There’s nothing funner than bunk beds when you’re a kid. The one who gets the top bunk is king of the mountain and let the games begin as they are boundless. Bunk beds are also good for college dorms and guest rooms as they are space savers, big time.
So, if you’re looking for a bunk bed for the home, use these tips to make sure you buy the right one.
There are two different types of bunk beds – lofted and basic. And many sub categories within each of those types. Basic bunk beds are twin over twin or twin over full size. Loft style can be a bit more complex with a lofted bed over a study center or a fold out futon. Some can even turn into a three sleeper for sleep overs or to take out to the family cabin when you need to accommodate many family members.
Find the right style and there are plenty to choose from so spend some time doing your homework. Again, there are plenty to choose from.
You may want the kind that can be separated into two twin beds to give you that flexibility. There are the metal frames or all wood. Then there’s the cottage or country style look. Many kids want themed-looking bunk beds that look like a doll house or castle. And many have slides on them. How cool is that?
Measure the space both between the beds but also from the ceiling. The general rule of thumb is you want 2 to 2 1/2 feet of room between the bunks and ceiling. And that’s measured from the top of the mattress. That should give enough room to sit but, for some, not all the way.
Most bunk beds are 5 1/2 feet tall so fit fine for the average room. There are many furniture places and websites where you can customize heights especially if the bunk beds will be for adults. Again, measure the height of the room to prevent your bunk bed into a bonk bed. Measure floor space as well if you’re looking for those bunk beds that have a wider bottom to accommodate the ladder or for drawers and such.
Make sure there are guard rails on the top. Most will already have it but make sure anyway.
Rent to own stores have bunk beds if you need to rent one for guests that plan to stay for a month or more. In fact, many times red cross or disaster relief organizations will go to rent to own stores to rent bunk beds to help house those displaced from a hurricane, flood or tornado. That’s where rent to own really becomes a great option in the marketplace.