Thinking of getting a bunk bed? The choices and details can be overwhelming. Read our quick and easy 5-point primer before you buy, and enjoy your new bed!
- Twin |75"X39"
- TwinXL | 80"X39"
- Full | 75"X54"
Height considerations: There should be clearance for a person to sit up straight in the top bunk – a minimum of 30 inches is recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission(and, we tested that number, and I am 5’ 5” and would bang my head unless the clearance was 35”, or so). In a room with an 8-foot ceiling (96 inches), the top of the mattress should be approximately 66 inches from the floor.
- Standard bunks in twin, twinxl or full (with parallel or perpendicular beds)
- Twin over full
- Workstation bunks with desks
- Futon bunks provide leisure and sleeping spots
- Lofts (these fall into bunk bed category and regulation if the mattress foundation is more than 30 inches above the floor)
- Polystyrene foam mattresses - offer firm to mid-firm comfort, and are available in a range of thicknesses. They are less durable than many mattresses and the foam can crumble.
- Innerspring mattresses – Interlaced innerspring is the most widely used support type. Generally comfortable and durable.
- Innerspring mattress with individually wrapped coils – (AKA Marshal or Pocketed coils). These are individually wrapped and not interlaced so they conform better to the body and separate motion between partners.
- Memory Foam mattresses –Polyurethane foam conforms to the body and provides increased support.
- Latex mattresses– Latex is from the rubber tree, and is generally used as a comfort layer in the mattress, known for its durability.
- Gel mattresses– The newest thing on the market, offering comfort, pressure relief and heat regulation.
- Go simple! The easiest option is the no-tuck solution: a quilt and duvet cover.
- Use QuickZip! – the only sheet designed for bunk beds. Make changing easy so that you can have a beautiful and comfortable bed – even 66 inches off the ground!
- Bed must have continuous guardrails on both sides of the top bunk. The gaps in the guardrails should be 3.5 inches or smaller to prevent strangulation.
- Guardrails need to extend at least 5 inches above the mattress top to prevent falls (in most cases, mattress plus the foundation should be less than 8 inches thick
- End structures must be 5 inches above top of mattress for at least half the distance
- Check that the mattress foundation is strong and that the right mattress size is used.
- Keep the top bunk away from ceiling fans or lights.
- Do not attach belts, scarves or ropes to the bunk bed. This can lead to strangulation.
- Do not allow children under age 6 on the top bunk, and limit horseplay
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