A little girl’s bedroom is the perfect place for a doll house bunk bed. There are units shaped like doll houses with a standard bed inserted into an alcove, or loft beds that accommodate a playhouse. The size of the room and the age of the child are important considerations. Safety should be considered because bunk beds can be dangerous if the rules aren’t followed. For those who like woodworking, kits and plans are available to build the bunk bed from scratch.
Before you buy, measure the space where the bunk bed will go. A doll house bunk bed may need additional space due to embellishments, such as a roof or drawers embedded in the structure. It will probably be wider than a traditional bunk bed. There should be at least two feet (60.96 cm) between the top bunk and the ceiling to keep little heads from getting bumped. Carpet or a thick rug with padding on the floor near the bed can cushion any falls that might occur.
A loft bed is a type of bunk bed that suspends one bunk over an open space where play or study materials can be located. Sometimes, the bottom bunk is placed here. Loft beds too need a higher ceiling. A bunk bed style loft can hold the additional mattress inside the roof structure, giving your child the feeling of sleeping in the house itself. Cutouts allow peeking for additional fun.
Children over the age of six are usually considered old enough to use bunk beds. The ladder should be angled instead of straight and fastened securely to the bed frame. A doll house bunk bed sometimes comes with extra shelf units for additional storage, and children should be instructed not to climb on them. Never use any blind cords around a bunk bed that may entangle your child, and if the bed has safety rails, the gap should be no more than 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) wide. Check frequently to be sure the bed is still in sturdy shape, and promptly make any repairs.
Since children will eventually grow out of the doll house bunk bed, you might wish to purchase or make a unit with a detachable playhouse. The bed can still be used for other siblings, or the playhouse can be either retained or recycled as a separate piece. Numerous plans and sketches can be ordered for creating your own doll house bunk bed, and you can adapt the plans to make the bed any way you and your child wish.