What are Standard Bunk Beds? Size & Who Sleeps on One

Bunk beds have been around since the 1700’s as they help to save space in a bedroom. Bunks are used in hostels, boarding houses, dorm rooms and in children’s bedrooms by parents.

Sleeping upper & lower berths are used occasionally by children & adults in holiday chalets or other accommodation as their functional for a short period of time for many families or group of adults.

Traditional standard bunk beds are 2 single size sleeping berths attached to a frame, one above the other used by kids, adults & teenagers to save bedroom space. Size is around height 165cm x width 99cm x length 200cm with 40 inches head room in between the lower and upper bunk.

Standard single bunk beds

  • Classic standard bunk beds are single sized 2 berth sleeping spaces, one stacked above the other attached to a frame. Their made in metal or solid wood, usually pine, by manufactures in many countries worldwide. The bed is plain with no added features such a storage.

The purpose of standard bed bunks in a family home are traditional use in children’s room where two kids or teenagers sharing, occupying one floor area, especially in small bedrooms.

The beds are reasonably popular with younger kids as they see them as cool and fun, and like the height. Teenagers tend not to like the look of, or sleep on a bunk berth and they think there for young kids and weird.

Children of all ages sleeping on a 2 sleeper bunks is a good idea if parents have limited bedroom space and you’re children will act responsibly with them in they’re room. Are they worth it? That’s for you to decide depending how many years they’ll be used by you’re kids and how they get on with each other sharing a room.

Standard bunks can be separated into 2 single beds if required, called convertible or detachable twin beds, although no all manufactures makes, giving an options in the future if on child gets they own room.

Regular standard bunks are about 5 feet 5 inches in height. Children require to always taking care when stepping on and off the bed, and only climbing the fixed ladder that comes with the bunk for safety reasons.

Benefits of 2 bed single bunks

  • Their comfortable to sleep on, so long as you’re under 6 feet 1’ and regular build size.
  • Save space in a kids or teenagers bedroom providing 2 sleeping bed spaces taking up only one area of the room floor, and maximises the amount of children person bedroom.
  • Adults can also sleep on them as their big & strong enough for normal sizes grown ups.
  • Standard bunk beds are safe to use when constructed correctly and maintained.
  • Children can store boxes and other items under the bottom bunk.

Bunk bed measurements for standard size 2 berths

Standard bunk bed size approximately height: 165cm (65 inches) x width: 39 inches (99cm) x length: 79 inches (200cm) although varies slightly by manufacture.

What is a single bunk mattress size? 75 inches long x 39 inches wide, up to 16cm depth. You can purchase a bed with or without mattress.

Standard weight limit for bunk sleeping is maximum of 200 pounds per bunk, although depends on manufactures strength design.

Ladder width: 16 to 18 inches.

Bunk bed room ideas

Children’s bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re contemplating using a bunk sleeping arrangement for teenagers or younger kids you’ll require a big enough room. Standard bed bunks are around height: 65 inches x width: 39 inches x length: 79 inches and good for small rooms, as long as you have adequate floor space.

Leaving enough of an area for other furniture, comfortably moving around, and for the door to fully open is essential in a kids bedroom. You’ll also want some space for you’re sons or daughters to play in they’re bedroom or an area for a study desk, especially for teenage children school or university work.

Room clearance ceiling height requires to be at least 33-40 inches from the top of the bunk to the roof, allowing for not hitting you’re head off the roof and to move around comfortably.

Only you can decide how much space above the bunk is needed, as people are different sizes, require more space, or you’re child doesn’t want to be so close the ceiling.

Are bunk bed standard models sturdy & stable?

Standard bunks when you purchase the bed require you self assemble and this will take one person several hours to all day. When you follow the manufactures instructions provided of putting the bunk together correctly results in a stable & sturdy frame and 2 space bunk sleeping beds for kids and teenagers.

Highly recommended is the bunk bed be placed up against a flat wall creating a more secure structure, also helps reduce any wobbling.

The bunk wood or metal frame models are held together with bolts and screws securing all parts of the bunk solidly capable of holding 2 children or adults weight.

You’re boys or girls will be able to use the bunk daily for sleeping and relaxing on and will last in excess of 15 years if looked after.

Regular checking of the bed is required by parents every 6 months or when required to see if any defects have occurred in the bunk frame, beds or slats. Every year you should tighten all bolts to minimize wobbling, squeaking or noise when you’re sons or daughters get on and off they’re bunks several times a day.

Bunk bed safety is paramount, especially if children are using or sleeping in them. In the UK all children’s bunk style beds sold must conform to legal requirements of safety under The Bunk Beds (Entrapment Hazards) (Safety) Regulations 1987 and British Safety Standard number BS EN 747:2012 + A1 2015. Guard rails are supplied for the lower & top bunk and must be fitted & secured correctly enabling protection for a person falling out of bed.