What age can a child sleep on a top bunk? This bunk bed buyer's guide answers this and your other pressing bunk bed questions
What age can a child sleep on a top bunk? This is a frequent desperate question to come from parents who live in small homes where their kids have no option, but to share a small bedroom. When your family is growing and your property isn't, bunk beds are the ideal solution for freeing up space in your children's bedroom.
Let's answer that most pressing question first? At what age can a child sleep on a top bunk? A child should be six-years-old or older to sleep up high on the top bunk. If your child is a bit of a dare devil and might be tempted to jump off instead of taking the ladder or stairs, hold off until they are a bit older than this.
Bunk bed safety features
To keep your little one's extra safe in their bunk beds, look for one with a high safety rail. If your kids are on the younger side consider a model that is specifically made with little kids in mind.
This Oliver Furniture Wood Mini+ Low bunk bed from Nubie is especially designed for children under nine-years-old. Slightly lower and shorter than a standard bunk, your under six-year-old can take the lower bunk and your under ten-year-old the top bunk. Also, note that a sloping ladder, as shown below, is easier for a younger child to climb than one that is flat to the side of the bunk. This will take up more precious space in your room though.
The Flick Triple bunk, shown above, can even cater for three! It's perfect for sleep overs, a space short three-child family or even a whole family living in a one bedroom apartment.
Look for a bunk bed that splits into two singles
A bunk bed that splits into two single beds, such as the one shown above, will have a much longer life span than one that doesn't. If you move house or extend to create an extra bedroom you don't have to go to the expense of buying an extra bed, you just split the bunk bed in two.
Space for a trundle bed tucked beneath the bunk bed, also shown above, is useful when it comes to sleepovers as well.
Novelty bunk beds
There are a whole array of fantastic novelty bunk beds on the market. Such as the Adventure Hang Out bed, shown above. Your kids will delight in hanging out here, but they will likely grow out of it before they reach secondary school. It's a fun short-term investment, .but one that should have a reasonable resale value if it's kept in good condition.
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Bunk beds with storage
You can also get some great bunk beds with storage options, which are particularly useful for small rooms. The one shown above incorporates drawers beneath the bottom bunk and a wardrobe and shelving beneath and around the top bunk. A pull-out desk is another useful feature to look for. Just be aware that these storage bunks often have a larger footprint than standard bunks so make sure you have the space to accommodate one before purchasing.
Triple bunk beds are a thing
You can really stack em up with a triple bunk bed. This Flair Furnishings triple bunk bed is from Amazon. Bed linen changing day will be calorie-burning work out with with this one!
Free up play space with a midsleeper
If you have one child in a small room, free up play space in the room by going for a mid or high sleeper bed with no bottom bunk. This Sydney high sleeper cabin bed from Vida Designs, is pretty reasonably priced from Amazon. You can stash a whole train track beneath it.
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