For many parents, the issue of saving space in the children’s room is relevant, especially when two children must be simultaneously accommodated in a small room. The solution to this problem is a bunk bed for children.
Children’s bunk bed in the interior – features, and advantages
Saving space is not the only advantage of a bunk bed for children. Modern designers offer a huge assortment of functional beds in two tiers, which allow not only to organize a comfortable bed but also to equip a zone for games and storage of children’s things, toys. A bunk bed is of particular interest to owners of a children’s room. A significant advantage is saving the family budget since the cost of buying a bunk bed will be lower than the investment in buying two separate pieces of furniture.
The furniture market offers stationary and built-in models. According to the purpose of children’s two-story beds are divided into products for one, two, or more children.
According to psychologists, buying a bed with two tiers is advisable when the difference between children does not exceed 4 years. In this case, the gender of the children does not matter.
In the arrangement of a children’s room for one child, it has become popular to use an attic bed. In the upper part of the structure,
there is a full-fledged sleeping place for sleeping, the lower part can be represented by a work or play area, a storage system for items. The workplace usually includes a writing table, shelves, and drawers. For active children, the ideal solution is a bunk bed with a Playground (rope, basketball Board, Swedish wall, or horizontal bars). The storage system in the lower tier can be represented by a wardrobe, chest of drawers, shelves, etc.
There are these types of beds for two children:
◊ the classic model consists of two sleeping places located on top of each other and connected by a vertical staircase;
◊ a model with an offset location of sleeping areas – in this design, the sleeping beds are also placed in parallel but shifted to the right or left side in relation to each other. At the same time, the released space is equipped with a wardrobe, chest of drawers or shelves;
◊ children’s two-story beds with a perpendicular arrangement of sleeping couches;
◊ transformer beds are bunk products with an additional pull-out bed.
What to consider when choosing a bunk bed for children
Choosing children’s furniture, you should consider many nuances. Sleeping arrangements should correspond to the age and height of the younger generation. For example, a bunk bed is forbidden to use for children under the age of four, because babies can be injured while sleeping by falling from the second floor.
Relative to the size of the bed, an excessively spacious bed can cause young children to feel anxious and insecure. A narrow sleeping bed will cause discomfort, will not allow the child to relax and fully relax.
Choosing a two-story bed, parents of weather-affected children may face the fact that their children will not be able to agree among themselves who of them sleeps on the upper and who on the lower tier. The way out of this situation will be to change the sleeping place one at a time.
During the heating period, the air in the upper part of the two-story bed will be much drier than on the first tier. Therefore, before going to bed, the children’s room should be well ventilated.
How to choose a bunk bed for children
Any furniture designed for children must meet the following key requirements:
◊ ecological compatibility;
◊ high build quality.
Please instruct your children about the safe use of the bunk bed before using it!
Simple selection rules will help you make a successful purchase:
◊ children’s two-story bed should have a solid massive structure, have stable strong legs;
◊ the bed must support not only the weight of the child and sleeping accessories (mattresses, pillows, blankets) but also the weight of an adult;
◊ the upper-tier should be equipped with protective sides. A bunk bed for children with sides will protect you from falling from a height;
◊ the structure should not have sharp corners, protruding fasteners;
◊ the bed ladder should be equipped with comfortable handrails;
◊ furniture design should be in harmony with the interior of the children’s room and, of course, children should like it.
The frame of bunk beds for children
The frame of a bunk bed can be made of materials such as:
◊ painted MDF.
Products based on MDF, plywood, and chipboard belong to the budget segment, choosing these models, you should think about the safety of your children, asking the seller for quality certificates for materials.
The most popular and practical is the base made of natural wood. In the production of frames used solid oak, beech, ash, the undisputed leader in this segment is pine.
Advantages of pine frame:
◊ long service life;
◊ high strength;
◊ environmental friendliness of the material;
The metal base is highly durable, but still such a product can be traumatic, in addition, the metal bed loses to wooden models in terms of aesthetics.
When choosing a two-story place to sleep, pay attention to the overall height of the product. The optimal height of a bed with two tiers is 165-175 cm.
The design of the crib can have a traditional or orthopedic base. The usual base is represented by a solid flat bottom made of chipboard or plywood. The orthopedic base under the mattress is definitely preferable because it will support the anatomically correct position of children during sleep. The orthopedic base consists of a frame with bent slats fixed to it.
Important characteristics of a children’s multi-story bed are the height of the lower tier from the floor, the distance between the floors, and the size of the bed. For children of preschool age, the bed should be located at the level of 30 cm from the floor. For the age group from 7 to 14 years, the optimal distance is 40 cm, for teenagers-50 cm.
The distance between the floors should allow the child to sit straight on the bed, but the upper tier should not be too high, close to the ceiling of the room, the bed can provoke the development of phobias in the child. The optimal distance between floors is 85-90 cm;
On average, the width of a child’s bunk bed is 60-80 cm, and the length of the product varies in the range from 140 to 200 cm. To choose a children’s bunk bed of the right size, you should be guided by the age of children.
Standard bed sizes:
◊ for children under 3 years of age – 120×60 cm;
◊ from 3 to 6 years — 140×70 cm, 150×70 cm;
◊ from 7 to 14 years – 160×80 cm, 170×80 cm;
◊ adolescent group – 180×90, 190×90 cm.
What additional requirements should be applied to the upper sleeping area
There are special safety requirements for the upper tier of the cot.
Attention should be paid to the interstory staircase and the protective elements of the upper floor.
A bunk bed with sides 30 cm high from the surface of the mattress is a good choice.
Stairs between floors should be comfortable and reliable, made of non-slip materials, well fixed. Do not choose a crib model with a strictly vertical ladder, flat elements are much safer. It is better if the staircase is protected by a railing and wide steps. The standard width of the ladder is 40 cm, the optimal distance between the rungs is from 20 to 25 cm.
Mattresses-types and rules of choice
Parents ‘ attention should be paid not only to the frame but also to the mattress. A child’s mattress should have sufficient rigidity and elasticity, and contribute to an even distribution of the load. There are two types of mattresses used for children’s beds:
◊ with a spring block.
The key advantages of springless mattresses are a longer service life and the absence of metal elements, the latter factor eliminates the impact of electrostatic and magnetic fields on the child. When choosing a mattress filler without springs, you should give preference to a hypoallergenic non-toxic material. Among natural fillers, coconut coir and latex are in demand, and polyurethane foam is made of modern synthetic materials.
Spring mattresses consist directly of the spring block itself and additional layers of filler that provide comfort and support. On the market of sleeping accessories there are models of mattresses with the dependent and independent type of springs. For children, mattresses with an independent spring block and natural filler are more useful, such bases are closer to orthopedic products. Important criteria for choosing a spring mattress are the diameter of the springs (the smaller the better) and the density of filling (the larger the number per 1 m2, the denser the base).
Additional functionality of bunk beds for children
Photo of a double bed with drawers and a wardrobe
Choosing a bunk bed, you should pay attention to the additional functionality of the furniture. So, in the furniture market, you can find models that have boxes for storing toys or bedding under the bottom surface for sleeping. It is better if these sliding structures are equipped with wheels. An excellent additional option is the built-in lighting, which can be used as a night lamp.
Bunk beds allow you to properly equip the space of a small children’s room, effectively using every square meter. The correct and thoughtful choice of furniture for sleeping will ensure a healthy sleep and a pleasant pastime while your children are awake!