Bunk Beds have finally made a return to The Sims franchise! As of the latest patch (March 2021), the Sims Team have added two bunk bed designs to the Game. This tutorial will walk you through how to use bunk beds in The Sims 4 and hopefully give you some inspiration for the kinds of spaces you can create using these new objects!
Using Bunk Beds in your Game
Bunk beds can be found in the Beds category of the Buy Mode Catalogue. The latest patch added 4 new beds to the Game. Two of these are loft beds and two are bunk beds.
One of the nice features about these bunk beds is that the bottom bunk is interchangeable. You aren’t limited to the swatches available with the bunk bed, you can actually swap out the bottom bunk for any single bed you like (including toddler beds).
Unfortunately, although these new beds can be used as loft beds, we’re really limited to options when it comes to furnishing the space underneath the bed. Without MoveObjects enabled the Game won’t let you place any item under the bed.
Enabling MoveObjects does allow you to place items under the bed. These items are not always usable, however. Placing items under the bed will, more often than not, prevent your Sims from being able to use the bed.
The only tile that you’re able to utilise effectively is the tile directly under the pillow. As you’ll see below, in my university dorm room build, I’ve placed a one-tile desk in this space. This desk functions perfectly, and doesn’t interfere with the Sims’ ability to use the bed. I’ve also found that the same is true for other one-tile objects. If you’re experimenting with bunk beds and MoveObjects, you may want to keep a test Sim on your lot so you can make sure that everything is useable!
Although this does work well and ended up looking great in the room, I did notice that all of the one-tile desks in The Sims 4 were added with DLC. If you only have the Base Game, you’re really limited to the kinds of objects you can place under here. If you’re struggling for ideas, try using one of the single-tile dining tables as a desk, or adding an armchair or pouffe!
Here are some different versions of the same space!
The Patch Notes did suggest that this might change in the future. SimGuruJill and SimGuruRusskii, said that these are the “first iteration” of bunk beds. I just really hope they eventually allow builders to utilise the space under the loft beds properly. Being able to add a sofa, or even a double bed, in this space would be amazing and super helpful for all kinds of different builds. Until then, we’re just going to have to keep our fingers crossed!
You might notice that some of the bunk beds in the screenshots above have ladders on each side of the bed. The placement of the ladder is actually a customisable feature. By default, placing a bunk bed or loft bed against a wall will automatically cause one of the ladders to disappear. When you place a bunk bed centrally in a room, it will have two ladders.
This feature is toggleable, however. When you are in the Comfort or Bedroom category of Build Mode, there will be a small widget in the bottom right of the menu labelled Auto Bunk Beds. This functions very similarly to the Auto-Counters Tool and can be turned on and off depending on your preference.
Although there are only two different styles of bunk beds, the ability to swap out the bottom bunk means it’s possible to use bunk beds in a variety of different builds. I managed to create a really effective looking boho dorm room; a children’s bedroom; and a traditional, boarding school inspired bedroom.
One of the best things about bunk beds is how much space you can save. I built this dorm room in one of the existing dorm rooms on the University of Britechester’s campus. This room ordinarily contains three beds and three desks. By using bunk beds, I was able to include a small living room area, and a kitchenette in addition to those items.
I just know bunk beds are going to be really useful when building tiny houses. Bunk beds will allow builders to create super realistic looking trailers and caravans, as well as making it easier to house large families whilst still sticking to the tile limit.
A good trick for making the space under the loft bed look furnished and decorated is to use wall décor. Wall decorations (thankfully!) don’t prevent Sims from climbing into bed. This means that you can use shelves, paintings, and wall lights to fill out the space.
Despite the fact that both of the bed frames are quite traditional in design, bunk beds can work well in modern builds. By being creative with the bed coverings you choose, and the objects you place around the bed, you can create a space that feels contemporary.
I opted for the metal frame in this kids’ room. Although the frame itself is perhaps slightly more traditional-looking than the other bunk bed’s frame, the bed coverings available are much brighter and more vibrant. They definitely suit contemporary builds!
You can see an example of how you might style bunk beds in traditional builds in this boarding-school dorm room!
This room allowed me to make use of the double-sided ladders. Although double-ladders might look a little strange in a residential home, I think they really suit a school or university environment. I can also see myself making use of them in a barracks or prison build to give the space an institutional feel!
Click here to download the University Dorm Room!