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How Do I Choose the Best Doll House Bunk Bed?

By Elizabeth West
Updated May 16, 2024
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A little girl’s bedroom is the perfect place for a doll house bunk bed. There are units shaped like doll houses with a standard bed inserted into an alcove, or loft beds that accommodate a playhouse. The size of the room and the age of the child are important considerations. Safety should be considered because bunk beds can be dangerous if the rules aren’t followed. For those who like woodworking, kits and plans are available to build the bunk bed from scratch.

Before you buy, measure the space where the bunk bed will go. A doll house bunk bed may need additional space due to embellishments, such as a roof or drawers embedded in the structure. It will probably be wider than a traditional bunk bed. There should be at least two feet (60.96 cm) between the top bunk and the ceiling to keep little heads from getting bumped. Carpet or a thick rug with padding on the floor near the bed can cushion any falls that might occur.

A loft bed is a type of bunk bed that suspends one bunk over an open space where play or study materials can be located. Sometimes, the bottom bunk is placed here. Loft beds too need a higher ceiling. A bunk bed style loft can hold the additional mattress inside the roof structure, giving your child the feeling of sleeping in the house itself. Cutouts allow peeking for additional fun.

Children over the age of six are usually considered old enough to use bunk beds. The ladder should be angled instead of straight and fastened securely to the bed frame. A doll house bunk bed sometimes comes with extra shelf units for additional storage, and children should be instructed not to climb on them. Never use any blind cords around a bunk bed that may entangle your child, and if the bed has safety rails, the gap should be no more than 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) wide. Check frequently to be sure the bed is still in sturdy shape, and promptly make any repairs.

Since children will eventually grow out of the doll house bunk bed, you might wish to purchase or make a unit with a detachable playhouse. The bed can still be used for other siblings, or the playhouse can be either retained or recycled as a separate piece. Numerous plans and sketches can be ordered for creating your own doll house bunk bed, and you can adapt the plans to make the bed any way you and your child wish.

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Discussion Comments
By serenesurface — On Dec 20, 2014

@fBoyle-- The only issue with that type of bunk bed is that the house on the top makes a roof for the bed underneath. In the models I've seen, that roof is very, very close to the bed. I can totally imagine an older child hitting her forehead on it when getting up from the bed. It might be a pain to get in too.

But for parents with two daughters, a doll house bunk bed is a great idea. The bed at the top is a little bit smaller so it's for the younger child. As long as the kids don't fight about who sleeps where and the ladder and everything is secure, it's an investment worth making. One can always sell it second hand when they need new beds. The bunk bed will still sell for a lot since it tends to be expensive.

By fBoyle — On Dec 20, 2014

@ddljohn-- I know what you mean. I had fallen out of my bunk bed when I was a child. I think if you get the type that's shaped like a house, it will be fine. I saw one like this at the store last week. The front of the top was shaped like a house. So it was tall and there is no way a child could fall out of there. It's almost like a second wall.

Plus, it looked like a lot of fun too. It had windows too, so your daughter will probably think she is in a castle like the other commenter said. I almost wish I was a child so that I could sleep in one.

By ddljohn — On Dec 19, 2014

My daughter has been asking for a doll house bunk bed and I think I'm going to order one this Christmas.

My only concern is, what if she falls off while sleeping? I don't know if this ever happens but some bunk beds provide no protection on the top bed. The child could easily roll out in sleep.

By Rotergirl — On Dec 12, 2014

I've seen these. They're really cute. Little girls generally love them. Kids love bunk beds. There's something about climbing a ladder to get into bed that tickles them. I don't know what it is, but I know I loved the idea when I was a kid. Never had bunk beds, though.

I've seen some cute ones online that have a slide on one side, so the top bunk occupant doesn't have to come down by the ladder. I'd say you needed to make sure there was plenty of room between the bottom of the slide and the opposite wall -- and maybe a padded mat, too, just in case. Kids have a knack for getting hurt in the most ridiculous ways that you never saw coming.

By Pippinwhite — On Dec 11, 2014

Well, you can tell how old my daughter is. I was thinking an actual doll house! Bunk beds shaped like doll houses weren't common when she was of an age to want one. She would have loved one, though. She would have been a princess in her castle.

I've seen beds shaped like race cars and so forth, but I've never seen a doll house bed, bunk or otherwise. I'm sure they're cute. Maybe if I ever have a granddaughter, I'll be the indulgent grandma and will get her one.

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