There are plenty of reasons why you should consider buying bunk beds with stairs for your kids.
Lets start with the most obvious… Kids love bunk beds with stairs. Simple as that!
Children love to play and climb around, wherever they are, so why not provide them with something to do when they’re in their own room.
There are certainly some rules you will want to lay down when it comes to your kids using the beds safely, but once they understand the ground rules they’re ready to start having fun. Soon they’ll be building forts and castles and playing cowboys and Indians or prince’s and fair maidens!
So with this in mind it also stands to reason that a bunk bed will help, to some extent, in building bonds between your kids.
We’re always delighted when our children learn to play together, if for no other reason than it keeps them out of our hair some of the time! Seriously though, if your children have a room where they feel secure and entertained, in their own private space, then that can only be a good thing.
A year ago, I was pregnant with our third baby. In as much as I was excited, I was also wondering where my baby would be sleeping. It was a boy while the first two were girls.
My apartment is small and so I wanted the best option to allow me to use my space sparingly. My two girls used to sleep in their baby cribs and so adding a baby crib was an option. Or I would dispose one baby crib and buy a king sized bed for them to share.
Then a friend of mine gave me an idea that hadn’t crossed my mind before; to buy a bunk bed- preferably one with stairs.
I would dispose one crib bed and then have a staircase bunk bed for my babies. They would not have to share their bed space.
I learned a handful of lessons as I was shopping for the safest bunk beds for my kids. I also came across several beds that were quite tempting. Too bad I couldn’t buy them all. I ended up buying the Bedz King Twin Over Bunk Bed.
It is the best decision I have ever made.
In this article, I am going to be sharing not only the other best stairway bunk beds that I thought would have made the mark, but also some incredible tips you should consider before buying staircase bunk beds.
But before I give you the list of the best bunk beds, here are some things to consider before buying a bunk bed:
- Can the beds be separated into two? You may need to divide the bed in future as the kids grow up and your living standards change.
- Is there enough space between the bunks? I hate the idea of having to hunch my head in order to sit on my baby’s bed. You also don’t want your kids to outgrow the bed soon. You spent money on it right?
- How high is the top bunk? You do realize that the top bunk might be too close to the ceiling. Some houses have low ceilings which make it impossible for bunks too high. Or, you may have a fan in the room.
- Does the bed have a trundle? Of late, beds with trundles have become fairly popular. If you have enough space you may have a trundle. It comes in handy when there are guests.
- Storage space. Who doesn’t want more storage space? Cost. It goes without saying that you should only buy what you can afford.
Here is a selection of the best bunk beds with stairs that I would recommend to every new parent out there:
1. Bedz King Stairway Bunk (Twin over Twin)
This bed is approximately 62 inches high, 102 inches wide x 42 inches deep.
The bed is eleven inches off the floor while the distance between the top bunk and the bottom bunk is 31 inches (bedding excluded).
Are you worried that you might get scratched by the roughness of the wood? Don’t worry because it has been coated with finish that is smooth. The finish allows for no cracks and scratches in future.
What does the set come with? It is usually packed in three cartons which have the following things inside of them
- 2 headboards
- 4 side rails
- 28 wood slats
- 4 guard rails
- 2 foot boards
- 3 drawers
- A 3 step stairway
- A manual for fixing the bed
What We Loved
- A lot of storage space in the drawers
- Doesn’t require expertise to put together
- Made of strong wood
- Manual is easy to follow
What We Didn’t Like
- Takes too long to assemble it
- It is very heavy
- Bed slats not strong enough
If you are looking for a bed with a lot of storage space, this Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed will not disappoint you.
This stairway bunk bed is not only beautiful to look at but also very strong. Made of solid wood, the Mission Twin Over Twin Staircase Bunk Bed will accommodate an 8-inches mattress.
It comes with a complete slat kit, which means that it is mattress-ready the moment it arrives at your doorstep.
Bunk beds with stairs are better than beds that make use of the conventional ladder.
What does the set contain? Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed package contains some of the following features:
- 6 drawers
- 2 footboards
- 2 headboards
- Two step stairway
- 2 rails
- 2 rail guards
- 32 wood slats
What We Loved
- The staircase can be used on either sides of the bed
- It comes with a magazine rack for your children’s best bedtime storybooks
- It is very sturdy
- Drawers are easy to open and close
- There is a lot of storage space on this bunk bed
- Takes a short time to put together
- The bed can easily be converted into twin beds
What We Didn’t Like
- Instructions manual is not very clear
3. Stair Stepper Bed with 3 Drawers (Twin over Full)
Girls love white, right?
So, why not spoil your little princess with the Twin Over Full Stair Stepper Bed?
The beds are mattress-ready, and the mattress size is just what you wanted- 8 inches.
Apart from the striking beauty of the Twin Over Full Stair Stepper bunk bed, you’ll also be massively impressed by how durable it can be. It is made in such a way that it will last for years and years to come.
