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The Best Safety Tips for Kids Bunk Beds

Author imageThe Mattress Warehouse

Choosing bunk beds for kids can be a great option to save and maximise space in their bedroom. Most parents, however, are quite anxious to ensure that this still remains the safest sleeping solution for their child. In the past, these beds could have been a hazard for children, since there were no safety regulations in place. Today, kids’ bunk beds are safer thanks to special regulations and precautions. 

Wooden bunk beds
How safe are bunk beds?

As a bedding and bedroom furniture expert, The Mattress Warehouse has sought out to provide you with the most accurate info on the safety measures for  bunk beds. Hopefully, this will put your parent-heart at ease knowing your little sprout is tucked away safely in their bunk bed!

Find out about  bunk bed safety

Are metal bunk beds safe?

Metal bunk beds may dent and rust as the years go by if not properly taken care of. Children jumping on a metal bed may result in the bed frame bending and becoming wobbly. This, however, does not mean that these metal bunk beds aren’t safe. Proper cleaning of the metal and not jumping on the bed will guarantee this sleeping pod to last you through the years.

metal bunk beds
Are steel bunk beds safe?

How can I make bunk beds for kids safe?

Set up guardrails

Not all bunk beds come standard with guardrails on each side. Children may roll over in their sleep and fall onto the floor if there are no guardrails  installed or if guardrails are installed incorrectly. 

To prevent this, securely fasten guardrails on either side of the bed. It is recommended that guardrails, standard or custom installed, extend from 12cm above the mattress. Furthermore, the vertical spacing between rails should be no less than 9cm.

Check the cross ties

Cross ties are diagonal slats at the base of a bed that supports the mattress. Be sure that all cross ties are firmly secured on each side along the base of the bed. Remember, this base refers to the part of the bed that’ll hold the mattress high up in the air. This ensures proper mattress support to prevent the bunk bed from collapsing on the lower bunk.

Secure the ladder

To ensure the safety of your children climbing in and out of bed, securely fasten the ladder on the side of the bed at the designated ladder-opening. This place of entry should be easily accessible and the ladder should be sturdy enough to carry the weight of your child. 

view of white painted bunk bed ladder
Making your bunk beds safe for children

Check key structure points

Before you or your child get into a bunk bed, inspect all key structure points to ensure that the bed is stable and secure. Key structure points typically lie at the corners of the bed where the feet and bed base are attached. Check to see if the ladder is securely fastened and the frame is stable.

Bunk bed rules for safety

Set some ground rules for your children when it comes to how they use their bunks.. Most injuries occurring on these beds happen due to children falling off when they’ve been rough playing on the top bunk. 

mother telling child not to jump on the bed
Simple bunk bed safety rules

Some bunk bed safety rule suggestions:

  • No playing on the bed
  • No hanging on the guard rails or ladder steps
  • Only climb on and off the bed by using the ladder
  • No jumping off the bed onto the floor

Be aware of the weight limit

Like we’ve mentioned before, make sure that the person sleeping in the bunk bed’s weight is less than the specified weight limit. Any more than that will put a strain on the structure of the bed and may cause risk to those sleeping in and under it.

Some other safety tips

As a parent, you can ensure further bunk bed safety by installing a night light close to the bed. Make sure that your child can access the switch while they’re laying in bed. This way, they never have to get in or out of bed in the dark.

Who can sleep on a bunk bed?

At what age is a bunk bed safe?

It is not recommended that children under the age of six sleep on the top bunk of the bed. Therefore, it is also not safe for toddlers or very young children to sleep on the top of the bed.

Can adults sleep on bunk beds?

Bunk beds have specific weight limitations that some adults will exceed. It is not advised that you sleep on these beds if you weigh more than the recommended weight limit. The structure is created to support up to a certain weight. Anything more than that may cause the structure to fail and collapse. 

adults on their bunk beds
Bunk beds are also suitable for adults

However, adults weighing less than the weight limit can soundly sleep on these beds. Adults that weigh under the weight limit of the bunk bed can soundly sleep on the bed.

What are the odds of a bunk bed collapsing?

The odds of a perfectly fine bunk bed collapsing are extremely low. Manufacturing experts ensure that this is the case by following meticulous structural testing and procedures since this is a parents’ worst fear. 

Little girl with brown hair in striped shirt with hands covering her mouth as if she's shocked

However, a bunk bed can collapse if you allow the misuse of it in your home. This means children jumping and climbing on the structure and, eventually, weakening it to the point of collapse.

Looking for a bunk bed?

Now that you know the ins and outs of bunk beds for kids’ safety; you can restfully get your little one their own! We have a wide range of bunk beds available for you and/or your child to choose from.

Need some more safety assurance?

Feel free to contact our friendly sales team if you’re in need of some more safety tips and advice on our bunk beds for sale. They’ll be more than happy to provide you with details and specifications of safety measures put in place with these beds.

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