Having your children share a room is a great way to save space, and making plans for bunk bed layouts can help you maximize the space. Bunk beds are usually quite fun for kids, and they can be great for parents because the children’s sleeping area will be more compact and controllable. However, before you purchase a bunk bed, be sure to measure the ceiling height, and the height of the bunk bed you intended to buy. Make sure there is enough room for the child on the top bunk to sit up without hitting his/her head.
When arranging the bunk bed in your children’s room, safety should be your top priority. You want to make sure that the child who will be sleeping on the top bunk can always quickly and easily get down. In order to ensure your child’s safety, make certain that the ladder of the bunk bed empties onto a section of the floor that will always be clear of toys and clothes. Therefore, consider placing the kids’ toys and dresser(s) on the opposite side of the room. Additionally, be sure to place the bed far away from any ceiling fans, heating vents, pipes or any other obstacles that might be located on your ceiling. It’s also a good idea to place the bunk bed away from any windows.
Being able to check on your kids quickly and with ease is also of great importance. When choosing a location for a bunk bed in your children’s room, if possible, consider placing the beds on the wall opposite the door, as opposed to on the same wall as the door. This way, when you peek in to check on them, your perspective from across the room, will allow you to see both children simultaneously without having to enter the room or stand on tiptoe. This will allow you to supervise nap and sleep time without causing much disruption.
Should you have two bunk beds in one room, consider placing them on opposite sides of the room. If you place them too close together, the children might try to climb from one top bunk to the other, which could result in serious injury should they fall. In fact, before you allow your kids to sleep in their bunked beds, it is always a good idea to review some safety guidelines, giving specific rules or advice to the child who will be sleeping on the top bunk.
Overall, bunk beds are usually greatly enjoyed and much anticipated by the lucky young children who get to sleep in them. The bottom bunk, because it is a semi-enclosed space, is subject to the imagination of children and might often be magically turned into forts, space ships, pirate ships, or secret hideouts. Of course, however your children choose to enjoy their new bunk bed, be sure to remind them that safety is the number one priority!