Bunk beds are often used as a child’s first big bed after a crib, usually around the age of 2. Before purchasing a bunk bed for your child, you need to consider your needs, how much space you have and your budget. It is important to measure the space you have to find a bunk bed that will fit into the space. Your budget will tell you what type of bunk bed you will be able to afford. Some features you may want are study areas, storage and play features like a tent or slide. All of these will depend on your child’s age and particular likes.
The basic bunk bed is two beds one over the other. The combination can be a twin bed over a twin and or a twin bed over a full size. Most basic bunk bedscan be broken down and taken apart used as two separate beds.
Another popular style bunk bed is the L shape. It has the same beds, but in the configuration of an L. The loft bed is turned at a right angle to the bed on the bottom. This is a good choice only if you have the space for it because it does take up more room.
Other style bunk beds include: loft bunk, futon bunk, study loft and triple bunk. Many of these styles can also be taken apart and used as two separate beds.
To keep your children sage in bunk beds, it is important to:
1. Use guardrails
2. Have no one under 6 on the upper bunk
3. Use crossties under the mattress foundation
4. Not rough play on the bunk
5. Use the ladder as the only way to upper bunk
6. Use a night light when it is dark in the room