by Jessica Gezon
Looking to make the most of the space in a small bedroom? Bunk beds can provide more beds and extra storage space and make small rooms feel bigger. Keep reading for answers to frequently asked questions about bunk beds; knowing the answers will help you pick the perfect bunk bed.
What finishes are available?
Bunk bed frames are crafted of either metal or wood. Wooden bunk beds offer all the stains and finishes of other wooden furniture. If you love the rich look of mahogany or the simple look of pine, you're in luck. Even newer, more contemporary stains, like blues and pinks, are becoming more common. Do you prefer the modern look of metal? No problem. Today's bunk beds are available with sleek lines and striking lacquered coatings.
How do I make the top bunk?
Making up the top bunk is the hardest part of owning bunk beds! When you first assemble the bunk bed, make sure to put the fitted sheet on the mattress before putting the mattress on the bed frame. Once the mattress is in place and it's time to change the sheets, you can either climb up (make sure you have plenty of room between the bed and the ceiling so you don't hit your head) or teach your children to change a sheet. You can even work with your kids: Have them do the corners near the wall while you do the corners you can reach from the floor.
What safety issues should I consider?
Bunk beds, when properly constructed and assembled, are structurally safe. Safety issues come from mistakes users make, but those mistakes can easily be avoided. There are some basic things to keep in mind to make sure no one gets hurt. Don't forgo the safety rail on the wall-side of the bed; small children can slip down between the mattress and the wall. Don't place the bed directly under a ceiling fan unless you're sure there's plenty of clearance between a bouncing child and the spinning blades of the fan. Double check that the ladder is placed securely against the bed so it doesn't slip out from under someone climbing to the top bunk.
How much weight can the top bunk hold?
Most bunk beds are designed to hold a standard twin-size mattress on top. The mattress can either be supported by full slats attached to each side of the bed frame or supported by slats resting on blocks of wood which are attached to the sides of the frame. If the mattress is supported by slats on blocks, make sure it won't come loose and fall on the person in the lower bunk. Assuming the mattress is secure, you should be safe to climb up and read your child a bedtime story.
Should I choose a metal or wood bunk bed frame?
Both choices have pros and cons. Metal bunk beds weigh less than wooded beds, but they sometimes squeak and wobble. Wooden frames are sturdy but heavy; once you've set them up, they can be a challenge to relocate.