Bunk Beds: A Snuggly Space-Saving Option

Around SIX WEEKS before my girl’s expected date a year ago, the settling nature struck. We were on a family ski trip in Vermont and had recently gotten off from a sleigh pulled by a draft horse named Jacques. We had clopped, plainly, over a stream and through the wood. “We need worked in lofts,” I told my better half, who gestured under his parka. He looked soothed. I had at long last incubated an arrangement to make space for the new child. As it was, our subsequent room scarcely fit the baby bed our close to 4-year-old had fiercely grown out of. My answer: Create a warm new room with a two layer bed to oblige our oldest and an intermittent visitor. Tunneling under plaid covers in a cold woods had opened up recollections of each cot I’d at any point twisted into—at sleepovers and day camp, in lodges at public parks, in apartments and remote.

Bunk Bed Safety and Dangers for Children

Lofts are as often as possible utilized as a youngster’s first ordinary or large child bed after he/she grows out of a bunk—either at about age 2 or 35 inches (890 mm) in stature. Some lofts likewise are utilized independently as twin beds for more seasoned kids and even grown-ups.

Dangers for Children

Each year, over 35,000 children receive hospital emergency room treatment for injuries associated with bunk bed with desk. Most of these injuries are fairly minor and occur when children fall from the beds. Kids playing on their bunk beds often contribute to these accidents. There are other less obvious, yet potentially very serious hazards associated with bunk bed structures that have entrapped children and resulted in suffocation or strangulation deaths.1

Safety of Bunk Beds

To keep your kids safe when sleeping in a twin over full bunk bed, you should:
  • Always use two side guardrails on the upper bunk. Keep guardrails securely in place at all times no matter what the age of the child. Children move about during sleep and may roll out of bed.
  • Not permit children under 6 years of age to sleep in the upper bunk.
  • Be sure cross ties are under the mattress foundation of each bed and that they are secured in place even if bunks are used as twin beds.
  • Emphasize to children to use the ladder and not chairs or other pieces of furniture to climb into or out of the top bunk.
  • Teach children that rough play is unsafe around and on beds and other furniture.
  • Consider using a night light so that children will be able to see the ladder if they get up during the night.