Being white doesn’t mean that it stains and looks bad with time. I am also not saying that it doesn’t stain, all am saying that removal of stains is easy and does not affect the quality of the beds.
The beds also come with other colors in case you don’t fancy white. Espresso and black finish are good examples.
PS: The drawer unit next to the stairs moves but if you enjoy DIY projects you can fix it.
What We Loved
- Strong and sturdy
- A lot of storage space
- Very easy to put together
- It looks very beautiful
What We Didn’t Like
- Not enough screws to put the beds together
- The top bunk has some sharp exposed corners
- The drawers have low quality hardware
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This bunk bed measures 103 x 58.4 x 68.1 inches and weighs 479 pounds. It’s our all-time favorite full over full bed made of wood. The bed is also convertible to two separate beds.
This staircase bunk bed can take up a 9 ½ mattress and has a one year warranty.
The staircase which is fairly strong can be set up at either side of the bed. The single trundle slides out well on carpet and even better on hard wood.
What We Loved
- Its finish is excellent
- Fairly easy to assemble
- Takes a short time to assemble 3 hrs for one person
- Very sturdy and strong
What We Didn’t Like
- TThe stairs are slippery especially to a child in socks
Do you fancy acacia beds with merlot finish? The Stair Step Bunk Bed might just be your dream bed. And it looks adoringly beautiful for both boys and girls!
The bottom of the lower bunk is bade is such a way that you can either use it as drawers or a trundle.
The under mattress support slats are metals that make it fairly strong. The space between the top and bottom bunk is also enough so you don’t have to worry that your baby will bump his head.
What We Loved
- The guard rails are very strong (in case you are afraid of babies falling)
- The Merlot finish looks chic and is of high quality
- The user manual is easy to follow
- It is one of the strongest bunk beds with stairs available in the market today
What We Didn’t Like
- The dresser part of the bed is weak
- The drawers consistently fall off and don’t store many clothes
The Twin Doll Bunk bed is very chic and is ideal for your baby girls. It measures 99 inches in length 41 in width and 93 in height.
The bed does not come with the bottom bunk therefore the bed can be converted into a loft.
It is also mattress ready with the bed slats kit also ready. The bed comes with 4 drawers and a magazine rack. So the storage space is enough.
The loft accommodates an 8-inch mattress.
What We Loved
- It is very beautiful and attractive. The finish is chic and modern
- The Twin Doll House Stair Step loft is one of the easiest bunk beds to assemble
- Can make a good playhouse for kids
What We Didn’t Like
- It is hard to change the sheets
- The frame is a little weak
- It does NOT come with manual
The Bedz King Twin Over Full Bunk bed comes with twin trundles, and has a very well in built stair case with is wide and non slippery. 4 drawers have been built into the stairway which allow for a lot of storage space.
The Brazilian wood it’s made of is fully protected and sanded to ensure that it does not crack or break easily. Space between the top and bottom bunk is 38 inches without the mattress. With that much space, you are sure to never bump your head.
The trundles can accommodate approximately 8 ½ inches mattress. The beds can also be separated to stand on their own, and the stairs can be fixed on either sides of the bed.
- The drawers open so smoothly!
- This is probably one of the best bunk beds with a very stable staircase
- It is available in several colors, all of which look very chic for kids
- There is a lot of storage space on the bed
8. Twin over Full Loft Bed in Merlot Finish
The Twin Over Full Loft bed is ranked as one of the best bunk beds with stairs for kids. Just like the other models on this list, the bed is worth its price.
Many customers loved it and in fact they would buy it over and over again if they had a chance to. It is made of plain wood which is a great factor when it comes to strength and durability.
The dresser drawers come fully assembled, which is a relief to many of us who were born with two right-side brains.
- The bed is incredibly easy to assemble- takes the shortest time
- The shelving and drawers on the bed provide ample storage space for your kids paraphernalia
- The user manual is well-written and easy to follow
- The staircase is sturdy and non-slippery
9. Merlot Twin Twin Staircase Bunk with Trundle
This bed is definitely worth its price. It measures 70 inches in height by 104 inches length and 44.5 inches on the width.
The distance between the top bunk and the bottom bunk is enough to ensure your baby does not outgrow it soon.
The top bunk is designed in a way that you do not need to use it with a spring box or even a Bunkie board.
You can fix the bed at either the right or left side of the bed. It’s a good thing if you decide to change the arrangement of your house.
- The finish is safe as it is lead free
- Strong and sturdy (can hold grownups)
- Instructions are clear and precise though picture based
- A lot of storage space
- Only comes in one color (honey)
- The stairs are very slippery especially if one is wearing socks
- It is very tall in case you have a low ceiling
- The futon is hard to assemble
10. Merlot Twin over Full Mission Staircase Bunk Bed with 3 Drawers
Many customers who bought this bed were very pleased and they totally loved it. They said that they quality was way far above the price.
