Kids bunk beds should have a number of built in safety features to make them a fun and safe place to sleep. But as parents, we often worry that our little ones are simply too young to understand the dangers of bunk bed stairs. Luckily, with careful planning and careful shopping, you can get a bunk bed with drawers that will help protect your child from any potential danger. Here are some of the most important safety features you should look for when choosing a bunk bed ladder.
Drawer placement: This is one of the most important safety features to look for. Make sure there's plenty of space at the bottom of the bed on the sides and the bottom of the upper bunk so your child can comfortably sit up tall in bed without banging his or her head on the side. Always remember not to hang or drape things around the triple bunk beds (especially since most have no railings or overhead support) because they could eventually fall out and become a hazard. Another pro to consider is if the drawers are adjustable. This means you can set them higher or lower if necessary.
Mattress pad: Even though it may seem like an unnecessary feature, a good quality mattress pad can help protect your kids from falling out of the top bunk. Although bunk beds are usually sold as a single mattress on the bottom, newer models now come with two, three or even four mattresses. Make sure the bottom mattress is firmer than the other two. A thicker mattress pad is also better because it can prevent your child from rolling off the side if they have to suddenly go to the bottom.
Attached mattress: Although not required by law, many manufacturers do offer an attached two beds. By putting the second bed on the side of the main bed, the child is kept somewhat enclosed. The advantage is that the child is not able to fall out of the top bunk when they become tired or need a break. In addition to keeping them somewhat safe, an attached second mattress can save quite a bit of money by allowing you to remove both mattresses during family vacations.
Mattress pad: The next consideration is the quality of the mattress. If you buy inexpensive beds, you may find that the quality of the materials used is unsatisfactory. Some bunk bed manufacturers use low quality materials that will wear out quickly or that are just not comfortable for children. Always choose a mattress that is rated for children ages two to six. Two-piece mattresses are generally preferred but three or four-piece sets are also available.
Roof rack: These are bunk bed with steps. They come with a ladder that rolls up to the top bunk and back down to the bottom. The benefit of this type is that it saves space and there is no need to install a ladder on the roof of your house. In addition, they can be a great way to save money on home improvement costs. They have fewer pros and cons than the traditional bunk bed.
Guardrails: Some models come with guardrails. Some experts do not recommend having guardrails on the bottom bunk. They say that it could lead to suffocation if a child should try to climb out. However, a higher guardrail will discourage even more climbers. On the other hand, a two-inch high rail on the bottom could keep some people from falling on the mattress.
Stairs: Some models do not have stairs built into the base. You have to check price and sturdiness of the legs before buying a model that does not have stairs built in. Some kids bunk beds manufacturers include a set of stairs that fold down vertically into the base. This is a good thing to look for when you are comparing prices. If you have a heavy duty set of stairs, you will not have to worry about them being damaged any more than you would if you had a pair of cheap stairs.