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metal loft bunk beds deter bed bugs

If you want to avoid bed bugs the best thing to do is to avoid getting them metal loft bunk beds deter bed bugs when there are no holes for making cosy nests

What do bed bugs look like anyway?

bed bug
Adult bed bugs are broadly oval, and the size of an apple or melon seed. They are a brownish color or red if they have recently fed.

Now that you have made their acquaintance there are a few things that will help you avoid bed bugs.

1. Metal loft bunk beds deter bed bugs

Who can blame them, I just spent two weeks in the Bahamas much nicer than the drizzle. They breed faster when it is about 80 degrees, it takes approximately a month and a half for babies to turn into adults.

2. Bed Bugs are Travelers

They love hitching a ride. In your suitcase, or on your clothes. They don’t mind going it alone, and are very social and tend to congregate with other bed bugs.

3. Bed Bugs are Mainly Active at Night

They are active usually when humans are sleeping. They like to find hiding places during the day close to beds. Those hiding places tend to be dark crevices, wooden skirting boards, air ducts, mattresses, wooden bed heads, etc. Therefore they do not have to travel far to feed.

5. Bed Bugs Hate Metal

Metal bunk beds are on their all time hate list. Why? Because metal bunk beds are cold. Remember they like the warm. A wooden bunk bed gives bed bugs a cozy place to live but metal bunk beds doesn’t give them anything to live in.

How to help avoid bed bugs in hostels and holiday accommodations.

  • Clean up your clutter. Provide storage that is easy to clean like under bed storage lockers.
  • In busy hostels/hotels purchase foam mattresses with washable covers. Covers allow you to wash them at a very high temperature.
  • Provide mattresses without the cord around the side where bed bugs commonly burrow into.
  • Metal bunk beds provide fewer places for bed bugs to hide.
  • Ensure there are no unplugged holes in any component as below image explains

holes are plugged to prevent insects entering and nesting

when metal is prepared for painting, a prosperous solution is used when the component is dipped, this solution has to drain. The hole is plugged after painting which prevents insects nesting inside ensuring the ESS statement metal loft bunk beds deter bed bugs



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A big world of many mattress designs for the retailer, buying minimum quality stock from a mattress manufacturer direct assures you are getting superior quality at the lowest cost. Big brand quality without the brand price at

Buying mattresses for your hotel or big contract supply

Your name is on your contract, our name is on the quality and warranty! When you buy your stock or hotel mattresses from Equipment Supply Solutions you are ordering from a manufacturer that understands your needs in a modern mattress from a simple bonnel spring mattress to the state of the art Gel infused memory foam mattress


Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress

The benefits of choosing Gel Infused memory foam

Traditional memory foam which was developed by NASA for astronauts is a high density foam with superb ‘Bounce back’ properties, however due to the high density, the foam generates extreme uncomfortable heat.

When a memory foam hotel mattress topper is gel infused, your guests are assured of the superior comfort but without the heat. another great thing about ordering from mattress manufacturer direct you get to bespoke ‘Custom’ your design build for your hotel or contract, at ESS we listen to your every need; bonnell spring, pocket spring mattress, Euro topper, memory foam, Pillow topper, even double sided!


At ESS we are passionate about quality as well as looks

Giving extreme comfort to hotel guests

In a business travelling world hotels need to give their valuable guests a memorable stay. One of the main benefits of choosing ESS mattress manufacturer direct is comfort in technology; ESS is proud to be up there regarding mattress technology as well as style in presentation.

Very pleasing to the eye is the Equipment Supply Solutions Mattress manufacturer direct hotel mattress or retailer mattress, the sleek look of ESS’ ‘Sea Home’ range offers style, aesthetics and quality!


Beautiful Sea Home Range




Heavy Duty Bunk Beds has gone GLOBAL!

The high cost and lengthy lead time to obtain high quality hostel bunk beds has come to an end.  ESS Sleep Systems has established heavy duty bunk beds distribution centers across the globe to provide our clients with the highest qualitycommercial bunk beds and bunk bed accessories at their fingertips.  We have a solution for you!

