Bunkbeds and beds are by far the most dangerous piece of furniture for children in the home. Designs of bunkbeds are regulated in the USA, Canada, and the EU. Unlike many of our competitors', all of our bunkbeds meet these standards. In UK bunkbed safety is governed by the Bunkbeds (Entrapment Hazards) Safety Regulations 1987 Act.
The spaces between rails, headboard and footboard pose the most danger. Arms, legs and the head can be trapped if these spaces are too big. The space cannot be too small as fingers and toes can also be trapped. Children getting choked in the night have lead to regulations being implemented to specify the size of these spaces. A rigid 9 inch sphere is used to test all key and relevant spaces to check for possible neck entrapment scenarios.
Bunkbeds must have at least two upper bunk guard rails. On One side of the upperbunk has to run the entire length of the bed. The space for ladder to access the upper bunk cannot exceed 15 inches based on US rules (45cm UK). The guard rails have to fixed by on both ends to ensure maximum strength and that there is no rail movement.
The second key regulation is the thickness and strength of the side railing. This is basically to prevent children who lean against the side railing during sleep from falling over due to breakage of the side rail.
The Stains used in the beds have to be lead free. Children biting on bed rails is a common occurrence. Lead poisoning can lead to brain damage and other health problems. Many bright colored paints from unregulated factories in the East contain lead.
Upperbunks also cannot have too thick a mattress. There must be at least 5 inches of height from the top of the mattress to the top of the guard rail. Our accompanying recommended mattresses always comply with this.