Nested Bunk Beds by Tsai Design Studio


Design Indaba 08: a space-saving bed system designed Tsai Design Studio of Cape Town was name Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the Design Indaba Expo last month.

Nested Bunk Beds consist of five mattresses on wheeled frames that can be stored against a wall during the day and telescope out to at night.

They were initially developed for a design competition that called for ways of comfortably sleeping seven people in a 6x6 metre room - a common situation in South Africa's townships and shack districts. The photos above show the beds in use at an Aids orphanage in Wellington, South Africa.

Here's some info from Tsai Design Studio:


Too many people and not enough space are at epidemic levels in South Africa’s town ships. It’s normal for 6 to 8 people to share 36sqm of space. The Nested Bunk Bed is a winning entry for the ‘36sqm Design Challenge’, a design competition in South Africa aimed to bring better lifestyle and the best use of space to those in overcrowded, tiny, low cost houses.


The design of the Nested Bunk Bed, inspired by Matriochka Russian dolls that can unpack itself into several other dolls, is a solution that solves the sleeping arrangement in such a confined space, while able to free up space when it is not in use.


Sections of the nested bed can be pulled out to serve a number of purposes, such as a sofa for two, a grandstand seating, or as five beds, which can be packed away into a standard bunk bed area.


Each bed is fitted with standard single mattress. The length of the beds increases to allow each bed to be nested under each other, leaving some storage space on the side of the beds.


Posted on Tuesday March 11th 2008 at 9:24 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • tommi

    it works

  • zuy

    This design for 90 % has a red dot award 2007

  • Shannon Bird

    How much are thease beds and were can you buy them from ??? please email me if you have any information

  • Jill

    i have 4 children and was looking for a way to sleep them all in the same bedroom..if you could give me a price for the nested bunk beds i would appreciate it.

    thank you,
    Jyl S.

  • heather

    Is it possible to buy these beds and if so where and how much? Thanks.

  • susan

    where and how much?

  • Laurie

    I have 4 children and was looking for a way to sleep them all in the same bedroom..if you could give me a price for the nested bunk beds I would appreciate it.
    Thank you Laurie

  • Kathy Raymond

    Where can I find more information about buying these beds?

  • Sonja Hayden

    Where can i find out more information and pricing on these beds. I am a foster parent with 8 children

  • Kristen Nielson

    i would like to purchase a set. please let me know the cost and how I can order a set.

  • Hello I am about to take in a single mom w/ 4 kids and want to find the perfect bedset for 1 room. I found yours and I wanted to know if this nesting bunkbed set can be sold in the states anywhere??? Please get back with me thanks geoff hess

    • Debbie

      Hello. I was looking at the nesting bunk beds and saw your comment. Did anyone ever tell where to get them and price ? These award-winning beds needs some award-winning marketing.

  • pam barnes

    Can you please tell me if the nesting bunkbed can be purchased in Australia.? If so where and at what price. Would you be so kind to reply to my enquiry. pam.

  • nasser

    could you please give me the price

  • Jeni

    There are no safety rails on these beds, but at least if you fall out, someone else will break your fall.

  • Kathy Brown

    I live in the U.S. what would a price be to ship this item?

  • Kayla

    did anyone ever get the price of these beds??

  • reyfranco

    does anyone from the company actually read the comments here? customers are waiting!

  • Great design! I think this is the perfect bunk bed for large families. It's space-saving too!

  • Debbie

    Did anyone find out the price and location to purchase these bunk beds or directions to make them? I would love a set. What a wonderful design.

    • ibaskhadi

      Have you found any information on these beds?