How Can You Save Space? Three Things You Should Know about Bunk Beds
Did you know that bunk beds were first used as intentional sleeping designs in the 1400s? Bunk type bedding was originally used on ships, where space was very limited, and eventually became popular on land. Today, bunk beds are a common way to add an extra sleeping area while saving space. Thinking about getting a bunk bed? Then here are three things you should know.
1. Multiple Options for Set Up
Because they are versatile in how they can be assembled, bunk beds often add interesting design elements to a room. Although the traditional set up is to have a twin over twin bed, there are also full over full bunk beds, and twin over full bunk beds. Some people only use the top bunk for a sleeping area, and use the bottom section for a desk, couch, or play area.
2. Safety Concerns
If you plan on getting your children a bunk bed, make sure they are all over six years of age, since very young children account for 50% of all bunk related injuries. To avoid injury, caution children to treat the bunk as a bed, not as a play place. Injuries often are the result of jumping from the top bunk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees the safety of bunk beds and requires at least two guardrails on the top bunk, and that there are at least five inches between the mattress and the upper guardrail edge.
3. Material Choices
Metal and wooden bunk beds are the most common choices for the bunk itself. Each option has benefits of its own. Metal is often more inexpensive and allows for a more minimalist design, which might suit a room more than heavier wood. Wooden bunk beds, however, are often less noisy, more sturdy, and can add a beautiful, traditional touch to the room. For kids with big imaginations, you can also consider getting bunk beds with panel additions to make them look like castles, houses and more. Some families even opt for a top bunk slide.
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