Bunk beds and loft beds maximize space in our bedrooms or apartments and can create a fun, casual environment. However, because of their elevated design, bunk and loft beds come with a certain element of risk, especially when they are used as kids bedroom furniture. Many loft and bunk beds come complete with safety features to reduce this risk, but awareness and adherence to safety guidelines are essential to minimizing injuries.
Note that this is not a comprehensive list. This is a list of things to consider while shopping for a bunk bed. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for an in-depth look at bunk bed safety concerns.
Bunk Bed Safety Tips
A new mandatory standard for bunk beds is expected to improve safety for the hundreds of thousands of children who use them. Since mid-2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires all bunk beds sold in the United States to comply with these standards:
- Every bunk bed must have an affixed label that states the bed's manufacturer, model, and mattress size information.
- Every bunk bed must have a warning label that advises against placing children under six years of age in the upper bunk.
- If the bunk bed is taller than 30 inches, it must have a continuous guardrail on the wall side of bed.
- Openings on the upper and the lower bunks must be small enough that a child's head, torso, or limb cannot pass through them.
Use with Caution
Thanks to heightened awareness and federal regulations, bunk beds are getting safer every year. But higher standards and safer designs are no substitute for educating and supervising your children whenever they use any kind of kids furniture.