Bunk beds are an excellent way to make good use of the vertical space in a bedroom when more than one child is sharing it. If you want to maximize savings and ensure you get the most use out of these beds, here are three things you should consider when making your purchase.
Opt for Full-Sized Beds Instead of Twin
If there is enough space in the bedroom to accommodate full-sized bunk beds, get those instead of twin-sized. The primary reason for this is that a full-sized bed will comfortably fit a teen body. Although it may seem too big for your small kids right now, you'll save money because you won't have to purchase new beds to fit your children as they grow up. Additionally, if you do choose to upgrade your kids to single beds, you can simply reuse the mattresses with new bed frames.
Choose a Simple Design
It may be tempting to choose a bunk bed with specialty or character designs to appeal to your children. However, that Disney bunk bed won't seem so adorable when your kids are Goth teens who prefer boy bands over princes and princesses. It'll also be easier to sell the bunk beds to someone else when the beds' design is appropriate for any gender child of any age.
If you want to get the most use out of the beds, choose a simple neutral design that will grow with the kids. Remember, you can always customize the beds using removable decorative items. Instead of spending extra money for a specialty bed, buy decorative sheets and comforters, for instance.
Pick the Sturdiest Material
Kids are rough on everything they own. So you can be sure you children will put the bunk beds through its paces as they grow. If you want the beds to last more than a year or two, then opt for the sturdiest material you can find.
In many cases, this is going to be some type of hardwood. While metal is generally durable, metal bunk beds may be prone to bending, denting, or rusting if they're made cheaply. However, the biggest issue with metal bunk beds is that the joints may become loosened as kids jump around on the beds. You'll have to check the joints frequently and tighten them as necessary to prevent an unfortunate accident.
Heavy wood beds tend to last longer but they can suffer from the same type of joint issues as metal beds, depending on how they're constructed. Look for wood beds that have ample support braces that evenly distributes the weight of the beds and its occupants to take stress off the joints.
For more information, contact Bruce The Bed King or a similar company.