First, you will need to decide if you want one bed or two. In homes with several children, bunk beds can be a perfect bedroom solution. If you don’t need two beds all of the time, but are looking to maximize bedroom space, consider a loft bed with a desk underneath. Or get the best of both worlds with a futon loft bed, providing a lower lounge area that can be converted into a second bed.
- Size and type of your bunk bed. For two small children, a twin over twin bed works nicely, but for one younger and one older child, you might want to get a twin over full bunk bed. We also offer full over full bunk beds for maximized space and comfort. A twin bed over a futon creates the perfect place to hang out or invite friends to stay overnight, and is a popular choice for college students or young adults.
- Bunk beds that separate. Some bunk beds can convert into two beds, which is an ideal feature as children grow up and needs change. Also, some bunk beds allow for multiple configurations.
- Storage drawers and trundle drawers. These provide extra room for belongings or for a trundle bed, and cut down on under-the-bed messes.
- Slat kits. Most bunk beds come with slat kits to support the mattresses. Usually, a box spring is not used with bunk beds.
- Bunkie boards: You can purchase a Bunkie board for additional mattress support. A Bunkie board is a thin, solid board with smoothed edges and corners, wrapped in soft fabric to look nice and protect your mattress. A Bunkie board can offer additional stability and a firmer sleep experience, taking the place of a box spring. We recommend Bunkie board mattresses. This all-in-one product includes a Bunkie board on the bottom of the mattress.
- Loft Bed Options: If you are choosing a loft bed, decide how you want to use the lower area. Do you want a built-in desk, storage area, or a place to sit and watch TV? Many options are available. Also if you are shopping for a younger child, consider a junior loft bed. With a lower height, novelty themes, and often included tents, these beds are a great choice for children ages 6-12.
- Material and Style: A basic decision is determining if you want a wood bunk bed or metal frame. Almost any style of bunk bed or loft bed is available, from Mission and rustic to contemporary and modern. Metal frames are usually constructed of tubular metal.
- Maple is an extremely hard, fine-textured wood. The color is light although some maple has a reddish cast. It can also be stained to simulate cherry wood, which has similar grain.
- Oak is a strong, hard-wearing wood with a pronounced texture. Oak is especially associated with Mission-style furniture. This type of wood tends to be heavy and durable.
- Cherry is a moderately hard and sturdy wood with a reddish-brown tone and tight, straight grain. Cherry resists warping and is easy to work with so is sometimes used for more decorative furniture.
- Hardwood refers to a selection of various hardwoods. Hardwood beds are more durable than beds made from pine, but the exact type of wood that is used can vary. Oftentimes, in the furniture industry, "hardwood" refers to Asian hardwoods, such as rubberwood.
- Pine is a soft wood with a knotted look. Pine tends to dent easily, although it will still hold together well. Many times this wood is used to create a rustic or antique look for furniture.
Bunk beds and loft beds maximize space in our bedrooms or apartments and can create a fun, casual environment. However, because of their elevated design, bunk and loft beds come with a certain element of risk. Bunk and loft beds come complete with safety features to reduce this risk, but awareness and adherence to safety guidelines are essential to minimizing injuries.
Note that this is not a comprehensive list. This is a list of things to consider while shopping for a bunk bed. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for an in-depth look at bunk bed safety concerns.
- Follow instructions carefully when assembling a new bunk bed.
- Always use guard rails on both sides.
- Ensure mattress surface is at least 5 inches below upper edge of guardrails.
- Use only properly-sized, manufacturer-recommended mattresses.
- Mattresses should not exceed 8 inches thick including the mattress surface and foundation combined.
- Allow only children six years or older to sleep on upper bunks.
- Make sure the ladder is amply wide and permanently attached to the frame.
- Make sure there are no openings wide enough for a child's head or torso to pass through.
- Prohibit more than one person on the upper bunk.
- Prohibit horseplay on or under the beds.
- Discuss safety concerns and the proper usage of bunk beds with your children.
A new mandatory standard for bunk beds is expected to improve safety for the hundreds of thousands of children who use them. Since mid-2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires all bunk beds sold in the United States to comply with the following standards:
- Every bunk bed must have a warning label that advises against placing children under six years of age in the upper bunk.
- Always use guard rails on both sides.
- If the bunk bed is taller than 30 inches, it must have a continuous guardrail on the wall side of bed.
- Openings on the upper and the lower bunks must be small enough that a child's head, torso, or limb cannot pass through them.