When you think about it, bunk beds and loft beds are a cost effective means of saving space as well as getting two beds for the price of one. Do you have limited space and one or more child over the age of six? Then chances are that you will opt for a bunk bed or a loft bed. There are a number of safety considerations to bear in mind before you make a purchase of your bunk bed or loft bed.
It is important that you find out from the sales person the weight capacity of the bed. The bed should be capable of handling the robust handling, being in mind that it will be subject to constant daily strain of getting out and climbing into bed. This is an important issue with bunk beds for the above stated reasons, especially if the occupant is a well built teenager! Don’t forget to factor in the mattresses as well as the weight of the occupants.
It is good practice to carry out regular inspections of the mattress slats to ensure that they are securely fastened to the bed rails. These safety checks will ensure that the occupant of lower bunk is safe at all times.
The safety rails should be at least 5” above the top of the mattress. This is irrespective of whether the occupant is a child or a teenager. Accidents can happen at any time and having safety rails to provide security and safety is a must. There should be no gaps larger than 3 inches between the mattress and the frame of the bed. This prevents young children injuring their heads or arms because of gaps around the mattress.
Mattresses should be the correct size and should not overhang or be thicker than the manufacturer’s recommended size. It should be snugly enclosed by the frame.
Ensure that there are no obstructions that might make climbing up and down the bunk bed or loft bed hazardous.
The best beds must be freestanding and not prone to wobbling or be unstable in any way when it is being climbed into. If you have to rely on the wall to support the bed then it is not of the right quality and should be considered potentially unsafe.
The bed should not be positioned near obstacles that could cause an accident. For instance, it’s important to make sure that there is enough head room above the mattress. Bear in mind things like ceiling lights, ceiling fans, doors and windows etc.
So in summary, bunk beds and loft beds are an attractive addition to a room where space is at a premium and where you want your money to go further. Cheap single beds are alright in the right setting but just would not deliver some of the benefits of bunk beds or loft beds. The beds must add to the atmosphere of the room and should harmonize with the rest of the room.