Table of Contents
- 2Identifying the parts
- 3About measurements, bunk size, mattress
- 4Materials, Cutting list for the beds
- 5Materials, Cutting list for the bunk ends
- 6PLANS - The bed
- 7PLANS - The bunk ends
- 8PLANS - The ladder
- 9Making the bed - Base and ends
- 10Making the bed - Ends and side guardrail
- 11Making the bunk ends and ladder
- 12Assembling the bunk and adding the ladder
- 13Finishing - Nut guards and screw caps
- 14Safety guidelines - Must read
- 15Safety guidelines continued - Must read
Safety guidelines – Must read
A few bunk bed safety guidelines
There are a lot of safety concerns when it comes to bunk beds, brought about by the number of accidents that do happen with them.
Bunk beds are a very good space-saving option and although they can be safe, a few safety guidelines need to be adhered to. Remember, it is the high number of bunk bed accidents that makes reading and understanding these guidelines so important.
Below are some basic guidelines.
Note: These are just a few of the Recommend ed guidelines for bunk beds.
Below are excerpts and some of the main points taken from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ( www.cpsc.gov/businfo/regsumbunkbed.pdf ) and Consumer Affairs Victoria Aust. (www.consumer.vic.gov.au).
Check to see if your country has Recommend ed specifications other than those mentioned below.
bullet Bunk beds need to be built to a certain criteria. See more about that on the next page.
bullet Kids under the age of six should not use the top bunk.
bullet Strict rules should be dished out by the parents or guardians, i.e. kids should be made aware that bunk beds are not for playing on and that the ladder is the only way up and down. Kids can tend to use bunks as a play area and too often climb up side rails and anything but the ladder. Ensure that the person who is using the top bunk can easily and comfortably climb up and down the ladder.
Teach children the correct way to get in and out of bunk beds.
Bunk beds are not intended for play. Establish rules and ensure they are obeyed.
bullet Keep the floor area near the bunk beds clear of any toys and sharp objects which may cause serious injury if a child falls on them. There should be no obstacles with any sharp edges, including furniture and toys nearby in case of accidental falls.
bullet Have a soft area around the bunks, i.e. carpet, mats etc.
bullet Ensure that the mattress fits snugly into the mattress area.
If you have any concerns whatsoever, consider two individual beds instead. This bunk bed set can easily be converted to twin beds.
Safety guidelines continued next page…