Twin over Full Bunk Beds
Bunk beds are a common space saving option for many houses. It also adds an element of entertainment for the children who use these beds. Twin over full bunk beds adds an interesting twist to the idea, and some households may find them more appealing. Generally, bunk beds are used by kids who share a room. This helps save a lot of floor space and makes the experience very interesting for the children as well.
The design of Twin over full bunk beds is very different compared to conventional bunk beds. One is higher the other is larger, so the children are less likely to argue. This feature is very helpful especially if there is an age gap between the two kids.
But that is not the only use for these bunk beds. You can use them in guest bedrooms as well. This allows you some degree of flexibility regarding the guests you host. You also won’t have to make a visiting couple use single beds or something equally awkward and uncomfortable.
These beds are also ideal for teenagers and students; the lower bunk can be used as a bed while the top bunk might be used as a couch or a place to hang out. There are many other ways you could use these bunks, Twin over full bunk beds provide more flexibility and options compared to conventional bunk beds. The ere are many different designs available, and you should first know how the models differ from each other and what are the key features you need to consider before deciding on the type of bed you want.
There are two types of Twin over full bunk beds with regards to design. The first type is an integrated unit and the orientation of both beds is usually in the same direction. This design takes up less space and is most commonly bought. They are usually self contained and look elegant and symmetrical.
The other type of Twin over full bunk beds is remarkably different. Often the two beds aren’t even actually connected or are connected through one point only. The smaller bed is often quite independent with a separate ladder, and the bigger bed faces a different direction. This type of beds take up more space and aren’t always very pleasing to the eye. There could also be fundamental weakness with this type of design because the two beds aren’t supporting each other completely. On the upside, these beds are more flexible than the integrated ones. For example, if the bigger bed is not needed then it can be replaced with a desk or study table.
If you have a single child, you can turn the bed into combination furniture by installing wardrobes and study table by replacing the bigger bed. You can also install stairs and remove the ladder; stairs often come with extra storage space. So basically you can adapt the bed according to your needs. This is something that cannot be done with an integrated model. However, remember that if the modification is not done right, the whole combination might look cheap and unsightly. Also there might be some impact on the strength and resilience of the model.
But there are always exceptions to any rules and so there are some really stunning and sturdy beds available even when the top bunk is standalone and the bottom bad is sticking out in a different direction.
The building material for the beds
Twin over full bunk beds are made from either wood or metal. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Wood is the material of choice for most people because wooden bunk beds tend to be more sturdy, durable and resilient. The color would depend on the type of wood that has been used. Wooden beds are generally quite expensive, but they are also quite high quality without exception.
Some people even build their own wooden bunk beds. But this approach is not recommended if you aren’t a skilled woodworker. You would be better off buying a bunk bed as professionally made twin over full bunk beds are likely going to be more stable and durable in the long run.
But though wood is more elegant, metal bunk beds are becoming popular too. Tare a few different reasons for that, for starters, metal is cheaper than wood, secondly metal beds tend to be lighter, so if you live in a rented house and will probably move houses every few years, it will be much easier to move a metal bed around than a wooden one.
So, if you are buying a bunk bed for a short duration or if you know that you will have to move it around a lot then get a metal bed instead of a wooden one. Also metal beds are available in almost every color and blends well with almost all décor styles.
Though metal twin over full bunk beds have many advantages, there are some serious downsides as well. Metal beds aren’t as sturdy as wood to begin with, on top of that if you find that the product is of low quality then you can expect persistent squeaking in the near future. Sometimes the squeaking gets so bad that the bed will squeak if the occupant moves in their sleep even a little, However, that is not an insurmountable problem, you can figure out whether a metal bad is of high quality or not by taking a closer look at the reviews. Regular maintenance and care will also improve matters considerably.
Weight limits for bunk beds
All bunk beds have weight limits; it will be considerably lower for the top bunk. You need to pay attention to this aspect as it is possible that the limit isn’t what you expect it to be. It is a good idea to get a twin over full bunk bed that will support the weight of every person who will be using it even if they are only planning to use the lower bed. This reduces the chance of any issues or unfortunate accidents. In addition, it will also save you the embarrassment of asking guests to use the lower bunk.
Twin over full bunk beds with more internal support will have a higher weight limit. In other words the integrated models will have a higher weight limit compared to bunk beds with standalone upper bunks. Solid wooden bunk beds can take more weight than metal ones. But before buying you should check the actual numbers and make sure it supports the weight of every person who is likely to use it. If you are worried about stability, you can also add some storage spaces to the standalone bed, this will probably help to a certain extent.
Presence of guardrails
Guardrails are an extremely important consideration when you are buying a bunk bed. Children most definitely need guardrails and so do most adults. The majority of twin over full bunk beds come with guardrails for the upper bed, however the height of the guardrails may differ. So, you should get a closer look at the guardrails of any bunk bed that you may want to buy and find out if it’s high enough to suit the person who is going to use the bed. For children, you should buy twin over full bunk beds with higher guard rails so that you don’t have to worry about their safety. Also if the occupant has a tendency to move a lot during sleep, higher guardrails could be a good idea.