The bed is made of excellent solid wood and as if that is not enough, the bed meets all the specifications of ASTM and CPSC.
Apart from four chest drawers, the beds also come with a magazine rack. You can use it to store your kid’s books and maybe toys.
You are also allowed to choose if you want a bed with a trundle or you prefer them to drawers. It all depends on your preference.
- Very easy to assemble
- Great quality especially since it’s lowly priced (the quality belongs to $1000 +)
- Very strong and sturdy
- The finish is high quality and does not scratch easily
- Instructions manual very detailed
- A lot of storage space
- The drawers at the bottom are not well fastened
- Comes in only one color
11. Twin over Full Stair Stepper Bed with Trundle in White Finish
The beautiful and elegant set is made in such a way that it will last for years and years to come. Why am I saying this?
It is made if pine wood which we all know how good it can be. Other than that, the finish is perfectly done to hide all blemishes that come with pine.
The bed has a trundle that can fit an 8 inch mattress and wood slats for both the top and bottom bunk. The slats are very strong and can hold an adult.
- Available in many colors including honey, espresso, white and merlot
- Strong and sturdy
- Smooth and high quality finish
- It was easy to assemble
- Took a little time putting together
- There is enough space between the top and bottom bunk
- Instruction manual was not clear enough but it’s manageable
- Some screws are too big
12. Bedz King Stairway Bunk Bed with 2 under Bed Drawers, Twin Over Full
If you don’t like a bed with particle boards then this is the bed for you. The Bedz King Stairway Bunk Bed with 2 under Bed Drawers, Twin over Full, Honey is made of pure Brazilian wood.
When separated, you get a full size bed and a twin bed. The staircase has 4 in built drawers for additional storage space.
The finish is not only smooth and shiny but also safe for your babies.
With the mattress excluded, the space between the top and bottom bunk is approximately 38 inches.
The bed can take regular twin mattresses with a thickness of about 8 to 8 ½ inches.
- Very easy to assemble and takes a short time
- Made of wood only
- A lot of storage space
- It’s strong and sturdy
- Instructions could have been better
- The steps are too steep for young children
13. Discovery World Furniture Twin over Full Staircase Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle
If you are looking for something a little deluxe, then this bed by the discovery world furniture is up your alley.
The models stairways are designed in a way that makes them steady and non slippery. A chill can comfortably go up and down the top bunk with socks on.
Like some beds I mentioned earlier, you can choose to have either a trundle or drawers below the bottom bunk.
The top bunk can accommodate an 8 ½ thick mattress without making the railing useless. The same case applies to the bottom bunk.
- The lower bunk can be converted to either twin bed or a full bed. (it comes with extensions to make it full size)
- Comes with an extra treat of a book nook
- Sturdy and strong
- Easy to set up
- The stairway is very stable
- The stairs may be too steep for young babies
14. Bedz King Twin Over Twin Stairway Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle
This beautiful white bed is made of solid Brazilian pine. On the stairs, just like some other models I mentioned earlier, are 3 drawers with a lot of storage space.
It is kind of unique since both the top and bottom bunk can accommodate a mattress 9 inches thick.
The bed has been tested to ensure that its lead free and safe for the use of children. It is also smooth meaning it cannot scratch.
The space between the bunks is 29 inches which is not too bad considering the other good qualities of the bed. You will not also require a Bunkie or board mattress as the bed accommodated twin size mattresses.
- Holds up very strong and sturdy
- Stairs have nonslip strips to prevent falls
- Easy to set up
- Instruction manual is easy to follow
- Ideal for sleep over
- It is possible to separate the beds
- The space between the top and bottom bunk is not big enough
- Takes long to set up
15. Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed with 2 Flat Panel Bed Drawers, Full Over Full, Antique Walnut
We are now moving on to an antique walnut bed that is designed using eco-friendly hardwood that also goes through a protective five step finish.
This bed is very safe and also lead free. Unlike some other beds which can only take in an 8 inch mattress, this one accommodates a nine inch mattress.
The bunks can also be separated into two beds which will give you two full beds. Like almost all the other beds, the staircase can be fixed on either sides of the bed.
The staircase drawers are fully set up with English dovetail construction. And as if that is not enough, they also have ball bearing drawer guides.
- Very strong and sturdy like the others
- Manual very clear
- Doesn’t take a lot of time to assemble
- Many customers said the drawers were deep and well built
- The stairs are non slip
- Some customers complained that the bed dented easily if not well taken care of
16. Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed with 2 Raised Panel Bed Drawers, Full Over Full, Antique Walnut
Every bed that begins its name with Columbia is simply the best! Just like the previous Columbia bed with drawers, this bed is made of eco friendly hard wood. It also goes through a five step protective finish before it brought to the market.
I loved the rails of this bed. A baby can comfortably hold onto them when going down the stairs. The stairs are also guarded with a nonslip strip and you don’t have to worry that your baby is going to fall.
