When considering a bunk bed for your children’s room, the first thing you should know is that it won’t stay a bunk bed for long. It will magically transform itself into a pirate ship, a fort or the northeast tower of a faraway castle. It will be the ringside seat to many an adventure.
Bunk Beds are Popular
Not only are bunk beds a popular choice when decorating a bedroom that is to be shared by siblings, it is also an easy decorating fix for small rooms. Since most kids will be tempted to treat a bunk bed like a jungle gym, there are some things to consider, especially if you’re purchasing one for the first time.
Bunk Beds for 6 and up
If one or more of your children you are buying the bunk bed for is under six, plan on putting them on the bottom bunk. If they don’t have an older sibling who will sleep in the top bunk, wait until they are older; then their motor skills will be developed enough to handle climbing.
Bunk Bed Safety
You want them to be as safe as possible. Ensure that the bunk bed you’re interested in meets all current safety standards; the top bunk is enclosed (all four sides) and is made of eco-friendly materials including a non-toxic paint or stain finish. To prevent the most common accidents associated with bunk beds, set a small handful of ground rules that can be easily enforced by you such as no jumping off the top bunk and using the ladder at all times.