Twin over Twin -- also known as a single bunk bed or standard bunk bed, this is still the most popular configuration out there. As the name implies, a twin/twin bunk bed consists of two twin size (39 x 75 inches) beds stacked on top of one another. Most of the time it can be found in kids' bedrooms, and it is largely used to accommodate two children of roughly the same age. The majority of bunk beds of this type can be split into two separate units, which adds some practical value to the concept.
The mattress exterior is called ticking. Visually it is really not too important to select a "pretty" mattress as it will be covered most of the time. Instead you want to make sure the ticking is sturdy and well made and not prone to ripping. The higher quality ticking is made of material that is knitted or woven using cotton or viscose yarn. Cheaper mattresses are made of polypropylene or polyester. The cheapest mattresses are made of stitchbond or bonded cloth. Manufacturers now make external mattress covers with special features such as anti-allergy, anti-bacterial and anti-static. They may be resistant to staining, water and fire. Amazingly enough, there are even mattresses that give off different scents conducive to a good night's sleep.
Loft Bed -- a loft bed is any bed raised off the ground high enough so that the space underneath can be utilized in a productive manner. Loft beds are especially appreciated for their versatility, since this empty space can be put to use in a myriad of ways: for example, enclosing the area underneath the bed with a tent or a curtain with windows will create a fabulous play space, which will certainly be appreciated by younger children. On the other hand, if space is limited and there are storage issues present, placing a drawer chest underneath the bed will probably come as a higher priority. For school age children a study desk may be the most pressing need, or perhaps some sort of storage/study combination -- many manufacturers offer integrated solutions designed specifically for just such situations. Finally, there is always a possibility to put another bed in there -- the difference here as compared to a bunk bed is, this bed can be added later on as a need arises, and it can also be removed or dislocated, put in another room if necessary. The downside is, the lower bed needs to be placed in a perpendicular fashion related to the main bed, which takes up a bit more space.
When positioning the bed, you need to ensure that the head of the bed is touching the wall. The size of the bed needs to be perfect for your bedroom. Measure your bedroom and then check out the space that is available for the bed. If the bed occupies a major portion of the bed room, your movement will be restricted when you are off the bed. If you have kids in the house, you will surely need some free space in the bedroom.
If you have children who share a bedroom together, but who also happen to be very far apart in their ages, then a twin over full bunk bed is a great way to consolidate space while giving each child a bed that meets all their comfort requirements. A twin over full bunk bed is exactly as it sounds, it's a twin bed on top of a larger, full-sized bunk bed sitting below. Of course, a twin over full bunk bed is also perfect for single children as well - as it provides a fun and convenient sleeping space for friends during sleepovers.
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