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Bunk Beds

Kids love bunk beds. Bunk beds are a great addition to any child's room. They not only look great, but they can also be a functional space-saving solution for a house that is a bit cramped. If you have two children that are sharing a bedroom and have single beds, you're likely going to be dealing with a lot of wasted space. Bunk beds quickly solve the problem and let two kids share the space of one.

Cost of Bunk Beds

A good quality bunk bed can be quite expensive. You can expect to pay between $500 to $600 for a twin standard bunk bed. However, the cost of a standard kid's bed with a wooden frame is usually at least $200, so the bunk beds work out to be just a bit over the cost of two single beds. This is a good value when you consider the space-saving potential.

Most bunk beds can be dismantled and reassembled as two separate beds, which might be useful if your kids get their own bedrooms later on. However, you usually pay more for the bunk bed set than you would for two separate beds. Because bunk beds are so popular, they are very easy to sell to other families when you're ready to get rid of them.

Safety Precautions for Bunk Beds

Bunk beds can be a lot of fun for kids, but they can also be dangerous. Many children have been seriously hurt falling from a bunk bed. It's important that you teach your kids about bunk bed safety before allowing them to sleep in one. Once your child knows how to safely sleep on a bunk bed, they will be able to enjoy the bed for years. Here are some basic safety rules that you should follow if you are considering a bunk bed for your children:

  • There should be a gold safety sticker explaining how to safely use the beds (do not remove this once you've bought the bed)
  • The upper bunk should have secure guardrails on both sides
  • If you buy the mattresses with the bunk beds, they should be a snug fit
  • There should be strong slats to support the mattresses
  • The ladder should be wide enough for your child to climb comfortably
  • The ladder should be securely attached at the appropriate angle for climbing.

When purchasing a bunk bed, you should also check whether or not it's possible for your children to sit up on the bottom bunk without bumping their heads. If they can't, don't buy it-the problem will get worse as your children grow.

Tips on Assembling Bunk Beds

If you decide to assemble the bed yourself, keep the assembly guidelines in case you ever have to dismantle and reassemble the bed. This will be very helpful if you decide to move and reassemble the bed. When putting it up for the first time, always allow at least double the time stated by the manufacturer. Instructions usually state that assembly will take between 30 and 45 minutes, so you should allow at least an hour.