Berg Furniture Utica Twin over Full Loft Bed

Berg Utica Twin over Full Loft Bed

Berg Utica Twin over Full Loft Shown in White Finish - Click to Enlarge

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This loft bed is also available in twin over twin version.

Made in USA

Multiple Colors

Features

Made of organic engineered wood that resists warping, cracking and splitting. Scratch resistant and easy to clean

Includes twin bed on top, full bed on bottom and Berg's signature staircase with 4 built-in drawers

Stairs are universal -- can be attached to either side of the bed

Dimensions: 66" H x 98" W x 84" D

Top bed features a solid board as the mattress support. Weight limit: 250 pounds

Available in five finishes: brandy, chestnut, natural maple, nutmeg, white

Variety of knob colors and accent colors to choose from

Includes a large storage drawer under lower bed

Bottom bed can be pulled out and separated

Metal hardware (drawer slides, hinges) is guaranteed for life

The product requires assembly

Made in the USA

Buyers Say:

sturdy

comfortable

attractive design

safe (stairs)

made of engineered wood

heavy, not easy to move

Review

The Berg Utica collection has been conceived as a sort of semi-modular approach to children's bedroom furnishing; depending on the configuration you choose, it can provide a fun sleeping space for two kids, or a sleeping space combined with a fully featured study area underneath for one kid. The Utica collection features modern, clean, smooth lines with minimalist details. There are 5 laminate finishes with many options of knob and accent colors available, so you are sure to find a combination that will best suit your taste and blend with the environment you intend to put the bed in. Berg's signature staircase -- a safety conscious alternative to traditional ladders -- is included whatever configuration you opt for. Built into the stairs are large drawers, providing some (always much needed) storage space. Nothing to write home about compared to the Sierra Space Saver line, but that difference does also reflect in the price. However, should the need for additional storage arise, the Utica loft system uses the Sierra case goods program to offer additional dressers, chests, desks, etc.

Let's review some of the more interesting points of this collection.

Staircase -- Berg's signature feature, designed with safety and comfort in mind. The stairs have broad, generous stepping surfaces with non-slid treads plus a handrail, all of which allows for a comfortable and safe access to the top bed. In addition, each of the stairs provides extra storage by housing a deep, spacious drawer. The staircase is also known to be used as stadium-style seating area for family & friend get-togethers. It can be positioned at either side of the bed, allowing for greater flexibility in choosing the bed's location.

Storage -- although not as advanced in this area as the Space Saver line, the Utica loft beds do nonetheless offer some basic storage. The least you get are four (or five, with some configurations) drawers in the stairs, but different configurations offer different additional storage capabilities, which can be quite significant. The twin over full version we are reviewing here features a huge drawer underneath the the full-size lower bed. Most people also opt to buy the matching nightstand (as shown in the main image above), which adds 3 smaller drawers to the equation, but this item is optional and sold separately.

Versatility -- the Utica Collection offers kids and their parents the ability to customize their loft bed. Berg's 'Build-a-Bed' system allows for the selection of a basic loft bed, while the space underneath can be outfitted with various sleep, study, and storage configurations -- you can create your own unique combination. Some of the most popular configurations are shown in the column to the right -- click on thumbnails to visit the respective product's own page where you can check its price and learn about distinctive features particular to that specific version.

All products from the Berg Utica collection are available in five different finishes:

Swatch Finish

You can further personalize the appearance of Berg loft beds by picking one of the many available knob colors:

Swatch Knobs

Accent colors provide an additional way to enliven the appearance of Berg's Utica loft beds. An accent is really an alternative color of the face (front side) of a drawer. This is an option; if you decide to go for it, you'll receive accents in the color of your choosing for every second (alternate) drawer in your configuration. Of course, it is up to you to decide where to put those different-color drawers. For a configuration with lots of drawers, possibly with some optional furniture added, there will actually be room for some creativity there. Note that accents are not available for all Utica configurations -- you'll see if the option appears during the shopping process.

