With bunk beds, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your children remain safe while using them.
Bunk bed safety tips
Children love bunk beds! Unfortunately they also love climbing on bunk beds, and they can severely injure themselves if they fall off them.
Follow these bunk bed safety tips to make sure your children don’t end up needing bunk bed induced bandages!
The location of the bunk bed is of utmost importance. The best place to put it is in a corner of your child’s room. The two walls will provide support the bunk bed, adding much more structural rigidity. The other advantage is that it only gives one access point to your child as all the others are blocked by the walls.
Make sure the floor around the bunk bed is clear of any furniture that your child might fall onto. Take extra care to move any potentially dangerous sharp objects from around the bunk bed area.
If you have a ceiling fan, putting the bunk bed in a corner reduces the risks of an inquisitive child trying to touch the fan and you having to rush to an emergency room.
Explain to your child that falling off a bunk bed is going to hurt them… a whole lot! It might even lead to broken bones. They need to know that a bunk bed is not a climbing frame like the one at their local field; it is their bed and is used for sleeping only. If need be have a set of rules in place regarding what they can and cannot do in, on and around their bunk beds.
Children under six should not be allowed to sleep on the top bunk.
3. Guard rails
Guard rails are an important way to ensure bunk bed safety. They ensure safety on a top bunk, especially if your child is a restless sleeper. Guard rails can be place on either side of the bed, at a height of 12cm above the mattress to provide proper side protection on the bunk bed.
If your child walks in their sleep, NEVER put them on the top bunk even if it has guard rails as protection.
4. Secure the ladder
Bunk beds can come with secured or unsecured ladders. If your child’s bunk bed has an unsecured ladder, fasten it in some way as it is a potential hazard, especially for younger children. An unsecured ladder can move and slip while your children are climbing up and down causing them to fall and injure themselves.
Bunk beds with fixed stairs instead of a ladder are the safest option on the market.
5. Check spaces
Make sure you check the spaces in and around the bunk bed frame including the headboard, rails, footboard and ladder to and sure that your child’s head cannot go through any of them and become stuck.
Bunk beds are a great way to save space in your children’s room, however they are not a toy and it is important that your children understand that!