Bunk beds are some of the best space-saving pieces of furniture for the kids’ room. They come in a variety of styles, a wide array of useful features, and they are made from different materials. When buying a bunk bed there are six issues you should consider. These include, the available space in the room, the build style, the material it’s made from, ladder and storage features, and the safety considerations.
Assess the Room’s Size
Before buying any type of bunk bed, you need to measure the available floor space where you intend to keep the bed, as well as the ceiling height of the room. If you intend to get one for the kids’ room, you need to ensure that the space between the top mattress and the ceiling is not less than 3 feet in order to avoid injuries when getting up.
A standard bunk bed comes in twin sizes, although some beds come with pullout mattresses at the bottom, or a trundle bed that slides out. In case you are interested in the one with a trundle or a lower pullout, you need to account for the additional space to make sure there is adequate space. Additionally, you need to account for drawers because some bunk beds come with storage under the lower bunk.
Selecting a Build Style
For kids, a standard twin-size bunk bed would be the most appropriate. However, there are other build styles you can choose from. Some models come as full or twin bunk beds for extra space that may be required for older occupants. Bunk beds come in at least five main build styles, and each style has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the intended purpose and aesthetics. The style of a bunk bed can either be ornamental or simplistic, thus you should weight both purpose and aesthetics when selecting a bunk bed.
Type of Material
Bunk beds are typically available in either wooden or metal materials and they come in a wide range of colors to suit any room’s color scheme. Bunk beds that are made from metal often have a contemporary, industrial look and they tend to be cheaper because the materials are widely available. Nevertheless, these types of bunk beds usually have rungs that may injure young children’s feet while climbing. Additionally, they are hard to repair.
On the other hand, bunk beds that are made from wood come in different types of wood such as oak, maple, pine and cherry. They are also easy to repair as compared to the ones made from metal and the y usually have solid, flat supports for the legs and mattress. When they are properly finished with a high-quality stain, wooden bunk beds offer a more rustic feel, as well as more comfort to some users.
Ladder and Storage Features
In case the intended users of the bunk bed have a lot of items or clothing that requires storage, then you should go for bunk bed options that come with drawers at the end of the bed’s frame or underneath the lower bunk. You can choose one where the lower bunk is free moving and allows you to rotate the lower bunk so that the bed is set in an “L” shape. This adds to storage space and aesthetic variety.
Similarly, you can choose a bunk bed with a mobile stepladder. This is ideal for older users who may need to move the ladder in order to save space. However, it is unsafe for young kids. Other bunk beds come with built-in stairsthat offer a more secure way for climbing, and additional storage room.
Bunk beds that come with guard rails are usually safer than those that don’t have guard rails, more so for small kids that may fall off when sleeping. You also need to consider the bed’s sturdiness and carefully follow the assembly instructions.
Buy a Bunk Bed:
Below is a list of quality bunk beds ready for purchase.