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9 Sturdy Bunk Beds Reviews — Slumber Safely in 2018

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What child doesn’t dream of getting bunk beds? But, did you know they’re not just for kids? Our reviews of the best bunk beds will help you find the perfect bed for any age.

Last updateJuly 5, 2018
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9 Sturdy Bunk Beds Reviews — Slumber Safely in 2018

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Pros

Easy to assemble

Bunks/cots are comfortable

Cons

Pricey, but worth it (and no mattress purchase needed)

Heavy for transport

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Pros

Ample storage space

Stairs make great alternative to ladder

Cons

Can’t break the unit down into two separate twin beds

Wood soft, leading to scratches and loosening screws.

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Pros

Great value

Easy and quick assembly

Cons

A few users needed two hours to assemble

Ladder was a little shaky to a couple of users

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Pros

Quality exceeds expectations for the price

Great for young kids (six to nine years old)

Cons

Limited headroom for lower bunk occupant

Mix reviews on ease of assembly

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Also good products

4 / 5

Provides ample sleeping room for multiple occupants, but heavy

3.5 / 5

Good value, but too few slats for mattress support

3 / 5

Decent buy, but strong chemical smell when new

3 / 5

Fast and simple assembly, but has thin, uncomfortable ladder rungs

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Helen Mao
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When my two now-teenage daughters graduated from the crib, my husband and I investigated bunk beds–and were amazed at the variety! Some were stylish while others were simple. We had no idea some models even separated into two freestanding beds! I remember and applied much of what I learned from personal experience when researching this article on bunk beds.

General shopping guide

best bunk bedWhat more fun, functional way can you save bedroom space than stacking one bed on top of another? For families with multiple offspring or houseguests, finding the best bunk bed can be a boon.

Not just for kids, right?

Scrambling to claim the upper berth, making a fort on the lower level–kids love this about bunk beds. But why should they have all the fun? Big kids at heart who are old enough to remember bunk beds on The Brady Bunch can also enjoy them. Today’s models can feature twin- and full-size beds to accommodate children and grownups.

Have a look:

So take a shower with a soothing rain shower head, grab a comfy body pillow, settle into bed, and enjoy this clip from Stepbrothers, a Will Farrell comedy, showing the importance of strong, sturdy bunk bed construction. Then read more to learn about the great bunk beds.

stepbrothers movie will ferrel bunk bed

 

Considerations

The 30-Second Review

  • When researching and deciding among the numerous bunk-bed models, you’ll want to think about various factors:
  • who will be sleeping in the beds
  • where will you put them
  • how much space do you have
  • how much are you planning to spend
  • and more…

For example, safety is most important, and style is another consideration for buyers.

  • We’ll help you weigh the various factors in ultimately choosing just the right bunk bed model for you and your family.

Buyer’s Guide to Bunk Beds

Why buy a bunk bed? People like bunk beds for a myriad of reasons:

●      giphy downsized - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018to give siblings sharing the same room more space and privacy

●      to save space in homes like apartments, townhouses, etc.

●      to provide houseguests (if several are visiting at the same time) more places to crash

●      because bunk beds are fun!

Let the fun begin!

First, ask yourself a few questions to determine generally what kind of model to investigate:

1.    giphy downsized - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018Who will have the privilege of snoozing in the bunk beds?

Will kids be occupying the bunk beds? If so, how old are they? How long will they share a room? When they outgrow the bunk-bed arrangement, can you separate the two levels into individual, freestanding beds? Or will houseguests (of any age) sleep in the bunk beds?

2.    Where do you plan to put the bunk beds?

Measure the space where you plan to set up the bunk beds before you research models. Then, you already know which ones would fit. Don’t forget to consider ceiling height: sloped ceilings and ceiling fans can make placement tricky.

3.    How important is style?

Think about how important it is the bunk bed fits in with surrounding décor. If young children are going to use it, will its style still suit older kids and teenagers? If the bunk bed unit will be in the guest room, perhaps you’ll want a more elegant style.

Factors to Consider     

After answering the above-listed questions, you’re ready to dive into the sea of bunk-bed designs, sizes, and features. When investigating different models, consider these factors:

  1. Safety

Bunk beds are fun, but they can be dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that children under the age of six not sleep on the top bunk. At any age, the person occupying the upper bunk can fall, either from the top bunk itself or while climbing up to or down from it. The person on the bottom bunk could be hurt if the upper level collapses.

So, what does this mean?

