A bunk bed is a versatile way to decorate a child’s room, especially one that will be shared by two siblings. Before purchasing a bunk bed, here are some general guidelines to help you select one the will be safe, comfortable and stylish.
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Determine the Type of Bunk Bed You Need
There are many types of bunk beds ranging from the basic twin-over-twin to elaborate combinations that cater to different needs.
Depending on what you may need, most bunk beds fall under two broad categories, Basic bunk beds and Lofted bunk beds, with many subcategories under each one. For instance, basic bunk beds are available as twin-over-twin, twin-over-full, etc., while lofted bunk beds could come with lofted bed over a futon, or lofted bed over a study center. There are also configurations that offer triple sleeping surfaces.
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Bunk Bed
Bunk beds should be used by children six or older. If one of your children is under six, plan on assigning the bottom bunk to the younger one
- The guardrails of the top bunk should be on all four sides.
- There should be five inches of space from the top of the mattress to the top of the guardrail (of the top bunk). If the mattress is too thick, the guardrail will not be able to protect your child from falling out of bed.
- Check the manufacturer’s product information for the weight capacity, especially of the top bunk.
- It should be well-made and constructed of strong and durable materials. It shouldn’t wobble or shake. If your home is prone to uneven floors, plan to use levelers. Many manufacturers include them; if not, they can be purchased at most hardware stores
- Corners should be rounded.
- The ladder should be securely fastened and not easily removed by a child.
- Take into consideration the size and shape of the room you are purchasing the bunk bed for. Measure the available space and make sure that there will at least three feet of clearance between the ceiling and the top bunk.
- Especially if your child occupying the lower bunk likes to read in bed, ensure that there will be enough space between the bottom and top bunks, so that he or she will be able to sit up comfortably.
For more in-depth details & guide for bunk beds refer the Bunk Beds: The Buying Guide