Swatch Accents

Sturdiness -- kids like to play. That's a rather widely known phenomenon. And in their play they can get carried away and subject the furniture to stresses considerably surpassing those which come from normal use. Children's furniture should therefore be designed to withstand any such strains and at Berg Furniture they are aware of that. Their conviction is that the most suitable material for the job is engineered wood; it is a natural and organic product, the result of decades of research and development and designed with attributes not found in solid wood; it provides consistent, uniform strength and is highly resistant to warping, cracking, and splitting -- solid wood, on the other hand, can have voids, knots, and other imperfections.

However, material is only a part of what makes any structure sturdy; design is equally as important and Berg's products, with their wide boards and surfaces and fortress-like built-in chests, stairs and desks make for compact, heavy and, well, sturdy formations.

Made in the USA -- yes, we have mentioned it before, but it doesn't hurt to do it again as it's not unimportant. Buying US made products keeps American workers employed; working people pay taxes and contribute to the social security system and have money to spend which helps invigorate the economy and strengthen America as a nation -- all this is especially beneficial to the middle class. Furthermore, American products are manufactured to meet a code of standards; these regulations are designed to keep the consumer safe and provide the high level of quality that shoppers rightfully expect.

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So, what do users have to say about this bed? The following is a short review of buyers' opinions on Berg's Utica collection.

The Good

Attractive design -- Berg Furniture makes good looking products, there is hardly any question about that. Most kids -- when they first lay their eyes on a Berg loft bed -- speed up and go straight up the stairs, while their parents think: why didn't they make beds like these when I was a kid? Users praise the design of Utica loft and bunk beds as excellent and best for younger children. Looks great; looks fantastic; everyone comments on it -- these are the most common reactions on the bed's appearance.

Safety -- Berg's products are considered among the safest in the whole bunk/loft bed arena. While the Utica line does not, in this particular area, rate quite as highly as the Captains Bed line (these are simply matchless due to their low height), Berg's signature stairs with roomy stepping surfaces and non-skid treads still garner lots of safety related praise: you don't have to worry about your child falling off the ladder because there isn't one, is how one of the reviewers put it. Worth mentioning also are the product's rounded corners: there is not a sharp surface or angle or corner on it to bump into and get hurt.

Durability -- according to the users, this is one super sturdy piece of furniture. It can also get quite heavy which, some reviewers noticed, makes it a little cumbersome to deal with. However, that does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. On the contrary: when bunk and loftbeds are in question, heavy is good. Heavy means quality. Heavy means stability. You want your bunk bed to be heavy. And even if it does take two or even three people to assemble it, you're only going to do it once, and it's not like you will be moving it every week.

The Not So Good

Negative comments on the Berg Utica line of loft beds are few. Some of the reviewers expressed their disappointment with the fact that the beds were made of engineered wood (particle boards or pressed boards, as they refer to it) -- apparently they failed to make that discovery before purchase. One of the buyers described the boards as being of low grade and even reported that one piece broke when installers lifted it. Another one stated laminate was peeling loose from some of the boards. Mentioned were difficulties in changing sheets -- but that is a common remark when it comes to bunk beds. Also there are reports finding fault in the product's weight and unwieldiness -- a fairly common remark, really; however, being heavy can only be seen as a downside until the product is assembled and set into place -- afterwards this becomes an advantage.

Bottom Line

To sum it up, the Berg Utica loft and bunk beds are considered: attractive; comfortable; durable; safer to use than conventional bunk beds due to the use of staircase instead of ladder. They are also a bit pricier than your average bunk bed, but with so many buyers out there vouching they are so worth the money, it's probably also worth giving them a careful consideration.

Alternate Configurations
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Utica Twin over Full in White

Twin over Full with Stairs and Nightstand

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Utica Twin Dorm

Utica Twin Dorm Loft Bed in Nutmeg

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Utica Twin over Twin in Nutmeg

Twin over Twin with Stairs and Ladder Bookcase

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Utica Storage Twin over Twin

Utica Storage Twin over Twin with Trundle Bed

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Twin over Twin with Desk

Utica Twin over Twin with Desk in White

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Twin Dorm in Nutmeg

Utica Twin Dorm Loft Bed with Stairs in Nutmeg

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Storage Twin over Twin in Nutmeg

Utica Storage Twin over Twin Loft Bed with Stairs

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