If your kids aren’t much over six years old, look for bunk beds with an upper bunk that’s not too high. Also, scrutinize each model for a strong and sturdy, well-built frame.

  1. Construction Materials

Most bunk beds are made of wood or metal. You’ll want strength and durability. Both wood and tubular metal frames fulfill these qualities. In our research, however, we found users prefer wood over metal for longevity. Also, users note wood beds tend to be less slippery and cold than a metal bed. Both factors are important for safety and comfort.

How do I look?

For buyers concerned with style, wood again seems to win over metal. Manufacturers create bunk beds in popular and elegant wood-based styles, like Shaker, Mission, etc., which may suit guest rooms.

The bottom line…

The advantage of tubular metal frames, nonetheless, is their tendency to be more economical than wood frames. And while metal may not offer the same classic look as wood does, we’ve seen some cool-looking, curved metal designs.

  1. Size

First, decide who’ll sleep in the bunk beds. Second, measure the space where you plan to place the bunk bed. Now you’re ready to choose among the various bed size and mattress combinations. When most people hear “bunk beds”, they think of:

  • Twin on Twin: one twin-size mattress/bed sits atop another twin-size mattress/bed. This size is great for kids.

Two less traditional but increasingly popular sizes include:

  • Twin on Full: one twin-size mattress/bed is stacked above a full-size mattress/bed. This combination may be right for two children of different sizes and ages. The younger kid sleeps on the top bunk while the older kid snoozes on the bottom level.
  • Full on Full: one full-size mattress/bed is positioned atop another full-size mattress/bed. Understandably, this largest model is the most expensive and requires the most space. Many parents don’t want to spend the money or devote so much space to a bunk-bed unit, so many stick with the twin-on-twin or twin-on-full option. The full-on-full size, though, may be most comfortable for adults.

bunk beds - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018How’s the weather up there?

Don’t forget about ceiling height and the potential for head-smacking on the top level. You don’t want the upper-bunk occupant to bump his or her noggin on the ceiling when sitting up.

Ideally, the distance between the top of the mattress and the ceiling is at least 36 inches. If a small child (or short adult) will be the primary upper-bunk occupant, then you might be able to get away with a ceiling-to-mattress distance of 24 inches, but don’t go any lower.

  1. Accessibility to the Top Bunk

71UV PcX8AL. SL1500  300x300 - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018The safest way for a person to ascend to the higher berth is by using a ladder or stairs–not shimmying up one of the side posts or climbing up in the middle of a mattress via the guardrails.

Some models use detachable ladders while other have ladders built into the frame. Even ladders themselves come in different shapes. The traditional straight ladder either runs straight up and down or is angled against the bed frame. The slightly curved ladder offers a more “mod” look.

Climbing the stairway to heaven …

Instead of a ladder, some bunk beds have stairs connecting the ground floor to the upper level. Inside of climbing rungs, occupants simply walk up the steps.

While a staircase can make the bed’s overall frame larger and heavier, stairs may be easier, safer, and more comfortable for people (especially young kids, adults, those with “ladder phobia”, etc.) to use.

Finally, some staircases have storage areas beneath them, like drawers. And who couldn’t use a little extra storage space?

Pretty cool, huh?

  1. Storage Spaces

619uvUhCp5L. SL1280  300x193 - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018Speaking of storage, you can save even more room real estate by selecting a bunk-bed unit that multitasks with drawers, shelves, a trundle bed, etc. You can store clothes and other items as well as provide a place to crash for another person if needed.

You’re now armed with the knowledge of what you need in a bunk bed, as well as what to look for. Read on to learn about the nine great bunk bed models.

Reviewing The 9 Best Bunk Beds On The Market Today

Disc-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers

Disc-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers

The Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers makes creating extra sleeping space for kids quick and simple, both in and out of the home. Users love that they can set up and take down this comfortable bed very easily in about 10 to 20 minutes, on average. The handy and deep organizers (pockets and cup holders) that hang on the side of each level are especially convenient.

But what’s it made of?

Constructed with water-resistant, eco-friendly PU-coated polyester fabric wrapped on an anti-rust steel frame, the Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers is sturdy.

Although, while most users praise its high-quality materials, a handful of users found some seams wore out prematurely.

This versatile bed conveniently converts from two bunk beds to twin cots or a bench. People like the beds’ flexibility and multi-use functionality, but some found the bench to be a bit uncomfortable.

Nonetheless, users highly praise the Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers and would buy it again. In fact, this youth model (designed for children ages 7 to 12) was a tight squeeze for some, who plan to purchase a larger version (like the Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers for bigger kids and adults.

