Are bunk beds safe?
- Bunk beds are not recommended for use of children under nine years of age. Injuries involving bunk beds most commonly occur to children under the age of six.
- If you are using bunk beds as a space saver, consider a regular bed and a trundle as a safer solution.
- The top bunk is not a play area and should be used solely for sleeping. Falls while playing on the top bunk make up most reported injuries.
- Ladders and guardrails – even if bunk bed is against a wall – must be fixed and stable.
- Check regularly for wear and tear, particularly loose bolts and brackets, and repair immediately.
- Bunk beds must not have any dangerous gaps that can trap a child's head or limbs.
- Make sure that the mattresses are suitable for the bunk bed in question. If you are replacing mattresses make sure you check the effect their size will have in relation to the height of the guardrail and any gap in between.
- Pay particular attention when using bunk beds that are not familiar to you eg those used in holiday accommodation.