Stacking beds consist of two or more singled beds which can be stacked in their entirety on top of one another; this not only saves space, but also creates an upholstered bench that can be used during the day. Therefore, stacking beds are ideal for furnishing smaller, multifunctional spaces, such as children’s bedrooms, guest rooms, or holiday homes.
The classic design in this category is undoubtedly Rolf Heide’s 1966 ‘Stacking bed’, manufactured by Müller Mobelwerkstätten. This playful plywood design celebrates its construction by leaving its joints and connection details in plain sight and comes in children’s and adult sizes. Peter Christian Hertel’s and Sebastian Klarhoefer’s ‘Guest’ stackable bed for Zeitraum, is a more minimal stacking bed, with expertly crafted solid wood construction.
Conversely, the wholly upholstered ‘Biss’, designed for Flou by Pinuccio Borgonovo, looks like an ordinary, if rather plush, single bed. However, it conceals a second bed underneath, which is fitted with wheels, so that both beds can be used completely independently of one another. Michael Mettler’s ‘bianca platform Bed’, manufactured by maude, attaches a modest storage space for small objects at both ends of the bed, effectively creating a substitute for a night stand within itself.
Alexander Seifried’s ‘Lönneberga stacking bed’ for Richard Lampert caters to an even easier stacking; its legs taper outwards, making for easier assembly. Comfort is not sacrificed either, and the stacking bed can be accompanied by a specially designed cushion, which functions as a backrest during the day, and a small steel shelf which doubles as either a side table or a night stand.