Like any furniture purchase, buying the right bunk bed requires a lot of thought and preparation. There are many factors to consider before making a final decision. Unlike other furniture purchases, however, buying a bunk bed will often involve a third party: the precious cargo that it carries -- your children. While you might see a bunk bed as an economical and space-saving solution to your children's slumber needs, your kids will undoubtedly view it as their own private abode. This Step-by-Step Buying Guide is here to help you choose the bunk bed that makes both you and your children happy.
Step 1: Determine your space needs
If you are already thinking about buying a bunk bed, space is most likely an issue. Small rooms benefit greatly from a bunk or lofted bed, but there are plenty of benefits for large rooms, too. First take some measurements to figure out how much space is available. It is extremely important to measure the ceiling height. All bunk beds vary in height, but the average bunk is going to stand between 5? to 6 feet tall. You want to make sure there is at least two feet of space between the bunk and your ceiling. This will cut down on unnecessary bumps and bruises. Standard bunk beds usually won't take up more space than a twin bed, but not all bunk beds can be considered standard. Bunks with pull-out beds, desks, or an L-shape design will surely require a greater sacrifice in living space.
Step 2: Which type of bunk bed will fulfill your needs?
Bunk beds have evolved over the years, and there are now many different types to choose from. From a basic, no frills design, to an elaborate combination of features, we offer bunks that cover this whole range of styles. The classic Twin-over-Twin design is still as functional as it always was, and can provide exactly what you need. If you are looking for something with a little more to offer, check out the different types of bunks that we carry:
Basic - The original bunk bed design. Available in Twin-over-Twin, Twin-over-Full, or Full-over-Full.
Loft - This style is becoming quite popular. The loft design consists of one bed suspended over either another perpendicular bed, or an open space occupied by a desk, drawers, or shelves. A versatile design with countless possibilities.
Futon (see right) - One lofted bed over a futon. The futon can be used as a couch during the day, and then converted to a full size bed at night. Creates a casual atmosphere for popular rooms known to attract guests.
Pull Out - Another space-saving design that stows a bed in the space beneath your bunk. Simply pull out the bed when extra sleeping space is needed. Also known as a trundle bed.
Step 3: Which features should you look for?
If you want to provide a room's worth of furniture with just one purchase, that is entirely possible with the array of features available for today's bunks. Many bunks have desks incorporated into their design. The desk is either placed under a lofted bunk, or attached at the end of the bed. As a supplement to a desk, storage drawers are often built-in under the bottom bunk or found in the form of a dresser on either side of a lofted bed. It is common for bunks with a desk to have bookshelves as well. With a desk and plenty of storage space, you can create a nice little "home office" for your child. These features can greatly enhance your bunk bed's functionality, and should be considered when deciding upon the perfect set up. Many of these features are available separately and can be added to your bed later on.
Step 4: Choose a style that fits
We offer bunk beds that fit any taste. Once you decide on the form of construction that you prefer (Wood, Metal, Wood/Metal), you should observe which style is a good match for you and your children. While it is ultimately your decision on which bed you purchase, it can't hurt to ask your children's opinion. Here are a few of the different styles we carry:
Casual - These beds are very traditional in their styling. Featuring darker wood grain finishes and overall simple designs, casual bunks create a comfortable atmosphere for your children.
Contemporary/Modern - These beds feature smooth lines and a clean-cut appearance. They don't rely on fancy carvings or detail to get noticed. Solid colors and subtle designs often define these pieces.
Cottage (see right) - Inspired by the architectural styles of the French countryside, these beds feature soft finishes, distressed woods, and fence-like characteristics. They carry a light and authentic charm.
Boot Lengths An Overview from the Ankle to the Knee
Boots are a type of shoe that is so versatile we see them being worn from summer through winter. There is never a time of year when boots are really out of style. Shoe manufacturers are making boots in all different styles and colors. You can find winter boots made with faux hide and fur or you can find leather boots that are perfect for a trip to the mountains. Cowboy boots are still popular, although boots are not limited to the Western style. They can be sophisticated and classic in style. There is a type of boot that is appropriate for almost any outfit. Boots come in various heights and your body shape as well as what you are wearing can constitute which height is best for you. Take a look at this guide to get more information.
Ankle Boots Ankle boots are extremely popular and can be worn by anyone. The trick to wearing ankle boots in the most fashionable way is to pair them with clothing that works with them. Most ankle boots look best when they are worn with pants that cover their top. If you don't like the bulk or the heat a taller boot brings with it, you can opt for ankle boots. When wearing pants with them, many people won't even realize your boots are short. You will occasionally see a celebrity or other fashion forward person pairing ankle boots with a short mini skirt or other retro clothing. While this is acceptable, you have to be confident and careful when trying this fashion move.
Mid Calf Boots Mid calf boots are great for many people, but you should know that they could make short legs appear even shorter. They are the perfect combination for that skirt that falls right below your knee. They will allow a little skin to show in between, but not enough to make the look ridiculous. Mid calf boots are comfortable and stylish. You can find them in Western style for that jean skirt and t-shirt. You can also find them in sophisticated black heel styles for that work suit. No matter what you do, just be sure that you keep your skirt hem right below the knee when wearing these boots. You can also pair them with jeans or pants if you like. Try tucking them in or pulling them out over your boots for great style.
Knee Boots Knee boots were once considered so sexy that only exotic dancers wore them. Today however, knee boots, are hot and classy. Knee boots work best on long legs. Short legs can look very short when in knee boots, unless you are wearing a very short skirt with them. They can slim legs and create a sexy look. We are also seeing knee boots worn with skinny jeans tucked into them, which is very trendy at this time. You can wear these boots with short dresses, skirts, or pants. Just be sure not to wear them with long dresses, unless the dress has a high slit in the skirt. If it does, then these boots would be perfect!
Above The Knee Boots Only the tall can wear boots that come above the knee. They are likely the only people who have enough leg to spare. Short people who try to wear boots above the knee will find that the boots will hit their waist before they get a good fit. Above the knee boots should be reserved for hitting the clubs or a hot date. They should not typically be worn to the office or to a conservative event. They are a little risky and can be seen as being too sexy. So, be aware of these things with above the knee boots and wear them appropriately.
As you can see, boots come in many different heights. Each height works best with specific clothing. If you love boots, consider getting several pairs in appropriate heights. Remember however, that unless you are tall with long legs, you may not be able to wear all heights in a flattering manner. Go with what you think looks best and what feels best for you. If you do that, you will be wearing boots with style.
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