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How to Choose Safe Bunk Beds

by Emily Lloyd

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Kids playing around bunk beds may be having so much fun that they forget to be careful. Children's bunk beds are more than just a place to sleep; they can also become their playground. As a parent shopping for kids' beds, you'll want to find the safest bunk beds. With this checklist, it's easy to make sure the bunk beds your children use are safe for bedtime and playtime. Keep reading to get ideas on how to choose safe bunk beds for your family.

Choosing Safe Bunk Beds:

  1. Check the equipment. Bunk beds are fun for kids, but as a responsible, parent you'll want to take safety precautions. Start by taking inventory of the bunk bed's safety measures. Since one of the main appeals of a bunk bed is its height, you'll want to make sure that the bunk bed comes with a sturdy ladder. Letting your children climb the frame of the bunk bed drastically increases their chance of injury. You'll also want to make sure that the ladder is firmly attached to the bed frame to keep kids from getting any creative ideas about removing it. Another safety measure you'll want to have is railings for both sides of the top bunk. Most of the injuries that come from bedroom furniture are from children falling off the top bunk. Guard rails will greatly decrease the chance of bunk bed accidents in your home.

  2. Make sure the bed is age appropriate. When you assign kids' beds to your family, you'll want to be careful who gets assigned to the top bunk. The top bunk is more ideal for older children. Climbing up and down a ladder each night and morning may prove difficult for a toddler. In addition, toddlers are top-heavy and tip over quite easily. The lower bunk would be a much more appropriate bed for younger children. If you have toddlers, think about investing in a low-profile bunk bed. These beds are lower to the ground, which makes it easier for young children to climb in and out of them.

  3. Check the bunk bed's sturdiness. You want your kids' bunk beds to be sturdy just like any other bed in your home. To determine its level of sturdiness give the bunk bed a good shake. Was it firm or did it wobble? Most beds can be adjusted; however, if you find that the bunk bed joints become loose on a regular basis, you may want to replace your old bunk bed with a newer, safer one. You can also tell that a bed's joints are loose when the bed creaks or squeaks more than normal.

  4. Perform regular maintenance. Like all bedroom furniture, bunk beds need regular maintenance. Check the slats that hold the mattress to make sure they're not cracked or coming loose. Wiggle the bunk bed every so often to make sure the joints are holding. If you invest in wooden bunk beds, wipe the beds down with furniture polish on a regular basis. This will keep the wood looking healthy and improve the bunk bed's overall appearance.

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