When you choose the sleep solution for your child, you want it to be comfortable and functional. While those are important considerations, the matter of safety is the overriding concern for any parent. Here are a few things you need to know about securing a bunk bed.
Do I need to secure the bed?
The matter of whether or not you truly need to secure the bunk bed rests on a few factors. The most important factor is the matter of construction and material. If the bed is made with less than sturdy materials, adhering it to the wall is a smart safety measure. If the bed is made with sturdy materials, it might not be as necessary. The best material for bunk beds is solid wood, like we use at Bunk Bed King. Metal frames tend to be more on the flimsy and less secure side which is why we only offer solid wood in our bunk beds. You should also stay away from particle board or artificial woods that aren’t as strong. Even with the use of solid wood in the construction, you may feel better safety wise with the unit mounted to a wall. This is simply a matter of personal preference for most parents and not a requirement with bunk beds.
There are a few ways to get the safety of a bunk bed without securing it to the wall. For example, a bunk bed should be placed up against the wall or in a corner for added support and the guard rails should always be used. You should also teach your kids the importance of bunk bed safety in terms of not roughhousing on the bed itself to avoid issues. The bottom line is that securing a bunk bed to the wall can give you added peace of mind, but there are other ways around it as well.
How do I secure a bed?
There are a few ways to go about securing a bunk bed. One of the more common ways to do so is with specially made brackets. These are simply screwed into the frame and attached to the wall. You can also use wiring to secure the beds to the wall, but make sure you place the wire where little fingers won’t be tempted to play with it.