The Best Mattresses for Bunk Beds & Loft Beds

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The Best Mattresses for Bunk Beds & Loft Beds

There is nothing more important than a good night’s sleep. Getting enough rest sets you up for a good day. As important as this is for adults, it’s even more important for kids. This is true whether they sleep in a traditional bed, bunk bed or a loft bed.

Of course, the type of bed you have greatly affects the type of mattress you need. If you have a bunk bed, you’ll want to make sure that you get a mattress that isn’t too thick. Your best bet is to aim for something 7” or 8” deep to maximize safety rail height for the top bunk. Remember, the thicker your mattress is, the higher up you sleep, which takes away valuable inches from your top bunk’s safety rail.

You also need to consider the bottom bunk headspace. Under-bed height is very important for the bottom bunk – so don’t go too plush there either! The thicker the mattress on the bottom bunk bed, the less headroom you will have. And, while you may not be too concerned about this, if you have little kids, remember that reading stories, tucking in and kissing good-night is usually a grown up’s job. You will certainly appreciate every inch when you are able to sit up straight even in the lower bunk bed.

Foam or spring? Great quality foam beats springs for bunks for many reasons. A spring mattress can be bouncy and a bouncy mattress encourages kids to... well... bounce! Which is not ideal when you have kids sleeping up high. It’s also a given that the bottom bunk will be stepped on. This can damage a spring mattress. So choose a durable foam mattress. Otherwise, you might have to replace it very quickly, which will end up wasting a ton of money.

The other advantage of foam is that it is lightweight compared to a spring mattress. Who will make the beds? Have you ever tried to change the sheets on that extra plush mattress in the master bedroom? There is quite a bit of maneuvering involved. Now imagine doing that suspended on a ladder, 4 feet up in the air – yes, not such a great idea! Get a lightweight mattress that you can easily lift to tuck in sheets or change bedding.

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  • Lisa Alberico