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February 02, 2018 | By Ryan Francis

5 Things to Consider When Buying an Adult Bunk Bed

Practicality, convenience and efficiency are all terms that come to mind when considering an Adult Bunk Bed. Not only are they a practical choice for growing families or adults who are trying to maximize their space, but they also add an element of convenience and style to your room. Whether you’re in the first steps of considering an Adult Bunk Bed or you’re already looking to finalize your purchase, here are a few things to consider before you take the plunge.

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1. Is it sturdy?

The first two things that come to mind when you mention an adult bunk bed are the weight and sturdiness factors. People often associate bunk beds with small children, but bunk beds have definitely evolved over time. After all, we created our company based on the concept of sturdy bunk beds for adults looking to capitalize on comfort without sacrificing space. Here at Francis Lofts & Bunks, our beds are built with industry grade aluminum, which is both lightweight and strong. This ensures that our beds are easy to assemble and transport, without sacrificing durability. In addition, we are one of the only providers of Queen and King sized bunk beds. Our 2,000-pound weight limit means that our customers can comfortably sleep more adult guests in their home.

2. What do you need the bed for?

The next factor to consider is what exactly you’ll need your adult bunk bed for. Are you looking for a way to save space in a vacation guest room? Do you have a small apartment and need some extra room without sacrificing comfort? Are you looking to purchase this for your growing children? By answering these questions you’ll be able to identify what your top priorities are for this purchase. This will in turn help you answer some important sizing and safety questions further down the line in your purchase.

3. What size should you buy?

The next consideration is what size adult bunk bed you’ll need? For example, should you get a Twin Over Full for kids sharing a room, or a King Over King for a guest room space? If you’re questioning this, don’t worry this is one of the top questions we get asked as well! To better help our customers in their decision making process, we wrote a handy article documenting the different sizes and how to choose one. Be sure to check it out here. As a handy summary here are a few things to consider:

First, you’ll want to measure your room to make sure the bed fits and to make sure you can sit up comfortably without hitting your head on the ceiling. Next, it’s time to consider sizing. A Full or Double bunk bed is great for one adult or for a guest room. A Queen is the most popular size mattress for people who share a bed with a partner. A King on the other hand, is recommended by many sleep doctors for the best-undisturbed sleep, as it gives you more space to move freely without hitting the side or disturbing your partner.

4. What are the safety guidelines?

Safety is a key concern when purchasing a bunk bed. We’ve documented the nine key safety tips you should consider here. In summary here are a few key guidelines: First, you’ll want to consider purchasing or adding proper safety rails to your bed to prevent falling. Our bunk beds come standard with 1 side rail, but you can choose 1 side rail and 2 end rails, or you can have safety rails on all sides. You’ll also want to ensure you have guardrails on all sides for kids under the age of 13. Next, you’ll want to check the measurements of the guardrails before purchasing and installing. The gaps in the guardrails should be 3.5 inches or smaller to prevent strangulation and to stop your child’s head from getting stuck. A few other safety things to consider are weight guidelines, choosing the right height for your room, making sure to assemble and secure the ladder properly, and following recommend mattress thickness guidelines.

5. How will the bed fit with the style of your room?

Lastly, style is a key consideration when choosing any piece of furniture in your home. Style is especially important with your bed, as it is most likely the largest piece of furniture in your room, making it a key focal point. Consider the style of your room now. Is it contemporary or modern, do you have a color palette you would like to stick to? Will your new bed complement your current furniture? Our bunk beds have an upbeat, urban look with a sleek design, making them fashionable enough for adults while being safe enough for kids. In addition, we make our adult beds in multiple colors for convenience and style. The color options we offer are charcoal, black, white and light bronze. We love to work with our customers; so don’t hesitate to email us if you have color questions or requests. You can also request paint samples here, if you want to ensure the colors will go with your room.