Finally, the Youth Kid-o-Bunk with Organizers disassembles easily and comes with two handy carrying bags. You can set up this bunk bed in the house, on the campground, or at the hotel (or other travel accommodations)

Is it that easy to transport?

Well, yes and no. It does fold easily and the carrying case makes transport easier, however. several testers noted the bed folded up in the bag can be heavy.

The Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-o-Bunk with Organizers has a one-year warranty, which is described in its assembly instructions.

Features

  • Includes two cots, two side organizers, two carry bags, two sets of stack adapters, and two locking straps
  • Patented lock-in disc system
  • Dimensions: 65” x 32.5” x 32”
  • Sleep Area: 62” x 28”
  • Height of Bottom Cot: 9.5”
  • Height of Top Cot: 28”
  • Maximum weight allowance (per bunk/cot): 200 pounds
  • No-tool assembly

Pros

Easy to assemble

Bunks/cots are comfortable

Cons

Pricey, but worth it (and no mattress purchase needed)

Heavy for transport


Merlot Twin Over Full Mission Staircase Bunk Bed with 3 Drawers

Merlot Twin Over Full Mission Staircase Bunk Bed with 3 Drawers

We admire the solid pine wood construction of the Mission Staircase Bunk Bed. Add the rich brown stain with a hint of red as well as the classic mission style, and you have yourself quite a beautiful bunk bed.

Is this more than just a pretty face?

What’s more, the Mission Staircase Bunk Bed is sturdy, well built, and multifunctional. Parents love that it provides plenty of storage space, with three drawers under the lower bed, a four-drawer chest built into the side of the stairs, and even a magazine rack for holding reading materials for the lower bunk’s occupant. Clothes and other stuff can be stashed out of the way.

Try a different way:

Users thinking about safety and comfort find the Mission Staircase Bunk Bed’s built-in steps to be a great alternative to a ladder. The stairs make climbing up to the upper level easy for both kids and adults … and of course provides the space to accommodate the handy four-drawer chest.

A mixed bag

In our research, we discovered conflicting reviews of this unit’s assembly process. Some users found assembly quick (under one hour) and simple (needing only one person) while others grumbled assembly took much longer (three to four hours) and needed at least two people, especially for putting on the top bunk. Nearly everyone advises using power tools, if available, to help with set-up. The good news is the under-bed drawers come fully assembled.

The Mission Staircase Bunk Bed’s comes with a one-year warranty and manual. For a visual description, watch this video.

Features

  • Solid pine wood with smooth lacquer finish
  • Dimensions: 98.5” x 57” x 63”
  • Includes four stair drawers, three under-bed drawers, and magazine rack
  • Under-bed drawer dimensions: 18.5” x 15.5” x 6”


Pros

Ample storage space

Stairs make great alternative to ladder

Cons

Can’t break the unit down into two separate twin beds

Wood soft, leading to scratches and loosening screws.


Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed, Twin over Full

Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed, Twin over Full

The Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed is a hybrid, mixed-size model perfect for different-sized occupants. With a twin-size bed on top and a full-size bed on the bottom, this bunk-bed unit has proven useful to siblings of varying ages.

Putting it together …

The Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed has a Patent-pending quick-lock assembly system. Our testers raved about how fast and easy assembly was.

You won’t believe it…

Some reported needing only 30 minutes to set the bed up.

Pretty incredible, right?

But it’s worth mentioning, some of the testers and owners of this bed spent an hour on assembly, and a few even logged up to two hours to set it all up. So, a lot of this will depend on your individual handiness level.

Luckily, almost everyone found the assembly instructions to be clear.

Overall, pretty much everybody we had test this bed found it to be a great buy. It’s sturdy, strong, and quiet. The steel supports (no boxspring needed) and guard rails create an “open” framework design that helps keep rooms feeling spacious.

The Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed comes with a five-year limited warranty.

Features

●      Dimensions (assembled): 77.1”x 54.7”x 60.8” inches

●      Weight allowance (each bunk): 175 pounds

●      Curving four-step ladder

●      The patent-pending quick-lock assembly system

●      Accommodates twin- and full-size mattresses (not included)


Pros

Great value

Easy and quick assembly

Cons

A few users needed two hours to assemble

Ladder was a little shaky to a couple of users


Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed

Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed

When most people think of storks, they think of babies. Although babies shouldn’t sleep in bunk beds (they should sleep in cribs!), the Storkcraft Caribou Bunk Bed is good for young kids. We recommend this model for kids ages six through eight.

