Whether you are a parent trying to optimise the space in your child's bedroom, or an adult urbanite who wants to carve a little more living space out of your square footage; a loft bed can help you make the most of your floor plan. A loft bed will raise your sleeping area up off the ground so that you can utilise that extra space. Think of a bunk bed that doesn't actually have a bottom bunk. Your newly liberated area can become a quiet study nook for the kids or a small home office for adults. This is also a fabulous way to create extra storage room in a cramped apartment; the possibilities are only limited by your creativity.
For children there are all kinds of whimsical designs to spark the young imagination and some beds are even built around a theme. Choose a castle for your little princess or a tent bed for a budding outdoorsman. If you would prefer something your child can grow into, instead of something they will grow out of, there are more sophisticated designs available. Some beds even have built in desks and shelves to help your teen get ready for that important exam. You will also find loads of storage space for books and school supplies.
If you are an adult you may be afraid that a loft bed will give your apartment that undesirable summer camp feeling, but there are plenty of grown up beds to choose from. A lot of these beds have a sleek stylish appeal that fits perfectly with modern decor. Your new bed doesn't have to be a twin either; loft beds come in a variety of sizes, all the way up to King.
If you have decided this type of bed is the answer to your small space woes, you will certainly find many options to choose from, but as you make your decision keep in mind some of these important safety considerations:
Not all loft beds have a safety rail, and for adults it probably isn't necessary, but if you are selecting a bed for a child choose one that has a safety rail the entire length of the bed.
I hope it goes without saying that your bed should be freestanding. If you have to lean your furniture against the wall to keep it stable, it is unlikely to support an active child or a full grown adult.
Choose a bed that has an integrated ladder or stairs, so that you have a way to easily and safely get into your bed.
Measure the height of your room before you buy a bed: If you don't have at least 33 inches of headroom from the top of the mattress to the ceiling, the setup will be uncomfortable and difficult to get into.
Keep these specifications in mind and you can find the perfect loft bed for your home without sacrificing any safety measures. You will be amazed by how much space you gain with your new bed.
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