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Bunk Beds buying guide

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Introduction to Bunk Beds

If you are in the market for a new bed for your child and you want to maximise the space in their bedroom, then the bunk bed is ideal.

They come in a variety different shapes and themes as well. Remember that bunk beds are not just for children, they can be ideal for people who want to kit out a spare room for guests but at the same time want to maintain space without having to cram in a double bed. This may not the most ideal bed but lets face it your guests are just guests and they won't be there forever.

Things for you to consider when buying a bunk bed

  • Consider the size and the shape of the room that you are going to use your bunk beds for.
  • It is advisable that you consider the weight of the child that will be using the bunk bed. Look out for the manufacturer of the bed and the weight restrictions recommended by them. Each manufacturer may have there own restrictions.
  • You need to consider if you will be opting for wooden or metal bunk beds. Metel tends to look great and really funky but won't tend to be as sturdy as the wooden frames.
  • Ensure that the bottom bed is wider and the top bed is a twin bed. This will create greater stability.
  • Metel frames tend to come in a greater range of colours so you would have more choice. Great if you want to blend the bed into your decor.
  • If you are no handy man and DIY is not your strong point then you need to consider how easy your bunk bed is to build. If you are struggling then get help, you need to ensure that they are as secure as possible before your little ones start bouncing on it.
  • If you are looking for a good investement then consider a bunk bed that can be used after your kids have grown up, look for ones that can be turned in seperate beds.
  • You may also want to consider bunk beds that have drawers, or perhaps a dressing table or even a desk attached, again another way of saving on space and also money too.
  • You will also tend to find that most bunk beds don't come with mattresses, so ensure that you fully swat up on the safety regulations of your mattress to coincide with your bunk bed.
  • Bunk bed safety is paramount - they are not really ideal for children under the age of 6, ensure that only 1 child at a time is on the top bunk, as any more could put strain on the structure and they are NOT designed to hold any more on the top. Guard rails should be added to the top bunk with a single opening for getting on and off and the recommended opening for this should be no more than 15 inches.
  • Never put your bunk bed under low fitting light fittings or ceiling fans, ensure that your bunk bed is not placed next to a window and make sure that the ceiling height is not too low, otherwise your child will not be able to sit up safely.


Prices range from around £100 to as much as £1000+ so make sure you have a budget in mind and stick to it. Price Inspector has a great range of bunk beds at many prices so check them out and check with the retailer for features and delivery times.

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