Are you thinking about building bunk beds for your family or friends? The task can 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 because of bunk bed related injuries. Most of these injures could have easily been prevented if a few simple steps were taken.
If you don’t want your bed to come crashing down in the middle of the night there are a few things you must do (I’ll get to the specifics in a minute).
But first, you must commit yourself to making something that will safely support the people that will be sleeping on it. If you know that heavier individuals will be using the beds you must be extra cautious when building your loft bed.
So here’s a few things you must consider before you set out and build your very own bed.
1.) Make sure you are using high quality, sturdy wood. Don’t use old, warped wood or wood that isn’t inherently strong. Selecting the wrong wood is one of the major reasons bunk beds collapse.
2.) Use proper hardware and construction techniques. A detailed bunk bed plan will give you the exact step by step instructions you need to create a safe bunk bed. Make sure to select a high quality “blueprint” for your bunk building expedition. If you don’t have experience with any type of construction, find someone that can help you with the process.
3.) Begin with an end in mind. Know how you want your bed to look before you begin. There are some great plans on the market that will give you several different designs, and complete step by step directions (some even have video!) to guide your project to completion, in the safest and most efficient way.
There are many other important things to consider before you build your lofted bed. If you’re at all worried about a bed collapsing then it is important that you get a complete education on the topic. Unlike many other pieces of furnitures, lofted beds are incredibly dangerous if not constructed properly.
Just remember over 36,000 people are admitted to the hospital every single year because of bunk bed related injuries. Most wouldn’t have happened if the DIY builder or manufacturer took the necessary time to build a sound piece of furniture.