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Bunk Bed FAQ's (including all you need to know about Bunk Bed Safety!)

We at Cuckooland have made it our mission to discover kids bunk beds that tick all the right boxes for growing boys and girls, and we’ve written reams about these two-riffic sleepers in the past (including our ultimate bunk bed guide). To help you nail this essential purchase, here are a few of our most frequently asked questions:

  1. Are Bunk Beds Safe?

    Yes, they are perfectly safe as long as a few important guidelines are followed. For example, Bunk Beds, in general, should not be purchased for babies and toddlers - they should sleep in their own cot beds or toddler beds. The Upper Bunk is not suitable for children under 6 years of age (the height of the bed and risk of falling out is too great for younger children). You should always make sure the guard rails are securely tightened and they are at least 16cm taller than the mattress and have a gap of 300mm for access. Always illuminate the ladder with a lamp or clip light so kids can climb safely into bed at night. The ladder should be fixed firmly to the bed with the treads at least 3cm wide and 20cm apart. And only one child per mattress should be allowed to sleep in a bunk bed. In conclusion, Bunk Beds are safe as long as they are assembled correctly, used responsibly and safely guidelines are strictly adhered to. And they are certainly not climbing frames or trampolines. Very sturdy beds with slides can offer a more fun activity for youngsters such as this Treehouse Bunk Bed with Slide or this Play, learn & Sleep Bed by Lifetime but only if the child understands the difference between responsible fun and mucking about.

  2. Are Bunk Beds Safe for Toddlers?

    No they are not. Toddlers should sleep in smaller beds designed for their size and weight, such as these Toddler Beds here.

  3. What are the Safety Standards for Bunk Beds?

    In the UK the Safety Standards for Bunk Beds are very strict and they must conform to the British Safety Standard BS EN 747:1993. Amongst the guidelines stated above, all beds must be solid in construction with no sharp edges or corners that children may cut themselves on or pick up splinters.

  4. What is the recommended maximum weight limit of a child using a Bunk Bed?

    The construction must be solid enough to hold a child's weight comfortably with recommendations being 175lbs (approx 80kgs) for the top bunk and 200lbs (approx 90kgs) for the bottom bunk and if there's a trundle bed the max recommended weight for the trundle is 175lbs (approx 80kgs)

  5. I have a low ceiling, should I buy a Bunk Bed?

    Absolutely! We also have low bunks too. The trick is to get creative wherever possible as well as staying safe, and our clever designers have done just that. L-shaped bunks, for example, leave much of the bottom bed open and exposed, allowing for less space between the bunks without compromising on sleep quality. And for information and verification, all the bed dimensions (including accurate measurements for height) are clearly stated on each bunk bed product detail page. Remember though that jumping up and down on the top bunk is always strictly prohibited no matter what the height of the bunk or ceiling is.

  6. Are Bunk Beds suitable for siblings with an age gap?

    Siblings of any age can live in harmony when you choose a bed that keeps both of them happy. Designers like Rafa Kids strike the perfect balance with bunk beds that feature a toddler bed beneath a stylish loft bed. Who says you can’t please everyone? And we can speak from experience by saying that our own kids loved their years together sharing a good ol bunk bed.

  7. Are Bunk Beds the solution for bedrooms with limited space?

    Yes, this is where the real magic happens. Bunk beds are perfect for when floor space is limited... its logical to build upwards right? Bunk beds are also ideal space-saving solutions, because many feature shelving on both the top and bottom bunk, with wardrobes and drawers on the side and bottom. Why not take a quick browse of our collection to see how (and wow!)?

Require more assistance?

The key to a squabble-free space and a sound night’s sleep is to choose beds and furniture that allow each sibling to express their personality. You can find lots of tips on how to achieve harmony in our guide to shared kids bedrooms.

If you’re still struggling to find the perfect sleeper, drop us an email at customerservice@cuckooland.com, or give our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 to have a natter with our resident bed guru Nathalie or her trusty trundles (errr side kicks) – we’re just a phone call away!


Bunk Bed Guides & Advice

The Ultimate Guide to Kids Beds

The transition from cot to bed is an exciting milestone for your child, and here at Cuckooland we aim to make the process as fun as possible. Our complete guide to kids beds shares our best advice on finding the perfect bed for your child.

The Ultimate Kids Bunk Bed Guide

Perfect for siblings and sleepovers alike, our guide to kids bunk beds is the ideal partner in your quest to find the best sleeping solution for your child.

The Best Bunk Beds For Creative Sleepovers

For some kids, the sleepover is the most important social event of the week. We have a list of bunk beds so fantastical, it will leave your friends wanting to stay over every weekend!

Toddler to Teen - Your Age Guide For Kids Beds

Children seem to shoot up from tiny tots to disgruntled teens in no time at all! Of course, we know that’s not really the case, but children don’t stay little for long and with each new growth spurt comes a new set of needs, including where they sleep.

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Kids Teepee Cabin Bed
Fantastic bed! My daughter loves this as do I, it is really well made and heavy and was relatively easy to assemble. It gives my daughters room a really magical feel, would definitely recommend.
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