This weeks’ Five on Friday pays homage to hospitality projects that utilise a piece of FF&E which increases guest capacity and ensures that smaller rooms can be manoeuvred around with ease. We’re, of course, talking about the humble bunk bed.

First used on ships by 16th century sailors, stacked sleeping quarters provide a comfortable night’s sleep in awkwardly shaped spaces or those with a restricted square footage. Nowadays, you may associate them with school dormitories and sleeper trains but thanks to the intervention of an architectural design eye, they can be made just as luxurious as any standard-sized bed.


From fully integrated modular components and suspended swing beds to caster-mounted classics and timber clad styles, here are five examples of bunkbeds primed for guests that are holidaying with a friend or have a teenager or two in tow…

01 | BOOK1 Design Hostel, Denmark.

02 | MoMo's Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

03 | The Siren Hotel, USA.

04 | TRUNK Hotel, Japan.

05 | Toggle Hotel, Japan.