Safety of Bunk Beds – Kids Rules for Bunk Beds

Cheerful KidSafety of Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds come with a number of recommendations by the manufacturer to keep kids safe. Here are a few additional ones that should be posted in or near a bunk bed area for bunk bed safety.

  1. No more monkeys jumping on the bed applies big time to bunk bed use. Do not jump on the bunks. Top or bottom. This increases the opportunity for falls or it can loosen the beds and make them unsafe.
  2. Do not use this bed if you are under the age of 6 or have a maturity level of 6 or less. Some kids may have the maturity to use the bed before six but some older children may not be mature enough to use the bed at 6+ years of age. Parents should use their discretion. Unfortunately, some parents tend to ignore this warning.
  3. Beds are for sleeping, not playing. Even if your bunk bed looks like the apparatus that you climb on at the playground, it is not a toy. It isn’t constructed to take that kind of use. The bunk tent beds are very tempting but should be used more as a bed than a piece of playground equipment. Hard use can cause the structure to become weakened or wobbly. Use according to manufacturer’s instructions on the tent bunks.
  4. No more than one child in the top bunk at a time. It is tempting to use the top bunk as a tree house but more than one child on the top increases the risk of falls.
  5. Make sure the area around the bunk bed is free of clutter or sharp objects. Any fall can be bad but a fall on something sharp can be worse.
  6. Always use the ladder to climb to the top. Don’t use the bed frame. The bed is designed to be sturdy if used properly but the frame is not a ladder. Discourage any other creative attempts to climb to the top.
  7. If you are a sleepwalker or someone who rolls out of bed often, use the bottom bunk.
  8. Any wobbly, loose, movement should be reported to your parents immediately for tightening. If any part of the bed seems to be coming apart, again, notify your parents before continuing to use it.

Use your new bunk bed properly and you should get many years of enjoyment out of it.  Review these rules often and enforce them.


2 thoughts on “Safety of Bunk Beds – Kids Rules for Bunk Beds

  1. Robert says:

    My youngest child is not legally old enough to sleep on the top bunk bed is that a law or commen sense
    Can you email me the rules regarding this issue.

    • Beverly says:

      I don’t know of any legal implications but it definitely is good common sense not to put young children in a bunk bed. The American Academy of Pediatrics and most bunk bed manufacturers have strong recommendations on age restrictions for bunk beds. The general age recommendation is 6 or older. Here is what the AAP has to say:

      Although children love them, bunk beds can be dangerous. A child sleeping in the top bunk can fall out. Anyone sleeping in the bottom can be hurt if the top bunk collapses. If your child’s room has bunk beds, follow these safety tips. Place beds in the corner of the room, so that there are walls on two sides. This can lessen the chances of your child falling out. Also, install guardrails along the top bunk. Firmly attach a ladder to the top bunk bed and put a night light nearby so your child can see the ladder. Don’t allow children under age 6 to sleep in the upper bunk. Most don’t have the coordination to climb down safely or to stop themselves from falling out. Never allow your child to jump or roughhouse on or under bunk beds. This can lead to serious injury.

      You can also visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website and read about Bunk Bed Safety. https://www.cpsc.gov/search?query=bunk+bed+safety&btnG=Google+Search&output=xml_no_dtd&getfields=*&client=ek_drupal_01&proxystylesheet=ek_drupal_01&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&wc=200&wc_mc=1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ud=1&exclude_apps=1&site=cpsc_site&filter=p

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