Most kids survive bunk beds quite happily, but a few precautions never hurt anyone. Here are three tips to make bunk beds safer.
1. Put a cordless nightlight on the ladder; it’ll make it a bit safer if the top bunker wants to descend in the dark of night.
2. Don’t allow the bunk bed to be used as a trampoline — ever. Jumping on or from the bed can collapse it and/or cause injuries from poor landings.
3. Make sure your bunk bed has what should be typical safety features:
- guardrail on the top bunk (with no more than a 3-1/2-inch gap between the guardrail and the side rails);
- upper mattresses supported by wires or slats that are fastened at both ends and run directly under the mattress;
- snug-fitting mattresses with no gaps between the mattress and edge of the frame that a small child could get trapped in.