By Kryssa Lighthall
Buying a bunk bed should not be a “window shopping” type
purchase. You must do your research before handing over your
credit card number to the store. Be sure to shop many
stores both online and brick and mortar.
Just because Bunk Beds look great doesn’t mean that they will
be safe and secure and built with quality materials and
craftsmanship. After all, it is our children that will be
sleeping and playing on them so you need to educate yourself
what to look for.
The first decision you need to make is what type of bed you
want your children to have, a bunk, loft, triple, twin, wood
metal. Second is the safety of the bunk bed. After you have
reached your bedding type then consider the following safety
checklist when shopping:
• Find a dealer you can trust. – Make sure they stand behind
their products and can answer any questions regarding the
safety of the bed.
• Find out the weight limits on the bunk bed you want to
purchase. Last thing you need is to get the bunk bed home and
assembled to later find out that the bunk can’t handle the
• Find out if the bottom of the bed frames has enough room for
a box spring mattress to go under the child’s mattress or if
the beds have wooden supports for the mattress to sit on.
Having a box spring mattress provides more comfort and
• Make sure that the bunk beds have plenty of room on the
bottom bunk for the kids to sit on comfortably. This will also
help keep the kids from always playing on the top bunk where
can be more dangerous.
• Look to see if the bunk beds have a safety sticker outlining
the safety guidelines for the bed.
• Make sure the bunk bed is made of strong, quality materials.
You can shake the bed to see if it is durable and stable. Ask
or look to see if the bunk bed is made out of solid wood or if
it is made using particle board. Particle board isn’t as
as solid wood.
• Make sure the corners and edges on the bunk bed are smooth
and rounded. Sharp or blunt edges can serve up many bumps and
• The ladder should be securely attached and be wide enough
your child to climb. The ladder should also not be removable
children. Also, make sure the rungs on the ladder are properly
spaced; they should not have to take a large step up to step
the next rung.
• Make sure the bunk beds have guardrails all the way around
the bed and cannot be removed by children. The guardrails
should have to be removed by removing a fastener device or
type of combination pressure lifting.
Following these steps when shopping for bunk beds will help
ensure your children’s safety when playing or sleeping in
new bunk bed. And it will also give you a “peace of mind” when
making the purchase.
About The Author: Kryssa Lighthall is a writer for