Welcome to our big kids bunk bed test 2020, where we present you all the bunk beds for children that we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.
We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best children’s bunk bed for you.
You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. You will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a bunk bed for children.
The most important facts in brief
- It really doesn’t get any more space-saving than this! A bunk bed provides a sleeping space for several children, although the bed only takes up space for one. Therefore it is especially suitable for small apartments and rooms.
- If you want to buy a bunk bed for your children, you can choose between many different variants. Whether straight or sloping ladder, stairs or maybe a slide as a way out, everything is possible.
- Visually, such a bed also looks very good. Children see it as a climbing frame that is used for daily play. The precious wood or optionally metal gives the children’s bunk bed its trustworthy stability.
Children Bunk Bed Test: Favourites of the editorial staff
- The best kids bunk bed including slatted frame and fall protection
- The best kids bunk bed with drawer stairs
- The best kids bunk bed with slide
The best kids bunk bed including slatted frame and fall protection
The Steens cot is a solid bunk bed at a very good price. The product is available in two different versions: Space saver or comfort. The space saver version measures 90 cm x 200 cm and the comfort version measures 120 cm x 200 cm for the lower level and 90 cm x 200 cm for the upper level.
The material, which comes from Denmark, can be solid pine wood natural, grey-white glazed, white glazed or medium density fibreboard in white or grey. The weight is between 80 and 90 kg, depending on which bed and wood variant is chosen.
Slatted frame and fall protection are included in this product. The surface is also stable and easy to clean. The ladder is straight in the space saver version and angled in the comfort version. The children’s bunk bed is otherwise very simple. There are no additional accessories or space for a slide.
The best kids bunk bed with drawer stairs
The Max crib is a solid bunk bed with some specials and therefore also at a slightly higher price. The bed is suitable for 3 children, as another bed can be pulled out on the first floor.
The upper lying surface measures 90 cm x 200 cm, the lower one 100 cm x 200 cm and the extendable bed measures 90 cm x 190 cm. The material is white lacquered chipboard.
Slatted frame and fall protection are included in this product. The bunk bed also offers a lot of storage space and has no dangerous corners or edges.
The upper level is equipped with a fall protection system and access to it is via a staircase system consisting of four drawers. This also has a railing to hold it. The individual steps are easy for children to climb and can be used perfectly as storage space.
The best kids bunk bed with slide
The Pharao24 cot is a very special bunk bed with many extras. The bed is suitable for all pirate fans and measures 90 cm x 200 cm. The used material is a solid beech wood which was varnished with a white colour and was tested for harmful substances. Furthermore the bed has a height of 160 cm and holds a load of up to 99 kg.
This product includes slatted frame, fall protection and a slide. The ascent is via a sloping ladder. The bunk bed has a storage area behind the ladder where small utensils can be stored. A fabric tunnel with pirate motifs and fabric pockets for the side of the bed are also included.
Guide: Questions to consider before buying a bunk bed for children
What is a kids bunk bed?
Basically, a bunk bed is understood to be sleeping berths that are built one above the other to save space. Such beds are often found in children’s rooms, as they are space-saving.
There is usually room for one person on each floor. Only in a few exceptional cases is one floor wide enough for two people to sleep on it without any problems. A bunk bed usually has 2 floors, but they are also available with 3 floors.
The materials that make up such a bed are wood or metal, as these resources are the most stable. What you should also know is that there are many different types of bunk beds and also many different accessories such as a slide.
From what age is a bunk bed suitable for children?
The question of age is not so easy to answer because every child is different. Therefore, parents should also decide at what age they trust their child to spend the night in a bunk bed. Safety experts recommend bunk beds for children from the age of six.
If you would like to let your child sleep in a bunk bed before the age of six, one option would be to let him sleep in the lower part of the bed for the time being and only allow the upper floor to be used for playing.
But what is important to know! A fall out protection can also be attached to bunk beds. Such a protection prevents falling to the floor.
What are the advantages of a child bunk bed?
A bunk bed for children has many advantages:
A big advantage of bunk beds is that they are very space-saving, leaving more room for other things such as toys. If you only have one child, you can simply leave out the lower bunk (called a bunk bed). In this variant even the area under the bed offers a lot of space for playing.
Furthermore, a bunk bed offers many possibilities for playing. On the one hand you can buy such a bed with a slide. On the other hand it is perfect to build a cave with blankets and cloths for the children to play in.
