Safety Features to consider when purchasing
building Loft Beds or Bunk Beds
At College Bed Lofts, loft bed and
bunk bed safety is our #1 concern. We designed our beds to
incorporated the safety features required by the Consumer Products Safety
Commission. In addition, we also added a few safety features and
guidelines of our own.
1. Weight Capacity. This by far is the most important safety
feature to consider in any loft or bunk bed. Make sure the unit is capable
of handling the normal day-to-day total weight of the intended users. If the
manufacturer doesn’t specify a weight capacity, then it is most likely designed
for young children with a typical 150-200 pound capacity. Remember, the weight capacity
includes the weight of the person plus the mattress and foundation. If you are
the type of parent that likes to read to their child in bed, you need to
consider a bed with a higher weight capacity. The weight capacity of
our loft and bunk beds is 1000 lbs. of evenly distributed weight, which makes
our beds one of the sturdiest on the market and
will hold up to the toughest
, teen or
comparison, loft beds sold by Wal-Mart have a 150 lb. limit and IKEA doesn't
specify a weight limit but state on their website that their beds are for
2. Secure Mattress Slats. It is important that the mattress slats are
securely fastened to the bed rails.
If not secured, kids playing around could dislodge the upper mattress which
could fall and entrap the child underneath. We provide a complete
(see picture →), and each slat is screwed into the front and back rails.
3. Safety Rails. It is important that the upper mattress have safety
rails that are at least 5” above the top of the mattress. Regardless of whether
you are a child or college student, accidents do happen and rolling around and
falling out is a possibility. To prevent a child from falling through and
getting their head caught, make sure there is no opening anywhere around the
mattress area that is wider that 3-1/2". Regardless of
age, play it safe and use the
4. Properly Sized Mattress. Use only a properly sized mattress and do not
exceed the mattress thickness specifications. The mattress frame area must
enclose the mattress so as to not let it slide out. At College Bed
Lofts, we custom build each loft and bunk bed to your exact mattress thickness,
so our beds can use any thickness mattress.
5. Secure Ladder. It is important to have a secure ladder that is
physically attached that can’t dislodge while climbing up. Our
ladders are screwed into the bed, they can't dislodge.
6. No coat hooks near ladder. Do not attach coat hooks or any protruding
object that could catch on clothing while climbing up or down.
7. Sturdy and Free Standing. The bed must be sturdy, free standing and
not wobble while climbing up. It must not lean up against a wall for support. Do
not consider lofts where the manufacturer requires it to be bolted to a wall.
8. Ceiling Height. Make sure there is adequate ceiling height above the
top of the mattress. A minimum of 30” of headroom above is recommended. Also, do
not place the bed near a ceiling fan or in front of a window, door, closet or
If you are unsure of how much headroom you will get above and underneath,
you can use our
Loft Bed Height Calculator and enter your specifications.
9. Follow College Requirements. All college residence halls have specific
requirements regarding the use and placement of loft and bunk beds, check with
your college dorm administration to get the requirements.
10. Do Not Use Pressure Treated Lumber. If
you are building it yourself, do not use Pressure Treated Lumber. Pressure
treated lumber must never be used indoors. If you are buying a used loft,
or going into a fraternity or sorority house with existing loft
or bunk beds, you should verify the material the bed was made from. If you are
unsure, then remove it.
PLEASE READ - SAFETY WARNING
note to students who plan to build their own loft bed. Most colleges
recommend the corner posts be made from 4x4 lumber. However, untreated 4x4 lumber is
very difficult to find as it is primarily used for outdoor decks with a pressure
treated additive. PLEASE NOTE, YOU MUST NEVER USE PRESSURE
TREATED LUMBER INDOORS. Pressure treated lumber contains
for more information on
Our loft bed, bunk beds and high rise platform low loft beds
were designed utilizing the
Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) safety guidelines. The upper
level should not be used by children under the age of 6. Only use a
properly sized mattress based on your specifications of your original order. If modifications or
alternations are made it must conform to the
CPSC Document #071 requirements.
The customer must assemble this bed to ensure
the top of the safety rail is at least 5'' above the top of the mattress and
there are no opening around the mattress area that is greater than
If this bed is to be used in an institutional
environment (dorm room), a single safety rail must be installed on the front
(long) side, and if the back side is not firmly up against a wall, a back safety
rail must be used. If this bed is not in an institutional environment, then
safety rails must be installed on all 4 sides with an opening to be able to
climb in. The customer must follow the assembly instructions.
Since College Bed Lofts cannot control the quality
of the assembly nor modifications made to the loft, Eastbay Solutions Group,
LLC, www.CollegeBedLofts.com will not be held legally liable from any accidents, injuries
or property damage resulting from the use of our beds.
No horseplay, jumping or
leaning over the edge is allowed on our beds. You must use the ladder to climb
up into the upper bunk.
of the very nature of sleeping on an elevated surface, there are obvious and
inherent risks involved due to falling. This
risk is enhanced when consciousness is limited or impaired due to sleep, lack of
sleep, illness, consumption of alcohol, taking medications, inhalation of
smoke/fumes or similar factors. The loft is an all natural wood product and will
burn when fire or sufficient heat is present. Elevated beds may also
create obstructions or impediments that increase the hazards encountered in a
fire or other emergency by hindering evacuation or fire suppression activities.
Customers who choose to use our bed shall be deemed to have assumed all risks
of accidents, injury and property damage associated with their placement and use.
As a general safety precaution do not place the loft
near any window, door, closet, fire/smoke alarm or ceiling fan.
All college residence halls have specific
requirements regarding the use and placement of lofts and students are required
to follow all college requirements.
The safety rail must be in use at all times!
College Bed Lofts™
and Dream Higher™
are trademarks of Eastbay Solutions Group, LLC