A bunk bed can be a great way to save space in a crowded room, build a bond between disparate siblings, and even add a sense of fun and whimsy to a child’s play area. However you have to make sure that you choose a product that is safe, solid, and able to handle the rigors of rambunctious play. At the same time, there are a number of simple precautions that you can take to help reinforce the security of these sleeping surfaces.
When buying a bunk bed, quality matters. You want to make sure that you purchase from a trusted retailer with experience, and a good reputation. At KFS Stores all of our bunks are built using solid wood materials, connected with real metal on metal joints to ensure that the entire piece is solid, strong, and able to hold up against both age and play. In fact our beds actually exceed the ASTM’s regulations for these products.
KFS bunk beds also have a number of more subtle safety features built into their design. For instance, all of the corners have been rounded, which can help to prevent bumps and bruises when kids inadvertently go crashing into everything. All of the drawers are equipped with stoppers so that they will not fall out from above and cause head injuries. Many of our bunk beds also have staircase designs to make it easy to get up and down from the top each night.
One thing you can do to inherently increase bunk bed safety is to position them in a corner of the room, so that two sides are blocked off by walls. This helps to reinforce the structure of the piece against long term wobbling or shifting. It also provides a solid defense on at least two sides, against the child potentially falling from the top. While that is generally not an issue with well constructed products it is always better to be safe than sorry.
It is a good idea to teach your children to show respect for their bunk beds. Try and institute a no jumping policy, to prevent undue stress from assailing the structure of the piece. You should also check the bed periodically to ensure that all bolts and screws are tight, secure, and holding steady. In this way you can ensure the integrity of the bed over time, and make small adjustments as necessary.
Bunk beds are awesome. They can give kids their own vertical space in a room, with one laying claim to a towering height while the other sits secure in a fortress below. However there are a few basic safety precautions that need to be taken. Luckily these are mostly simple, common sense measures that any parent can do in just a few minutes here and there over the years.