Bedding / February 8, 2019 / Amie Thibault.
While it is true that bunk bed and loft bed designs typically follow a standard pattern, there are ways to customize them. Many companies offer a variety of wood finishes and some even offer themed options like camouflage tents and princess castles. Purchasing a bunk bed or loft bed is an investment. In order to protect this investment, families should consider these things before purchasing.
If you travel, take the baby in to your room at night to sleep, or have a two-story house and want to have the baby downstairs during the day, a port-a-crib might be a great option. Some people even find that a port-a-crib can take the place of a fixed crib. A crib is the primary bed you want to buy for the "baby stage". Some good quality cribs even convert into various beds that grow with your child.
Many experts say that metal bunk beds are unsafe. This is because metal beds are not as sturdy and tend to wobble, dent and bend over the years due to weak joints. Essentially, a metal bunk bed may save you money but is not a good investment in the long run. Wood bunk beds are not without their problems. A good rule of thumb is the heavier the bed, the more likely it is to be sturdy and safe. Even with hardwood beds, screws and wing nuts can work loose over time. A properly designed bunk bed will have ample support braces to keep some of the pressure off of the bed's joints.
During the "baby stage", the most important consideration is the safety of the baby. Bassinets and cradles make an excellent first bed but these can only be used for a couple months. The baby will feel secure but will outgrow them quickly. A port-a-crib is another excellent option for the baby years. These cribs can go anywhere you go making it easy to have the baby with you.
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