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Bunk Beds FAQs

Bunk beds offer a variety of different advantages, from space saving solutions to acting as entertaining novelties for children; though with them come a host of potential hazards.

Children and guests should be able to rest safely and securely, whether they’re on the top or the bottom bunk, and this guide should offer some tips, tricks and insights into how to ensure that your bunk bed is as safe as possible.

Your Happy Beds bunk beds care overview:


  • Always fix the guard rails or lip sections to the top bunk and make sure they’re firmly in place
  • Establish how sturdy the bunk bed is by having an adult lie on the top bunk after it’s been fully constructed
  • Try to ensure that children do not play on any part of the bunk bed, especially on the top bunk, as even jumping on the bottom bunk can weaken the overall frame’s durability

Tips for taking care of (and frequently asked questions about) your bunk beds with Happy Beds

Is there any way of improving bunk bed safety?

Installing any and all guard rails is the best way to prevent any falls. Children’s bedrooms should also be carpeted or, ideally, have rugs beneath them.

Placing the bunk bed away from hanging light fixtures and windows is also essential.

A helpful tip to maximise safety is to keep the ladder or steps section of the bunk bed illuminated, such as with a clip on light or a nearby lamp, This will help keep the ladder or steps section visible, thus minimising the risk of children slipping or falling when ascending or descending into and from the top bunk.

Also, it may seem obvious, but do follow the assembly instructions exactly. As is the case with any bed, failing to follow specific instructions can hamper the structure of the bed. This would normally be problematic with a normal bed but it could be disastrous for a child’s bed.

Simple measures, such as routinely checking that the nuts and bolts are firmly in place and making sure that the child can properly climb the ladder or steps section, can also help maintain bunk bed safety.
Don’t allow more than one child atop the top bunk at any time, as this Avoid playing atop a bunk bed, or treating them climbing frames. Don’t use the bunk bed as a clothes horse either, as this can create strangulation hazards. As well as keeping the integrity of the bedframe intact, these hazards can cause harm to the sleepers.

Do bunk beds need special mattresses? Are bunk bed mattresses different?

Bunk beds don’t require special mattresses per se, but it is advised that the top bunk doesn’t feature a mattress thicker than 16cm. There will usually be a line along the inside of the top bunk’s frame to indicate where the mattress should go up to.

Mattresses shouldn’t go above this depth for safety reasons, as anything higher could risk the sleeper rolling out of bed, over the guard rails.
Any type of mattress is fine, just avoid mattresses thicker than 16cm for the top bunk.

Can my child sleep on a bunk bed?

Children under the age of six shouldn’t be on the top bunk, and children under the age of three shouldn’t be on bunk beds at all.

Are bunk beds safe for adults?

Bunk beds are conventionally designed to support a child’s weight, though some of the more secure bunk beds can support an adult’s weight.

As bunk beds can be used for providing multiple guests with somewhere to sleep some bunk beds have been created with a more solid structure, and although this is not always the case the rule of thumb is generally that solid wood and metal frames should be able to support adult’s weight.
Generally speaking, beds that are explicitly designed with children in mind, such as theme beds or sleep stations, are not advised for adult’s to try and sleep on, as this can greatly risk damaging or breaking the bed as well as causing the sleeper or sleepers harm.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • The first time you sleep in a bed that is not yours, or a completely new bed altogether, half of your brain remains awake and alert.

Are there bunk beds bigger than singles?

Yes there are, they are known as ‘triple sleeper bunk beds’ and ‘quadruple sleeper bunk beds’. The former is much like a conventional bunk bed, albeit with a double bed in lieu of the bottom bunk, whereas the latter features a double bed on both the bottom and top bunks.

There are a number of reasons you may wish to choose either of these kinds of beds. These include providing children sharing a room with a greater degree of comfort whilst retaining the space saving advantages of bunk beds, as well as catering to families where a child needs to remain close to their parents.
In the case of quadruple sleeper bunk beds remember that structurally speaking they are still bunk beds, and thus should not be jumped or played upon.
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