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Bunk beds

Bunk bed

Bunk beds are sleeping platforms raised high off the ground that usually consist of one or two beds. They are designed for adults or children to use and often come with a ladder. Although the suitable minimum age to use a bunk bed can vary greatly depending on a child's maturity and development, using the upper bed or a raised bed is generally not recommended for children under nine years old and definitely not recommended for children under six years old.

Serious injuries can occur if the bunk bed is poorly made or is used inappropriately. Children can suffer:

  • concussions and fractures if they fall from a raised/upper bed or while trying to climb up or downfalls are the most common source of injury and can be fatal
  • strangulation or accidental hanging if children have their head or neck caught between gaps in and around the bunk bed, or if clothing is snagged on parts of the bed that stick out (protrusions)
  • injuries to their heads, arms and legs if these become trapped within gaps in the bunk bed structure.
Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

The mandatory standard for bunk beds came into effect on 7 April 2005. It covers specific construction, design and labelling requirements for bunk beds.
Recalls

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

Myths

Browse the various myths about bunk beds including at what age a bunk bed is safe for a child and whether bedroom walls can really act as a safety barrier.

Injury case studies

Children can suffer serious injuries and even death if bunk beds are used inappropriately or if they are poorly made.

Statistics

Around 3850 children under 15 years old are treated every year for bunk bed related injuries by hospital emergency departments or general practitioners.

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