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7 Things to Consider Before Getting Bunk Beds

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Thinking of getting bunk beds? Here are seven things to consider before getting bunk beds for your kids.

7 Things to Consider Before Getting Bunk Beds

As a child, I always always always wanted bunk beds. I thought they were the coolest.

When it came time for my two older kids to share a room in order to prepare for Baby #3, the choice was obvious to me– bunk beds!

But they are not for everyone. 

Here are seven things to consider before getting bunk beds

7 Things to Consider Before Getting Bunk Beds

1. The age of your kids. It totally depends on the child, but some kids are just too young for bunk beds. My son was just over a year-and-a-half when we moved him from his crib to the bottom bunk bed. But we had to, because a new baby needed the crib. We had to fashion a kind of “guard rail” out of a crib bumper to make him feel like he was enclosed in the bed, but it worked. We also had to literally sit by the door of the bedroom for close to two weeks to ensure that he stayed in bed once he realized he had the freedom to get out. Eventually he got it.

2. Do your kids get out of bed in the middle of the night? Typically my kids remain in their beds the whole night, unless they have a bad dream or wet the bed or something. If you had a kid who likes to wander into your room once or twice a night, you might want to think twice about putting that child on a top bunk, because he/she will have to manage the stairs or the ladder in the dark.

3. The cost. It’s obviously more pricey to buy two beds than one, but you do get the versatility of using the two beds for sleepovers if needed. And remember, they can usually come apart to be two separate single beds!

4. The space required to fit the bunk beds in the bedroom. The bunk beds we got have the added width of the stairs, so they were a bit bigger than the bed frame size we were used to.

5. Are your kids afraid of heights? Kids who don’t like heights won’t want to be on the top bunk. (Obviously.)

6. Who will assemble the bed? There is usually a fair amount of assembly when it comes to a bunk bed. My husband claims it wasn’t that difficult, and he also took the beds apart and re-assembled them after we moved.

7. The difficulty of making the bed each day. Let me just tell you right now– making a bunk bed up is a bitch. Tucking the sheets and the blankets into the sides is a pain. I choose to just ignore the unmade beds and/or encourage my children to sleep in sleeping bags on top of their nicely-made beds. Works like a charm!

If you want to learn more about the specific bunk beds we purchased, read this post. We LOVE them. 

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