The beds can be separated into two. The bottom bed however has two beds because of the trundle. The trundle comes in very handy when there is a guest or guests.
- Assembly takes a short time
- The wood used is quality and durable
- The drawers are well built
- Enough storage space
- Manual very detailed
- Enough space between banks (around 31 inches)
- Very beautiful
- The small wheels on the trundle make rolling out somehow cheesy
17. Discovery World Furniture Twin over Full Staircase Bunk Bed
Are you looking for a strong bed that is constructed using solid wood? If yes, then you are at the right place. The bed consists of two bunks, 4 drawers in the stairway and 3 drawers below the bottom bunk.
Normally, the stair case unit comes assembles and can be fixed on either sides of the bed. It also comes with a slat kit that makes the bed mattress ready therefore rendering the use of a Bunkie bed useless.
- Very strong and sturdy
- Easy to assemble and takes a short time especially for handy people
- The wood is quality
- A lot of storage space
- Saves on space in a room
- Staircase is not slippery
- Can’t be separated into two beds
- The drawers are rather weak
Bunk Beds Buying Guide for New Parents
Known for their versatility, functionality, and fashionable style, bunk beds are a great piece of furniture to add to your home. They offer a unique way to maximize your living space while still achieving their primary function – a place to sleep. Take a moment to read some of our articles to find out information about how to choose the right one.
Types of Bunk Beds
One of the best things about bunk beds is the wide variety of types and styles. Whether its a twin or full size, or a loft or futon there are tons of great features and options to choose from. There are literally dozens of choices when it comes to selecting which kind you want, and finding a configuration that works for you and your living space.
Bunk beds become more versatile and creative with each passing year. It is amazing to see the opportunities that await you to not only save space by utilizing a room’s vertical area but create a theme for the room in the process. The possibilities are endless with optional configurations of bunk beds and creative combinations to maximize your available floor space.
The different types of bunk beds available include:
- Twin combined with full
- Loft bunk bed with a tent and a slide
- Bunk beds that separate
A standard bunk bed usually indicates two twin mattresses, a lower and an upper, stacked one above the other.
A twin combined with a full mattress has the twin mattress on the upper level and the full mattress on the lower level. The lower level would then take a slightly larger horizontal space than if it were a twin, and the appearance is that of a staggered line.
An L-shaped bunk bed configuration combines pieces of furniture so that it ends up resembling an “L” if it were to be viewed from above. This “L” creates a niche where a computer desk or television set could be placed. This area could also make a great study place for the student.
A futon bunk bed has a twin mattress on the top bunk and a Western-style futon on the bottom bunk. Futons originated in Japan, with the Western-style futon recognized as the United States’ counterpart. The Western-style futon is designed to be used as a bed and/or a couch when the futon is propped up. This is just one more multi-purpose use bunk beds can offer.
A loft bunk bed is perhaps the most versatile unit. A loft bunk bed combines a twin or full mattress on the top bunk with several options possible underneath the bed frame. In the area available under the top bunk bed frame, you could position a chest of drawers, cabinets, or you could utilize the space for extra storage, or use it as a desk for your computer and accessories. You could also add a trundle, or hide-able, bed in a sliding drawer at the bottom of the structure, capitalizing on yet more possibilities. The trundle bed will be on rollers, or casters, so as to let the bed roll out from a bottom drawer for use and roll back in when the extra bed is no longer needed.
A loft bunk bed with a tent and a slide is another idea to make your child’s room and bedtime experience an adventure. This option uses a twin mattress on top with a tent over and enclosing a play area below. You can choose from different tent colors and designs. You can also purchase coordinating accessories. It is generally recommended that a child under the age of 6 not be allowed on the top bunk bed.
Bunk beds that separate can be helpful if a spare room opens up for a sibling who was previously sharing a room. The bunk beds can separate into two beds, with one being able to be moved to the newly available room, leaving the other sibling’s bed in place.
Also, the separation of bunk beds can be useful for overnight guests that would be more comfortable sleeping closer to floor level. This is yet another sign of the bunk bed’s versatility.
Bunk beds can be constructed of wood, metal, or a combination of both. You can leave the luxurious natural wood finish or you can apply a color to the wood to coordinate the bunk bed with your theme for the rest of the room. Metal frames for bunk beds can be fashioned into many different patterns, including a wavy pattern and a z-shaped pattern.
When choosing a bunk bed, you can hardly go wrong as there are so many options for use possible; you will be able to make a combination work in some form.
How to Choose the Safest Bunk Bed for Your Kids
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the right bunk bed, like taking measurements to see what size bed will fit in your room. You’ll also need to consider who it is for, because the style of bed could depend on the person’s age or size. Other factors will include your reason for getting a bunk bed and your personal taste in terms of the style and color.
With so many choices available, how do you choose the right bunk bed that best fits your needs and the needs of your family? You will need to give the following careful consideration.
