Choosing the Best Bunk Beds
Bunk beds are a wonderfully flexible solution when you need to save some space in a cramped location. Bunk beds are not just for kids anymore. Many different models are made, some with a great looking finish that can fit into any sophisticated looking apartment or loft. Bunk beds come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and designs. There is most likely a model for any type of setting or functional requirement. Bunk beds also come in a wide range of prices, from simple setups that are great for children, and more expensive models that work great for adults in need of some extra space.
If you have a loft or small studio apartment, bunk beds can be an excellent way to save some extra space. There are even bunk beds that come in an L-shape, allowing you to situate the beds in a corner of the room, while having a desk underneath to maximize space as much as possible. The more expensive models of bunk bed are made with high quality hardwoods such as pine, and come with a great looking finish that keeps the bed in good condition for years to come.
When you go out shopping for bunk beds, be sure to check out what materials the bed is made of. This will determine how long the bunk beds last without signs of wear and tear beginning to appear. Bunk beds made of cheaper materials will exhibit signs of wear early on, such as splinters or cracks in the wood. Whether the wood is finished or not has a big effect on the durability of the wood. If you can find a display model of the bunk bed, take a careful look at it, and try to push a little on it. If the bed wobbles too much when pushed on, it is most likely made with inferior construction and should be avoided.
Bunk beds that are held together with cheap nails or screws are not going to last as long as they should. If within your budget, try to choose bunk beds made with solid reliable finished hardwoods. Cheaper models might have a veneer of solid hardwood, but underneath they are probably made of inexpensive materials like particle board. Even with more expensive models, it is probably best to be sure about the materials used in its construction. If you are unsure, it is a good idea to check out reviews online to be sure.
Altough the trend lately has been toward bunk beds designed for adults, there are still many great bunk beds made for kids. There are even bunk beds with such amenities as a play area underneath the top bunk with a slide and a tent enclosure. Bunk beds are a great choice for a childs room where space might be at a premium. In this case, it may be best to choose bunk beds that can be separated and moved around. This will give you flexibility, such as when you'd like to use one of the beds for a guest.
Prices on bunk beds range widely, with the cheapest models only a couple hundred dollars, and the most expensive several thousand. Be careful with the cheaper models, as they tend to be made with less durable materials and are prone to wear and tear. When you setup one of the cheaper models, push on it a little to make sure that it is secure and isn't going to fall apart with the least strain.