Bunk beds are a great way of sleeping two children in a room, while using the space of one bed. There are many fantastic bunk beds for kids that are a lot of fun and score points in the kids bedding department. But as with anything to do with young children, safety comes first and given the fact that the top-tier of a bunk bed is raised high above the ground, the potential for bunk bed accidents is there. So how can you ensure buying a bunk bed for young children is safe? Here are some safety steps to consider.
1. Ensure the child who sleeps in the top bunk is the eldest of the two, preferably between six and seven years of age. Statistics have shown that the majority of bunk bed accidents involve a child younger than six.
2. Ensure that the top bunk frame has a secure guard rail and that rail opening (where the child climbs up and down) is no wider than 15 inches in width. The guard rails should also be at least 5 inches higher than the bunk mattress.
3. Ensure that you children do not hang toys or clothes from the sides of the bed frame, especially anything that could potentially loop around a child’s neck or limbs and cause harm or even strangulation.
4. Do not screw anything into the bunk bed side. It can seem appealing to screw in a pencil holder, a hat hook or something similar, but these can potentially cut skin and cause harm, if someone loses balance while climbing up or down.
5. It is best to ensure that there is enough head space in the lower bunk so that your child does not accidentally hit their head. This also applies to the top kids bedding as well.
6. Do not place the bunk near a ceiling fan, light fixtures or any other electrical device on the ceiling. These can often be tempting targets for young children to throw things at, which as you can imagine is a less than ideal scenario.
7. The final guideline is that there should be zero tolerance in terms of jumping up and down, doubling up or any kind of horseplay on the top most bunk. You should make sure your kids are very clear on these rules. Additionally you should ensure that the top most bunk is strong and secure enough to bear additional weight… just in case.
These seven guidelines can ensure that a kids bedding is an item of safety and not misery. If you are still uncomfortable with the idea of a bunk bed and provided you have enough floor space for a second bed at night, then a trundle bed is another space-saving option that is low to the ground and should put to rest all safety concerns.