Looking for a bed suitable for you’re young boys or girls while sharing a smaller room? A shorty style bed is smaller by design and can last for many years or until the kids out growth them. Properly constructing the bed and looking after it provides a children’s sleeping space while sturdy enough for kid’s daily use.
Correctly constructed following the manufactures instructions shorty bunk beds are sturdy, stable & reliable to use for young children. Recommendation is the bunk frame be placed against a wall for extra safety and checked for any defects regularly. Shorties are safe beds to use with kids sleeping so long as they’re sensible and follow parent guidance.
What is a shorty bunk bed
Popular with mothers & families are shorty design bunk beds with standard 2 bunks one stacked above the other and made shorter in length & width. A shorty bed is single size at 2 feet 6’ for the extra short or 3 feet long for standard model.
The bunks are made for young children from 4 to 12 years old as their shorter in height and don’t need a big bed to sleep on.
A shorty bunk bed is good idea for a variety of reasons from saving space in a child’s bedroom, use in a small bedroom, kids think there fun & cool and benefits 2 girls or boys sharing. Their not good if children are irresponsible or don’t follow parent instructions as injuries could occur falling from the upper bunk.
Shorty bunk beds are stable and sturdy
Bed frames for shorty bunks are made of metal or solid pine wood and when properly bolted together & constructed following the instructions they are sturdy for children to use. Shorty beds design are stable for young kids for lying on and moving around, although under 100 kgs per bunk.
Good quality and constructed bunks are stable & sturdy with normal everyday use by children sleeping, sitting or using the ladder to get on and off the bed. As a parent you’ll require checking and maintain the bunk frame structure, ladder and any added features such as slide. Regular parent maintaince and providing basic rules & instructions on how to look after and act on a bunk bed is essential so you’re kids will have a durable bed to sleep and fun.
Placing the bunk up against a wall and or in a corner is highly recommended as it provides stability for you’re bunk and is much sturdier when kids continually hop on and off they’re bed.
Anchoring the bunk against the bedroom wall with 2 or 3 long bolts adds extra stability. This can be done by using strong straps attached to the wall & bunk or drill through the bed frame and pass the bolt through into the wall.
Are shorty made bunk beds reliable?
As stated, buying a new shorty bed for you’re child’s bunk sleeping arrangements is reliable and should last 10-12 years if used appropriately. Wooden or metal design shouldn’t make a difference if its quality made and periodically check for any defects by parents.
Injuries do occur with young kids playing on bunk beds bumping they’re head, elbow or knees on the wood or metal frame. More serious injuries also happen when kids fall resulting in broken bones, sprains or bruising.
Many parents are using shorty bunks in kid’s bedrooms with no problems of them falling over or collapsing if constructed correctly and placed up against a bedroom wall. The ladder made of metal or wood will last with normal use and won’t fall of or break as their strength made for daily child use.
Bunk attachments such as storage drawers could get damaged if pulled in and out incorrectly over a period of time. Should you have a slide or steps features part of more expensive models they’ll stay attached and last for several years.
A shorty mattress will last all a young child’s life until they become teenagers, although not all depending on any health issues.
What are common shorty bunk design bed problems
There are a number of issues and problems with shorty bunks in relation to a child and there use by kids over a prolonged period of time.
- Squeaky bed frame: If wood tighten the bolts/screws or make sure the frame bolts are tight, also apply wax or talcum powder. On a metal frame bunk remove any screws in the affected squeaky area and oil them, hole and or add plastic washers.
- Shake & wobble: A child’s bunk bed will always shake slightly when getting off & on or 2 kids are moving around. Parents, make sure all wood or metal joints are secure & tight and the bed is attached to the wall if required. Regular tightening of screws & bolts twice a years helps to minimize any shaking.
- Child falling: Each year kids fall off and roll out of a bottom & top bunk while sleeping or being clumsy. You can help stop you’re child from falling out of bed making sure the guard rails on both sides are secure & high enough for a child’s seize & sleep restless and the beds against a wall.
- Kids do something foolish: Some children will climb all over the bunk or jump from the top bed to the floor without using the ladder to get down. Parents require having rules for they’re sons & daughters to follow at all times, backed up with enforceable consequences.
- Not all children like using one: Arguments can start between kids with daily shaking of the frame, especially constantly on & off the bed. Being enclosed in the bottom bunk or so close to the roof some youngsters feel closed in.
Safety of bunk use by young children
Some parents avoid bunk beds all together because of possible safety issues with a daughter or son falling off the top bed.
Even the recommended age of 6 years old and above for your girls or boys to use the top bunk doesn’t guarantee a child won’t fall and injure themselves getting of the bunk. Use of a bedside lamp for each bunk is very beneficial for seeing in the dark.
Strictly lying down or sitting only should be installed into each child by parents and no jumping, swinging or standing on a top shorty bunk.
Always take each step slowing and accurately with using the ladder ascending & descending from the bed. With a shout feature it could be much safer to use to get down to floor level from the bed.
Inform children to always sleep within and away from the guard rails if possible so theirs less chance of falling out of bed.
Adhere to the weight limit of each bed and total of the bed frame, meaning no more than 4 kids on a shorty bunk at the same time and 2 sitting on the bed above.
Overall bunk beds shorty designed for sleeping on or using are safe to use if kids are responsible and use sensible percussions. Several times a year check the bunks & frame for loose screws or bolts, check slats & guard rails are not damaged and are secure; also bunks should be positioned against a wall, and ideally bolted.
Use the appropriate size mattress for a specific size and designed bunk.