Solid Wood Bunk Bed with Storage Drawers Underneath

7 Ways to Know Your Kid's Bed is Safe

Having a safe place to sleep is essential for your child’s health and well-being,  but sometimes it can be hard to determine which bed provides the greatest safety. With many options available, it's important to know what features you should look for when selecting a bed for your kid. In this post, we've put together seven easy ways you can make sure that the bed you choose is safe and comfortable enough for your kiddo. From considering durability to bed height, we'll discuss all the important details parents should know before choosing a kids bed. Whether you’re searching for a kids’ bed , a bunk bed or a loft bed, you’ll be sure to find the perfect, safe fit for your kid by looking for these essential features.


1. Durability

The foundation of any safe bed starts with its durability. Every sleep surface should have a weight capacity of at least 400 pounds, ensuring the bed can hold not only your kid but friends who come over for a slumber party, a pile of stuffed animals or even parents who want to sit on the bed for story time. When looking for features that signal a strong, durable bed, keep an eye out for wooden slats and metal support bars that are sure to provide the perfect amount of support for your kid’s mattress. Additionally, make sure to invest in a solid wooden bed frame, as solid wood is the strongest material for a kids’ bed and will ensure the safest sleep.


Sisters hanging out on solid wood white twin over twin bunk bed with storage drawers in pink and orange room with chair


2. Stability

Kids should be able to sleep easily without worry of a wobbly or shaky bed. To ensure a stable bed and peaceful sleeps for your little one, look for a bed with strong metal hardware. Metal-on-metal connections are the best way to make sure your structural connections won’t loosen over time and cause the bed to wobble. For an extra layer of support for your bed with slats, consider upgrading to a premium slat roll. Not only does a premium slat roll provide extra support for your kid’s mattress, but it also adds an extra layer of rigidity to the bed, making for an even more stable sleep experience.


Boy looking over guard rail of white solid wood bunk bed


3. Material

Materials should play a very important role in choosing a kids' bed. As you explore the wide range of options available, it's important to prioritize a bed with a low VOC finish. By opting for a bed that has these clean, non-toxic finishes, you're ensuring a healthier sleep environment for your little one. This promotes their overall well-being and lets parents rest easy knowing their kids are safe and sound when they sleep. A bed with a low VOC finish ensures your child will have a safe, healthy and restful sleep.


Brother and sister talking in room with solid wood twin over twin bunk bed in natural and blue wave wallpaper


4. Height

For younger kids, a lower bed height is crucial for their safety at night. To prevent them from rolling out of bed, consider using a low-profile bed like a low bunk bed. However, even if you choose a low bunk bed, children should only sleep on the top bunk when they are at least six years old. When choosing a bunk bed, also consider the distance between each of the bunks and between the top bunk and the ceiling. It is recommended to have a minimum distance of 33 to 36 inches for each. Take into account your ceiling height before purchasing a high bunk bed or triple bunk bed to ensure safety and avoid any accidents. By prioritizing safety and preventing falls or bumps, your kids can enjoy a fun and secure bedtime.


Sisters hanging out in twin low bunk bed with stairs and slide in white with floral wallpaper


5. Guardrails

Guardrails are a crucial safety feature for your child's bed, especially for top bunks. They ensure that their sleep zone is a secure and cozy space where they can sleep, laugh and play. It's important to choose guardrails that rise at least 5 inches above the mattress surface to provide a reliable barrier against accidental falls during sleep. For even better protection, consider opting for low-profile mattresses to enhance the effectiveness of the guardrails or adding an extra guardrail to a platform bed or bottom bunk for extra safety. With these precautions in place, your child can enjoy peaceful sleep, and you can have peace of mind knowing that their sleep environment prioritizes safety.


Girl in solid wood twin bunk bed with guard rails in natural


6. Safe Climbing

If you are looking for a bunk or loft bed for your kid’s room, you’ll need to find the safest way for them to climb up to the top bunk. An angled ladder is one way to ensure your kid can safely snuggle up on the top bunk. Look for features like anti-slip grooved steps and anti-entrapment features to prevent any accidents when climbing up to bed. Another option to make getting up to the top bunk fun and easy is bunk beds with stairs. Not only do these beds make getting to the top bunk a breeze but they also add extra storage for your kid’s favorite books or toys.


Brothers climbing and sliding on solid wood twin low bunk bed with stairs and slide in grey


7. Safety Standards

You should never have to compromise when it comes to safety standards. Before deciding on a bed for your kid, ensure that the bed meets national safety standards and holds relevant certifications. This step guarantees that your chosen bed has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it can provide a secure sleeping environment for your child.


Solid wood twin over full bunk bed with stairs and trundle in white with white desk


When it comes to your child's well-being, there's no room for shortcuts. By considering these seven key aspects, you'll be able to confidently select a bed that's not only comfortable but also safe for your child's nightly adventures. However, if you’re stuck looking for a place to find the perfect fun and safe bed for your little one, look no further than Max & Lily. Offering a wide variety of high-quality kids’ beds that measure up to the highest of safety standards, Max & Lily is sure to have a bed that both you and your kid will love. With fun options like bunk beds with slides and cool colors like white and blue, Max & Lily beds are both safe and fun. To start your journey of finding a bed your kid will love, check out Max & Lily’s platform beds, bunk beds and loft beds for kids today. Sweet dreams await in a bed that's as safe as it is snug.


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