Bunk Beds; Simple, Beautiful, and Sometimes Badly Needed

Date January 6, 2008

by Don VanPelt

Are you in desperate need of extra space in your kid's room, but hate the idea of buying an ugly old bunk bed? Us, too! Forget those clunky, hulking things that belonged to your father, today’s bunk beds are lighter, and more chic than ever before. With so many different types of materials and beautiful hardwoods or metals to choose from, there is something to fit even the most discriminating palate. Plus, today’s bunk beds have a kind of sculptural elegance not found in traditional children’s bedding options; they also often come equipped with secret nooks and crannies to hold a child’s treasures. The extra storage space can encourage your child to keep his belongings, well, where they belong!

We like using wood for . Whether oak, ash, cherry, or any combination, wood is great for bunk beds. It is sturdy, warp-free, and gives the room a warm, golden feel. Darker woods can create a different feel. Maybe you prefer using metal in your décor. In that case, there are also many different metal options to choose from as well. Using metal bunk beds can give the illusion of more space. So shop around, and see what suits your taste. If you don’t see what you like see in the showroom, try shopping online. You will find an unbelievable selection, plus there are plenty of pictures to give you ideas.

There are many shapes and sizes of bunk beds available nowadays. We like the flexibility created by having a full bed on the bottom, with a single bed on top. The flexibility of this design not only creates some visual interest in the room, but allows for extra space. And, as your child grows—particularly through the teenage growth-spurt years, the extra space may serve him well, and extend the life of the bunk bed. If your child is very tall, there are also beds available with an extra-long option. The design of bunk beds has improved so much that there is now a triple-bunk bed design, allowing three to sleep with ease—and in style!

And although children love their bunk beds for obvious reasons, there are additional precautions a parent can take to ensure their child’s bed is safe and secure. Every reputable bunk bed has been tested and safety certified by the ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials). This means that the bunk bed is purchased from a company that follows the ASTM’s stringent guidelines, including precise placement of the guard rails to keep little heads, feet and hands from getting caught between them. The guard rails will also be securely fastened to the bed, to keep your little ones safe for years to come. The safety aspect of guard rails cannot be stressed enough; sometimes, a child may tell his parents that he’s too big for guard rails and will ask the parent to remove them. Please never tamper with the guard rails. They are a proven, tested way to keep your child safe.

How long has it been since you’ve climbed something just for the sheer joy of it? If you’d like to go back to those carefree days of your childhood, borrow your kid’s bunk bed for a minute. Climb up the ladder and see what your child sees. Don’t forget to bring a good book.

Don VanPelt is a writer for Bunk Beds Central who has published many articles about bunk beds. Read his comments and recommendations for the best places to buy bunkbeds at Bunk Beds Central.

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