Why?

Depending on the child’s physical size, the headroom this bed offers can be tight for older kids (age 10 or so) sitting up on the lower bunk.

Nevertheless, the Storkcraft Caribou Bunk Bed is a good buy and exceeds expectations in quality for its price.

First, it’s versatile:

It can be separated into two separate twin beds. Also, it’s made from environmentally friendly solid rubber, wood, and composites. To most users, the unit is sturdy. A few reviewers, however, think the composites aren’t as strong as completely solid wood and don’t expect it to last more than a few years.

Another mixed bag

Many people found assembly to be fairly easy, although they advocated for patience and time. Some needed only one hour while others required more (up to five hours). Overall, the process seems to be easier with power tools and two people–although many proud owners boasted they accomplished assembling the Storkcraft Caribou Bunk Bed all by themselves, solo! We noticed a handful of users were unhappy that parts were not labeled, and instructions were unclear.

You be the judge by looking at the unit’s manual. Better yet, watch this assembly video. The Storkcraft Caribou Bunk Bed has a limited one-year warranty.

Features

  • Dimensions: 78.4” x 42.6” x 58.3”
  • Maximum weight allowance (per bed): 165 pounds
  • Constructed from environmentally friendly solid rubber, wood, and composites
  • Can be separated into two twin beds


Pros

Quality exceeds expectations for the price

Great for young kids (six to nine years old)

Cons

Limited headroom for lower bunk occupant

Mix reviews on ease of assembly


Discovery World Furniture Twin Over Full Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

Discovery World Furniture Twin Over Full Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

Host a group of kids (or a few adults) with the Discovery World Bunk Bed. A common theme we found throughout reviews was grandparents and families finding this model particularly useful. With a twin-size bed perched atop a full-size bed (plus a twin-size trundle bed), this bunk-bed unit can accommodate a gaggle of grandkids, a slumber party, or a small family staying in the same room.

But wait, there’s more…

In addition to being very practical, the Discovery World Bunk Bed is described by users as sturdy, stable, and strong. People praise its beautiful, durable, and solid wood construction. The Mission style and A-frame design support its solid look and feel.

And that’s not all

For the most part, users found assembly to be easy and convenient. Most people will be able to set this up in an hour, but it can take up to three hours. You may be able to set it up alone, but two people would make the job easier.

For instructions on assembling the Discovery World Bunk Bed, see this manual.

Final tip

Since the upper and lower berths can already fit at least a few people, you might want to leave the trundle mattress-free, if possible. This way, you can use the trundle bed for storage.

The Discovery World Bunk Bed comes with a one-year warranty.

Features

  • Dimensions: 78” x 57” x 66”
  • Weight: 188 pounds
  • Twin-size upper level over full-size lower level over twin-size trundle
  • Mission style
  • A-frame design

Pros

Easy assembly

Depending on size/age of occupants, accommodates many people

Cons

A few users needed to drill holes for screws

Heavy


Dorel Living Brady Twin over Full Solid Wood Kid’s Bunk Bed with Ladder

Dorel Living Brady Twin over Full Solid Wood Kid’s Bunk Bed with Ladder

Most reviews for the Dorel Living Brady Bunk Bed are from parents. They agree the bunk-bed unit is “gorgeous” and “good-looking,” but only after assembly.

In fact, we noticed most users pointed out how long the assembly process took–some needed only one to two hours, but most people needed more time (up to five hours).  While instructions were “straightforward” for some, they were not helpful for others.

Here’s the good part…Assembly aside, users like Dorel Living Brady Bunk Bed, describing it as solid and sturdy. Pleasing both parents and kids, this unit saves room space while accommodating everyone comfortably. At least two parents noted the bottom bunk is ample for a grown adult and a toddler to snuggle. A couple of other parents mention, however, the headspace for sitting up on the lower level is tight.

And there’s more

Users also like the Dorel Living Brady Bunk Bed’s versatility; the unit separates into two freestanding twin beds, perfect when the kids grow older and want a new sleeping arrangement. Also, both bunks include support slats to hold up the mattresses without box springs. We did see a few complaints about the slots being too far apart or not placed well to hold up mattress sometimes.

The Dorel Living Brady Bunk Bed has a one-year limited warranty. Assembly seems so daunting, but maybe taking a peek at the unit’s instruction manual as well as at a video of father setting up and reviewing it will help.

