What Age Is a Good Age for Bunk Beds?


Six and Younger

  • "Consumer Reports" recommends that children under age 6 should not use the top portion of a bunk bed. The child should use the bottom bunk, a toddler bed or any other bed that is lower to the ground. At that age, the child should not have access to a ladder or any method to climb to the top bunk.

Seven and Older

  • Parents may allow children age 7 and older to begin using the top bunk, but they need to take precautions. Many children have experienced accidents due to the lack of railing or the spacing of the rails on the top bunk. Teach the child safety measures when using the bed.

Bottom Line

  • Children under age 6 should always use the bottom bunk when sleeping in a bunk bed. Even older children need to learn safety measures for sleeping in the top bunk. Place additional boards to shorten the gaps on the rails and a guardrail on the side against the wall. Stabilize the support of the top mattress to prevent accidents for children on the bottom bunk, and make sure to use a proper-size mattress.

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