Give me the pros and cons of bunk beds

Discussion in 'The Toddler Years(1-3)' started by Snittens, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Snittens

    Snittens Well-Known Member

    DH thinks every kid in the world wants bunk beds, they are cool, and I need to stop being such a stick in the mud. I say, they scare me for some reason, I don't think they are safe, they will fight over who gets the top bunk, and besides, HE won't have to change the sheets on the top, I will.

    So, either talk me into it, or talk DH out of it! :D
  2. Aurelyn

    Aurelyn Well-Known Member

    We had them and loved them from when my sister was about 5 and I was about 7 until we turned 8 and 10 (then we took them down and made two beds). Don't know anything about changing the sheets but we switched every Friday night - opposite person got to sleep on top for a week.
  3. RachelJoy

    RachelJoy Well-Known Member

    My sister got her DS a loft bed (kind of like the upper bunk with no lower bunk) when he was 6. He loves it, but every time he gets sick he has to sleep in the guest room - you can't have a little kid who's vomiting (or worse!) trying to climb down the ladder and make it to the bathroom in time!

  4. Cindy H

    Cindy H Well-Known Member

    I had them growing up and our two older boys 7 and 5 have them and have used them for 2 years. the older one had the top bunk and occasionally they sleep together up there. I think it gives more floor space in the room. The only concern I have had is my boys toss things like socks on the fan and think it is fun to turn it on. We might get them for the twins eventually.

  5. jeanliz

    jeanliz Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this will factor into your decision but I've heard bunk beds are not recommended (maybe by American Academy of Pediatrics??) until at least age 5. At IKEA and I'm sure other places they sell beds frames that can be used separately and or stacked for bunk beds. That would at least give you options.
  6. junglemomx2

    junglemomx2 Well-Known Member

    I certainly don't want to start a debate, but my MIL is a school nurse for K-12 and has to follow brain injury cases from the time of the incident until they move out of the district or graduate.... She currently is following 10 cases in her district alone that are varying degrees of trauma from children falling out of the top bunk... with that being said my brother had bunk beds in his room growing up and we loved them. Personally I think the risk although small is still enough to have me keep the beds planted firmly on the ground! Just my opinion though!
  7. KCMichigan

    KCMichigan Well-Known Member

    I would agree w/ PP on age limit. Most beds if you look have a 'for ages..." on them and I believe bunks are 5 or 8 +. My brother had bunks, but never used the top one excecpt to strore 'stuff'..

    If you need space- have you thought of a trundle bed or rollaway that could be put away during the day?

  8. HeyThere

    HeyThere Well-Known Member

    Well I've heard that if there is a house fire, the kid on the top bunk is almost guaranteed to die from smoke inhalation. Thats what made a decide on LOW loft beds. hth
  9. mnellson

    mnellson Well-Known Member

    I babysat for a family that the older boys (age 6-8) had bunk beds. The three year old sister was playing in their room with them and the boys were jumping off the top bunk. She followed along- jumped off and smacked her forehead on the corner of the dresser :icon_eek: ! Not good. Thankfully, her father was a doctor and knew what to do, but it was horrible! Thankfully I wasn't there babysitting at the time, just heard about the incident (and saw what she looked like!). I vowed that I will NEVER have bunkbeds ofr my kids after seeing that...and how lucky she was that it wasn't more serious!

    *Scary about the top bunk/ fire from pp! That should convinve DH!
    Let us know what you decide to do.
  10. naomi02

    naomi02 Well-Known Member

    I have a funny bunkbed story......we had them when I was a kid, but my parents had 8 kids & 3 bedrooms, so there wasn't much choice! Eventually my mom got these kinds that the bottom bed was a futon & wider than the top bed when it was out. One night my much younger sister was sleeping on the top & another sister on the bottom......younger sister had been having problems wetting the bed at night & somehow during the night they aligned themselves perfectly so that when she wet the bed that night, it hit the bottom sister right in the face! (I think her butt was kind of sticking over the edge.)

    Anyway, I grew up my whole life with bunkbeds & I really think it depends on what kind you get. Some are safer than others. Also depends on the age of the kid. One of my sisters always fell out of bed for some reason & she got some nasty bumps from being on the top. I've also heard stories of the top bed falling through for some reason & smothering the child on the bottom. I just know how we were with ours......they were like an irrisistable fort/monkey gym/slide and we jumped off them all the time! We even broke the light one time from jumping off & hitting our head on the light fixture. So I think it really depends on your kids & what kind you get. Never heard that about the smoke before, but it makes sense & is scary!
  11. debid

    debid Well-Known Member

    No flippin' way would we get bunk beds for first beds! Even my DH (who is about as laxed about safety as a person can be) thinks my friend who bought her 3 YO boy a bunkbed is crazy for doing so. She told the kid he can only sleep on the lower bunk until he's older and he's a pretty compliant kid but he still goes up there to play. When we visited the last time, T&T climbed up there while she was showing me the baby's room and we came back in to find the two of them jumping up and down on the top bunk and her kid telling them "NO" :rolleyes: No bunk beds for us.
  12. j171978

    j171978 Well-Known Member

    My niece and nephew have bunkbeds but theres are the kind that's made so you can have two single beds or bunk beds. You can take them apart. I highly suggest that if you get bunk beds.
  13. Overachiever

