National Bunk Day

Two kids in pajamas, one climbing a bunk bed ladder with a smile, while the other reads a bedtime story in a cozy bedroom..
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Ah, bunk beds. The lego bricks of the furniture world. They remind us of family summer vacations, college dormitories, and the delight of climbing a ladder to your sleeping area! But did you know there's a National Bunk Day? Well, there absolutely is. Let's into the rabbit hole, shall we?

When is Bunk Day?

It's national bunk day on the 17th April.

A Brief History of National Bunk Day

Internet data analysed by us here at detected 23 mentions of our pyramid-like sleep stations special day, with the most mentions on 17 Apr 2015. It appears that National Bunk Day is an underground movement as bedroom-shaking as a bunk bed ladder climbed at 2am. Despite the lack of a clear historical grounding, like the clever spaceman that came up with the idea of stacking beds, those 23 brave proponents have sought to elevate our appreciation for bunk beds, reminding us of their unique space-saving charm and inherent fun factor.

Celebrating National Bunk Day

Celebrating National Bunk Day isn't as hard as you might imagine. In truth, it's as easy as climbing into a top bunk after turning off the lights. All that's required is an appreciation for the humble bunk bed, the space-saving marvel that it is. Consider hosting a sleepover, reminiscing about old times in college dormitories or family vacations, or even undertaking a loft conversion project to bring back the magic.

Remembering the Little Things

In an increasingly cramped and busy world, it's crucial to remember the small things that make a difference. Like the bunk bed, a pragmatic solution to limited space, wrapped in a package of childhood nostalgia and sibling camaraderie. On National Bunk Day, take a moment to appreciate the practical elegance of stacked sleeping quarters. If only all of life's problems were so easily resolved!

History behind the term 'Bunk'


The Birth of 'Bunk'

The term 'bunk' first originated in the United States around 1820. It comes from the word 'bunkum', which was a term used to describe long-winded, empty and insincere political speeches. The term 'bunk' was derived from shortening the word 'bunkum' and was used to refer to any type of nonsense or rubbish.


Bunk as a Civil War Slang

During the American Civil War, the term 'bunk' gained popularity among soldiers. It was often used as a slang term to describe anything false, exaggerated, or deceitful. Soldiers frequently used the term to call out the dishonesty or exaggerated claims made by their comrades or superiors.


Bunk as a Meaningless Talk

In the late 19th century, the term 'bunk' started to be associated with meaningless talk or babble. It became a common slang term used by people to express their disbelief or rejection of someone's statements or claims. The use of 'bunk' as a synonym for 'nonsense' became ingrained in everyday language.


Bunk as a Part of Popular Culture

During the 1920s, the term 'bunk' became more prevalent in popular culture. It was often used in literature, comedy sketches, and movies to create humorous dialogues or to denote something false or contrived. The term gained further recognition and solidified its place in the English language.


Bunk in the Modern World

Today, the term 'bunk' is still commonly used to refer to something that is untrue or nonsense. It has become a part of colloquial vocabulary and is used to dismiss or criticize statements that lack credibility or logical basis. The term has stood the test of time and remains an integral part of the English language.

Did you know?

Did you know the earliest record of bunk bed dates back to the 15th century? Yes, these space savers have been providing nights of fun (and fights for the top bunk) for centuries!


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First identified

17th April 2015

Most mentioned on

17th April 2015

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