Bunk beds and lofts are a great way to add space, comfort and style to your child’s room or dorm. Functional and practical, these beds offer children who often have a smaller room than grown-ups more space to play, study or simply lounge around. However, as with any piece of furniture, it is essential to look after your bunk bed or loft to ensure that it lasts and stays in good condition. Here are some simple maintenance tips for bunk beds and lofts.
Periodic Structural Checks
The most important thing that you can do is to keep a close eye on the structure and stability of the bed. Give it a thorough once over every two-three months to check for loose hinges, nuts, bolts and other connectors. Repair and replace any part that seems loose or faulty. This will keep the bed stable and secure at all times. With wooden bunk beds, you should also pay attention to any changes in the wood.
Using the Bunk Bed Properly
Ensure that enthusiastic children do not use the bed as a trampoline. Although bunk beds look tempting, they’re not designed for jumping and bouncing. Follow the weight specifications given by the manufacturer and if you’ve made your own bunk or loft bed, avoid overburdening it, especially the top bunk.
Maintenance Tips for Metal Bunks
Metal bunk beds, unlike wooden ones, may get bent in places or lose stability over time. Keep a regular check on joints and areas where the bed may lose its shape and result in accidents. Get a professional to repair any bent areas in the frame. Also, ensure that there are no sharp edges protruding from any part of the bed and if you find any screw or nut missing, replace it immediately.
Caring for a Loft Bed
A loft bed is a type of bunk bed but only with one bunk. The area below the bed is kept free and can be used for a variety of purposes – study, play, or storage. Caring for a loft bed involves paying attention to the stability of its supporting poles and contact points. Ensure that the poles are stable and that the contacts are all secure.
Care While Moving the Bed
Never attempt to move a bunk bed entirely. Always dissemble the bed and then, re-assemble it at the new place. Always use parts that are genuine and approved by the manufacturer. Also, ensure that during reassembly, you don’t miss out on even the smallest part since that could affect the stability of the bed.
Taking care to polish and dust the bed regularly will not only keep it clean but will also help you to spot any areas of concern almost immediately. So, do take time out to give your kids’ bunk beds or lofts a good clean every week, if not more. These simple maintenance tips will ensure that your bunk and loft beds remain as good as new and are stable, secure and safe for your children to sleep in.