  • ESS Sleep Systems UK & Europe based in Chelmsford, Essex, England serving the UK, Ireland and Europe
  • ESS Sleep Systems Scandinavia based in Reykjavik, Iceland serving Scandinavia and Northern Europe
  • ESS Sleep Systems Americas based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA serving North, South, and Central America
  • ESS Sleep Systems Africa based in Accra, Ghana serving the African continent
  • ESS Sleep Systems Malaysia (Coming soon to K L)
  • ESS Sleep Systems Australia (Coming soon to Sydney and Perth)
  • ESS Sleep Systems China (Coming soon to Shanghai and Beijing)

In addition to heavy duty bunk beds ESS Sleep Systems provide commercial water resistant foam mattresses and water resistant pillows designed and manufactured for hostels, camps, universities, shelters, refuges, military or personal use.  ESS Sleep Systems manufactures and distributes our own unique range of privacy curtains and under bed storage lockers that add privacy and save space.  Our product lines are designed, manufactured, tested, and distributed for commercial use.  Our adult bunk beds are built for adults and can hold up to 500 pounds per platform.  Our bunk beds are even used in military settings and built to hold up under the heaviest use.  Contact us today and let us provide a personalized quote for heavy duty bunk bedsand heavy duty bunk beds accessories.  ESS Sleep Systems products are sure to exceed your expectations and our personalized service is second to none.

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Metal Bunk Beds Verses Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a major issue in the United States and around the world and once they’ve moved in it’s extremely expensive and difficult to get rid of them.

bed bug

This is a typical example of a domestic mattress joining rib, which is a perfect hiding place for bed bugs, this is why ESS Sleep Systems contract waterproof mattresses are a good deterrent against these little critters.

Adult bed bugs are broadly oval and the size of an apple or melon seed. They are a brownish color or red if they have recently fed.

Metal bunk beds are cold and bed bugs like warm places.

Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal creatures and feed on warm-blooded victims.

Traditionally, hostel bunk beds were made from wood which is a naturally warm material.  Wood bunk beds expand and contract in dry and damp seasons creating gaps and crevices in the wood joints which provide the perfect hiding place for bed bugs! Metal bunk beds do not offer the same comfort and warmth for bed bugs to thrive.  The cold steel deters bed bugs from settling down during the daylight hours and then feasting on their victims at night.

Metal bunk beds are favorable but no guarantee

Bed bugs travel in groups of seven to ten.  They will climb a wall, navigate across the ceiling, and drop onto a bed. Metal bunk beds help avoid many bed bug issues but are not a guarantee. Bed bug prevention is critical for all individuals and organizations.

Tips to avoid housing bed bugs in your home, hostel, or hotel suite:

  • Have strict rules when guests arrive ensuring they do not unpack on the bed
  • Use metal bunk beds rather than wood
  • Use commercial water resistant mattresses that have a removable cover that can be washed at high temperatures
  • Use commercial water resistant foam pillows that have a removable cover that can be washed at high temperatures
  • Avoid using carpet wherever possible
  • Vacuum rooms, hallways, and mattresses daily

Adult Bunk Beds | The Difference

What makes quality adult bunk beds?

Size is an important factor in identifying an adult bunk bed verses a youth bunk bed.  Bunk bed manufacturers typically manufacture adult bunk beds that are 6 feet long.  However, average size bunk beds do not fit average size adults.

Bunk beds that are 6 feet long do not allow extra room when an adult is fully stretched out.  Organizations and individuals are seeking high quality adult bunk beds.  Many hostels and summer camps are turning to the Internet to search for true commercial adult bunk beds.  High quality commercial adult bunk beds and triple bunk beds are quickly becoming a necessity.

Contract Bunk Bed - Two Tier with under bed storage lockers. For Hostel Bunk Beds 101
Adult bunk bed built to last

Commercial bunk beds that fit the bill

Individuals and organizations alike are discovering commercial adult bunk beds via online search engines.  Commercial bunk beds are manufactured for strength as well as adult size.  However, this caliber bunk bed is not available at retail furniture stores.  Metal bunk beds combine strength and size characteristics and are often used by the militaries and universities for their longevity.

