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How to Choose the Best Bunk Bed

How to Choose the Best Bunk Bed

Bunk Bed Worries? How to Choose the Perfect Bed for Your Kids

Buying your first bunk bed is exciting, and no doubt your kids are delighted, but the choices can be overwhelming! You want something safe, stylish, and built to last for years – all while saving precious space and possibly providing storage. But what’s the best bunk bed to opt for?


At Strictly Beds and Bunks, we understand the challenge! That’s why we offer a fantastic selection of expertly crafted pine bunk beds for happy, safe kids. We’ve been working alongside parents for over two decades now, so let’s think through the factors you’ll need to consider as you make your bunk bed selection.

Safety First: Are Bunk Beds Safe?

Yes, bunk beds can be perfectly safe! The key to safety lies in your choice of a well-constructed bed and establishing clear rules for its use. Here’s how to ensure your kids’ bunk bed adventures are happy ones:


  • • Build it Right. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling the bunk bed. Make sure every piece is securely in place (and you have no leftovers!).
  • • Ladder Rules. Teach your kids to use the ladder safely when climbing onto and off the top bunk. The ladder should be securely attached to the bed.
  • • Guardrails are Essential. Your bunk bed should have secure guardrails on all sides of the top bunk, even if one side is against a wall.
  • • Smart Placement. Place the bunk bed away from windows, blinds, cords, and light fixtures to avoid all risks of entanglement.
  • • It’s a Bed, Not a Playground. Bunk beds are fun, that’s part of their attraction, but make it clear to your kids that this is a sleeping space, not a climbing frame. They might be tempted to play but set clear rules like ‘one person only on the top bunk’.
  • • Age Matters. To minimise the risk of falls, the recommendation is that children under six years old should not use the upper bunk.


By choosing a sturdy bunk bed, teaching your children good safety habits, and setting up the bed properly, you can rest assured that they sleep safe and sound!

Your 4-Step Guide to Choosing the Best Bunk Bed

Finding the best bunk bed for your space takes a bit of planning to ensure safety, comfort, and enjoyable use for years to come. Follow these steps to make the best choice for your family:


1. Size Matters – Measure Your Space

Bunk beds are fantastic space savers, but you still need enough room for your kids to move around comfortably. Measure the area where you want the bed, not forgetting to factor in windows, doors, and light fixtures.


2. Headroom – Check the Ceiling Height

Make sure there’s plenty of room for your child to sit up in bed safely. You should have at least 2 feet (61cm) between the top of the bunk bed and the ceiling, but more space is better!

3. Smart Storage – Think Ahead

If storage is a concern, consider clever bunk bed solutions. A pull-out bed under the bottom bunk is perfect for sleepovers, while built-in drawers maximise available space. Make sure any additional features will still allow kids easy access in and out of the room.


4. Build with Confidence – Consider Assembly.

Choose a bunk bed made from sturdy materials like solid wood. Also, look at whether the bed requires full at-home assembly or comes partially assembled for a faster setup.


Remember, look for bunks that comply with relevant safety regulations (BS EN 747:2015A) for peace of mind!

Matching Your Bunk Bed to Your Child's Needs

Bunk beds come in a variety of styles to suit different ages, space limitations, and even sibling dynamics! Here are some of the most popular options to help you find your best bunk bed:


  • Classic Two-Bunk Bed. This is the tried-and-tested option, with two sleeping spaces stacked vertically. Great for maximising floor space in a shared room.
  • Triple Sleeper Bunk Bed. Need to squeeze in three sleepers? These clever bunk beds offer three sleeping areas in one. They come in various configurations, like a single bunk on top with a double bunk below, or three single bunks stacked high.
  • L-Shaped Bunk Bed.  This space-saving design uses a corner of the room, with the top bunk perpendicular to the bottom bunk. This frees up floor space for a desk, play area, or even another bed.
  • Cabin Bed. Think of a raised single bunk with a play area or study space underneath. It’s like a mini den for your child, offering privacy and maximising space in smaller rooms.
  • Bunk Bed with Storage. Many bunks incorporate drawers, shelves, or even a cubbyhole under the bottom bunk. This is a fantastic way to keep toys, clothes, or bedding organised and tucked away.
  • Bunk Bed with Pull-Out Bed. This design features a pull-out drawer underneath the bottom bunk that holds a mattress, creating a comfy sleeping space for sleepovers or a surprise guest.


Consider your child’s age and preferences when making your choice. Younger children might feel more secure in a classic two-bunk bed, while older kids might consider the best bunk bed to be one offering the extra space and privacy of a cabin bed. Think about whether storage is a priority, or if a pull-out bed would be handy for occasional guests.

What Mattress Makes for the Sweetest Dreams?

Your kids deserve a great night’s sleep in their bunk bed, and picking the right mattress is essential! Here’s what to consider:


Sprung for Support

Traditional sprung mattresses offer excellent support, distributing weight evenly and helping to maintain good posture while sleeping. These can be particularly good for growing children.


Sink-In Comfort

Reflex foam mattresses provide that cosy “sink-in” feeling, moulding to the body’s shape for a relaxing sleep. These might be a good choice for kids who love that extra bit of softness.


The Perfect Fit

Make sure the mattress you choose is the right size for your bunk bed. A snug fit ensures safety and comfort. Look for mattresses specifically designed for bunk beds, as they are often designed for bunk bed comfort and safety.


Safety and Quality

Always choose mattresses that comply with safety regulations. Look for standards like BS7177 and accreditations from trusted organisations like the National Bed Federation.


At Strictly Beds and Bunks, we understand the importance of a great mattress paired with a great bunk! That’s why we offer a selection of quality mattresses that complement our beds perfectly.

Give your kids the gift of space, comfort, and fun! Browse our safe, stylish bunk beds and discover the perfect match for your home. Contact us today to find out more about our range of products.