While metal bunk beds may seem like a practical, durable choice for a child's bedroom, you may have cause to be concerned about their safety. The following is a discussion of some of the specific safety issues that have been raised in regard to metal bund beds.
Many people believe that wood is a lot more stable than metal because it is heavier and can offer a little more hold. Metal bunk beds can tend to be less stable—even a little wobbly at times—than a bunk bed made out of wood because the material is not as thick.
Wear and Tear
As time goes on, metal bunk beds can become dented, rusted and may even show signs of bending. Kids tend to jump on their beds and play in the bunks, causing a lot of wear and tear as the years pass. When a metal bunk bed begins to show these signs of use, take it as a sign that of a potentially dangerous situation.
Over the years metal bunk beds have been the subject of several safety recalls due to problems such as collapse, entrapping children and alignment. Reports showed that due to alignment issues and design flaws, a child could get stuck between the rails of the bunk bed and get trapped or significantly injured.
When assembling a metal bunk bed you may come face to face with a problem: the metal rails do not line up. When this situation occurs, the bed may be unstable and could even collapse. The welding on the metal bunk beds sometimes need to be repaired from time to time, however few people take that into consideration. If the welding is deteriorating, then the bed could fall apart, causing serious injuries or serious damage to the walls, floors or other furniture in the room.
While metal bunk beds are normally relatively cheaper than wooden bunk beds, it may be wise to reconsider the wood option. If you are considering bunk beds, do some research first. If you have friends or family that have used them in the past, ask their opinions. Go online to see if you can find any recent safety recalls for bunk beds and reviews from other people who have purchased them.
It is always best to make sure that the bunk beds are installed and set up properly. If you are not able to do it yourself, make sure that you have someone who is skilled help you. Never be afraid to ask for help or suggestions. It might prevent a minor or severe injury down the road.