Benefits of choosing commercial over domestic bunk beds:

  • Strength in design and materials
  • Will cater for most adults up to 6’4″
  • Will bolt to the floor adding sturdiness
  • Will usually have a longer warranty period
  • Military bunk bed design increases strength


Adult bunk bed accessories

One tip to establish whether a bunk bed is commercial grade is if it is designed to include accessories. Most true commercial adult bunk beds have the option of privacy curtains giving the user a reasonable amount of privacy.  Other accessories include water resistant mattresses, foam pillows, and under bed storage lockers.

Contract bunk beds full set with privacy curtains and under bed storage lockers. the best bunk beds for hostels.


Revitalizing Sleep with a Pillow

My sleep patterns and quality have been and issue for me until I found a sleep solution that truly revived me.

I often wake up three or four times during the night; this has been a pattern over many years. I never suffered from tiredness, or felt sluggish in the mornings. In fact I thought of myself as a morning person. More recently I damaged my ACL skiing and often with one injury another can surface. I started swimming as I could no longer run, but my style of swimming stroke put pressure on my back. This woke me several times in the night and started to aggravate me.

Sleep Right All Night with a Pillow

More recently I joined Will Lewis of ESS Universal UK and he encouraged me to try out all of our sleep solutions. I’m yet to install a bunk bed in our house! What I did do was take home one of ESS Universals memory foam pillows.

I slept through the night and..

the next night I did the same…

and the next.

No waking up to change position because of a bad back, or because there was too much pressure on my knee which has been operated on twice recently. From 23:00 to 07:00 I slept like a baby. Even the cats looked disgruntled as I normally feed them about 6:30.

Now I know what it is to wake from a deep sleep. People who don’t describe themselves as ‘morning people’ seem to take a little while to come about, first thing in the morning. I must say I had a taste of this because my sleep was so deep and peaceful with the memory foam pillow and high density foam mattress.

Sleep Solutions for You

There are a number factors that can improve your sleep:

  1. Not consuming alcohol before going to bed
  2. Not eating chocolate or indulging in a stimulant before going to bed
  3. Not unwinding before going to bed

Well, in these instances I would have failed on all counts..just a small wine mind you!

I can’t say enough about the pillow. I am going abroad soon to the Bahamas and I am taking my pillow with me. This sleep solution has revived me and long may it last.

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


Adult Bunk Bed Prices if Scotland says YES

We promise to honor our low price on adult bunk beds if Scotland says YES or NO!  As the Scottish debate came to a close recently, both sides of the argument of whether Scotland should have independence or not became quite heated. Some say that prices of products would rise in Scotland if the YES campaign should win; here at ESS Universal we decided to keep our famous Dallas adult bunk beds at our equally famous low cost no matter who wins.

ESS Universal has over the years served Scotland and the Scottish Highlands with commercial quality adult bunk beds, and equipment yet charging the same whether the client is in the south or indeed in the north.

We will not stop there.  The ESS Universal price promise extends to all commercial quality products including:

Just when you began to fear the cost of independence we go even further

We will endeavor to make the transition of commercial products to your door smooth and painless. We go further with our contract quality adult bunk bed systems so you don’t have to. We are extending this price promise to all our accessories too.

Contract bunk beds full set with privacy curtains and under bed storage lockers.
Adult hostel bunk beds manufactured to last
  • Privacy curtains that give your guests that little extra
  • Mattresses that contour to your body while remaining breathable
  • Under bed security storage lockers that reduce trip hazards on a hostel floor and increase your floor area
  • Memory foam commercial pillows that use the same water resistant and breathable cover that our mattresses use—just unzip and wash them at high temperature

No matter who wins or who loses the Scottish referendum, ESS Universal wish Scotland all the best for the future.  We’ll put your concerns to rest with our superb cost effective commercial hostel bunk bed range by keeping prices low.

It is no bull, we are here to serve you no matter which way the wind blows.

‘We didn’t invent sleep, we just made it better!’

Bunk Beds or Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds or Bunk Beds | That is the question.

