Bunk Beds: A Childhood Dream Come True by Denise Cripps

Reprinted with permission from the USA BABY BLOG:

Ahhh, bunk beds … pure Americana, right? The mere thought of them creates nostalgia for our our own childhood when we either had bunk beds or desperately wanted them. Maybe a friend had a set and you lived for those sleep-over invitations. Or maybe you wanted to be the first camper to your cabin each summer to ensure first pick of the top bunks. Yup, there’s just some kind of magical allure….

For adults, it’s fun to see the evolution of the bunk bed over the decades, transforming from the most basic models we remember into the almost unbelievably sophisticated, multi-use units available today — often including desks, storage, trundles, staircases, and more. It’s true, modern bunk beds not only save floor space, they satisfy a family’s sense of style and create a rockin’ fun room for kids to sleep, play, and study in.

So perhaps when you think “bunk beds” you think of something like this:


If so, then get a load of these!


While you may not have a small fortune to spend on something quite so elaborate, or maybe your tastes aren’t quite so avaunt-garde, you can find amazing bunk beds like these below that suit your style and your budget at USA Baby.

Some of my favorites come from the Young America line because I love their wide variety of styles and their selection of 40 — yes, I said FORTY — different colors and finish options. To give you a sense of the direction your tastes and preferences might lead you, some of the ways you can create your own look with Young America include styles and colors of bunk beds like these:


But if you have something a little more substantial in mind, the Berg line offers multi-use units which may be exactly what youre looking for:


The variety of styles available at USA Baby are almost as diverse as the personality you wish to express in your decor. Sure to match any look, here are a few other examples of the array there is to choose from. Shown top to bottom and left to right: My Haven, Spongebob Surf Club Loft/Bunk Bed, and All Seasons Wave-Top.


Looking for versatility? If there’s one thing that never changes about kids and teens, it’s that they never stop changing — and that includes changing their minds — sometimes even from moment to moment. What’s the Maxtrix line’s answer to this dilemma? The Parallel & L-Shaped Bunk Bed:Examples of additional options for differing tastes and needs include the rustic motif of the Hometown 3/3, the extra storage offered by the Harbor Town, and the roominess of this Bennington model (each pictured below):

Bunk Bed Safety Concerns
Some parents may worry that bunk beds are too unsafe. While it’s true that reasonable precautions must be taken, bunk beds that meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s compliance requirements are considered safe for use by children. It’s up to you, however, to ensure that the bunk bed is put together correctly and to set and enforce rules regarding use of the beds.

Consider these guidelines as a good place to start:

  • Children under 6 years of age should not be on the top bunk
  • Make sure the bedroom ceiling is high enough to accommodate the bunk bed you choose
  • Install guardrails on both sides of upper bunk
  • Only use the proper size mattress as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Ensure the top surface of the mattress is at least 5 inches below the top of the guardrails
  • Do not allow more than one person on the upper bunk at a time
  • Do not allow horseplay on or under the beds
  • Always use the ladder or stairs for climbing up to and down from the top bunk
  • Never attach or hang items onto any part of the bunk bed, such as, but not limited to, hooks, belts, jump ropes, etc.

A regulatory summary of the CPSC’s bunk bed compliance report can be read here.

For more information about bunk beds, and to see and experience the quality beds available from USA Baby Nashville visit us at 1113 Murfreesboro Rd in Franklin.

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