    Overachiever Well-Known Member

    We have a bunk bed which was DD1's first bed. She loved taking turns sleeping up or down. We though it would be fun when friends came over, and they came apart to make 2 single beds, so in case we ever had more kids . . .
    We got a very sturdy one and it's in great shape 11 years later.
    As for kids jumping off etc, that boils down to supervision in my opinion. Trin has always had a rule NO JUMPING OFF OR HORSING AROUND ON THE TOP BUNK. Worked for us. It's pretty easy to hear when someone's breaking that rule - listen for the thunderous clunk!
  14. jwozy

    jwozy Well-Known Member

    Because of space issue we did get the kids bunk beds as their first beds back in November. I would of loved to have gotten 2 single beds but then their room would be all beds. We got the low loft bed from Ikea which is 4 feet high and bought another mattress to put on the floor under it. At first my dd wanted to also sleep up on top but now she loves her bottom area because we made it her own special little space and she loves it. We have a very strict rule of no jumping on the top bunk that we enforced from day 1 so it's not even an issue. They do both climb to the top bunk to play but no one has attempted to jump off or have fallen off. My ds who sleeps on top will climbed down by swinging his legs over the edge and let himself down but he's 42 inches and ends up only having a few inches of drop. So far it's been going well and they do love having the bunk.
  15. Amanda

    Amanda Well-Known Member

    it's not worth the risks IMO, but having said that, I'm pretty sure the age minimum is supposed to be 8. For a good reason ;)
  16. Susanna+3

    Susanna+3 Well-Known Member

    My main reason for not liking bunk beds is that unless you have an extra high ceiling it's kind of claustraphobic on the top bunk. I remember our neighbor having one and you seriously had only like an inch of clearance if you sat up in bed. I didn't like that as a kid....then there's other safety factors too. I've heard so many stories of kids breaking bones b/c of falling out of them. And then this one story that just sticks in my mom is a realtor, and this one house she sold involved a tragic story of an 8 year old who had accidentally hung himself while playing with a belt off his bunk bed. I just can't get the image out of my head....obviously that story involves other issues besides bunk beds, but still I associate it with them. (I'm super OCD about not letting my kids have belts or things like long necklaces in their rooms unsupervised....)
  17. AmynTony

    AmynTony Well-Known Member

    I would think that your girls are probably too young yet for that option...maybe the 2 singles you can make into bunks when they are a bit older but at under 3 I don't think its a good idea...
  18. j_and_j_twins

    j_and_j_twins Well-Known Member

    My girls want them, they ask nearly every day, I still think they're kinda young (they're 4).

    I said to Jessica it won't be fair though Jessica who gets to sleep on the top. She said Jorja sleeps on top 1st night then I sleep there 2nd night, then 3rd night jorja and she went right thru for 7 nights, I thought it woz cute that she let her sister go in the top bunk 1st.

    Anyhow I'm still debating, but I really wouldn't fancy climbing that ladder to make the bed every day.

  19. SweetpeaG

    SweetpeaG Well-Known Member

    I had them as a kid. When my baby sister was born my other, younger sister was moved from the nursery into my room, and we had bunk beds. I was barely 7. On the first night I fell out of bed and ended up in the E.R. for a round of stitches. That being said, I remember having a LOT of fun with those bunk beds. It was a puppet show theater, a giant jungle gym.

    FWIW, we are planning to go the bunk bed route eventually. Mostly for the sake of floor space. However, I cannot imagine putting my kids in bunk beds before kindergarten (even that age seems a bit young to me).

    DH and I are having a similar argument b/c we are about to purchase a travel trailer with a bunk house....perfect for our growing family, but I'll be damned if I'll put my babies in that top bunk now. We found a set up with a full double bed on bottom (perfect for them to share for now) and a single on top (great for later adventures) as a compromise.
  20. Saiynee

    Saiynee Well-Known Member

    My DH was also insisting that we get bunk beds, and I kept insisting that they are unsafe for their age group. It wasn't until he went online and found several articles that said it is dangerous for children under 6. I won. We got them twin beds. Sure, there is a little less room in their bedroom, but I'd rather have just a little floor space that have no children to play in a big area. KWIM?
  21. Snittens

    Snittens Well-Known Member

    OK, thanks all. I'm armed with enough now to make a good argument against it.

    Shopping around, and found these beds which are pretty cool. Wish they weren't so expensive though!
  22. j_and_j_twins

    j_and_j_twins Well-Known Member

    QUOTE(Snittens @ Mar 2 2008, 10:38 PM) [snapback]649668[/snapback]
    OK, thanks all. I'm armed with enough now to make a good argument against it.

    Shopping around, and found these beds which are pretty cool. Wish they weren't so expensive though!

    I love those beds - so expensive though!! yikes
  23. Sam Poulson

    Sam Poulson New Member

    I know it's an old thread, but maybe it will be a timely resurrection for someone...

    My kid's LOVE their loft-bed hammocks. One has a bridge type (1 fixed hang point, 3 adjustable hooks, the other has a hybrid: gathered head-end and separated foot end. Add a rope-light overhead, and you almost can't get them to stop reading...

    The nice thing about (small) kids is you can use almost any fabric, including fleece...

    Re: Loft bed: 2 DIY options: 1 build a loft bed lika all this types
    Building loft beds are really simple. 2x4 corner pillars, 1x12 "pine shelving" for the bedframe, 2x2 bed-support rails (inside of bedframe) and 1x2 cross-pieces at 6" intervals to support the mattress... Add a top rail for safety, and horizontal supports about 18" off the ground and you're good... (I also make ladders out of either 2x2's or Housing-jointed 1x4's)

    (I bolt them to the walls since I'm in earthquake country.) Major pieces are held together by 1/4" carriage bolts, smaller pieces by wood-screws. It's amazing how the kids love to get involved to make/paint their own beds...

    Option 2: Use 3/8" eye bolts in wall-studs to support a kid's hammock... use 4" long eye bolts, and pre-drill the holes. With some droop, 3/8" eyes will hold a surprising amount of weight on a well-constructed wall... (3/8" lag screws are rated at 300 pounds of pull-out resistance per inch buried in pine, if the wood doesn't split.)

    Just some suggestions and one good video from Youtube, that I hope will help.

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