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By the time I graduated from high school I was 6’2″ and weighed around 200 pounds. My mom had long since given up on buying me kid or teen items (thankfully) and had been buying me men’s clothes since middle school. So when it came to beds, things were no different. I wasn’t too old for a bunk bed (I still don’t think I am) but finding a high capacity bunk bed that I fit well on was a challenge. It took a while and quite a bit of searching but we finally stumbled upon a niche of queen size bunk beds for adults!
Now, whether or not you have a super-sized teen, there are many reasons why adults might want a bunk bed:
- It doubles the sleeping capacity of your guest room.
- It adds a level of usefulness if you own a rental, Airbnb, guest house, etc.
- You have heavy kids or kids that are particularly rambunctious. If your top-bunker is the type to jump on his/her bed…you better have a heavy duty bunk bed!
- You want a bunk bed that will last a long time and still look great.
- And last but not least….they are awesome and fun to sleep in!
Now, if you’re in a hurry, this the quick table-verion of the best queen bunk beds for adults with all the important information. There is a lot more good information if you have the time to scroll, but if not, here you go! You can’t really go wrong with any of these options!
What makes a bunk bed “heavy-duty”?
When it comes to choosing a heavy duty bunk bed, there are some concessions you will probably have to make. This is mainly because, since you want something quite specific, the options on the market are quite limited. There are lots of sturdy adult bunk beds, kids queen beds, triple-decker bunk beds, etc. but if you want a queen bunk bed that will also fit adults, you can’t be too choosy. Luckily, there are a couple of guidelines that will point us in the right direction:
Forget about Curvy, Sweeping, Modern-Art Bars. For a bunk bed frame to be strong enough to support grown-ups (or anybody over 200lbs) it has to be made out of straight lines. At least mostly. Straight up and down bars at each corner transfer the force straight to the ground and will give your bed the best chance of holding up to whatever you throw at it.
No Wood Grains. Wood is beautiful and I have a good amount of it in my home (and by home I meant basement apartment). However, if you want a double-decker bed that will support more than a small kid and a puppy then you should be looking at all-steel beds. There is a place for beautiful modular wooden bunk beds but, if you’re an adult, that place is not under you while you sleep.
With those two guidelines, we can narrow the market drastically and find only a dozen beds that are worth our time. Now, the best thing that we can go off of is the manufacturers recommended maximum weight capacity. Why didn’t we just look at that first? Well, because it’s not perfectly reliable. There is no industry standard for how this capacity is measured so it’s best to take it as a general guideline. A good rule of thumb is to try and overshoot the max weight you will need by 50-100 pounds.
So let’s look at some of the best beds! Starting with the one that I sleep on every time I visit my parents:
The Best Queen Bunk Beds For Adults
When I first started researching this article I read what several other people had to say on the subject. One of the main articles that I read was actually on a site that recommended products specifically for big and heavy people. In their article on “The Best Bunk Beds for Heavy Adults” they said…don’t buy a bunk bed. They are sketchy and not strong enough. Well, apparently they only did some googling and searching on Amazon without actually testing their beds!
A bunk bed from Francis Lofts & Bunks will put to rest all the naysayers who believe that bunk beds are not strong enough for adults, let along obese couples. The queen size version will hold a total of 2,000 pounds split evenly between the two beds. While the styling is a bit more commercial than the decorations in my house, it is basic enough that I would not hesitate to add it to any room. It is one of very few bunk beds that could support an obese couple (or two in this case) as most similar bunks top out at 4-500 pounds.
The very heart of any bed is, you guessed it, the frame. While many bunk beds are made from wood (and hold less weight because of it) this one is made out of super-strong and corrosion-resistant aluminum. Not only will it hold a great deal of weight but it will still look great for years to come!
While this is the most expensive bed we reccomend (by a significant margin) it is, without a doubt, the best. If you are not hindered by a small budget, this one will perform the job better and longer than any other adult bunk bed that you can get your hands on. After all, you get what you pay for!
If you’re not sure if a queen is big enough, they also have a King Sized Bunk Bed.
High Quality Bunk Bed For Adults on a Budget
If you want a high quality (and good looking) bunk bed but are unable or unwilling to drop more than $3,000 on one, Pemberly has you covered. While their beds are typically capable of supporting only single sleepers (or below average sized couples) on top, they are a great way to add extra space to your home or guest room without a large investment.
The Second Most Heavy Duty Bunk Bed for Adults
If the boxy looks don’t bother you, this is an excellent choice. If I was placing a bunk bed in my own guest room/guest house/etc. it would be this one. It is cheap enough that I could buy it and not worry about what I’m going to eat for the next month as well as holding sufficient weight to support two overweight couples.
Heavy-Duty Bunk Beds for Adults FAQs
Do I need a box spring?
Probably not. High quality bunk beds, especially ones made for adults, are typically made with sufficient slats and support that a box spring is unnecessary. The main function of a box spring is to provide a flat and stable base for a mattress to sit on. If you get too tall of a box spring you reduce the area available in the bottom bunk so, if you feel the need for more support, you can stick a piece of plywood under your mattress.
So I don’t need a box spring…do I need a special mattress?
While you don’t need a bunk-bed-specific mattress, I typically recommend that you find a mattress on the thinner side so as to give whoever is sleeping on it the maximum amount of space above their heard. A 10-12″ mattress provides the best comfort and bang for your buck. If you want the best night’s sleep of your life for a great deal, check out this one.
Are adult bunk beds stable enough for…activities?
Probably. When it comes down to it, any type of activity on the bed (jumping for example) is fine as long as you do not exceed the weight limit. Our #1 recommendation is also a very silent option so you won’t have any squeaks or groans.
Are bunk beds safe for heavy people?
Of cours, they are! Bunk beds, like all bed frames, have weight capacities and, as long as you respect them, it will be a comfortable and safe sleeping spot. If you are beyond the capacity of the beds we suggested here, you might have more luck with our new article Bed Frames that Hold Over 3,000 pounds.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get yourself a queen bunk bed! Whether you are an adult looking for a sleeping spot or an adult looking for the best possible bed for you kids, you have found it here. Don’t wait!