How to squeeze a lot of people into well, not a lot of space? Create a bunk room, much like these clever cabin owners did:
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This New York cabin maxes out its cottage charm, including in the bunk room where smart built-ins ensure there's plenty of room for play, luggage, and happy campers.
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This "cabin" is actually a series of three connected but stand-alone buildings. The "Bunk House," which is perpendicular to the kitchen and set back into
the downward slope of the land, has large windows running the full
length of each side and glass doors on the ends, offering maximum views,
light and air. - Michael Paulsen
Photo by Dale Mulfinger
While not a full-on bunk room, a cozy window seat can double as sleeping space if need be. A pillow and a couple blankets can make for a cozy spot to rest with a guaranteed view in the morning.
Serving as the third of three bedrooms in this Michigan getaway, the bunk room ensures this cozy cabin can sleep a crowd–be it a big group of friends or family with little ones.
Photo by Steven Wong
A children’s bunkroom can be a particularly fun design challenge to
create those special cabin memories of cousins and friends. Be mindful
that children grow up, and the bunkroom is just as likely to be used by a
gang of adult fishermen. Special, unique sleeping spaces for children can be created in many out
of the way places – such as under the stairs or up a ladder under the
A nook like this one can be used for additional sleeping space, or just a
window seat to watch the snow falling outside. The design makes good
use of an in-between space. Drawers are built underneath for storage and
a small reading light is positioned above for late-night reads. Built
off the main walkway, this nook allows for cabin traffic to pass by
undeterred. - Julie Kuczynski
If your cabin has an open loft space or walk-up attic area, low-angled
rooflines provide just enough room to have a bed nook built in, so you
can get great utility out of a space that would otherwise serve as
awkward storage, at best. The nook pictured here can serve as a cozy
little getaway complete with a TV for personal viewing (young kids or
grandkids would love it). But when combined with the seating to the
left, this entire area becomes a fun social space - Julie Kuczynski
This Minnesota cabin is the perfect example of creative use of space. Although the cabins measure just 227 square feet each, they offer two
full-size bunked beds and a sitting area with seating that converts to a
bed. Up to six people can sleep comfortably and, during the day, enjoy a
dining area, a covered deck that faces the trees and an outdoor firepit area. - Janice Brewster
Photo by Dale Mulfinger
Consider that at the cabin, a bed is just a place to sleep and may not require a full room devoted to it, as it would in a traditional home. The allure of the cabin is what's all around it, after all.