Hello Gentle Readers!
When I was a kid I always wanted a bunk bed. I begged my parents for years until they gave in and got me this rad metal bunk bed with a futon on the bottom. The biggest excuse I seem to remember hearing about NOT getting a bunk bed was that I was an only child, so why did I need one? I suppose technically I didn’t NEED one but they were cool, I was a kid, so it all worked out logically in my brain. Don’t know what mom and dad thought about it but that’s beside the point.
My point is that bunk beds are great. Whether you’ve got one kid or five (though if you’ve got five I don’t know how you do it). These days there are so many choices for bunk beds that it’s hard to sift through what you really need. So I’m going to give you some tips. If you have two kids (or more) and are short on room, the simple Twin/Twin (or Full/Full if you prefer) bunk bed is the perfect solution. If you are short on room in general a loft bed (which is a bunk on top and usually a desk or other open space below) is a great solution. If your kids have a lot of friends over, try a futon combo or a Twin/Full bunk bed. The versatility in these beds is what makes them so popular. Any given child’s room can use a bunk bed functionally and in more ways than one!
I want to feature our most popular Bunk Bed here at WFB Canada. The Fraser Solid Wood Bunk Bed with Storage Drawers. It comes in two sizes Twin/Twin & Twin/Full. The bed comes complete with under-bed storage drawers and is stocked in Canada (which I’ve been telling you guys, is the way to buy from within Canada). Once great thing about most bunk beds is that they are built with a slat support system which means you don’t usually have to use a foundation (AKA: Box-spring) which saves you money in the long run. Memory foam mattresses are great add on for these beds as well.
Another great buy is the Calgary Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed with the option to add a stairway chest which acts as an additional ladder and storage space for your child’s room.
The thing about bunk beds is that if you buy the right one, it’ll last your child for years. I probably got mine around the age of 12 or 13 and it was in my room in various incarnations until I was almost 20. Even now, a lot of smaller college dorms still use bunk beds so it’s not uncool to have one when your kid starts to grow up! A lot of bunk beds can also be separated into two beds so you’re not stuck with your kids in one room forever if you move or they get too cool to sleep in the same room.
For me growing up as an only child the awesomeness of my bunk bed was three fold. First, I could choose where I wanted to sleep. If the futon was getting uncomfortable or if I just wanted a different angle on my room when I woke up, I could sleep up top or on the bottom. It made me feel important, I had control! Second, when I had people over there was never lack of space (unless it was a big sleep over). Since the futon was sometimes a couch and a bed it was versatile and more people could fit in my room at once whether hanging out or sleeping. Third, I had my own built in couch, which for me, made me feel even more important! I mean, a couch in my room – I was styling.
In special cases you may want to get a larger bunk bed for your kids. The Full Over Full Bunk Bed is a great option!
Overall it’s your choice if a bunk bed is right for your child’s room. You have to consider how it’s made, the price points, and what the actual function of the beds is going to be. Consider how your child will grow into the bed(s) and how much use they’ll get. Make sure you check into the materials used to make the beds as well, metal frames are sturdy and simplistic but don’t always look that great. You just have to be careful when you buy the wood beds, solid wood is the only way to go if you want your bunk bed to last.
On a last note, you should always be aware that young children should never sleep in the top bunk of these beds, even if they have sturdy rails. Do not buy a bunk bed intended for a child under the age of six (even then you should check the manufacturer’s recommended age limit). There are also weight limits to the top bunks of most beds so you can’t allow a bunch of kids up there at once.
ps. What do you think is great about a bunk bed? Hit us up in the comments!