We all know that when it comes to bunk beds, quality matters. Cheap bunk beds can come apart and collapse making them a real safety hazard. When you go shopping, how can you differentiate between a quality bed and a cheap bed? Here are some tips to help you determine that.
What is the bed made of? Solid wood, metal, or a combination of the two is best. Avoid particle board like the plague. Hardwoods, such as birch, cedar, and maple, are best. If your choice is a metal frame, select one that is made of a heavier metal like steel and with a larger diameter of tubing. .
Is the bed sturdy? When assembled, it should not wobble. If you are looking at a bed in a store, shake it to see if it is sturdy. When you assemble the bed at home, check again before letting your children sleep in it. Screws and nuts should be tightened on a regular schedule to prevent loosening. Compare the weight of the bed as heavier beds are usually sturdier and wobble less.
Is the bed safe? Does it comply with all the safety standards? Where was it manufactured and do you trust the quality control of that country? Read up on the safety standards before shopping so you know. Are there obvious safety issues like sharp, protruding edges, unfinished wood, or splinters? Any violations in this area could lead to serious injuries. Beds coming from a reputable furniture manufacturer should be compliant with safety standards
What is the cost of the bed? Dollars don’t always determine quality. You can buy wonderful, well made beds for a great price. However, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. That $159.00 bunk bed at your local discount store looks like a great buy but is it? I challenge you to see what you are really getting for your money. A bed that is made to withstand years of hard use and still look good will cost you a little more than a bed designed for young children to use a few years. If you are buying one to last through the years, make sure it has provisions for growing children. Some of these provisions would be an extra long twin size bed, possibly a full size bed as part of the bunk, and one that accommodates heavier weights. Beds designed for young children only have a weight limit of around 150 lbs. – 200 lbs. and that includes the mattress. They also don’t have the same distance between the bottom bunk and the top bunk making them cramped for taller people to use. Sometimes the higher priced beds have additional features such as built in drawer or storage space. Even trundle beds are available which make them even more useful.. There are plenty of simple, well made bunk beds to choose from without all the frills at terrific prices. Buying the lower priced bed now might mean you need to buy another bed in the not too near future.
Bunk beds make so much sense because they are versatile. When your child is outgrowing the crib and you don’t know what the future holds, a good bunk bed could be all you need. Start with a twin that will convert to other pieces as your child grows. Or, buy one with the option to separate the beds so you can use them apart or stacked and start with them apart. Buy one in a classic style that can be used with any kind of bedding to suit your child’s preferences over the years. Once all your children have used the bed, pass it on to the grandchildren or resell it. A quality bunk bed will withstand the use and abuse over time and still come out looking great.