When choosing bunk beds for your hostel, university, cub scouts or even an outdoor adventure park you have to choose wisely. It is true to say that it can be a minefield out there when searching for a metal frame bunk bed. To help filter your search on any search engine or any other means of finding bunk beds it pays to know the basics.  What differentiates between a true adult bunk bed opposed to traditional bunk beds you find at your local furniture shop or even online.

What to look out for when looking for commercial quality bunk beds:

  1. Look at the overall dimensions. Will an adult have the ability to stretch out and keep his or her toes within the compartment?
  2. Total weight is a dead give-away. True commercial double bunk beds will weigh at least twice as much as normal bunk beds. Just think, they are holding more than one person.
  3. Study carefully the technical manufacturing specifications. Commercial double bunk beds will explain the manufacturing process and have all the dimensions and material in the product description.

Images and other details give a good clue as to the robustness of a bunk bed. Longevity of bunk beds should not be the sole concern of a landlord, indeed safety should be first and foremost. Hostel bunk beds should really be secured to either the floor or walls, most commercial bunk beds will have foot plates which are holed, ready for screwing to the floor especially when choosing Triple bunk beds which can exceed a height of 7 feet.

Triple bunk beds need to be attached to the floor, so check that this is part of the specification when purchasing.

Image of a triple bunk bed. Bunk beds are available in triple or double.

Strong bunk beds are an obvious choice in a commercial environment. High quality military style bunk beds or metal bunk beds are fast replacing traditional timber bunk beds both for their strength and their aesthetics. Hostel owners are enjoying the benefits of choosing such a quality bunk bed, not only for the good investment but also choosing to give their guests just that little more. A good supplier will also have a number of accessories such as under bed lockers that provide additional floor space as well as a bit of security for their guests property.

Bunk Beds with Accessories

Apart from the traditional accessories, bunk beds with storage is becoming popular in such places as London where floor space is everything. Providing more for the guest entices good reviews from paying guests, as a few guests have commented;

“I enjoyed the benefits of the privacy curtains in my sleeping compartment of my bunk bed.”

Landlords in such a competitive industry realise that this is an important feature.

To get your quality bunk beds please contact ESS Universal  for all of your heavy duty bunk bed needs:

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Bunk Beds in Universities

Bunk Beds in universities are challengedContract bunk beds with privacy screens closed at the end of the bed.

Bunk beds in Universities are being introduced.  Aberystwyth University are installing bunk beds in an attempt to combat student accommodation problems.

Last month the university asked some overseas students to consider deferring for a year because of an “exceptional year for student recruitment”.

Staff have now written to new students asking them to take up the offer of rooms with bunk beds.

Aberystwyth Guild of Students said the situation was not ideal, but was better than students being forced to drop out.

A lack of accommodation has been an issue at the university over the last few years.

Guild of students president Ben Meakin said admissions had “shot up again this year”, something which the guild expected to happen “due to the scramble to miss £9,000 fees which are introduced next year”.

The university is now introducing rooms with two single beds or a bunk bed to solve the shortage issue.

Prof April McMahon, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “Bunk rooms have proved a popular solution at other universities and allow us to provide accommodation to more of our students in this exceptional year.”

Although we recognize that bunk rooms are not ideal for many of you, we do think that this is a better option than seeing students being forced to live in hotels”

Ben Meakin President, Aberystwyth Guild of Students said the room set up would also ensure first year students, often leaving home for the first time, were able to quickly make friends with other students in a similar situation.

Prof McMahon said it also recognized the “growing pressures” on the finances of students and provided an “affordable option against a backdrop of increasing costs.”

Ben Meakin, president of the Guild of Students, said “clearly” the university did not see how big of an impact the increase in admissions would have on places.

He added: “Although we rrecognize that hostel bunk beds are not ideal for many of you, we do think that this is a better option than seeing students being forced to live in hotels, B&Bs, caravans or in the worst case being forced to drop out.

“We are working closely with the university to make sure that all those in commercial bunk beds receive the same fantastic Aberystwyth experience throughout freshers and the rest of the year.”