November 6, 2007
by Don VanPelt
When I think of metal bunk beds, I think of my dorm room back in college. My roommate and I had square tubular metal beds that we were able to stack one on top of the other. These beds had no style to them, they were square steel tubes and the frames were welded together so that everything was perfectly square. I guess it fit right in with the rest of the room decor; we had cinder block walls and poured concrete for the floor and ceiling. The only thing differentiating it from a jail cell was that there were no bars on the windows.
Fast forward a few years and things have come a long way, although not in the dorm rooms. I hear they still have the same beds that were there when I was. So, what can be said about metal bunk beds? They sure do hold up to a lot of abuse, and I can't think of a more abusive environment than a college dorm room, especially one filled with males.
Metal bunk beds are tough, that's a huge plus, but what about style? Well, given the demand for this type of bed, designers have put together some elegant and beautiful designs that add a touch of class to any bedroom. Stylish brushed aluminum goes with everything, so does a chic flat black matte finish. In fact, because you can heat metal and bend it, you can create many more styles and many different types of beautiful bunk beds as a result. Nice rounded curves and graceful fan-style headboards can create quite an impression. Since the bed is always the focal point of any bedroom, this is exactly what you want.
If it’s pure elegance that you are going for and want a masterpiece for the centerpiece of your bedroom, metal bunk beds deliver. In fact, since they’ve become so popular in recent years, the styles have increased and the colors have become more vivid than ever before. With so many color choices available, you can complement just about any color scheme you intend for your bedroom.
Even though this might not seem logical to you, metal bunk beds tend to be lighter than their traditional wooden counterparts. If you are the type of person who likes to rearrange their room every couple of months or so, moving the metal bunk beds might actually be easier. How can this be? Well, different combinations of alloys mixed together with good old raw iron ore can create very strong steel that is surprisingly light weight.
Yes, metal bunk beds have sure come a long way since their introduction into prisons, dorm rooms, and military housing. But how have they evolved? With new metal alloys that combine light weight with incredible strength and designers showing off their creative skills with beautiful, flowing, eye-captivating designs, metal bunk beds are now not only practical but stylish, too. So if you are considering bunk beds for one of your bedrooms, don’t overlook the sophisticated and elegant presence that metal can bring to a room.
Don VanPelt is a writer for Bunk Beds Central who has published many articles about bunk beds. You can read his comments and get his recommendations on the best places to purchase bunk beds at Bunk Beds Central.