Some consider bunk beds to be part of the quintessential childhood experience. What better way than bunk beds to entertain the friends, fit more children into a small room, add space for the unexpected guest?
Buying bunk beds is far from a scientific task. In years past, there were few options in bunk beds, but these days, everything from themed beds (think sailboat or cottage style) to different size beds and fancy finishes are available.
While your kids might be clamoring for bunk beds, there are a few things to consider before taking the bunk bed plunge. First, consider the ages of the children you’ll be buying for. A child under the age of 5 should never be allowed on the top bunk, though if your children are older, the youngest child should generally be on the top bunk. There should be ample room for your bottom bunk child to sit up in bed without knocking the top bunk.
Though you can purchase bunk beds online, most experts suggest at least checking them out in real life first. Try to shake the top bunk to make sure the bunk bed is a strong piece of furniture. These beds will be in rooms inhabited by children, which is test enough for any piece of furniture, but security is even more important here.
Depending on the size of your room and the age of your children, consider getting a bed that features a full-size bed on the bottom and twin on top. This is a popular option for families who plan to use the bottom bunk as a sleep space for guests. It’s also a good option for older children who might like the bottom bunk to have a larger-than-twin bed.
Another option for bunk beds is purchasing a set that can be taken apart and used as two separate beds. As your children get older, this might be preferable to them, or you can even remove one of the bunk bed pieces to another room when the children are no longer excited about sharing a room.
As you peruse the aisles at the furniture store, your children might be excited about a certain brand or style of bunk bed. But remember – you’ll be putting this furniture together. Ask the salesperson for the bunk bed manual and check to be sure this is a project you can handle.