If possible, go to a store and look at a set of bunk beds that are already assembled and see if you like them. Check for sturdiness by placing your hands on the top bunk and do your best to shake the entire set. This is especially important if you are considering a bunk bed made from metal. They’re very attractive, but sometimes they aren’t built well. If you are planning to order from a catalog to obtain a great price, it is still a good idea to see a similar or actual set prior to placing your order.
When buying a bunk bed you will want to take account of the size and age of the children who are to use the bunks. There are safety considerations especially with younger children using the top bunk and you will need to consult the manufacturers guidlines or alternatively speak to the store who should be able to give you the correct advice.
Consider purchasing a set of bunk beds that can be taken apart and assembled separately. This feature comes in handy as the children get older and could later serve as guest beds.
What style of bed are you looking for? Is there a particular theme you want to match in the children’s room? Bunk beds can be found in wood or metal and in a variety of styles. You’ll probably know which one will fit into your dcor once you see it.
If you are in the store looking at bunk beds you might not appreciate the space they take up especially if the bottom bunk is a double. So always check the measurements in your room to ensure the bed you buy will fit.
Safety is essential when choosing just the right bunk bed. There should be guardrails on both sides of the top bunk and the one against the wall (opposite the ladder) should run the whole length of the bed. The mattress should fit exactly. The guardrail on the outside should reach at least 5 inches above the top of the mattress. The ladder that matches the set should be sturdy. Also, if you have a ceiling fan in the room, make certain you have measured to determine clearance prior to purchasing a bunk bed.
Assembly of the bunk bed is another important consideration. Some of them may appear easy to put together, but they can be difficult once you’ve begun. Be certain to read the directions in full before beginning your project.
Your bunk bed will come with a warranty so check it out before you buy the bed and ensure it meets with your expectations.
Once the bunk bed arrives in your home, make sure to check for unfinished, broken, missing or unpolished parts upon delivery. If anything is amiss, it can be returned immediately in order to exchange it for a new set.