Bunk beds are a top new trend for hip and cool hotels. For guests who wish to harken back to their youth, some independent and boutique style hotels are bringing them back to the free spirit of pajama party overnight revelry! They also make rooms much more affordable.
Bunk beds are not just for youth hotels or family rooms anymore, some of the trendiest hotels in the world have added single, double or queen bunk beds to inspire friendship and memories that will last a lifetime. These are not your average budget accommodation providers though, some of these bunks come equipped with LED TVs, wireless connections, comfort and nostalgia.
Family hotels, hostels and smaller accommodation providers have always recognised the benefits of adding extra beds to small spaces. Your average backpacker is used to throwing their backpack onto a bunk and taking off on adventures. They are not too concerned about the comfort, or indeed safety, of their bunk bed but the increasing number of families and posh-packers who are travelling on a budget are looking for comfort and peace of mind above all else. Safety must be paramount…
Consumer Protection Online warns of the dangers of injuries that can happen from unsafe bunk bed use, most commonly when children fall from the top bunk. Children can also get stuck in gaps or get their clothes caught on tall corner posts. This may lead to serious or even fatal injuries.
It states: “There is an Australian/New Zealand product standard that applies to bunk beds – AS/NZS 4220:2010. This standard is voluntary and addresses the design and construction of bunk beds. While this standard is not mandatory, Trading Standards strongly advocates compliance with the standard.”
Accommodation providers need to take note that bunk beds are not suitable for children under nine years of age. They need to ensure that all ladders and guardrails are fixed and stable – check regularly for wear and tear and always repair any damage immediately.
They should also make sure that the mattress is suitable for the bunk bed, with no gap. And if replacing a mattress, make sure to check the proportions in relation to the height of the guardrail. Also make sure that a bunk bed is always placed in a safe position away from windows, window cords and well away from fans.
Top bunks should have guardrails or bed-ends on all sides and the guardrails should be smooth and free from protrusions or potential snag points, with no gaps of 95mm to 230mm in any part on the bunk beds, including guardrail rungs on ladders. This is to ensure that small bodies cannot fit through – however heads can get stuck.
Once an accommodation provider has ensured that they are buying a safe product from a quality supplier that will fit into the designated space, they can consider design, style and combinations. Double or single bunks or a combination? What will best meet your needs?
Sharon McGeough from industry supplier, AH Beard reveals the option that they provide for properties “is a sturdy easy to assemble metal frame bunk with a powder coated charcoal finish. Available in either single or king single size, it is a simple slot is assembly that can be bolted to the floor to make the bunk secure, and we have a range of mattress choices to suit all levels of accommodation”.
She adds: “We also offer a roll-away option that is great for space-saving. It offers flexible accommodation options for operators who need additional bed space. It has a compact lightweight design and handy wheels that make for easy storage when not in use, and an upholstered finish that will fit with the décor and design of even the highest rated properties.”
Luke Brodie is the general manager of Vendella International, a New Zealand owned and operated business that supplies quality products to the hospitality and accommodation industry. We asked Mr Brodie to tell us what makes the perfect bunk.
He answered: “Bunks have been riddled with issues for years and many staff have their own horror stories. So the team at Vendella decided to lead the charge, combining some international leaders to design something with the flaws removed…
“Flaw: The mounts on the legs holding the platforms break or split.
“Answer: We introduced a new bracket and bolt design. The platforms are secured into a welded bracket which supports the weight – then a bolt slides right through the leg and bracket, securely fastening the join.
“Flaw: The side rails and platform slats bend.
“Answer: Such a simple solution, centre struts and rail spacers that strengthen the unit.
“Flaw: Thin steel posts and rails
“Answer: For peace of mind, all steel is 1.2mm thick and powder-coated.
“Flaw: They are wobbly!
“Answer: With the extra struts, mounting system and thicker gauge steel, this is a very sturdy set.
“Flaw: You whack your head when sitting on the bottom bunk and it hurts!
“Answer: We’ve extended the gap between the platforms by another 100mm, meaning plenty of sitting space.
“Flaw: Once a bunk, always a bunk
“Answer: We split ours in two, making it easily usable as two single beds.”
Providing bunk beds in your accommodation is a great solution when you want to increase your capacity for heads on beds. They are also on trend right now and there are more design options to choose from.
Even adult guests are excited to use them, if they are packaged correctly and if you buy well, checking for utmost comfort and safety. Consider this – bunk beds are also an easy and cost effective way to increase your revenue.