As we discussed in Part 1, many parents know that having children too young or not coordinated enough to climb up and down a ladder to a top bunk can be hazardous, which is precisely why we carry a variety of bed-climbing options for both our bunk beds and loft beds. Many of our most popular options utilize staircases instead, which have the additional benefit of providing extra storage space via stairs that double as drawers — which ties in to our bunk bed/minivan comparison, as well.
If you’re in the market for a bunk bed, there are a few other safety and convenience factors you should know about.
While many bunk bed hazards are connected with the ladder, there are some other aspects of this bed style that can come with increased risks, for the child on either the upper or the lower bunk.
• One is tied to having the right mattress, one that’s just the right height to allow the safety rails to do their job, without providing additional risks of entrapment.
• Safety rails must also be continuous along the side that will be against the wall, and any rails need to leave no more than a 3.5” gap, in order to avoid horror stories like the one this mom experienced.
• For a child on the lower bunk, the greatest risk is of the structure collapsing.
Here at The Bedroom Source, we carry only beds that meet or exceed safety regulations and are made of quality materials and hardware, such as the Maxtrix® “Rock-Lock” Connectors (watch a YouTube video demonstration). What’s more, we provide professional installation with your furniture delivery.
In addition to space savings and the potential for additional storage, bunk beds can provide the potential for dividing rooms into separate areas for sleep and study. If you think you may eventually want to divide your child’s bedroom differently, bunk beds may provide that option.
Many bunk beds can be separated into two separate beds, but only some brands offer the possibility of converting each into a loft bed of your choice, like Maxtrix does (YouTube video).
Some bunk bed designs can actually accommodate a third mattress, via either a Trundle or unique bed configurations. (For instance, Maxtrix offers both triple and quadruple bunk bed options.)
We also carry an assortment of full-over full or twin-over-full bunk beds as well as a couple futon-style bunk beds. Some, like this space-saving design, incorporate characteristics of storage beds or loft beds.
Hopefully we’ve convinced you that today’s premium bunk beds, like minivans, are far from a one-size-fits-all model. When you decide to get your kids a bunk bed, you open the door to myriad other possibilities, including versatility and safety.
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The Bedroom Source
Located near the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, NY, the Bedroom Source is your source for the best collection of children’s and teen bedroom furniture. From flexibly configurable Maxtrix furniture to fashionable Berg collections, The Bedroom Source offers high end furniture and professional design assistance to create the bedroom of your child’s dreams.
Contact the friendly staff at The Bedroom Source by calling (516) 248-0600 or by visiting www.BedroomSource.com. We’re a local family owned mom & pop store. When you shop with us, you’re dealing directly with the owners. We professionally assemble everything we sell. We deliver to Long Island, the 5 Boroughs of New York City, Rockland, southern Connecticut, and northern New Jersey.