Bunk Bed Guide

Selecting bunk beds involves several considerations, particularly when accommodating multiple children. Addressing common queries like, "At what age is it safe for a child to use a bunk bed?" and prioritizing safety is crucial. Our comprehensive bunk bed buying guide addresses these concerns, offering insights into various types of bunk beds and prioritizing safety tips.

Here are some steps to choose a bunk bed:

  1. Understand bunk bed safety standards.
  2. Identify the ideal bunk bed based on your requirements.
  3. Properly assemble and position the bunk bed for maximum safety.
  4. Select the appropriate mattress for optimal comfort and safety.

This guide aims to provide you with all the necessary information to make informed decisions and ensure the well-being of your children while they sleep in bunk beds.

1. Bunk bed safety

Bunk Bed Safety Ensuring safety is the top priority when it comes to bunk beds. This section provides a comprehensive overview of bunk bed safety considerations.


Are Bunk Beds Safe?

Absolutely, as long as you've invested in a top-quality bunk bed and meticulously followed the assembly instructions. Adhering to safety guidelines, such as ensuring the child's age suitability and appropriate bed height for the room, is crucial.

How to Ensure Bunk Bed Safety?

Given the paramount importance of child safety, meticulous adherence to assembly instructions is key for bed security. In addition, consider the following measures to enhance bunk bed safety:

  1. Install Safety Rails: Employing guard rails effectively prevents falls, ensuring that the top bunk mattress is at an appropriate height for rail functionality.

  2. Floor Carpeting: Carpeting or rugs beneath bunk beds in children's bedrooms minimizes the risk of injuries from accidental slips or falls.

  3. Regular Fittings Check: Regularly inspect bunk bed fittings to maintain sturdiness and security over time.

  4. Purposeful Use: After proper assembly, discourage climbing or playing on the bed, limit top bunk occupancy to one child, and avoid hanging items from the bed to prevent strangulation, trips, or falls.

Bunk Bed Safety Regulations

Rest assured, bunk beds in the UK adhere to strict safety regulations outlined in British Standards (BS EN 747:2012 + A1 2015). Compliance includes solid construction, absence of sharp edges, and secure mattress fit with slats spaced no less than 7.5 cm apart. Guard rails on both sides of the upper bunk, ladder specifications, and stringent guidelines on gaps ensure optimal safety.

Can Bunk Beds fall and collapse?

While a concerning thought, the risk of bunk beds collapsing is tied to incorrect assembly. Following instructions diligently, checking for missing pieces, and conducting stability tests post-assembly mitigate this risk. Regular safety guideline adherence and periodic bed checks further guarantee security.

What Age for Bunk Beds?

Addressing the question of age suitability, toddlers under three should avoid bunk beds altogether, and those under six should not occupy the top bunk. For toddlers, combination beds offer a safe alternative adaptable to bunk beds as they grow.

Bunk Beds for Adult Use?

The feasibility of adults using bunk beds depends on the specific bed's design. While conventional bunk beds cater to children's weight, certain sturdier models may accommodate adults. Consult the assembly instructions for precise details on bunk bed usage for your specific bed.


2. Different Types of bunk beds

Now that safety considerations are clear, the next crucial decision awaits: choosing the type of bunk bed that best suits your needs. This following section aims to simplify your decision-making process and guide you towards the most suitable option.

Best Bunk Beds for Kids?

Selecting the ideal bunk beds for your children hinges on your home's layout and specific requirements. Consider the following options:


Standard Bunk Bed




Storage Bunk Bed


 L Shaped Bunk Bed 


Triple Bunk Bed


Various bunk bed options cater to different needs and space considerations:

  1. Standard Bunk Beds: The classic design featuring one bed atop another, accessed by a ladder.
  2. Storage Bunk Beds: Ideal for those requiring additional storage, these bunk beds come with built-in options like shelves, wardrobes, or drawers.
  3. L-Shaped Bunk Beds: Perfect for rooms with ample floor space, these beds deviate from the traditional design. The lower bed is positioned at a 90-degree angle, fitting well into corner spaces.
  4. Triple or Quadruple Bunk Beds: Ultimate space-saving solutions for larger families or frequent sleepovers. Triple beds can be arranged in a classic single style or with a double bed below and a single above, while quadruple beds accommodate up to four individuals in a classic bunk style.
  5. Combination Bunk Beds: Versatile beds that adapt to different configurations, from toddler beds to bunk beds, single beds, or guest beds. These beds evolve with your child's changing needs.

    Consider the intended purpose of the bunk bed to make an informed choice. Assess whether you need to accommodate more than two children, if storage is a priority, and determine the desired lifespan of the bed. These factors play a crucial role in selecting the bunk bed that aligns with your specific needs and preferences.

    3. Bunk Bed Assembly

    Now that your selected bunk bed has arrived, it's time to assemble it, ensuring strict adherence to the safety guidelines we've outlined. Follow these steps for a secure bunk bed assembly:

    1. Inspect for Damage or Missing Parts: Do not use the bunk bed if any part is damaged or missing.
    2. Careful Assembly: Exercise caution during the assembly process, meticulously following each instruction provided.
    3. Stability Check: Perform a thorough stability check on all safety guards, rails, and ladders to verify correct installation.
    4. Reference Age Restrictions: Refer to the instruction manual for age restrictions before allowing use.
    5. Room Structure Assessment: Assess the structure and size of your room before purchase to ensure safe access.
    6. Regular Safety Checks: Conduct periodic checks of fittings and safety barriers while the bunk bed is in use.
    7. Strategic Placement: Plan to position your bunk bed away from doors, light fixtures, and other fittings for added safety.

      Can Bunk Beds be Disassembled?

      • Most children's bunk beds are intentionally designed to remain assembled. Attempting to dismantle and rebuild them may compromise their security and pose safety risks. However, if flexibility is a priority, our combination bed is specifically designed for easy transformation from bunk bed to single bed and even a guest bed. This option ensures not only a kid-friendly solution but also versatility for years to come when hosting guests.


      4. Choose Your Mattress

      With your bunk beds securely in place, the final step is adding the mattress and bedding for the grand reveal. Here's our guidance on ensuring a perfect setup:

      Selecting the Right Mattress and Bedding:

      1. Mattress Size for Bunk Beds: Bunk beds generally accommodate regular single mattresses. Ensure the mattress and bed specifications align for a safe fit, especially considering the height limitations on the top bunk for safety.
      2. Mattress Thickness: Opt for a top bunk mattress with a thickness not exceeding 16cm to allow ample space for safety rails to function effectively. Check the bunk bed's frame for markings indicating the recommended height for the mattress.
      3. Sheets and Bedding: Standard twin-size sheets and bedding are typically suitable for most bunk beds. Explore the Happy Beds collection to find the perfect bunk bed and mattress pairing that meets both safety and comfort requirements.





        For alternatives to bunk beds, consider mid-sleeper beds (cabin beds) for elevated comfort without the height of bunk beds. Additionally, trundle beds with pull-out mattresses provide a guest room with ample sleep space without the elevated structure. Explore more options in our kid beds buying guide for a comprehensive overview of bed choices.