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Pros & Cons to Bunk Beds

17 Jun

What Are the Pros and Cons of Bunkbeds? 

Are you thinking about buying a bunk bed for your children? Bunkbeds can be an excellent way to save space in small rooms and small homes with multiple children. While there are downsides to owning a bunk bed, many people find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. 

The key is to find a bunk bed that saves space, feels safe, and allows your children to sleep comfortably. If you’re trying to decide whether these beds are for you, this list of the pros and cons can help you make your decision. 

Have more questions? Feel free to visit one of our store locations or reach out to us online. Our customer service representatives are happy to help!

 

The Pros of Bunkbeds 

Separate Beds 

Two beds provide each child with their own space to sleep and relax. This fosters a sense of independence, helping them sleep better on their own in the future. Having a space of their own at the end of the day can also help children establish their own identities and personalities. 


More Space 

Children’s rooms are often smaller, and sometimes families with small children find themselves in a “starter home.” Bunkbeds allow you to use space more efficiently whereas opting for two single beds would detract from space for storage and play. The smaller, stacked bed frames offer more floor space for play as well as other kids’ furniture.


Planning Ahead 

More versatile bunk beds can be taken apart and become two single beds when your children grow. This is a great option to consider when you plan to move into a bigger home someday because it provides your family with a cost-effective and efficient opportunity.

Sleepover Fun

In the right arrangement, bunk beds can be an excellent option for sleepovers. Draping sheets from the sides can turn the room into a secretive fort with minimum fuss. 


Separate Lighting 

Clip-on lamps offer children with bunkbed the opportunity to stay up later than one another when they want to read without disturbing the person in the other bunk. 


Individualized Attention

Bunkbeds are also a great way to show individual care. For example, if one child gets sick, you don’t need to wake both of them up to attend to the situation. 


Added Storage 

Some models of bunk beds come with integrated storage spaces. There are also models that offer storage drawers beneath the bottom bunk. This is a great option for additional efficiency with space in the room. 


T
he Cons of Bunkbeds 


Child Safety 

One of the concerns we hear most often is that of child safety in bunk beds. These beds should mainly be considered for children older than age six with the lower bunk assigned to the younger child. There’s always a risk with the ladder on the bunk. However, some bunkbed models come equipped with safer ladders or even steps up to the top bunk.


Some Assembly Required 

Some bunk beds can be tricky to build, taking several hours to assemble. Should you choose to assemble the bed yourself, it is important to follow all instructions so that the furniture complies with safety standards. 


Making the Beds 

Unfortunately, making the beds is no easy feat. You don’t always have direct access to both sides, and you have to climb the ladder to reach the top bunk. However, using a fitted sheet tucked in at the foot of the bed can make this task much simpler. It’s also good to keep a step stool handy to make reaching the top bunk much easier. 


Tucking Your Child Into the Top Bunk 

Giving out goodnight hugs and kisses can be a challenge for your child in the top bunk. However, you’ll find that the aforementioned step stool will come in handy here as well. 



A Brief List of Safety Tips 

          Children under 6 should not sleep on the top bunk. 

          Use nightlights to illuminate ladders or steps. 

          Always use the proper size of the mattress. 

          Ensure the structure is sound and sturdy. 

          No horseplay on the beds.



Shop Bunkbeds at Exclusive Furniture

At Exclusive Furniture, we take safety seriously. When families are looking for a bunk bed, we want to provide them with the best possible experience. If a bunk bed is right for your family, be sure to establish safety rules for your children and explain the importance to them. For example, no jumping on the bed or no swinging from the top bunk. 

Let your children know that these beds are for sleeping and remember that you may have to remind them more than once. 



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