1. Measure the space available
Your first step should be to measure the space that you have available to place a bunk bed. Perhaps the most critical measurement will be the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. Most bunk beds average 5 ½ to 6 feet tall, and the recommended space above that includes an extra two feet. This extra two feet is an allowance to try to avoid bumped heads or bruises from hitting the ceiling while in the top bunk. Remember, bunk beds work well not only in smaller rooms but they can be just as beneficial in larger rooms since they utilize vertical space.
2. Who is the bunk bed for?
Another factor to consider when choosing the right bunk bed for your home is how many people you are trying to accommodate and what their ages are. A top bunk is not recommended for children under six years of age. If you are dealing with a relatively small area and your goal is to accommodate children, you might choose a standard twin-over-twin bunk bed which should take up the least space.
If you have a student using a computer, you may wish to choose a configuration that allows space for a study/desk area.
There are extravagant choices of bunk bed designs as well. If you have only one child per room, desire to create a fun environment, and aren’t necessarily as concerned about floor space, you might want to consider a bunk bed that includes a tent covering the bottom section and a slide, which becomes a play area.
3. Is the bunk bed going to be used full time or part time?
Your decision on which bunk bed to purchase will also depend on whether it’s for a room with a regular occupant or if you just want to have extra bed space available for friends and family who visit and stay over night. If the bunk bed is going to be used mainly for overnight guests, you might want to consider a configuration that has a full bed on the bottom level with a standard twin on top, or one that will use a futon to make into a couch during the day and a full size bed at night. Some beds separate as well as stack, thereby allowing them to be used in two different rooms, if the occasion calls for it.
4. Simple bed or multi-purpose piece of furniture
You will need to decide if you want a simple bunk bed configuration with only a sleeping area, or if you want a piece of furniture that can serve several other uses as well. Bunk bed combinations include those with a simple alcove area that would hold a desk, computer, or television, to areas designed for storage uses, to a loft bed that includes desk space, storage space, and cabinets or compartments for various other uses.
5. Trundle bed
Bunk beds can also come with a trundle bed located in the bottom of the structure. A trundle bed is an extra bed on rollers, or casters, that pulls out from a bottom drawer when needed for use, and rolls back inside the compartment to store out of the way when not needed. Trundle beds can really be handy if your child has a friend who often stays overnight.
6. L-shaped bunk beds
An L-shaped bunk bed uses more horizontal space, although floor space could be saved by using a corner of the room. An L-shaped bunk bed has the top and lower bunks designed perpendicular to each other, and can accommodate up to three or four persons, depending on your selection.
7. Wood, metal, or a combination
Another choice you will need to make is the construction of the bunk bed. Do you prefer wood or metal, or a combination of both? Which is going to be more suitable to your needs and your room décor? Wood and metal are both sturdy materials in their own right. Do you want a fashionable or functional bunk bed, or both?
8. Colors and styles
If you choose wood construction, you will have the option of keeping a natural finish, staining, or painting the wood. With metal, you have the option of painting it as well. Styles of bunk beds include arched, contemporary, mission, cottage, rustic, and traditional.
9. Built-in ladder or removable ladder
Bunk beds can come with a built-in ladder, which is sturdy, solid, and won’t move away from you as use it. On the other hand, if you are trying to prevent a younger child from reaching the top bunk, you might want a removable ladder so it won’t always be there as a temptation.
10. Well known manufacturer and warranty
Whichever bunk bed type and style you choose, be sure to purchase it from a reputable manufacturer and that all tags are intact as to manufacturer name, model number, and mattress size information.
Choosing the Right Bunk Bed Mattress
Choosing the appropriate mattress may seem like a simple task, but there are some specific considerations to keep in mind. It’s very important to buy a mattress that fits your bunk frame, and comfort and style will definitely be factors in your decision as well. Furthermore, size is also an notable consideration; typically, these beds come as a full or twin size.
We all know how important it is to buy the right kind of mattress. A mattress that is too hard, too soft, or just plain uncomfortable can make for a long night, and the next day can be even worse. Bad mattresses can lead to back and neck pain, sleepless nights, and even long-term health problems. Selecting the mattress that works best for you is a big deal, and bunk bed mattresses are no exception. In fact, due to the bunk bed’s unique design, it’s even more important to make sure you buy the right kind of mattress for your bunk bed.
When shopping for a bunk bed mattress, the first thing you’ll want to do is find out exactly what size of mattress you need. You need to get a mattress that will fit snugly into your bunk bed’s frame, and taking measurements will help you figure out what size will work best. When it comes to bunk bed mattresses, size definitely matters.
Choosing a mattress that is too small for the bunk bed frame can be a major safety hazard, particularly for children. A child’s head, arm, or leg can become stuck in the space between the bunk bed frame and the too-small mattress, which is extremely dangerous. So take some measurements, and pin down exactly which size mattress will fit your bunk bed frame so that no open space is left around the edges.
