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Bunk Bed Guide

Bunk beds are great space-savers. They’re useful in bedrooms shared by children, and can also be put to use in space-constrained areas such as dormitory rooms, small vacation cabins, and communal sleeping quarters. However, if you’re in the market for a bunk bed, pay special attention to the features and components of the piece you’re buying along with the manufacturer’s reputation.

Most bunks have two platforms with each sleeping area holding a twin mattress. Additionally, most include a ladder feature used to access the top bunk. However, many “twists” on the conventional design can be found in the marketplace today including: bunks that can be stacked or used individually as two twin beds (with a detachable ladder), bunk beds with a full or double size sleeping area on the bottom, and even futon bunk beds (a futon bunk bed is a bunk with the lower portion comprised of an A-frame futon that can be used for sitting or sleeping). Whatever the feature set, be sure that the bunk that you’ll be purchasing is mattress-ready – meaning, you’ll not need to find “bunkie boards” or plywood as base for your mattresses. Though most bunk beds have slats or metal grillwork used to support mattresses, check with the retailer before finalizing a purchase.

Along with varying designs, the materials used in bunkbeds also differ greatly. One can find metal bunk beds (including iron bunk beds and steel bunks) wood bunk beds, and even bunk beds made of wood composites at home furnishings stores. It is strongly advised to avoid the latter, as a bunkbed constructed of wood composites (particle board and/or MDF) tends be weak, with its hardware working through the bunks joints over time.

In addition to verifying the design and composition of a bunk bed, be sure to check the reputation of the manufacturer. Specifically, have there been any recalls issued against bunks in the past? If so, how have they been handled? What is the warranty issued by the manufacturer? Childrens bunk beds have often been recalled in the past due to safety concerns. Ask these questions of any retailer and make sure you get straightforward answers.

In all, find a bunkbed design that suits your needs, avoid bunkbeds made of wood composites, and ask your sales representatives specific questions about the quality of the piece. Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll be on the path to finding the perfect bunk bed.

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