Bunk beds are typically crafted in many styles and designs from wood, metal, or a combination of both. Styles range from twin over twin to twin over full. Futon bunk beds and lofts are also crafted as metal bunk beds.
Metal bunk beds often provide a more modern look than wood while still offering options such as shelving, storage, and modular desk pieces. Common types of metal construction include metal rod, steel tubing, and wrought iron. Metal and wood combinations are commonly created from wrought iron with wood posts.
Beam style metal bunk beds use smaller squared posts and can be powder coated in a variety of colors. Polished steel panels and other accessories such as desk and study options can add versatility, as well as shelving and storage for loft bunks. Camping bunks are also available and are standard beam style beds that can be stacked into bunk beds within tents or cabins.
Purchase and Safety
When shopping for metal bunk beds ensure that they come from a reputable source and that the manufacturer has certified the bed for safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises owners of children's metal (specifically tubular) bunk beds to inspect the frame for metal or weld cracks, which may lead to collapse and serious injury. Upon assembly, make sure to check each piece for defects or flaws. Inspect each mattress support fin tabs and pockets.
Make sure to follow included assembly instructions and check the bed for stability when finished. Periodically inspect the bed when in use to ensure there is no visible damage caused by normal wear and tear. Check consumer reports and reviews to see what other customers have said about the style and brand purchased.
The price range of metal bunk beds can vary based on manufacturer, style, accessories, and finish options. Purchase considerations include size of room, décor, use requirements, style, and safety. Metal bunk beds provide all the space saving benefits of wood bunks, and can add a contemporary style and functionality to any child's bedroom.