As with all mattresses, once you’ve determined which size you want, you’ll want to find something comfortable. Shopping for the bunk bed mattresses really comes down to personal preference, so spend a few minutes lying on several different mattresses before you select one. There are two basic types of mattresses to choose from: innerspring or foam. Innerspring mattresses are the more common of the two, and these types of mattresses rely on wire coils to determine firmness and durability.
Generally, the wider the coil, the firmer the mattress will be. Foam mattresses, on the other hand, have no coils, and are made up completely of foam. These mattresses have become more popular over the years, especially with memory foam available.
If you decide to go with a foam mattress, keep in mind that the quality of the foam can make a big difference in comfort and support, and prices can vary widely with these mattresses. Either of these mattress types can work for your bunk bed; again, it’s really a matter of personal preference.
With both innerspring and foam mattresses, one of the biggest components that separates a good mattress from a bad one is the padding on top. Some mattress manufacturers refer to this as the “comfort layer,” and this is really a fitting name. Having sufficient padding to separate you from your mattress springs can make all the difference in comfort with an innerspring mattress. Good padding is also a must if you opt for a foam mattress. Soft, quality padding will give you the comfort for a restful night.
With both innerspring and foam mattresses, look for padding that is soft and thick. Lie down for a while, give both mattress types a try, and see what feels good. It’s also important to note the material of the top layer of the mattress, or the quilt. Quilts with cotton blends are known for allowing the mattress to “breathe,” and this can lead to more comfortable sleeping and a longer-lasting mattress.
Finding a good mattress for your kids bunk bed is not hard to do, and you should make it a priority. A comfortable mattress that fits snugly into the bed’s frame and offers good support will be your best option, and will assure you many restful nights.
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The Price Factor
The price will range according to the style, features, and material, so finding something you can afford shouldn’t be a problem. From basic sets to more complex arrangements with lots of accessories, there is a bunk out there that will fit into your budget.
Bunk beds are a great way to spruce up a room, accommodate overnight guests, and provide a comfortable place for you and your family to sleep and play on. Whether you decide to purchase your bed from a furniture store, an online retailer, or even build it yourself, adding this great piece of furniture to your home is an excellent choice! Be sure to check out our other articles to learn more before making your purchase.
Bunk beds can range in price from approximately $200 to $2,500, depending on the type and style chosen. Price depends on many factors including where and when you purchase your bunk bed, as well as how simple or elaborate a configuration you desire. It is true, though, the old saying, “you get what you pay for,” and when talking about investing in a piece of furniture that you hope will last for many years to come, it is an important decision to make. Investing money now to purchase a quality bunk bed, and one that is going to make both you and the user happy, can be well worth a substantial investment.
Prices are going to vary depending on the size of the bunk bed, size of the mattresses, and any added amenities, such as cabinets, desk area, storage space or drawers, shelves, trundle bed, etc. Type of construction (wood or metal, or a combination) and detail of architecture adorning the bunk bed can also vary the price. Some online offers include free shipping.
The basics and bare essentials. A twin-over-twin bunk bed made of a straight-forward metal design with built-in ladder but not including mattresses can cost as little as $200. A twin-over-futon, constructed of metal, can also be purchased for approximately $200, not including mattresses.
$200 to $400 price range:
A twin-over-twin or twin-over-full convertible bunk bed made from steel tubing or wood can cost between $200 and $300. A convertible twin-over-full futon made of wood including a full length guardrail and a built-in ladder can cost around $300. A solid wood or metal convertible twin-over-twin bunk bed with drawers can cost between $300 and $400. Some fashionable bunk beds, with a few extras, can also be purchased within this range.
$400 to $600 price range:
A solid pine twin-over-twin bunk 3-in-1 bunk bed can start around $400. You can add a trundle bed to some designs for approximately $100 extra. As an alternative, you can add under-the-bed storage drawers for around $175.00. You can also purchase a conversion kit, which would allow you to make the bottom twin bunk into a full bed for approximately $150.00. A twin-over-futon wood bunk bed with iron railing, or a solid pine twin-over-full bunk bed with drawers can cost between $400 and $450. Multiple other configurations can be purchased from $500 to $600.
$600 and up price range:
The more elaborate bunk beds become, the more they naturally rise in price. Bunk beds can have extensive special features which make them more fashionable, functional, and efficient. You can combine several options to feature many different combinations. Also, the choice of wood for your bunk bed can affect a price increase. Asian hardwood finished with cherry or maple with intricate decorative scrolls to enhance the visual appearance can cost between $600 and $800 easily.
Any number of well-known manufacturers create special design combinations from unique, specific woods, and their prices can range upwards of $1,000.00. Elaborately themed beds, ranging from fire truck ensembles to camouflage jeep configurations to fairy princess castle designs can cost from $500 upwards.
