Bunk beds are a great space saver for a children’s bedroom. Plus, what kid doesn’t love a bunk bed? These beds have come a long way and there are certain things you want to consider prior to choosing. You want to be sure you are thinking about safety, the functional needs of the space, and the style and space requirements. Choosing a bunk bed is so much more important than just choosing a bed. Take the time to plan out the room and remember these tips on shopping for bunk beds for kids.
Guard Rails should be located on both sides of the bed. Plus, they need to be at least 5″ above the top of the mattress.
Avoid ceiling fans. If you have a ceiling fan anywhere near the top of the bunk bed, I would stay away from it completely.
Choose a ladder that is safe and reliable. Be sure it is attached correctly at all times and that the hardware us functioning properly.
Reinforce the top bunk to avoid collapsing.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, no child under the age of 6 should sleep on the top bunk.
Loft Bed. This is ordinarily one bed above, while a desk or seating area is below. Still a great space saver, but not ideal for sleeping 2 kids at once.
Bunk Bed. This is 2 beds, and although the arrangement of the bottom bed may vary, the number does not. So ultimately if you need to sleep 2 children in a very tight space, the bunk bed is the way to go.
Metal. Metal beds are commonly made out of tubular metal, and are limited in style. These can be just as strong as wood beds, just be sure you look in to the construction thoroughly. It can look great in a more contemporary setting.
Wood. The style of wood beds is much more vast. You can find anything from modern or contemporary, to whimsical or rustic.
The space between the beds is best when it averages 24-30″.
The distance from the top of the bed to the ceiling should be no less than 30″. Anything less than this can be uncomfortable for the boy or girl who gets the top.
Twin over Twin is a great idea for smaller children.
Twin over full is great for a smaller child and an adolescent.
Triple Bunk Beds. If you have the height, and need the space, you can find a 3 bed bunker. They’re also called “triple deckers”.
Tree-house Bunk Bed. These sleep 2, but are just plain fun for the kids. They are usually quite bulky so be aware of the space you will need prior to purchasing.
Trundle Bed. This is another way to sleep 3. Trundle Beds are not always the most comfortable option, so these are great when you are planning for a guest from time to time. They slide out when you need it, and just disappear when you don’t. They can also be a great use of storage as well.
Now go and do your shopping with a little more information, and you will see it is going to be a much smoother process. Take your kids along too. They will love the opportunity to pick out their new beds.