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When the kids start to pile up, it's best to pile them up when they finally decide to go to sleep. Getting some cheap bunk beds is a great way to save space and still give your kids a good nights sleep.
With the average house in the UK having 3 bedrooms, often the arrival of a 3rd child, sleeping armaments are going to be taken into account.
The first choice is obviously to have tow of your children sharing a room. This is either the two youngest, or the two of the same sex. If it's a decent size room, you can get away with having 2 beds in it. But more often than not, you'll be wanting the bigger room for yourself, so the kids will be in the middle room. This is where a cheap set of bunk beds came really come into there own.
It isn't all plain sailing however with getting a bunk bed. They have their advantages and disadvantages, like most things do. So it's best to know what these are before spending your hard earned money on some bunk beds.
Advantages of Low Priced Bunk Beds
Two beds in One Bed Space Single biggest advantage is that you're getting 2 full size sleeping spaces for the space of 1.
More Space in Bedroom Bunked beds mean more room in the small bedroom. It allows you to actually store toys in their bedroom. Two twin beds would leave about two feet of walking space between the average bedroom. One double or queen bed would have taken up most of the room as well.
Bunk Beds Can Be Spilt This is a great feature that is often overlooked. You can split bunk beds when the kids grow up, or if you move to a bigger house and extra space comes available. This is a great way to save money on buying beds in the future.
The Fun Factor Let's just not forget how much fun bunk beds are for kids. They are great for playing around on, especially some of the better styles on bunk beds.
These are the advantages of getting some great quality, cheap bunk beds. But let's not forget there are some disadvantages too.
Disadvantages of Cheap Bunk Beds
Safety of Bunk Beds Bunks bed involve climbing and the top bunk can be quite high off the ground. The main safety concerns are that kids can fall off the ladder when climbing up or down. They could fall off the bottom or top bunk if they aren’t being careful enough. They can crack their head or body part on the wood or metal rails.
If the bunks don’t have a ton of space between them, the bottom child could crack their head on the bottom of the top bunk. Also, if the kids are bouncing around on the top bunk, it may not be stable enough as they get older and bigger.
Making up the Beds This is not as easy when you can barely reach the top bunk, or have to climb on top of the bed to make it. Not the biggest disadvantage, but worth mentioning we feel.
Bunk Bed Ceiling Height The top bunk can be close to the ceiling so keep in mind any light fittings or ceiling fans that can be within reach. Also take note of windows, curtains and blinds. All these can cause a potential hazard.
Bunk Bed Assembly With some of the modern styles of bunk beds now, putting them together can sometimes take a degree in engineering. The ones with plenty of storage, or full stars can be very tricky and frustrating if you are not good at assembling flat packed furniture.
All things considered, we feel that the advantages of buying a bunk bed outweighs the disadvantages, so now it's just a case of getting the best one to suit your taste, and your budget too.
So now you're armed with the advantages and disadvantages you need to ask what you want out of a bunk bed. This is the best way to make sure you get the best possible value for money.
So if the bunk beds being able to separate is a must have feature make sure you get it. Same with the bunk beds being a full size bed. This gives you far more options for the use of the beds. They can double up as guest beds at Christmas, or when your children get older, you won't need to replace them.
If they are likely to be used to adults, then also check the clearance between the two bunks. You don't want to send your guest home with concussion.
There are also other features to consider when buying bunk beds. These are just of few of them that you can get at the big UK retailers that we have here.
Bunk Beds with Trundle For those that don't know what a trundle is, it's a bed underneath the bottom bunk that pulls out. Giving you the option of 3 full size beds taking up one space. This is great if you think you'll use it. Otherwise it's taking up valuable storage space. That, and these style beds aren't the cheapest bunk beds around.
Bunk Beds with Full Stairs You can buy bunk beds that have stairs and not ladders. These are a little bigger, but a lot safer if thins is a major concern of yours.
Bunk Beds with Bigger Bottom Bun Bed These are great if the ages of your kids is a big gap. Also it makes the ladder more of an angle and easier to get up and down.
Bunk Beds with Storage Draws These are a really good option and we feel are great value for money as you can save money on not buying draws for a room.
Bunk Beds Material Metal framed bunk beds are generally cheaper, but wooden ones by far look better. So if you have the budget for this, we think buying wooden bunk beds for cheap is a better option.
One thing to note is that some bunk beds only have a top bunk, and beneath it is a desk, or wardrobe. These are really good for a small bedroom. So cheap bunk beds aren't just great for when you've got 2 kids in one room. These style of bunk beds can also be really cool and a load of fun for your child.
Tesco have a great range of these style of cheap bunk beds. They have ones with desks underneath, and also with a futon. These are great if you're child is into playing video games with his friends. And can also double up as a bed if your child has friends stopping over.
They can be fairly expensive however, although the Tesco bunk bed with futon is still a great deal at £125. But some of the cabin bunk beds can get over £400. They are a great space saving idea though.
Different Styles of Bunk Beds
Bunk beds these days come in whole range of different styles and types. If you're kids are small and you are looking to be able to get them full beds in a matter of years, then you can go for a themed bunk bed. These are usually a little more expensive, but don't forget you can always get some money back at the end of there use by selling them. This is a good way to get some value for money and also help out people who are struggling to afford some cheap bunk beds.
Argos has some great examples of bunk beds that can be for either kids or adults. They are fairly expensive. But they will last for ages and gives sleeping options for 3 full size adults.
There are far more options that the ones we've mentioned in this short blog however. Don't forget to shop around and make sure you get the bunk bed features you want and not the ones that you'll never use. This is a great way to get the best value for money possible on cheap bunk beds for the UK's biggest retailers.