There are any number of things that could keep you up at night during in a hostel…

  • Loud roommates going to bed later than you
  • Roommates who snore
  • Creaky beds
  • Smelly room
  • Outrageous heat
  • People rustling plastic bags (a personal hatred of mine)
  • The worry of your possessions being tea-leafed (thieved)
  • Inability to reach friends and family due to lack of electrical sockets for charging phones, laptops, etc.

With all the above in mind, and using my personal hostel experiences, I have decided to try and create what I believe to be the ideal hostel bunkbed. Behold, in all its slightly dodgy photoshopped glory1.

Author’s bunkbed design. Click to enlarge.

Specific features
  • Personal safe. A safe place to keep your passport, wallet, etc. It is not opened with a key (easily lost/stolen), but rather a combination code. Inside the safe is an electrical socket so your devices can be charged in safety.
  • Lockers for your rucksack underneath the bed. This also saves on space in the room.
  • An individual fan to combat heat.
  • An individual reading light.
  • A personal curtain. This affords you a little privacy and allows you to keep your reading light (above) on whilst others are trying to sleep. The curtain would also help block out some of the noise others in the room are making — e.g., snoring.
  • Solid panels at each end of the bunk with towel rails attached. This will give the bunk a bit sturdier of a frame, keep out some of the noise in the room, and will also provide an obvious place to hang wet towels. Solves the problem of having someone else’s wet towel overhanging your bunk.

1 The image depicts only a single sleeping unit, not both bottom and top bunks. Ideally both bottom and top bunks would have all of the same features.

I’ve tried to be as realistic as possible with this bunk — no point in me saying each one should come with an Xbox, ain’t gonna happen. I don’t think the suggestions I’ve made are too far-fetched, though.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my bunk. Anything I’ve missed or should add in?

* This post was originally published at Backpacks and Bunkbeds and is reprinted here with permission.