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4 Things To Consider Before Purchasing Bunk Beds

Christine O'Kelly
Apr 19, 2008
Bunk beds and loft beds provide a great solution for families looking to conserve space. They are typically used in kid's rooms to provide more space for kid's activities. Bunk beds make it possible for two kids to share a room or provide a built-in solution for sleepovers! Loft beds are supreme space-savers for kids dealing with a small room. Incorporating the bed with drawers, desks and sometimes even a trundle, loft beds leave the rest of the bedroom available for everything else.

You may think that bunk bed and loft bed designs are fairly standard. While they do often have a typical "look" to them, there are still hundreds of variations from which to choose. All bunk beds are not created equal, however, and buyers should do their homework in order to make a smart -- and safe purchase.

Functionality

With the multiple layout and design options offered for bunk beds and loft beds, it is easy to fall in love with one. Most families need this bed to last many years, which is why it is important to take into consideration the bunk bed's functionality before making a purchase.

Is the bed big enough for a growing child? Many bunk beds offer designs that incorporate a full bed. Purchasing a bigger bunk bed will add years to its life. There are also different heights available on bunk beds. As long as the ceilings in the bedroom are not too low, purchasing the higher bunk bed will allow taller children and adults to sit comfortably on the bottom bunk. This also prolongs the life of the bunk bed.

Lastly, the theme or design makes a difference. The tent or princess-themed bed may look cute now, but if a family needs this bed to last the lifetime of the child at home, choosing a bunk bed with a simpler design may be a more prudent choice.

Product Recalls

As is true with all products purchased with kids in mind, it is always important to check for product recalls. Bunk beds and loft beds can be recalled for various reasons. Some have openings that can entrap small children and others may have faulty guardrails or ladders. Reputable dealers are aware of all product recalls, but it is still good as a consumer to do your homework. Before purchasing a bed, check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to be sure the bunk bed has not been recalled.

Construction Method

Children are not gentle creatures. Bunk beds purchased for use in a child's room will have to withstand a lot of abuse. Considering the construction method of the bunk bed before purchasing can ensure the bed will remain safe.

The first rule of thumb is that wood bunk beds are typically safer than metal ones. This is because the metal ones tend to be wobbly, dent, rust and have a propensity for weak joints. A metal bunk bed may be cheaper, but it is not a good investment.

Even wooden beds have their issues, however. The heavier the wood, the safer the bunk bed. Screws and wing nuts also have a tendency to jostle loose over time. That is why it is important to look for a wooden bunk bed that has ample support braces to absorb some of the impact off the joints.

Cost of Shipping

Online furniture shopping is on the rise and can be a huge convenience because shoppers don't have to haul the bunk bed home themselves. Cost of shipping can be cost prohibitive, however. Before ordering online, check to see if the company offers free shipping or flat-rate shipping. Choosing an online dealer that offers free shipping can save hundreds of dollars off the cost of a bunk bed.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is an author for Bunk Beds and Loft Beds Galore, the online bunk beds and loft bed superstore offering free shipping for all orders within the US.
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