Bunkbeds; The Next Phase For Your Child

Date January 14, 2008

by Don VanPelt

Your little baby is growing up fast! It seems just like yesterday you were putting together a crib. Now, your child is ready for the next stage of life. You should consider purchasing a bunkbed. With a little research, a quality bunkbed can last your child all the way through college. Plus, as everyone knows, bunkbeds are a great space-saver. With so many design options, bunk beds offer an easy way to maximize the space you have, while making everyone in your family happy.

If you do consider purchasing a , you will want to consider the future uses for your child. Is this just a short-term purchase? Are you planning on having more children? Are you looking to sell the bunk beds in a few years? No matter what, there are many quality choices available. Like all types of furniture, bunkbeds are available in a wide variety of prices and styles. Your most important feature when shopping for a bunkbed should be safety, not cost.

Since bunkbeds can be used immediately after a child outgrows a crib, you may wish to separate them first, and then stack them later. Plan to spend at least $350 for a safe, sturdy bunkbed. Remember, this is an investment that could be used throughout your child’s life. The main difference between a cheap bunkbed and an expensive one is the amount of detail and materials used in the main safety features: the guardrails and the ladder.

There are industry standards for bunkbeds. For instance, the top bunk must have two guardrails; your online bunkbed dealer can advise you of other industry requirements. Bring your child along when shopping for a bunkbed, your dealer usually will have a “test” bunkbed set up so you can see if your child can navigate the ladder safely. Most kids, after a little coaching, do just fine.

The safety issue surrounding bunkbeds cannot be stressed enough. Although many children each year receive medical treatment from injuries sustained from the misuse of bunkbeds, most could have been avoided through better supervision and communication. There is something so enticing about being in the top bunk, but please remember to let your children know the safety risks of jumping.

If you don’t think your child is ready for the stacked bunkbeds, you could always separate the beds until you feel they are ready. Later, when your circumstances change, you can separate the beds again.

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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