Bunk Beds for Kids: Size, Material and Storage
1. Bunk Bed Size
Choosing the right size of bunk bed means considering your child’s age, height and bedroom space.What are the standard bunk bed sizes?
- The Twin over Twin bunk bed: One Twin bed on the top, one Twin bed on the bottom, the Twin over Twin is a popular choice for, well, twins!
- The Twin over Full bunk bed: One Twin bed on the top, one Full bed on the bottom, the Twin over Full is perfect for the older child who shares a bedroom with a younger sibling.
- The Full over Full bunk bed: One Full bed on the top, one Full bed on the bottom, the Full over Full will give two small children the bed space they can grow into.
- The Twin loft: One Twin bed on the top and space for a desk, storage or other bedroom necessity on the bottom, the clever design of a Twin loft maximizes space in style.
How much space should you leave between the bunk bed and ceiling? Before you decide on a bunk bed, make sure your ceiling is high enough for one; there should be at least 30 inches from the top bunk to the ceiling.
How thick should a bunk bed mattress be? You don’t need a special mattress for a bunk bed. Just make sure the mattress and bed size match (a Twin mattress should go in a Twin bunk, etc).
The Best Bunk Bed Types for Your Children
- Standard Bunk Bed. The standard bunk bed features a sleek silhouette – simply one bed over the other – making it great for rooms small on space.
- Loft Bed. While a loft bed is typically a bunk bed without a bottom bunk, some loft beds also feature caster beds – a rollout bed mounted under the top bunk.
- Trundle Bunk Bed. The trundle bunk bed is a standard bunk bed with a third trundle mattress underneath the bottom bunk – and which can be pulled out at any time for a convenient third bed.
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5 Signs Your Child Is Ready for the Top Bunk
Here’s how to tell when your children may be ready for a bunk bed.
- Your child is at least six years old.
Six years is considered the minimum age for the top bunk, as children who are any younger may not yet possess the skills required for safe navigation.
- Your child adheres to safety rules. Before choosing a bunk bed, discuss with your child what the bunk bed is for, and make sure she demonstrates an understanding of rules of safety.
- Your child can confidently climb up (and down). Confidence is key when it comes to safety, so if your child can climb up and down the bunk bed ladder without hesitation, she may be ready for the top bunk.
- Your child is potty-trained. Nighttime accidents are no fun – especially if they occur on the top bunk. Wait until your child is potty-trained, day and night, to ensure a seamless bunk bed transition.
- Your child could use the bedroom space. Children need their space, especially those who share a room with a younger sibling. If another bed and other pieces of furniture are crowding a small area, a top bunk may be just what she needs to open up her bedroom space – and effortlessly refresh her style.