Safety and your Hostel bunk bed

We know that many of you probably see metal bunk beds as a great way to free up some floor space with a modern comfortable design that will last through the years.
Visiting children, on the other hand, are undoubtedly dizzy with excitement at the very concept of furniture that looks like a ready-made playground! Naturally this can make parents anxious, so we thought it might be helpful for us to come up with a list of do’s and don’ts to put up in your hostel.
How to Reduce the Risk of hostel Bunk Bed Accidents
Choose your location carefully
Place the bed in a corner: This will offer at least two walls to avoid falls. Entrapment in a is a real hazard with any quality bunk bed, the correct distance between a wall and a bunk bed is 70mm or less. Never allow a child under the age of 6 to occupy the top platform of a hostel bunk bed.

Don’t put the bed near a ceiling fan:
You can probably understand the reason not to put a hostel bunk bed near a fan or other hanging objects. There is an extreme hazard behind it.

Set up a night light near the ladder.
Climbing down may be tricky if it is completely pitch black at night. Why not set up a dim light at the bottom of the hostel bunk bed to allow the user a safe descent for those late night toilet stops.

Clear the floor area.
There is a risk of people falling out of bunk beds and hurting themselves on objects scattered across the ground. These hazards are minimized due to our bunk beds having stronger than normal safety rails across to keep the sleeper tucked in throughout the night, however, if the user were to fall out of the bed it is important to have clear space, as not to fall onto sharp or hazardous objects.

Check the Equipment.
It goes without saying that when you are assembling the bed, check all of the components for breakages. Also don’t try to be macho and build it without instructions, you will probably find that it will take you twice as long! Finally adopt a maintenance routine, periodically check tightness of fixing bolts, a loose joint will accelerate wear!

Educate the children
Who wouldn’t love a readymade playground where you can sleep too? However it is important to educate your children about safe bunk bed use and the importance of using the ladder rather than climbing up and jumping down, as this could cause serious injury.

Family Adult Bunk Beds Solutions

Keeping your family and guests safe on adult bunk beds is very important.  When travelling with your children you may be accommodated in adult bunk beds.  However, there is a difference between domestic adult bunk beds and commercial adult bunk beds.

Some hostels and low budget accommodation purchase domestic rather than commercial or contract bunk beds. There are a number of reasons for selecting contract bunk beds over domestic bunks, even for the home. Let’s take a look at a few of the hazards associated with purchasing the wrong kind of bunk bed.

1. Bunk Bed Corner Posts projecting Higher than the Safety Rail

Bunk bed with unsafe poles sticking above safety rails1. Unsafe adult bunk bed ends protruding above the safety rails.

Picture number one shows the ends of the adult bunk bed corner posts are higher than the safety rails. The danger this poses for your guest is that they can catch an item of clothing on the corner post. For adults, they may be able to quickly dislodge their clothing from the post. But this may not be as easy for a child who’s feet cannot touch the floor once dangling. And what child doesn’t enjoy playing and jumping about on a bunk bed. Unfortunately, this hazard can lead to severe injury or fatal strangulation.

Also the adult bunk bed mattress it too high in picture 1. The adult bunk bed mattress sleeping surface must be at least 5 inches below the highest point of the safety rail top.

Solution: Ensure that when you are buying your adult bunk bed that the corner posts and safety rails are rounded so that no clothing item can catch. See our family of Dallas commercial bunk beds that meet this safety requirement.

2. Adult Bunk Beds without Foot Plates

2. Adult bunk bed without foot plates

Your average domestic metal bunk bed weighs approximately 32kg or 41kg for a pine bunk bed. Whereas a commercial bunk bed weighs more than twice the amount. Add to this the weight of the adults or children that are sleeping on the bunks— then you have quite a load, with some of that suspended.  To ensure the adult bunk beds are stable an additional safety system is having foot plates attached to the bottom of the bunk bed that allows the bunk bed to be bolted to the floor.

This also stops the bunk bed moving about or toppling over if there is sudden moment or an imbalance of weight. This is especially important with adult triple bunk beds which are of course higher.

3. Gaps in the Safety Rail of Adult Bunk Beds

Safety rails on adult bunk beds should surround the sleeping compartment. The only gap that should be accessible is where the guest dismounts down the ladder. As you can see in picture 3 there are large gaps by which a small child could slip through the rails, or even become trapped. Children do get accommodated in adult bunk beds, so ensure that the rails enclose the sleeping compartment.

3. An adult bunk bed with gaps in the safety rail.

I once slept in a bunk bed where we had to shove a chopping board down the between the mattress and the base so we didn’t roll out at night!

Bunk beds are fun for families, and children will use them as a play item. So instead of stopping their fun, let’s make sure that you provide the safest environment possible.

Do Your Bunk Beds Meet Legal Requirements?

Does your bunk bed meet legal requirements and Crib50 (UK) hospitality industry guidelines? A hostel bunk bed used in a commercial or hospitality environment must meet strict standards.

  • At the top corners of the bunk bed the upright corner posts MUST NOT have a decorative extension rising above the safety side rails; this is because a strap or a clothing garment can get caught and cause strangulation.
  • The distance between any gaps must not exceed 70mm, this includes the gaps between components and even the gap between the wall and the hostel bunk bed.

There are many other requirements that need to be taken into account—contact our experienced, friendly sales staff for more detailed information on adult hostel bunk beds. The Dallas range of heavy duty bunk beds includes foot plates that are pre-drilled so that the bunk bed can be screwed to the floor eliminating the danger of the bunk bed toppling over. This tip helps you decide on choosing quality adult bunk beds rather than going to your local bed store where you will only find models designed for the domestic market.  Contact us today for an estimate!

Contract Bunk Bed - Two Tier with under bed storage lockers