How to Shop for a Bunk Bed


Twin Over Twin

Kids rooms are made for gatherings. Whether they’re being shared by siblings or a group of friends who want to hang out, most could benefit from finding ways to maximize square footage. Why not take advantage of vertical space by using a bunk bed?

A practical piece of furniture, today’s bunk beds are stylish, and feature materials and designs that look like their single bed counterparts. They’re also versatile and can be used stacked or separated when multiple sleeping spaces are no longer needed.

Standard bunk beds come with two twin-sized mattresses. Some even include a trundle option on the bed below that makes sleepovers a breeze – simply pull out the third mattress like a drawer and you’ve got room for one more. When it’s not needed, it’s easily tucked away.


Twin Over Full


Another option is a bunk bed that features a twin mattress above and a full mattress on the lower bunk. This provides room for three, or a little extra space for the child below. A twin/full combination is a great choice for larger rooms as the configuration takes up more space than a standard bunk bed.


Bunk and Desk

Some bunk beds maximize space even further by incorporating other furnishings into the base. For example, a bunk bed might hide a desk below, which is a great fit for tweens and teens who can conveniently store their studies nearby. Others include a wardrobe where kids can store their clothing, eliminating the need for a dresser or chest of drawers to occupy space in the room.

Whatever style is best for you, rest assured that the bunk beds sold at Art Van Furniture meet guidelines put in place by the Consumer Product Safety Council. To properly use bunk beds, know that the Council recommends that kids be six or older to use the top bunk. Don’t allow more than one person at a time on the top bunk and a ladder should always be used for access. Guardrails must be present on both sides of the top bunk, even if the bed is pushed against the wall. And the top of the top guardrail should be approximately 5″ above the top of the mattress.

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