The headboard cubbyholes hold books, personal items, and electronics, with a discreet hole for cords. The 10 integrated drawers — 2 at the head and 8 under the bed — glide smoothly. Relatively easy to assemble.
Some owners may struggle with the height. The bed is made from a mixture of engineered and solid wood, but still boasts a sturdy construction.
The four wide shelves store more books than other models we tested. The 5-foot tall under-bed loft creates a comfortable work environment at the desk.
Ladder rungs may be hard on bare feet, and smaller kids may struggle to climb into bed because the continuous rail has no opening for the ladder. Supports up to 200 lbs., though adults may not be able to sit up in bed comfortably.
Made from solid pine, the superior construction includes five bookshelves at the head, six under-bed drawers, and a bonus cubbyhole at the foot for extra storage. Easy assembly.
Though the drawers can be installed on either side for easy access to contents, the side without drawers will be exposed and will look best when pushed against a wall.
Built from sturdy pine, the bookcase extends the length of the mattress, rather than the width, allowing for more storage on the five shelves. The bonus trundle bed supports adults. Three drawers and a cubbyhole offer extra storage below.
The bed has no headboard, so some owners prefer to move it into a corner. The trundle may be difficult to roll out on carpet.
Brackets secure the headboard to a standard metal bed frame. A discreet cord hole makes it easy to plug in alarm clocks and phones. Four of the shelves adjust in height.
The headboard is made from engineered rather than solid wood, and some owners report struggling with the assembly process.
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Bookcase beds combine a bed frame with a bay of shelves that gives you extra storage in your bedroom. If your nightstand seems overly crowded, it might be time to consider a bookcase bed. Most designs feature multiple shelves, which attach to the bed where you might normally find a headboard. Some bed frames include under-bed storage drawers to further maximize your space. Others may fill the space with a trundle unit to give you an extra, flexible sleeping space. Students or individuals who are limited on room might appreciate a loft-style bookcase bed, which maximizes vertical space and places shelving below the raised mattress. A piece of furniture is an investment, so make sure you have space for everything you need before purchasing.