Features

  • Dimensions (assembled) with ladder: 79.25” x 69.5” x 64.75”
  • Twin-size upper level over full-size lower level
  • Converts to two separate beds (one twin-size, one full-size)
  • Top bunk for children from 6 years old to young teenagers

 


Pros

Sturdy and solid

Lower level provides ample room for adult and toddler

Cons

For many users, assembly took a couple to several hours

Mattress support slot placement sometimes not correct


WE Furniture Solid Wood Twin Bunk Bed

WE Furniture Solid Wood Twin Bunk Bed

If you’re looking for a real, all-wood bunk bed with a stylish contemporary design, the WE Furniture Bunk Bed may be for you. Users appreciate the unit being made from real wood, not particle board or other composite material. In fact, we found the most common descriptors for the bed to be “sturdy” and “solid.”

Know what’s even better?

People admire its rich finish.

But you should know…

Although this bunk bed is made of solid wood, the wood is soft and scratches easily. But that’s a tradeoff we’ll have to accept.

The good

We also found comments on other advantages of the WE Furniture Bunk Bed, including its versatility in converting into two separate twin beds (great when kids no longer want to share a room).

On one hand, this model’s upper level is low enough to fit comfortably in small spaces with eight-foot-high ceilings. On the other hand, the bottom level is high enough to leave plenty of room for storage space underneath. Plus, you can stash a mattress or even fit a low trundle under the bed.

The bad

A very common complaint we heard, though, is the WE Furniture Bunk Bed only comes with seven slats on each level for mattress support. Unfortunately, seven slats aren’t enough, nor are they particularly strong compared to some other models. The mattress may fall or sag between the slats, or the slats may bend under an ordinary person’s weight.

If you like everything else about this bunk bed, we recommend purchasing more slats and/or a board to lie over the slats.

The ugly … or not

The assembly process earned mixed reviews from the product testers. Some found assembly easy and quick (taking only one hour), while others found the process “painful”, “tedious”, and time-consuming (needing up to five hours).

As with all bunk beds, hopefully taking a quick look at the manual will help you decide if you want this model.

The WE Furniture Bunk Bed comes with a 30-day warranty.

Features

  • Dimensions: 65" x 80" x 42"
  • Weight: 118 pounds
  • Maximum weight allowance (for each level): 250 pounds
  • Separates into two twin beds
  • Mattress support slats included

 


Pros

Separates into two freestanding twin beds

Ample storage space under lower level

Cons

Too few and weak slats to support mattresses well

Softwood scratches easily


Better Homes and Gardens Leighton Twin Over Twin Wood Bunk Bed

Better Homes and Gardens Leighton Twin Over Twin Wood Bunk Bed

The Better Homes and Gardens Leighton Bunk Bed is great for a home with kids. We noticed most reviewers on Amazon were parents, and many found this unit to be sturdy and strong for active kids, as did our team of testers.

They like it’s constructed of solid pine wood. However, the wood is also soft, leaving it prone to scratches, nicks, and chips.

Now:

Speaking of soft, our researchers felt the slats were a bit too soft and may bend under the mattress and occupant’s (even a child) weight. Since only eight slats for each level are included, picking up a bundle of extra slats will provide greater mattress support.

How hard is to assemble?

Actually, it’s pretty darn simple. If there’s one thing our team could agree on about this bunk bed it’s how easy it to assemble. We found the instructions clear and simple, with reported assembly times ranging from one to two hours at most.

The Better Homes and Gardens Leighton Bunk Bed comes with a one-year limited warranty and instruction manual.

Features

  • Dimensions: 78.75” x 43.75” x 64.58”
  • Weight: 111 pounds
  • Top bunk for children age six years to young teenagers
  • Separates into two stand-alone twin beds
  • Includes eight mattress support slats per level

Pros

Solid wood construction

Easy to assemble

Cons

Little headroom for occupant on bottom bunk

Strong chemical smell when new


Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Twin over Twin Classic Metal Bunk Bed with Dual Ladders

Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Twin over Twin Classic Metal Bunk Bed with Dual Ladders

Enjoy the freedom to climb up either side of the Zinus Quick Lock Bunk Bed. The steel frame looks sleek and, even better, it fits well in small living spaces.

There is a caveat…

Several parents warn the lightweight steel frame can be wobbly if used by “big kids”, like teenagers or adults when they climb the ladder and/or roll over in bed. People suggest youngsters ages six to ten (depending on size and weight, of course) use this bunk bed.

Guess what?

