Bunk beds are a great idea. They provide a personal place for kids sharing or more space for kids stuck in small rooms.
Picking the right bunk bed for your kids can be tricky. There are so many different options available.
Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when buying bunk beds for kids.
#1. Buying cheap
Kids furniture needs to be tough. We all know how rough kids can be and how easily accidents happen. Cheap flat packed furniture is never as sturdy as solid wood furniture.
Is it worth saving dollars on furniture that won’t last long and look scruffy?
Rather than buying a budget bunk bed look for reputable shops that have offers or sales. A great tip for furniture buying is to look for packages. Package deals are a lot cheaper than buying items individually.
#2. Thinking in the present
Always think about the future.
Remember that kids outgrow things quickly.
Look for bunk beds you can accessorize and change as kids age rather than ones that appeal to the age they currently are.
Avoid buying furniture linked to popular TV shows or movies, these go out of fashion quickly.
Bunk beds that can be adapted are a great idea. Look for styles that change as kids age and have multiple set up options. Bunk beds that can be separated into two singles are always useful.
#3. Not considering quality
Kids need a good bed for a good nights sleep.
Make sure you get good quality mattresses and bed frames which provide proper support. Sleeping on a bad bed can cause damage to growing kids’ backs.
Think about safety too.
Make sure the upper bunk is capable of holding the right amount of weight and that the frame doesn’t strain. Look for bunk beds with strong and secure ladders that kids can’t slip on.
A good tip is to test the beds yourself. If you’re not happy with the quality, your kids won’t be either.
#4. Not taking the kids to the shop
Shopping with kids can be a nightmare but you need their input.
Make bed shopping a fun family day out. Take a favourite toy to help ‘test’ the beds or maybe stop for lunch.
Make sure the beds are the right height, ladders are easy to climb and mattresses are the right comfort level. Your kids will be the ones using them, make sure they are happy.
Furniture shops don’t mind you trying before you buy. Let your kids test the beds for comfort. Remember to try out different options and shop around before you buy.
Nobody wants to sleep in an uncomfortable bed!
#5. Not asking the experts
Furniture sales employees are always happy to help and have lots of advice for their customers. Take advantage of their knowledge. They will have helped other parents and will know the best selling styles available.
If your kids have specific needs or you want something different ask in store. Good furniture stores always have lots of options available.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are stupid.
When buying any furniture for kids always make practical choices. Make sure your kids are comfortable and safe. Always buy furniture from a reputable shop and invest in quality.
And always remember not to stress about kid’s furniture. Kid’s bedrooms are meant to be fun. You don’t have to spend a fortune or worry too much about style.
What mistakes have you made buying furniture? Let us know your experiences in the comments below…