Are you thinking of building bunk beds for your family or friends? The task may be an intimidating initial thought, especially when the vision of a collapsed bunk bed comes to mind.
The truth is, most lofts aren’t as safe as they should be. Here’s an interesting fact for you …
Over 36,000 people are admitted to hospitals due to injuries related to bunk beds. Most of these injuries could have been easily prevented if some simple measures had been taken.
If you don’t want your bed to collapse in the middle of the night, there are a few things you need to do (I’ll get to the specs in a minute).
But first, you need to commit to doing something that will safely support the people who will sleep on it. If you know heavier people will use beds, you need to be very careful when building your loft bed.
So, here are some things you need to consider before you go and build your own bed.
1.) Make sure you are using high quality, sturdy wood. Do not use old, warped wood or wood that is not intrinsically resistant. Choosing the wrong wood is one of the main reasons why bunk beds collapse.
2.) Use the proper hardware and construction techniques. A detailed floor plan of the bunk bed will give you the exact step-by-step instructions needed to create a secure bunk bed. Make sure you select a high-quality “project” for your bunk construction shipment. If you have no experience with any type of construction, find someone who can help you in the process.
3.) Start with an end in mind. Find out how you want your bed to look before you start. There are some fantastic projects on the market that will give you different designs and complete step-by-step instructions (some even have a video!) To guide your project to completion, in the safest and most efficient way.
There are several other important things to consider before building your loft bed. If you are worried about bed collapse, it is important to get a thorough education on the subject. Unlike many other furniture, loft beds are incredibly dangerous if not built correctly.
Just remember that over 36,000 people are hospitalized each year due to bunk bed injuries. Most wouldn’t have happened if the DIY builder or maker had taken the time to build a solid piece of furniture.