Furthermore a children’s bunk bed is a real eye-catcher. It looks like a small climbing frame on which you can play all day long. A real dream especially for young children.
What are the experiences with a bunk bed for children?
Due to the type of construction and the solid material (wood, metal) bunk beds are very stable and can even be used by adults.
Of course, your child may fall out of bed or off the ladder. However, this is not due to the construction, but to the child’s insecurity, e.g. when climbing down the ladder.
For additional protection, each bunk bed has a fixed fall out protection in the upper area made of the respective material the bed is made of. This should normally prevent your child from falling out of bed.
How stable is a children’s bunk bed?
The four legs, which in the rules are made of wood or metal, hold the bed securely and firmly to the floor.
Especially with solid wood beds, the bed does not even start to wobble when your child climbs up the ladder.
The thick metal screws and even the sometimes given plastic additional protection give the bed a stable and secure hold.
Bunk beds can also easily support the weight of an adult. However, you should not jump around with a higher weight than a child. But this is no different with “normal” beds.
What does a children’s bunk bed cost?
There is a wide price range between children bunk beds. Depending on size, quality and additional accessories, the prices of children’s bunk beds vary. The range can be from about 200€ to 1500€.
However, most bunk beds for children that are made of wood are in a price range from 400€ to 1000€. For this price you also get a good quality bed made of solid wood. If you want a cheaper variant, you should get a bunk bed made of metal. This costs between 150€ and 400€.
Where can I buy a bunk bed for children?
Bunk beds can be bought either online or in a furniture shop. There is a huge selection on the Internet and the bed is guaranteed to be delivered to your door. In a furniture shop, the choice is much smaller, but you can have a close look at the bed on site, feel the material and get a personal service.
What alternatives are there to a children’s bunk bed?
A good alternative to a bunk bed for children would be a loft bed for children. With a loft bed the same principle applies as with a bunk bed, except that the lower level is missing. This room offers space to play, for a sofa corner or other things.
The second sleeping place does not have to be lost by a loft bed. For example, you can put a bed that you already have underneath it, or simply put a mattress under it. So two children can still sleep in one bed.
Of course, any other bed is also a kind of alternative. There are, for example, adventure beds for children or even semi loft beds.
Decision: What types of kids bunk beds are there and which one is right for you?
If you want to get a bunk bed for your children, you have to decide between the following alternatives:
- inclined ladder
- Leiter generation
- with slide
- with drawers
Once you have decided on the type of bed that best fits your children’s room, you can also choose the type of wood or perhaps you would prefer a metal bed. However, most bunk beds for children are made of wood because this material is more popular with buyers.
With the following section we would like to make your decision easier.
What distinguishes a children’s bunk bed with sloping stairs and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Due to the sloping nature of the ladder, it is somewhat easier for children to climb up and down the bed, making it possible for younger children to reach the top.
easy ascent and descent
also suitable for younger people
dangerous to other children
difficult to hedge
However, an inclined ladder needs more space and the area under the ladder could be dangerous for other children if they should fall or even jump. The larger danger zone is also a little more difficult to secure.
What distinguishes a children’s bunk bed with straight stairs and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The ascent and descent is a bit harder than with a sloping ladder, but it is still very easy to do. The straight constellation is also much more space-saving, as the ladder is attached directly to the bed and does not stand away.
less danger for other children
easier to hedge
Ascent and descent heavier
higher risk of falling
Due to the steep ladder, there is a much higher risk of falling than with a sloped ladder. However, there is less danger for other children, because they would have to stand directly under the ladder and with a sloping ladder it is possible to fall around the entire ladder.
What distinguishes a bunk bed for children with slide and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
A slide offers another fun factor and a very easy and safe way to get off the bed. There is also extra protection for slides, so that children cannot fall off the slide.
very safe due to additional protection
requires a lot of space
Danger with hard objects or acquaintances
The negative thing about a slide is that it takes up a lot of space. But you have to be careful when landing. Hard objects or even square edges should not get in the way.
What distinguishes a bunk bed for children with drawers and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Bunk beds with drawers require more space, but you can use this space as storage space for all kinds of things.
Stairs instead of ladder
require more space
In addition, the drawer system creates a staircase, making a ladder superfluous and thus providing more safety.
Purchase criteria: With these factors you can evaluate and compare children’s bunk beds
In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible children bunk beds.