Where to Buy the Right Bunk Bed For Kids
If you’re ready to include a bunk bed in your home, you may be wondering where to get one. Luckily, there are many places to shop for bunk beds, so you can really take your pick and choose the bed set that you like best.
Furniture and specialty stores – Furniture stores are probably the most traditionally used by shoppers in the market for bunk beds, and they are the best option for people who want to be able to see and experience a variety of bunk bed types.
Some specialty shops may also carry bunk bed sets. Shopping for a bunk bed is no different from shopping for any other piece of furniture, and you’ll be able to get your best idea of how a bed will look and feel if you can see it in person.
Furniture stores also often allow shoppers to get a bed in just a couple of days. Most stores will have a variety of bunk beds to choose from, and many of these will likely be in stock and ready to go home with you. Also, if there are any problems that arise when you’re assembling the bed, you can contact the store and see about getting replacement parts. In some instances, some furniture stores may even offer to assemble the bed for you.
Online retailers – The Internet is one of the first places that many consumers turn to for their shopping, and bunk bed shoppers are no exception. The Web has literally thousands of sites offering bunk bed sets for sale that will ship directly to your house. Oftentimes, you can find good deals on-line, but make sure that the site you are shopping with is secure and legitimate.
Some sites will also have customer ratings, and it can be a good idea to check out what other shoppers have to say about the site and their products. Shopping online for kids bunk beds is a good option for people who don’t want the hassle of going from store to store and enjoy being able to view their options with the click of their mouse. Some sites also offer quick and inexpensive shipping, which is an added bonus.
Good sales can be found on the Internet as prices are generally competitive. You might even find an offer that includes free shipping, and in rare instances, you may even find an offer that includes assembling and setting up your bunk bed for you.
Do-it-yourself – Another option for people wanting to add a bunk bed to their home is to build one. Building your own bunk bed is really not as difficult as it sounds, and with quality materials and a good set of instructions, you can have a nice bunk bed set that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself.
Building your own bunk bed will undoubtedly give you sense of satisfaction and pride. If you want a specific bed set that is difficult to find in stores and if you want to be able to choose your own materials and colors, then take the leap and decide to build one yourself. Keep in mind though, if you decide to go this route, you’ll need to find out about the important safety tips and recommendations that go with bunk beds. You also may want to have a person on hand to help with any lifting and other two-person tasks.
As you can see, you have a few options when it comes to deciding where to buy your bunk bed. Each of these has its own set of advantages, and where you decide to purchase your bed set will probably come down to convenience and cost.
Building Your Own Bunk Bed
Another way to add a bunk bed to your home is to build it yourself. While it may sound a bit intimidating, constructing your own bunk bed is really a simple way to add a great piece of furniture to your home. Once you have your instructions and materials, you’re on your way!
Although it may sound a little intimidating at first, building your own bunk bed is really quite simple. With good materials, an easy-to-follow set of instructions, and possibly an assistant, building your own bunk bed can be a successful venture that will likely save you a significant amount of money.
Bunk beds come in many different styles, and the first thing you’ll need to do is pick the kind of bed that will best suit your space and tastes. Some bunk beds are larger than others and require a bigger area, while some are more compact and actually help save space in a room. Bunk beds also come in a few different styles: twin over twin, twin over full, L-shaped, twin over futon, or a loft bunk.
After you’ve selected the type of bunk bed you want to build, you’ll need to find a good set of instructions to get you on your way. Look for instructions that are detailed, easy-to-read, and most importantly, make sense to you. Instructions that include pictures and other graphic examples are also helpful. Finding the instructions for building your new bunk bed is easy.
There are many websites with instructions available, and most hardware stores also carry books about how to build bunk beds. This is also a good time to read up about the safety precautions and recommendations that go with building your own bunk bed. Tips about guardrails, rail spacing, and adequate support slats are included in these safety suggestions, and these should always be followed to avoid injury.
Once you’ve armed yourself with your instructions and safety tips, it’s time to head to the hardware store and buy your materials. Wood is going to be your main purchase, and this will mostly consist of 2×6s and plywood made of spruce, fir, or pine. To hold all the wood together, you’ll need to pick up some deck screws, nuts, bolts, washers, and finishing screws, to name a few items. Your instruction manual will detail each item that you’ll need to get and the quantity of each. It’s important to buy good materials, and since you’ll be saving so much money by building your own bunk bed, there’s no reason to skimp on quality.
Now that you’ve got your materials and instructions, you’re ready to start building. Lay out your pieces, give the instruction manual another read-through, and cut your wood to size. Put all your needed tools, such as a drill, circular saw, sander, and hammer, within easy reach, and grab a willing partner if you’ll need help lifting or holding anything. Follow each step listed in your instruction manual, and keep in mind the important safety precautions. And don’t forget, building is the fun part! Think of what an accomplishment it will be when you combine all your materials to create your very own bunk bed!
