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One way to save a good deal of floor space is by investing in  bunk bed set for the kids. You may have trouble fitting more than one bed in a room, and because of that you’re looking for any way to economize on amount of square footage furnishings take up. Once you’ve used all of the horizontal space that’s available in a room there’s only one way to go, and that’s up. The vertical space that normally goes wasted in most rooms can instead be used for the purpose of supplying another sleeping area for a child.

You might have moved to tighter quarters and because of that you need to make do with smaller rooms. Or perhaps your kids have frequent sleepover guests, and a bunk bed is the most realistic way to accommodate the guest. Kids will enjoy having an upper bunk to sleep in, and they might even want to take turns on different nights sleeping in the top bunk. The upper level of the bunks could be a pretend tree house for imaginative kids to play on during the day, too.

Typically, the bunk bed is used in children’s rooms, whenever there is a shortage of floor space that prohibits placing two regular beds in a room. Bunks have been used as standard equipment in military barracks, dormitories as well as in youth hostels, which offer temporary quarters to young travelers. Bunk beds used in these kinds of environments tend to have metal frames, which are the most durable kind, and are able to sustain years of heavy-duty use. Bunk bed frames also come in wood, and many homeowners prefer this variety because they look better than metal frames.

Bunks tend to be fairly easy to set up, and can just as easily be taken down if necessary. You don’t really need many tools to put them together. Usually, a regular screwdriver and a Philips head, plus a hammer and pliers are about all you’ll need to put up your new set of bunks.

Lots of bunk beds are a single- on top of a single bed, which means that both upper and lower bunks are single or “twin” beds. Some bunk units consist of a single over a double, meaning that the lower bunk is a double mattress, while the upper bunk is a single one. Bunks can also be a double over a double, as well.

Wooden bunk frames can be quite durable, but you’ll need to look at a floor sample bed to make sure that the construction and materials used will provide enough safe support for your children to sleep in. Furniture that appears flimsy or poorly designed will likely either fail or wear out in a relatively short period of time. Rather than scrimping on lower cost beds, you’ll likely be better off spending a little more to ensure that the product you’re purchasing will provide a longer period of service.

Whichever kind of bunks you choose be sure that they come with a sturdy ladder to provide access to the upper bunk, and the top bunk should come with a guardrail to prevent youngsters from accidentally falling out of bed in the middle of the night.

With these guidelines in mind, you’ll have a good shot at getting the exact kind of bedding that you need.

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