The criteria that can be used to compare the beds include
- Storage space
The following paragraphs will explain what is important for each of the criteria.
Bunk beds are available in various sizes and heights. However, most children’s bunk beds have a size of 90 cm x 200 cm. There are of course also wider variants, such as a double bunk bed.
Possible sizes recommended for one child:
- 90 cm x 200 cm
- 90 cm x 190 cm
Possible sizes for two children recommended:
- 135 cm x 190 cm
- 140 cm x 190 cm
The height also varies greatly. Starting with a height of about one meter, there are even variants that are up to three meters high. Here again, it is important to make the right decision for the available space and the child.
As already mentioned in the guide, bunk beds for children are selected from wood or metal. The metal version is available in the following colours: grey, black, white.
However, if you decide on a children’s bunk bed made of wood, you have a large selection of different types of wood. The wood can of course also be varnished in colour. So all colours are open to you.
Most wooden beds are made of beech wood. You will also find a large selection of white lacquered beds, because white is a neutral colour and therefore very popular with boys and girls.
Another decision you have to make is whether to choose for or against a slide. If you don’t yet know the advantages and disadvantages of a slide on a bunk bed, you can read about them in the decision section (one chapter up).
The slide can be fixed, but can also be moved back and forth. It is made of wood and sometimes has a whitish varnish on the slide surface to make it easier to slide down.
Of course, a slide can be another danger in the room, but you should also remember that it is much safer to slide down a slide than to climb down a steep ladder.
Another purchase criterion is the ladder or staircase. Would you like a sloping ladder, a straight ladder or perhaps a staircase? If you are still undecided about this decision, I can also recommend that you take a look up in the decision section. Here you will find again the advantages and disadvantages.
Whether stairs or ladder both are again made of wood or metal and are very stable. Depending on age and skill of the child you should decide. Because a staircase is naturally easier to climb than a ladder. All three variants are suitable for children.
Even the storage space can be a big issue when it comes to bunk beds for children. If you decide on a staircase, the problem is solved, because the staircase of bunk beds consists of drawers in which you can easily store clothes, toys or other things.
Even if you choose a ladder, it is possible to get hold of a bed with storage space. However, this is then less than with a bed with stairs.
Of course the storage space does not have to be. A bed without any extras is and remains of course the most space-saving.
The price is a very important aspect when it comes to buying a bed. As mentioned above, it varies a lot (metal beds: 150€ to 400€, wooden beds: 400€ to 1000€).
You spend several hours in bed every night, so you should pay special attention to the quality. It does not have to be the most expensive bed, but it should not be the cheapest.
In the price range between: for wooden beds 500€ and 900€, for metal beds 250€ and 350€ is a good margin in which you can certainly find the perfect bed.
Trivia: Worth knowing facts about children bunk beds
What accessories are available for children bunk beds?
There are the most different additional utensils:
- Fall out protection
Railing for the ladder/stairs
How do I care for a child bunk bed?
To care for wood you should occasionally use oil or wax to polish the furniture. To do this, simply take a dry cloth and rub the oil/wax into the wood.
It is also important to avoid water!
What you should also avoid are too many polishes. Especially with products containing silicones or mineral oil derivatives.
To give you a better idea of the whole thing, we have a suitable video with instructions for the care of wood.
Table of Contents
- 1 The most important facts in brief
- 2 Children Bunk Bed Test: Favourites of the editorial staff
- 3 Guide: Questions to consider before buying a bunk bed for children
- 3.1 What is a kids bunk bed?
- 3.2 From what age is a bunk bed suitable for children?
- 3.3 What are the advantages of a child bunk bed?
- 3.4 What are the experiences with a bunk bed for children?
- 3.5 How stable is a children’s bunk bed?
- 3.6 What does a children’s bunk bed cost?
- 3.7 Where can I buy a bunk bed for children?
- 3.8 What alternatives are there to a children’s bunk bed?
- 4 Decision: What types of kids bunk beds are there and which one is right for you?
- 4.1 What distinguishes a children’s bunk bed with sloping stairs and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What distinguishes a children’s bunk bed with straight stairs and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.3 What distinguishes a bunk bed for children with slide and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.4 What distinguishes a bunk bed for children with drawers and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5 Purchase criteria: With these factors you can evaluate and compare children’s bunk beds
- 6 Trivia: Worth knowing facts about children bunk beds