The Zinus Quick Lock Bunk Bed lives up to its name. The focus group we spoke to overwhelmingly, report this model is quick to put together. We had everyone time themselves and this is what we found:

  • many completed the task in under one hour
  • most in about one hour
  • a few in two or more hours

But this is where it gets really cool:

The process is so easy, some kids put the bed together themselves. For a preview of the assembly process, see this model’s manual.

The Zinus Quick Lock Bunk Bed comes with a five-year warranty.

Features

  • Dimensions: 76.2” x 41.3” x 60.8”
  • Weight: 93 pounds
  • Maximum weight allowance (per bunk): 175 pounds
  • Includes two ladders
  • Patent-pending quick-lock assembly system

Pros

Very easy and quick assembly

Sleek look

Cons

Metal rungs on ladder are thin and uncomfortable

Wobbly for teenage and adult occupants


Safety First

giphy - 9 Sturdy Bunk Beds  — Slumber Safely in 2018Above all, remember safety should be the top priority in bunk-bed usage. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 1990 and 2005, more than 500,000 children and adolescents under the age of 21 received emergency room treatment due to bunk-bed-related injuries. Often resulting from falls, injuries included lacerations, contusions, abrasions, and fractures. The most frequently injured body parts were the head and neck.

How do you protect your family from an injury?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

Expert Safety Tips

  • Position beds in the corner of the room. Surrounded by two walls, occupants will be less likely to roll out of bed.
  • Install guardrails along the upper level. Securely attach the ladder to the frame and place night light nearby for better visibility.
  • Don’t let children under the age of six to sleep in the top bunk.

What to do next?

Before youngsters clamor onto the bunk beds, sit down and talk to them about what they think they should and shouldn’t do when. See what they come up with and, if needed, remind them of these safe behavior rules.

  • No jumping on the beds (both levels)
  • No leaping from the top bunk onto the bottom bunk
  • No more than one person on the top level at one time (this may be fun, but more than one person may exceed weight restrictions)

Bunk Bed Safety Regulations

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), by federal law, today’s bunk-bed manufacturers must comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The rule seeks to prevent the risk of deaths and injuries of children from being trapped between an upper bunk and a wall, in openings below the guardrails, or in openings in the ends of bunk beds.”

Sections of the rule stipulate:

  • Bunk beds must at least two upper bunk guardrails, at least one on each side.
  • Specific lengths of guardrails running along each side of upper bed.
  • How guardrails must be attached
  • The tops of the guardrails must be no fewer than five inches above the top of the mattress
  • Minimum sizes of openings on headboards and footboards to prevent neck entrapment.
  • Maximum allowable amounts of lead in paint and parts for children’s bunk beds

For a full list, see CPCS’s “Bunk Bed Business Guidance sheet.

Wait, that’s not everything…

Makers and importers of children’s bunk beds must adhere to children’s product safety rules to earn Children’s Product Certificate. Likewise, manufacturers and importers of adult bunk beds must comply with consumer product safety rules to receive a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC). Finally, the American Society for Testing and Materials, International (ASTM) has its own voluntary Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bunk Beds.

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The winners

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Best of the best

Disc-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers

The Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers emerged as the model with the highest ratings. Great for use at home and while camping, this comfortable, easy-to-assemble bed with handy organizers is convenient and sturdy. It’s multifunctional and can convert from two bunk beds to twin cots or a bench.

Users extol the virtues of the Disco-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk with Organizers so much that many plan to purchase its larger version (like the Disc-O-Bed Large with Organizers) for bigger kids and adults.

Best for the money

Zinus Easy Assembly Quick Lock Metal Bed, Twin over Full

Overall, pretty much everybody we had test this bed found it to be a great buy. It’s sturdy, strong, and quiet. The steel supports (no boxspring needed) and guard rails create an “open” framework design that helps keep rooms feeling spacious.

Do you agree with our information and reviews of the best bunk beds? Did we miss anything important? Please let us know with your comments.

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FAQ
Faq

Frequently asked questions

Q:

Why can’t children under six years sleep in the top bunk?

Throughout our research, we read many reviews where parents allowed kids as young as two years old to sleep in a bunk bed (which bunk unspecified). While letting a child under six years old sleep in the upper berth is a personal choice, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes, “Most don’t have the coordination to climb down safely or to stop themselves from falling out.”

Q:

How can I repurpose a bunk bed?

When you no longer need your bunk bed, take it apart and reassemble its parts to make a stool, an outdoor chair or bench, even a fort. If possible, maybe even try to turn an old bunk bed into a study area or private nook by removing the lower bed and draping a blanket over the frame.


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