Tips For Choosing Your Kid's Bunk Bed - From Safety To Style
Kid’s bunk beds offer a great way to save space or provide an additional sleeping spot in your children’s rooms for sleepovers. These can also be perfect for siblings who share a room.
When buying a new bunk bed, you might be curious about what to look for and what types you have to choose from. From bunk beds with storage to triple bunk beds, we’ve got everything you need to make an informed decision regarding your next bunk bed purchase.
6 Tips To Selecting The Right Bunk Bed For Your Child
1. Always Choose Quality Over Cheapness
The range of bunk bed pricing greatly varies. But you get what you pay for. The cheaper and most affordable bunk beds tend not to hold up to the test of time and everyday use.
At the same time, you don’t necessarily have to go for the most expensive type. Generally, you want to check the materials and construction of the bunk bed. Check bunk bed recommendations and reviews and determine if it’s a good choice.
2. Go for Classic Instead of Themed Bunk Beds
The problem with themed bunk beds is they get old fast. Your child might also quickly outgrow the selected theme as their likes and interests change. Instead, opt for a bunk bed that won’t go out of style, such as white bunk beds. This Leo White & Oak Bunk Bed is the perfect example of classic design.
3. Assess the Size of Space
Bunk beds are often ideal for smaller rooms since they can help fit two beds in one small space. At the same time, you want to make sure you have the space for the bunk bed you select. Here’s how to measure your space properly:
- Measure the total floor area, including the width and length.
- Measure the floor-to-ceiling height. Ideally, you want about two feet or 61 centimetres of space between the top of the bunk bed and the ceiling.
- Before purchasing, check your measurements versus the bunk bed dimensions to ensure it’s a good fit.
4. Decide On Ladders vs Stairs
This may depend on your budget since bunk beds with stairs tend to cost more. At the same time, these products offer bunk bed storage under the stairs. If it covers your needs for a dresser and two beds, it might be the right option.
It’s worth noting that bunk beds with stairs take up more space. However, if you’re set on stairs, this Biblio Bed is a classic and sturdy option.
If you’re searching for a space-saving bunk bed, this probably isn’t the best choice. Instead, you may want to opt for a bunk bed with a ladder, such as the Pino Medium Bunk Bed. There are a few different types of ladder options including:
- Integrated Straight Ladders: These are what we typically see attached to the side of the bunk bed and require no additional space.
- End Ladders: These attach to the end of the bunk, creating more space for getting in and out of the lower bunk. This might be more ideal for adults.
- Angled Ladders: These stick out a bit more from the bed and often have a railing attached to them. This type of ladder will take up more space but can offer a safer option.
5. Decide On Metal vs Wooden Bunk Beds
Bunk bed materials usually include either metal or wood or a combination of these two. Wooden bunk beds, like the Neptune Bunk Bed, are the most durable, often made from rubberwood or pine. They also come in a variety of colours. Metal bunk beds, on the other hand, provide a minimalist look and are often more affordable than their wooden counterparts. A great metal bunk bed includes the Tandi Triple Sleeper.
6. Consider the Safety Level Needed
If your child is under six years of age, bunk beds might not be the best choice for your child’s bed due to safety reasons. However, if this isn’t an issue, the next safety consideration is the rails around the top bunk, which should be about 16 centimetres from the top of the mattress.
Additionally, setting up the bunk bed against a wall contributes to its sturdiness. Ideally, a corner is best. You also want to ensure you follow all instructions correctly for set-up so that mishaps don’t happen. Teaching your kids about safety when using the bunk beds is also important, such as paying attention when using the ladder and avoiding climbing the bunk bed in other ways.
Types of Bunk Beds Available in Ireland
There are many different types of bunk beds to choose from. Explore the sections below to determine which is right for you and your space.
Bunk Beds with Storage
Many bunk beds offer ample storage options, such as this Trasman Barca White & Oak Bunk Bed. Some include under-bed storage, which can be perfect for tucking away toys, extra bedding, or seasonal clothes. Some also include built-in shelving.
Bunk Beds with a Desk
Some types of bunk beds can also include a desk. This may mean converting the bottom bunk, or it may mean opting for a desk over a lower bunk. This option is great if you’re tight on space in your child’s room as the desk usually sits below the top bunk. Some options, like the Mid Sleeper Beds and Loft Beds, also come with plenty of storage options and a desk, making great use of small spaces.
Single Bunk Beds
The single bunk bed, such as the Leo Bunk Bed, is the traditional bunk bed with two single beds stacked on top of one another. If bunk bed safety is important to you, these usually offer a sturdy bunk bed design and can accommodate two children.
Three Sleeper Bunks
A triple bunk bed has a double bed at the bottom with a single bed stacked above it. This can be great for sleepovers, easily fitting three children. A great option for teenagers and kids is this triple bunk bed from Homeline.
Alternatively, there are trundle bunk beds, such as this Maine Anthracite Bunk Bed, that look like traditional bunk beds but have an additional bed that pulls out underneath the bottom bunk.
Choosing a Bunk Mattress
After you’ve selected your bunk bed, you’ll need a bunk bed mattress! Almost any mattress will work. The key is that you don’t want it to reduce the space between the top bunk and the ceiling, with the ideal gap being about two feet or 61 centimetres.
Ideally, a bunk mattress is best as these won’t cut corners when it comes to safety. These are slightly thinner than regular mattresses. Yet, they ensure the safety bars are at an ideal height. A great option, depending on your bunk bed’s measurements, is the Durabeds Budget 4ft6 Mattress.
Bunk Bed FAQs
What height mattress for bunk bed?
This depends on your bunk bed. Measure the size of your bunk bed where the mattress is going to go. Then, make sure there is a gap of at least 61 centimetres between the top of the mattress and the ceiling.
What is the size of a bunk bed mattress?
This may vary depending on the type of bunk bed you have (Always check the dimensions). However, generally, the size of a single bunk bed mattress is 90 cm x 190 cm and the size of a double is 135 cm x 190 cm.
What age is a bunk bed best for?
Over the age of six is considered best for bunk beds. Below this age, generally, children stay in toddler beds. Once they outgrow this, a child bunk bed may be a great option.
It’s also important to note that the weight limitations for most kid’s bunk beds are 150 to 220 pounds.
How high should the safety barrier be?
Usually, the safety barrier should be at least 26 centimetres above the base of the top bunk and 16 centimetres above the top of the mattress. The safety barrier should also surround the top bunk entirely, with only one opening for a ladder or stairs.
Can bunk beds be separated?
Most bunk beds aren’t designed to be separated. However, some types can be. If this is within your criteria, make sure you check that this is possible before purchasing.
How do I assemble a bunk bed?
Each bunk bed comes with manufacturer instructions regarding how to assemble it properly. If any part is missing, get in touch with the store or manufacturer, and don’t use the bunk bed until all parts are accounted for and set up correctly.
It’s also a good idea to check the bunk bed yourself before allowing your children to use it. Make sure it doesn’t wobble, feels sturdy, and doesn’t include any sharp pieces.
Where Can I Buy a Bunk Bed?
Are you wondering where to buy a bunk bed? Homeline Furniture offers a variety of kids' bunk bed options. We pride ourselves on only providing quality furniture, so you can rest assured that you’re getting only the best when choosing Homeline. Shop bunk beds here.