Health & Safety
Bunk beds have been a popular choice with kids and parents for many years, and they're a fantastic space saver. But health & safety is the main concern for parents when it comes to purchasing bunk beds.
We know that as parents you will want a bed that provides a safe and comfortable environment. We take great care to ensure that our beds meet these requirements.
Bunk bed safety
Our beds are hand made with care and attention to detail and conform to BS - EN 747 UK safety guidelines. (what does this mean)
This means that the beds should conform to the below guidelines:
Beds must be solid in construction and have no sharp edges.
Slats beneath each mattress must be less than 7.5cm apart
Guardrails must feature on both sides
Guardrails must be a minimum of 16cm taller than the mattress on the top bunk
A 300mm gap on the top bunk must be included for access
All gaps above the height of 830cm should be smaller than 75mm and larger than 60mm
Steps on the ladder must be a minimum of 3cm wide and 20cm apart
Modern bunk beds offer a greater choice of design and much higher levels of safety than their predecessors, Beds now have to conform with strict regulations, This offers parents the confidence that beds will be strong, stable and have a long-wearing solid structure.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents state that 'bunk beds are perfectly safe for kids as long as safety checks are in place', and these safety checks must be put in place by parents. Accidents often occur from missing safety features like guardrails or from misuse of the bed: in fact, around 40% of bunk bed-related incidents are related to children playing.
As parents, there are a few things you can do to keep your child safe. Firstly, it is fundamental that you set rules concerning the bunk bed ensuring your child knows about safety - teach them how to use the ladder/ stairs correctly and stress that the bed isn't a play area. This also includes ensuring that younger sibilings, relatives and friends are set rules when using the bed. You may also wish to install a night light to illuminate the stairs at night; this can be particularly useful for kids who tend to get up to use the bathroom or enjoy their independence and prefer to tuck themselves into bed at night.
Another vital safety tip is to never hang anything from the guard rails on the top bunk. Scarves, belts, bunting and any other forms of rope-like material can potentially strangle a child if they become entangled in it.
The upper bunk on a bunk bed should only be used by children aged six and above.
The bottom bunk, can be occupied by younger children (excluding babies and toddlers). All children in the house should be made aware that bunk beds are not toys, and it's a good idea to set some rules as playing on the ladder / stairs or jumping from the top bunk can lead to accidents.
Our bunk beds take standard single UK mattress, The bottom mattress can be 20cm depth. For health and safety reasons the depth of the top bunk mattress should be 15 - 17cm. The mattress should fit the bed snug and securly. We suggest that you supply your own mattress as there are so many variations in the market place.
We are here to help.
We pride ourselves on our attention to detail for both quality and health & safety. We operate a continous improvement apporach to our beds and their manufacture. We have qualifications in joinery and cabinet making.
We riskassess our beds and we can supply you with a risk assessment, OPL and duty of care reccommendations. We can also supply a method statement for our delivery and assembly.
We have an IOSH certificate in managing safety.
We can assist and answer any questions you may have.
We are St Johns trained First Aider.
Our beds conform to British Safety Standard BS - EN 747