8 Bunk Beds That Are (Almost) Too Cool to Sleep In

If you’re sharing a bedroom with someone, it's either going to be super fun or a super drag and either way, an awesome bunk bed is the perfect thing to add some practical whimsy. Ditch generic twofer beds most commonly seen in college dorms and hostels around the world and consider a few of the options below. They're sure to turn sleepy time into an event—every single night.


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Did you hear that? It’s the sound of millions of Star Wars fans crying out in envy. The owners of this themed bunk bed are maybe the luckiest kids in the galaxy, and they probably weren't even alive when the prequels hit theaters.


Image via Dave Delisle

This ghost-busting design is sadly only a concept, but all great ideas have to start somewhere! Designer Dave Delisle used the iconic Ecto-1 1959 Cadillac Professional for inspiration for this cool creation, with the roof rack serving as a barrier for the top bunk, and the hood of the car providing additional bedroom storage.


Dave Delisle also designed this Jurassic Park-themed Velociraptor cage concept bed. The door slides closed to keep the wild animal (read: kid) inside, and the exterior has the industrial feel of a high-tech containment system from the film. Delisle writes on his website: “My only qualm with this design is having to punch out a hole in the bed frame at the top of the ladder, which prevents this from looking exactly like the raptor cage; however that’s in keeping with all bunk bed designs, so safety and accessibility should be considered for a real-life bed.”


Couches that transform into beds are nothing new, but designing a couch with a hidden bunk bed inside is something special. The full conversion only takes about 20 seconds, so the transition from watching a movie to meeting the sandman is always a quick one. Now all we need is a name for this extra-special futon. 


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Kids can enjoy the beach year-round with this indoor surf shack. Using leftover and recycled materials and real water reeds, a handy dad spent two months building the structure for his sons. There's even a working doorbell and a coconut telephone so the kids can talk to each other from bed. We might make a motion for a sand-covered floor for authenticity, but mom and dad would likely have a problem with that. 


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Bring virtual reality into the real world with this kid-sized homage to retro gaming. The stairs to the top bunk are hidden behind 8-bit bricks, and the rest of the castle matches the style and color of the Super Mario landmark perfectly, with the archways serving as windows for the bottom bunk.


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If Super Mario isn't the king of the castle in your home, fear not: There's a bunk bed castle for all tastes. Kids can rule their own kingdom from this big pink castle, with stairs on one side and a slide on the other, which the builder/mastermind admits is a little too steep: “My girls flew down it and right into the wall, but of course they laughed and said again,” user G00D_GUY wrote on Imgur. “After a few times they got the speed down.”


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Three is a crowd that doesn't feel too crowded in this deluxe custom build. This design has two beds on top and one on the bottom left, with extra space on the right that's perfect for a play area or a pet’s bed. While a feat of spatial efficiency, this design does come with a conundrum: Which sibling has to take the bottom while the other two get to party it up together in the penthouse?

Apple Wants to Patent a Keyboard You’re Allowed to Spill Coffee On

In the future, eating and drinking near your computer keyboard might not be such a dangerous game. On March 8, Apple filed a patent application for a keyboard designed to prevent liquids, crumbs, dust, and other “contaminants” from getting inside, Dezeen reports.

Apple has previously filed several patents—including one announced on March 15—surrounding the idea of a keyless keyboard that would work more like a trackpad or a touchscreen, using force-sensitive technology instead of mechanical keys. The new anti-crumb keyboard patent that Apple filed, however, doesn't get into the specifics of how the anti-contamination keyboard would work. It isn’t a patent for a specific product the company is going to debut anytime soon, necessarily, but a patent for a future product the company hopes to develop. So it’s hard to say how this extra-clean keyboard might work—possibly because Apple hasn’t fully figured that out yet. It’s just trying to lay down the legal groundwork for it.

Here’s how the patent describes the techniques the company might use in an anti-contaminant keyboard:

"These mechanisms may include membranes or gaskets that block contaminant ingress, structures such as brushes, wipers, or flaps that block gaps around key caps; funnels, skirts, bands, or other guard structures coupled to key caps that block contaminant ingress into and/or direct containments away from areas under the key caps; bellows that blast contaminants with forced gas out from around the key caps, into cavities in a substrate of the keyboard, and so on; and/or various active or passive mechanisms that drive containments away from the keyboard and/or prevent and/or alleviate containment ingress into and/or through the keyboard."

Thanks to a change in copyright law in 2011, the U.S. now gives ownership of an idea to the person who first files for a patent, not the person with the first working prototype. Apple is especially dogged about applying for patents, filing plenty of patents each year that never amount to much.

Still, they do reveal what the company is focusing on, like foldable phones (the subject of multiple patents in recent years) and even pizza boxes for its corporate cafeteria. Filing a lot of patents allows companies like Apple to claim the rights to intellectual property for technology the company is working on, even when there's no specific invention yet.

As The New York Times explained in 2012, “patent applications often try to encompass every potential aspect of a new technology,” rather than a specific approach. (This allows brands to sue competitors if they come out with something similar, as Apple has done with Samsung, HTC, and other companies over designs the company views as ripping off iPhone technology.)

That means it could be a while before we see a coffee-proof keyboard from Apple, if the company comes out with one at all. But we can dream.

[h/t Dezeen]

Pop Chart Lab
150 Northeast Lighthouses in One Illustrated Poster
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Some of the world's most beautiful and historic lighthouses can be found in the American Northeast. Now, Pop Chart Lab is releasing an illustrated poster highlighting 150 of the historic beacons dotting the region's coastline.

The 24-inch-by-36-inch print, titled "Lighthouses of the Northeast," covers U.S. lighthouses from the northern tip of Maine to the Delaware Bay. Categorized by state, the chart features a diverse array of lighthouse designs, like the dual towers at Navesink Twin Lights in New Jersey and the distinctive red-and-white stripes of the West Quoddy Head Light in Maine.

Framed poster of lighthouses.
Pop Chart Lab

Each illustration includes the lighthouse name and the year it was first lit, with the oldest lighthouses dating back to the 1700s. There's also a map in the upper-left corner showing the location of each landmark on the northeast coast.

Chart of lighthouses.
Pop Chart Lab

The poster is now available to preorder for $37, with shipping set to start March 21. After memorizing every site on the chart, you can get to work exploring many of the other unique lighthouses the rest of the world has to offer.


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