When my youngest son outgrew his crib, we were living in a small house and the boys were sharing a room. There wasn’t really room for two twin beds side by side, so we bought bunk beds. It surprised me when Nathan, who was only 3.5 at the time, wanted to be the one who slept on the top!
Bunk beds come with directions on how to put them together, but there are some tips I want to pass on that I’ve learned over the years. If not set up correctly, bunk beds can be dangerous, so please continue reading to learn how to make sure bunk beds are set up safely.
It’s generally recommended that you put the bunk bed up against a wall to provide support. If possible, put it in a corner of the room so that the bunks are supported on two sides. Push the bunk beds right up against the wall so your child doesn’t roll over and end up between the bed and the wall!
Bunk beds are adjustable in terms of height, but it’s important to leave another room for your child to sit all the way up without bumping their head on the ceiling. Make sure the ladder is SECURELY fastened to the frame. Ours came with two bolts, and my husband put in extra ones just to be sure. You can’t be too careful.
When you buy your bunk beds, it’s a good idea to buy the mattress the store sells for it as well. Bunk bed mattresses are a little wider than standard twins, at least mine are, so that there isn’t a gap between the mattress and the frame. A small child could roll and get stuck.
I hope these tips help those of you considering putting bunk beds in a child’s room! Do you use bunk beds? Have you had any problems with yours? Let me know in a comment!
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