Moms love bunk beds and loft beds because they are great space-savers, but from a kid’s point of view, these beds are epic. Bunk beds are highly functional places for your kids to get the rest they need, but they are also creative play spaces.
Bunk beds are both fun and whimsical, they celebrate everything childhood represents. Your kids will love them, and you will love the way they open up a room and make your little ones look forward to bedtime. The biggest problem you’ll have is figuring out who gets to sleep in the top bunk!
Bunk beds are great for teens and younger kids too. They will turn your kid’s bedroom into a super-cool place to hang out with friends and the ultimate space for sleepovers.
Bunk and loft beds have been around for some time but nowadays there are lots more choices when it comes to style, materials, and design. Some of these beds come with built-in storage space, while others have stairs and slides.
Some bunk and loft beds are better suited to teenagers while others are designed for younger children. Here is a brief summary of everything you need to know to help you to choose the right bunk beds.
Why Choose a Bunk Bed?
Bunk beds make a small room bigger by taking advantage of vertical space. Stacking beds creates more room on the floor for kids to play.
Some bunks take up less space than others, so if you have less room to work with, consider smaller beds, nix the slide, and choose ladders over stairs.
Size and Color
Start by measuring the vertical and horizontal space you have to work with (make sure you have at least 40 inches between the top bunk’s mattress and the ceiling).
Consider a bunk bed that will age well. One of the ways you can do this is by getting a bunk that is larger than your child’s current needs, to accommodate them as they get bigger.
Whether you decide on an explosion of colors or a more minimalist aesthetic, create a theme and elaborate on it. Little touches can make all the difference, a slide or a creative railing can add to the whimsy and wonder of your little angel’s space.
Bunk beds with Storage
Some bunks have handy storage options that can help you to remove floor clutter to create space. Bunk beds with raised platforms allow for under-bed storage while loft beds provide under-the-bed floor space that can be used for storage.
Some loft beds have built-in storage features like wardrobes, shelves, drawers, bins, and cubbies.
Bunk beds with a desk
Loft beds with integrated desks are another great way to increase both storage and floor space while giving your child a workstation and creativity center that they can use for everything from coloring to gaming, crafts, and homework.
If you have young kids a junior loft bed saves space because it is shorter than the average bunk bed frame.
Bunk beds with an integrated slide
Adding a slide to a bunk bed takes it to the next level. A slide enhances safety (there is less likelihood of a stumble coming down a slide compared to climbing down a ladder) and turns your kid’s bedroom into a playground.
To add an extra element of safety you may want to put a pillow at the bottom to cushion your little one’s landing. While your kids will love a slide, it takes up more floor space than a ladder.
Triple bunk beds
If you are looking to sleep three children, consider a triple-decker bunk bed. To quote Dr. Suess, “Why only do two when you can do three?” Triple-stacking your kids increases both floor space and fun.
If you decide to go this route, make sure you have the vertical space required and you also want to make sure that it is sturdy as this can be a problem with triple-decker designs.
Bunk Bed Safety
From a safety standpoint, the ladder, staircase, and guardrails are the most important considerations. Stairs are easier to climb than a ladder, particularly for younger children.
A nightlight will make getting in and out of an upper bunk easier in the dark. An elevated bunk should never be used by kids under 6, and younger sleepers are safer on a low-profile bottom bunk.
You also want high guardrails to prevent your little sleepers from falling (the guardrails must be a minimum of 5 inches above the top of the mattress). Placing a bunk bed in the corner provides two natural barriers to keep kids from falling.
Make sure that you secure the bunks to wall studs and always respect the manufacturer’s weight limits. You can also maximize safety by making sure that there are no spaces between the mattresses and the bedframe.
The Cost of Bunk Beds
Bunk beds range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, but you don’t have to spend that much to get a great quality bunk that will last for years. Depending on the design you choose, bunks can be a great cost saver due to their multipurpose utility.
You want your bunk bed to meet all safety regulations and you want it to be stable and sturdy so it can stand up to years of use. Wood bunks are fine but metal bunks are more durable and cost-effective, they are also easier to clean and less likely to chip.
When you bring a bunk bed into your home you are not only making the most of your space, you are also leveling up the fun factor and bringing joy to your kids for years to come.