There are several benefits to building your own bunk bed. You can save quite a bit of money, you have lots of options when it comes to the style of the bed and the materials that you can use, and building things can be fun. And of course, the other great thing about building your own bunk bed is getting to enjoy it afterwards!
If you’re ready to add a bunk bed in your home, then consider building your own. There are many advantages, and it’s really a lot simpler than many people think. With a decent set of instructions and quality materials, you’ll be putting together your very own bunk bed in no time.
Bunk Bed Safety
Bunk beds are very versatile pieces of furniture and they can help free up floor space in rooms where you need to maximize the potential of your available area. As in all things, you need to be aware of possible safety concerns when utilizing bunk beds, especially with younger children. As long as you know the positive steps you can take to ensure the safety of those occupying bunk beds, you should feel very comfortable in their use.
- Guardrails are one of the most important components of a bunk bed. Often, bunk beds are located next to a wall on one side. Regardless of that fact, as a safety precaution, guardrails need to be placed on all four sides of the mattress, especially on the top bunk bed. Make sure the guardrails run the full length and width of the mattress and bed frame. Guardrails should extend five inches above the mattress surface for optimum safety.
- As you assemble the bunk bed from the instructions that come with it, make sure you follow the directions precisely. Make sure all fittings are snug and any screws or other fastenings are completely tightened and in their proper alignment.
- When assembling the bunk bed and preparing it for its first use, look for any possible gaps or openings that are more than 3 ½ inches in diameter so as to prevent any body parts from accidentally getting trapped or injured.
- Look for extra slats, crossties, or cross-wires to be located under the mattress frame to give the mattress extra support. In some instances, a mattress will just lie on top of the frame and could be easily dislodged without proper support underneath.
- Check that the ladder used to climb to the top bunk is stable and securely fastened, and that the ladder rungs or steps are wide enough for safe use.
- Let your children know that the ladder is the only instrument to be used to reach the top bunk; chairs or other furniture are not appropriate to use to climb to the top bunk and could be dangerous.
- Check the sturdiness of the structure frequently and make sure the construction stays intact.
- Only use approved mattresses in the appropriate size for the bunk beds frame. Mattresses can be found in regular and extra length sizes. Use of an inappropriately sized mattress could lead to injuries as the fit would not be exact.
Including a Bunk Bed in Your Child’s Room
What child doesn’t dream of having a bunk bed in his or her room? With a little imagination, bunk beds can become forts, castles, boats – anything! And besides being a great prop in a child’s game, bunk beds offer a versatile space that can used for both sleep and storage. Including a bunk bed in your child’s room is a great addition to any home!
Bunk beds are versatile. Bunk beds normally aren’t just used for sleeping. Many styles offer storage space underneath that can be used for furniture, toys, or anything else. They also work great for children that share a room. Bunking with a sibling gives a child his or her own personal space, and we all know how important that is! As mentioned, they also can become part of a child’s imaginary world, and kids love transforming bunk beds into clubhouses, cars – you name it! And your kids aren’t the only ones who will enjoy it; their sleepover friends will also have a comfortable bed to sleep in.
There are tons of types and styles to choose from. When you opt to put a bunk bed in your child’s room, you have many options to work with. Probably the first thing to consider is which type of bunk bed you’re interested in. A standard bunk features a twin mattress over another twin, while an L-shaped bunk has the same size beds with one turned out instead of being directly under the top bunk. There are also twin over full bunk beds, twin over futon, and loft bunks where there’s no bottom bunk, just a top one with open space underneath. You’ll also need to decide if you want to go with a wood frame or a metal frame.
If you choose a wood frame for your children’s bunk bed (or child’s), you’ll have more choices. What kind of wood do you want? Do you want it painted or stained or left unfinished? The possibilities here are numerous, and it really comes down to the area you plan on putting the bed and your personal tastes.
They can provide storage space. Because they rely on vertical space, bunk beds free up the area around them. L-shaped or loft bunks (bunks with a top bed only) provide space underneath that can used to place a desk, bookshelf, dresser, or any other item you wish to put under there. L-shaped bunks are quite popular in a school-age child’s room because a small desk for homework or a bookshelf fits perfectly underneath. Loft bunks are also great because they allow plenty of storage, but kids also love to sleep on them, high above the floor.
And most importantly, they’re fun to have! It’s safe to say that practically all kids love bunk beds. There’s so much more to a bunk bed than a place to sleep; bunk beds are a child’s playground. In a snap, they can turn into anything your child imagines them to be, providing hours of fun. For kids sleeping on the top bunk, there’s something very cool about sleeping high up like that, almost as if they’re in a treehouse. Kids on the bottom bunk can easily turn their bed into a fort, and enjoy sleeping behind barricaded walls.
Including a bunk bed in your child’s room is a great way to liven up your child’s room, add an extra bed, free up needed space, and give your child a great piece of furniture to play on. Bunk beds are a sure way to make both you and your child happy for years to come.