High sleeper beds that are practical and stylish are hard to find. So we've done the researching for you. Here we uncover a mix of attractive and functional high-sleeper beds
You can add another floor to your bedroom or studio flat with a high-sleeper bed or loft bed, as they are sometimes called. This Costway metal high sleeper from Amazon, for example, can fit a desk or sofa beneath its sleeping area.
High-sleepers do involve a bit of a climb into and out of bed each night, but this workout is worth it for the space it frees up beneath the sleeping platform.
How high is a high-sleeper bed?
Beds that are categorised as high-sleepers vary in height from 165cm to 190cm plus, with the lower versions aimed at children.
If you, or the person you are buying a high-sleeper bed for, are quite tall and you plan to use the space beneath the bed as a desk area, check that it gives you adequate head room for this. You don't want to be continually bumping your head every time you rise from your work. At the same time, check that the sleeping platform is not too close to your ceiling for comfort either - resulting in nasty head bumps in the night.
When you're researching measurements as part of high-sleeper bed buying research, check the size of the mattress too. Sometimes these beds are larger than standard beds and require made-to-measure mattresses.
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High-sleeper beds with built-in storage
Cleverly designed high-sleeper beds with built-in storage really help you to make the most of the space under the bed and are particularly well-suited to box rooms. High-sleeper beds with built-in storage tend to look out of place in large rooms.
With the Pegasus High-Sleeper bed from Dunelm, shown above, every inch of under-bed space has been cleverly accounted for. There is a desk area with drawers and bookshelves, a whole pull out wardrobe with hanging space and a roomy drawer and storage cubby holes behind each ladder tread.
Double loft beds
These are not so common, but seek and ye shall find a double loft bed, which are ideal for small studio apartments. The Noa & Nani Magnus double high-sleeper bed, shown above, has a very flexible room area beneath the bed, where you can place a desk and sofa or wardrobe and the slanted ladder makes the climb into bed slightly easier too. With a height of 213cm, its sturdy frame is designed for fully-grown adults.