Bunk beds are a great alternative to traditional beds, especially if there is more than one child sharing a room. These beds allow for more sleeping room, without sacrificing floor space, which is an important consideration when there is limited space available in the room.
A bunk bed is generally made up of two single beds that are stacked on top of each other. These beds are designed to stack securely, or they may feature a normal height bed coupled with one that features longer legs that allow it to sit over the top of the smaller one. These units feature ladders or built in rungs to allow easy access to the top bunk. There are also units that feature additional levels as well.
Bunk beds for kids are often designed with unique features such as ladders and slides, or they can be set up as an “L” shape so the children can see each other easily. These types of beds are also available in versions that allow them to be converted to two or more traditional beds, making them a great option for younger children who may not quite be ready for the higher beds.
Most children find bunk beds to be a fun sleeping arrangement, especially if they use the top bunk. Depending on the design of the bed configuration, these beds can offer much more than a simple place to sleep. Children can use their imaginations to create forts out of blankets and pillows, allowing them to create their own unique space that can provide hours of enjoyable play time, even when they are not sleeping. It is important to remember that while some children may find the top bunk exciting, the higher perspective of their room may frighten others. These beds can also pose a hazard for children who are prone to falling out of bed, so care should be taken when choosing this type of sleeping arrangement for younger children. Many contemporary styles feature rails on the top bunk, which may be permanently attached or removable to provide added safety.
Bunk beds are available in a wide range of designs and styles. The frames may be made entirely of wood, but there are also aluminum styles available to create a more contemporary feel. There are also beds available that incorporate dressers into their configuration, and others that include built in storage under the bottom bunk. Still others include an additional, smaller bed called a trundle that can be slid under the bottom bunk when it is not in use.
Bunk beds with stairs or not are a great way of making use of vertical space. This is especially true when there is limited floor space available. These types of beds are great even for single child homes as it allows for added sleeping space for visitors and friends who want to spend the night. Such a bed is a creative use of space that allows children to share a space, without being forced into cramped conditions.