Location and type of the ladder used
There can’t be a bunk bed without a ladder. Without a ladder, there will be no way of climbing to the top bunk. That said, the position of ladders vary from model to model. Some models even come with two ladders, but single ladder is still the norm. It is very important that the ladder is conveniently placed and strong. A good quality ladder will reduce chances of any mishaps.
There are usually two styles of ladder used in bunk beds; straight or angled. Straight ladders drop from the upper bunk directly to the ground. The ladder will most likely be affixed to the bed frame itself, but sometimes movable ladders with hooks are also used. This type of ladders is very common in regular bunk beds.
In case of twin over full bunk beds, a straight ladder will be affixed to the end of the bed instead of the side. Though some models do have two ladders, one at each end, but most would have one ladder present at either the head or foot of the bed.
The biggest advantage of a straight ladder is that it saves a lot of space; however it is not very safe. The chances of slipping are quite high, especially if a very small child is using it, older kids can handle straight ladders without many issues most of the time. The chances of injury are especially high in case of metal bunk beds as they are usually sleeker and a child can lose his or her footing easily.
Another disadvantage is that the position of the ladder will dictate where you can or cannot put the bed; this can be a big problem if the room is small. For example if the ladder is placed at the head of the bed, you won’t be able to put that end against the wall. This might completely skew the way furniture is to be placed in the room and how much space you can allocate to which piece. You will also have to leave enough room so that a person can climb up and down without bumping into things; this often leads to a lot of wasted space.
An angled ladder is a different matter altogether. In a conventional bed, the ladder will be attached to the top bed and the bottom of the ladder will be planted on the floor. Many twin over full bunk beds also use the same design. But in some models the ladder may be attached to both the bunks and the differing sizes of the beds will create a natural angle. This affords more stability to the ladder as well as the bed in its entirety.
Angled ladders are far safer than straight ones; they are easy to climb even when the person doing the climbing is sleepy. The risk of falling is also lower because of a better center of gravity. Though some might consider angled ladder as a waste of space, in truth at least in the case of twin over full bunk beds, the ladders don’t extend much more than the lower bunk. But for conventional bunk beds, it might indeed stick out like a sore thumb.
What type of ladder you would need will depend on multiple factors; if a very young child is going to use the twin over full bunk bed then an angled ladder could be considered an added safety measure. For older kids, straight ladders or angled ladder both work just great. If the bed is going to be installed in a guest bedroom, then you should choose a design that looks elegant rather than utilitarian, so a well designed bed with angled ladder would be a good choice.
Beds with stairs instead of ladders
It is becoming a common trend to use stairs instead of ladders in bunk beds. Stairs are used with wooden twin over full bunk bed but it’s not an option for metal bunk beds. You could always build a separate staircase for the metal bed, but to be honest it will look very out of place and will disturb the symmetry of the bed.
There are many different ways that stairs can be used with bunk beds. The stairs could be built into the bed with railing attached. This is aesthetically more appealing and it is also very safe for the person using the bed. Stairs sometimes come with in-built storage compartments; this can be very helpful in storing books, toys or even clothing. You can even build custom stairs for your bunk beds. You could even use bookcases from IKEA that come in step design as a substitute for regular stairs, this option is very practical as you will be killing two birds with one stone.
Despite the many advantages that stairs offer, in a small room stairs can be an impractical choice as they take up far more space than ladders; the higher the bed the more stairs there are and the more space is needed. Another problem is that stairs add a lot of weight to a bunk bed and it can become quite hard to maneuver. So, if you have to move the bunk beds around a lot, then forgo the stairs and stick to ladders instead.
That being said, it will depend entirely on you whether you want stairs or whether a ladder will be more preferable for you. Both have their advantages and you need to think about your own circumstances before taking the decision. Some of the factors that you should consider are the age of the person using the bed, the size of the room, design of the bed, how often you would need to move the bed etc.
But as a rule of thumb, stairs are a better option for long term use and ladders for the short term. Most people buy bunk beds for children, but they will also outgrow them very fast, in that case stairs will probably be quite impractical. But if you are installing it in a guest bedroom, then stairs might actually be a very good option as your guests could use the storage space and the stairs also add a touch of stability and elegance.
Additional storage space
Whether you need storage space in your bunk beds is also an important thing to consider, especially if you are going to use the bed in a small room. It is a good option to have as much built –in storage as you can get if the room in question is tiny.
Some bunk beds have additional storage spaces in the form of drawers, in-built storage in the steps, additional book cases etc. adding storage under the bigger bottom bed is becoming a common tactics for adding additional storage space as well. In small rooms a twin over full bunk bed with a lot of extra storage space can save a lot of clutter by eliminating the need for more conventional storage options like wardrobes or book shelves.
In models with standalone upper beds, there are more options available for storage. In such designs, additional scaffolding is needed to increase stability; incorporating storage space will serve the same purpose and also solve your storage problem. Of course storage is one of the least important things to consider when buying twin over full bunk beds, but to be honest; the bunk bed will take up a lot of space, so you may as well put it to good use.