniture, such as a bookshelf or beanbag chair.
Your child will have multiple options for climbing into bed with this study loft’s pair of ladders. While one is fixed at the foot of the bed, the side ladder can be installed on either side of the bed, offering multiple options to best suit the layout of your child’s room. The bed has a maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds. The frame measures 76 inches by 42.4 inches by 69.3 inches.
If the layout of your child’s room necessitates a loft bed, but your child doesn’t like the idea of sleeping so far off the ground, a junior loft like this one can be a good compromise. With a total height of just 43.3 inches, this loft is great for younger kids or those with a fear of heights.
The DONCO KIDS bed has a unique design, with lots of storage underneath and a desk that can be pulled out when needed or tucked away to save space. Three large drawers are under the bed which can replace a dresser, and there’s a bookcase at the end as well. It’s made from solid pine and measures 80 inches long by 41.29 inches wide.