Loft beds are great space savers, but they aren’t for every kid. Here are a few key things to keep in mind before buying a loft bed for your child:
Age & Maturity
We cannot stress the importance of age enough: it is not safe for a child under 6 to have a loft bed. Maturity is critical, too—not all children over 6 are ready to safely use a lofted bed. Your child must be able to understand that the top of a bunk or loft is for sleeping and reading only. We have years of experience determining whether children are mature enough to be safe, giving us the insight to help you make a decision and plan accordingly.
Be sure to measure how high your ceilings are before considering bunk or loft beds. It is essential to have 33 to 36 inches of space between the top of the mattress and your ceiling, which means your ceiling should be about 100 inches high, four inches more than a traditional 8-foot ceiling. (Though an 8-foot ceiling can be functional if you choose a very thin mattress.) For lower ceilings, consider a lower loft, like our Lolo and Cabin bunk beds, which are 64 inches tall, 8 inches shorter than a traditional loft or bunk. If the ceilings are under 8 feet, we can customize the loft bed to be lower, but the exact specifications of that customization will also depend on your child’s height.
The best use of the space beneath a loft bed is a desk. Our Dumbo and Marino loft beds have 54 inches of clearance beneath them—enough space for an adult under 6 feet tall to comfortably sit and use a desk. If your child already has a desk or wants one that is larger than 41 inches, we recommend using the space for a bench to sit and read or for storage. Storage under a loft is great for frequently used items, as it is easily accessible for elementary-aged kids.
Loft beds are great options for smaller rooms. They provide storage, play space, and desk options, along with potential sleepover space.
You child may be mature enough, your ceiling may be high enough, but if your child isn’t interested in a loft bed, it’s probably not the right choice. If he or she doesn't like the idea of climbing up into bed or sleeping high off the ground, no one should force them to. You child’s heath, happiness, and safety always come first.