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Looking to maximize sleeping arrangements for multiple members of the household within small bedroom spaces in Singapore? Here’s your answer to your problem – bunk beds!
Bunk beds, not to be mistaken for loft beds, is a type of bed where two or more bed frames are stacked on top of each other, utilizing vertical space to save precious floor space in small bedrooms.
With so many variations of features of bunk beds available in the market, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your needs. But not to fear! Our team of furniture experts at Lulu Furniture has put together a simple guide to help you make your choice!
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Consider Your Ceiling Clearance
Unlike normal bedframes on the ground, bunk beds have two layers, and hence you need to make sure that you have sufficient ceiling space to accommodate these two layers comfortably.
To avoid the person sleeping on the top bunk always hitting their head on the ceiling or bumping into it when they sit upright in bed, you want to make sure there is at least a minimum of 33 inches of space between the top of the mattress and ceiling. If the person is particularly tall, they might need even more headroom.
Hence, always make sure to check the dimensions of the bunk bed frame, factoring the height of your mattress, against the ceiling height of your room to ensure it’s the right fit.
Think About The Space You Need Between Both Beds
Apart from thinking about the person on the top bunk, you will also need to consider the space for the person on the bottom bunk.
For adults, it’s straightforward, check if they can comfortably sit up without hitting their head on the bottom bunk. For children, even if they have enough headroom clearance now, you might need to build in some buffer for growth, else you might need to purchase a new bunk bed again in a few years.
Tip: There are many different models of bunk beds on the market that cater to different age groups, and hence different heights between the bedframes, so make sure you double-check both the clearance for the top bunk and bottom bunk is suitable for your family members who will be using the bed.
Bed Rails for Extra Safety
Whether the person who’s planning to use the upper bunk is an adult or child, consider opting for bedrails for the upper bunk as an extra safety feature to prevent anyone from rolling off the bed from that height in their sleep.
Do You Need The Added Pull-Out Function?
Want to go the extra mile and maximize the floor space even more? Some bunk bed models come with an additional pull-out function under the bottom bunk, usually at an added cost.
In some cases, it’s a pull-out bed for extra sleeping space that’s great for friends and family who stay over but are able to stow away when not in use. Alternatively, there are also pull-out drawers that are useful for extra storage space – particularly for kids who have too many clothes and toys but not enough storage options in the room.
Tip: If you do opt for the pull-out function, make sure you have enough empty floor space for the pull-out to be effective.
Deciding Between Stairs and Ladders
Most bunk beds come with either a stair or ladder option, so how should one decide between the two? Here’s a quick breakdown of their respective pros and cons for you to make your decision.
Stairs: These are usually more sturdy and easier for younger children to navigate their way up and down the bunk bed, and in some cases double up as storage spaces. However, it usually takes up more space, eating up precious floor space.
Ladders: These are lightweight and slim, taking up little to no extra space. However, it can be tricky for younger children to get up and down via ladders and might be a potential fall risk.
Our recommendation? Unless you are getting the bunk bed for younger children, always go with the ladder to save space – after all, isn’t that what the bunk bed is for in the first place?
Do You Need The Bunk Bed To Have Adjustable Features?
To cater to the consumer’s potential changing needs, some newer models of bunk beds come with adjustable features that allow you to transform the bunk beds in certain ways like:
This is something to consider if you want to have more options for your sleeping arrangements further down the road.
Opt For Durability
Given that the bunk bed must bear the weight of at least two people sleeping on it, you want to make sure that it is made of durable materials that can withstand the weight over time.
For that purpose, you will want to look for solid wood bedframes instead of processed woods, or if you are looking for metal bedframes then to make sure that the joints are well secured together.
Do You Need Your Bunk Bed to Come Fully Assembled or Not?
Depending on the model of the bunk bed, some may come fully assembled while others may require you to assemble it yourself.
While fully assembled bunk beds are convenient, usually models that allow for DIY assembling tend to cost less, so that’s something to consider if you are on a budget.
Choose A Suitable Mattress for Your Bunk Beds
Whichever frame you go with, bunk beds are at the end of the day a place for sleep! And to get a good night’s sleep, you cannot do without a good mattress.
Our top pick for mattresses for bunk beds? LUANNA mattresses, a specially designed local brand, are designed to deliver the ultimate sleeping experience even in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, with 10 years warranty! Now if that’s not the best mattress option in Singapore, we don’t know what is.