Bunk beds – great space savers

A very good option to accommodate beds for people when there is a crunch of space is to use bunk beds. Bunk beds are basically bed frames stacked on the top of the other so that there are two beds ready, and still occupy the space of one. Finding its origin in ancient Egypt, the ancient era bunk bed used to be a hanging bed with space for another person to sleep underneath. It has made its journey over a thousand years to get the modern form of bunk beds, which not only serve as a space saver, but also serve as a huge source of fun and enjoyment for little children for whom sleeping on the upper bunk is no less than going on an adventure trip to the Himalayas.

Different forms and types of bunk beds available

Some of the most common places where a bunk bed is used include the army garrisons, cabins of ships, dormitories, summer camps, hostels, prison cells and obviously children’s room. While all the other places of use see the most common pattern of bunk beds, it is the children’s room that gets to see the most varied designs and patterns of bunk beds.

Talking about various designs and forms of a bunk bed, it is worth mentioning that nowadays craftsmen and carpenters are coming up with a variety of designs for bunk beds. These not only aid the primary cause of space saving, but also add to the interest and levels of enjoyment for the little ones. The various forms of bunk beds which are available nowadays are L-shaped bunk beds where the upper bunk is at right angle to the lower one, double-single bunk beds where the lower bunk is a double bed with the single bed atop the lower double bed.

While wood is the primary material for making bunk beds, there are metal bunk beds as well, which are used mostly in places like prison cells, or army garrisons.

In case there is a requirement of some storage space for keeping important stuff, the bunk beds with under bunk storage or the loft and study bunk beds are the options that will cater to the requirement. The loft and study bunk bed has the single bedded upper bunk atop the study table and storage space to keep books and other required stationery items.

A word of caution

Certain precautionary things that should not be compromised while using bunk beds include the secure fitting of the ladder and the frame of the bed, presence of a guard rail on the upper bunk to save the person sleeping there from rolling over and most importantly not allowing kids below a certain age to sleep on the upper bunk. Bunk beds are meant to add joy in the children’s’ lives and adherence to these safety precautions will ensure that the bunk beds that are meant to save space and give joy to children deliver both the purposes of their existence successfully.

Manufacturers who manufacture bunk beds ensure that quality materials and proper fitting of the components are done so that there is no threat of an unwanted accident while sleeping on the bunk beds. It is a mandate for the manufacturers to comply with the standards set by various government authorities that govern the safety standards of bunk beds.

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