Bunk bed for children with sides

With the birth of their second child, parents begin to think about the comfortable arrangement of a children's room, because this is often not the most spacious room in an apartment. That is why economical bunk beds are so popular.

What is it?

The crib of this model has two tiers, that is, one bed is located above the other bed. The bunk bed with a berth at the top and a play or work area at the bottom was an upgraded version.

Advantages and disadvantages

The design of two-tier models has significant advantages:

  • saving of useful space for games and activities;
  • more affordable price compared to two full-size children's beds;
  • high functionality, thanks to the supply of beds with storage systems, work areas and play areas;
  • original designs matching various styles.

However, it is impossible not to say about some of the shortcomings.So, with poor quality or too low sides, drops from the upper tier are possible. In addition, children of preschool age may be afraid to sleep at a considerable height. Manufacturers of the same bunk beds claim that the correct design of the models reduces the risk of falls to zero.


High demand for bunk beds has led to the emergence of more sophisticated models, thought out to the smallest detail and serving not only as a place to sleep, but also for active wakefulness.


The model, consisting of two sections, is perfect for practical parents who think about the planning of the children's room in advance. The bed comes with a removable upper tier, which allows it to be used as the most common model until the birth of a second child. Saving family budget is here. Different designs and side ladders are comfortable to use. Before purchasing such a model, it is important to check all the fasteners, as there are often cases of loose parts being loose.

With fixed tiers

Bed with fixed tiers are a single design without the ability to remove the upper bed.This model is relevant for a large family and older children, because for kids, as a rule, they create an adaptation period for bunk beds, removing the upper part for a while.

The advantages of the model include the lack of parts that can loosen pi operation. The cost of beds with fixed tiers is not inferior to two-section models.


Bunk beds represent the type of models in which the lower berth slides under the upper one. The height of the upper space is from 60 to 120 cm. The space between the tiers is intended only for the location of the blanket and pillow. This is a disadvantage of the bed, because the child, located on the lower tier, can only use it as a place to sleep.

Manufacturers do not recommend the one and a half bed to very active children. Fastenings here do not maintain jumps and other sharp movements.

With a play area for kids

Favorite place to stay in the apartment can be a bunk bed with a play area. For example, models can be equipped with a slide or a swing, have a small table on the side for drinking tea with your favorite toys or reading correctly at your desk.Also, the lower tier can be supplemented with cute curtains that turn an ordinary cot into a shelter, a tent and just a place of solitude.

Loft bed

The bunk bed attic has no lower tier. In its place are numerous roll-out lockers, desk, storage system. Thus, in one space combines work area and recreation area. At the same time, the height of the models is significantly lower than the full bunk beds for two children, which allows children and parents not to be afraid of the height of the structure.


The modular bed is another type of multifunctional bunk model. Comfortable closed shelves can be located at the bottom of the upper tier, the lower tier can be a structure on wheels, if necessary, rolling out perpendicular to the upper sleeping place. Also, the model often complements the withdrawable table on wheels, and the corner staircase has a comfortable storage system.

Modular beds really create a lot of space in the room. Their cost is very high, however, and the functions far exceed the basic models of two-tier models.


An upgraded bunk model is a transforming bed. There are many types of them, so by folding two tiers to the wall they can form small shelves or their imitation. In addition, one bed can be transformed into a desk.

Transformers, like modular models can not be cheap, because they perform a wide range of functions. When buying such a product, it is important to check all fasteners and mechanisms, since the child's safety will depend on their quality.

Types of bumpers

The sides for a bunk bed today undergo a qualitative improvement, however, one rule remains unchanged and says about a height of at least 30 cm. Of course, the sides are much higher, having removable upper slats and parts.

Experts advise to allocate for the child the upper berth only to achieve 5-6 years.

Yet this is still a very tender age and a small blow to the side can frighten a child and for a long time discourage one from sleeping alone at a height. For preschool age, soft sides are created on a solid basis. They can be made in the form of large figured slats or have a classic oblong look.

For older guys a good solution will be beds with solid sides. They can represent a single design or be removed if necessary.

Even if the bed you have purchased seems unreliable with regard to the sides, do not be in a hurry to get upset. Manufacturers today are pleased to offer separate designs of the sides, having a reliable attachment and easily mounted to any type of bed.

In shape, the sides can be slatted and, with their appearance, resemble a classic crib for babies, or they can be figured, which looks particularly aesthetically pleasing and stylish. A simple and convenient option are solid bumpers.


It is important to be as careful as possible to the materials for making a crib, because the child's body is more susceptible to negative compositions that are part of inexpensive and, at first glance, attractive materials. As a result, the baby may experience allergic reactions, the cause of which will be very difficult to find.

Unsafe materials are currently known chipboard.

The laminated chipboard is covered with various decorative layers, thanks to which it repeats a unique woody pattern.The cost of LDSP is low and is largely due to this significant drawback, namely the use of formaldehyde resins. The breakdown and sleep disturbance in a small room of the children's room when formaldehyde is inhaled is observed more and more by experts.

An interesting and original version is metal. Forged products with patterns are beautiful in combination with wood. In favor of the metal is its durability and the possibility of numerous assemblies.

Natural wood is still the most popular solution. According to energy practice experts, the tree is saturated with the energy of the earth and the sun as it grows, which later transfers to man. Oak, beech, cherry, and walnut are the most valuable and valuable species. Yes, natural wood in high-quality wood remains for many not a very democratic option, however, its longevity and useful properties justify such a pricing policy.

How to choose

When choosing a crib, it is important to consider various factors, one of which is the age of children. For kids younger than 5-6 years old, the upper tier is not suitable, which means that the choice in favor of a two-section model with a removable tier will be the best solution.

As mentioned earlier, the high bumpers are the key to a child’s safety. Their low construction (below 30 cm) carries a real danger.

However, not only she. Vertical stairs without a slope are suitable only for adult children, for everyone else there are stairs with a slope with wide steps, for example, as a storage system.

You should also take into account the susceptibility to severe stress, because the active games on the beds can withstand only the most monolithic products, which are alien to the loosening of parts.

Ceiling height is important when choosing. Thus, a child who is on the top tier should be comfortably placed on the bed not only lying down, but also in a sitting position. This also applies to the lower tier, the distance to the upper bed should be comfortable. Calculate and the length of the beds, they should be selected with some margin.

Play areas, additions in the form of a desktop will be a big advantage of a bunk bed with sides, because it will significantly save space for children's games.

Popular models

A simple and stylish version of the bunk bed is the company Ikea.Rack and side ladders are perfect for school-age children. Minimalism in the decor make the model organic in all interiors.

A bed with two tiers, the lower one is installed perpendicularly, which allows to add a bed with a comfortable bedside table.

Cute model with curly sides and the appearance of the bus will make the bedroom a favorite place to spend time.

Bed-house, the lower tier of which is retractable, will suit even the smallest children.

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