Bunk beds have been used for years by parents to free up more living space. The military has also used bunk beds for hundreds of years to provide a place for trainees to sleep during basic training. Who can forget the old World War Two barracks where you would see row after row of bunk beds? I know I won’t.
When was the first bunk bed produced? There is debate. However, one of the first known recorded references is in early Egypt. The Pharoes kept their slave workers in long houses made of mud and reeds. In order to maximize the space the head labor foreman ordered that bedding be devised to maximize the vertical space available. It is not documented precisely, but it is widely acknowledged that a slave carpenter was the first person to actually make bunk beds.
Today bunk beds come in many fashions and price ranges. One favorite family project is to build a bunk bed with the kids. There are many plans available and the various types of wood you can use are also numerous.
One of the concerns with bunk beds over the years has been safety. Many people can remember from their youth, perhaps at a summer camp, sleeping in bunk beds. The major problem occurs when people forget that they are sleeping in the top bunk when they wake up groggy in the middle of the night and have to make a bathroom run.
Due to the amount of children that have been hurt over the years many companies have started to make their bunk beds safer. One of the key safety features is a railing on the upper bunk that locks into place so a person cannot roll off. Another simple yet effective safety upgrade is a ladder. According the United States Better Business Bureau these two simple additions have lowered the accident rates with bunk beds by over forty percent.
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