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Bunk Bed Mattresses Buying Guide

They may have short usage periods, but bunk beds tend to have long lives, passing down from one child to the next, from one family to another. For hygienic and comfort reasons, you'll want to replace the mattress for each new sleeper. The good news is that bunk bed mattresses are fairly inexpensive.

Types of Bunk Bed Mattresses

Types of Bunk Bed Mattresses

There are two types of mattresses for bunk beds, so the shopping process is straightforward.

Standard Size

Most bunks are stacks of two twin-size beds. You can place any twin-size mattress in the bed, as long as it's not thicker than the side rails meant to keep the sleeper from falling out. A mattress that is no more than 6 inches thick is perfect. The bottom bunk may be larger than a twin, but it will still be a standard mattress size, either full or queen. Some companies offer bunk bed mattresses that have a solid foundation built in, meaning you don't have to rely on slats to hold the mattress in the frame.

Specific to the Manufacturer

European bed makers, and some American manufacturers, make mattresses that are specially designed for their particular bed frames. In this case, it is wise to purchase the bed and mattresses together to ensure a solid and safe fit. If the bed is a hand-me-down, return to the manufacturer to buy a new mattress.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The best bunk beds have sturdy frames, safe side rails, excellent support slats for the mattress, and handy ladders for access. The mattresses are secondary to the bed purchase, but you will still want to consider a couple of points:

Turning

Periodically, it is good for a mattress to be turned to prevent uneven wear patterns. Because this can be tricky in a top bunk, choose a mattress that is not too heavy and bulky. If you purchase a mattress with a stability board built into it, you won't be able to flip it over.

Longevity vs. Budget

The lifespan of a bunk bed mattress is short. Therefore, it's best not to spend too much initially. For young children in particular, buy a basic, inexpensive mattress, then invest in a good waterproofing cover and quality bedding they can use later.

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$219.00 $389.00
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Snuggle Home 6 Inch Foam Two Sided Bunk Bed Mattress
Dorel
$89.99 $149.99
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Dorel Home Furnishings Bunk Bed Mattress Only White Twin
Woodcrest
$999.99 $1,399.99
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Shop for Bunk Beds from SimplyBunkBeds.com! A wonderful choice for sleepovers or siblings who share a room the II Twin over Full B...unk Bed with Stairs has the capacity to sleep three kids and storage in every nook and cranny. Stairs lead to the top bunk offering a safer way for little ones to reach their bed. Even the family dog could make it up there to snuggle which may or may not be a good thing. Safety rails on all sides of the top bunk offer additional peace of mind for parents. Each step features a built-in drawer to maximize every bit of space. You can also add under-bed drawers for additional space-saving storage. This product is proudly Made in the USA by Woodcrest. Overall dimensions: 100L x 56W x 62H inches.This twin-over-full bunk bed is crafted of solid pine wood. Its durability and practicality make it an excellent choice for multi-child rooms. Twin and full slat packs are included with this bed. This bunk does not separate into two individual beds. Stairs are not interchangeable on both ends and due to design can only be placed as the image shows. Additional Dimensions:Upper bunk width: 43 inches fits standard twin mattress Stair width: 17.5 inchesRise first stair: 14.5 inchesRise subsequent stairs: 9.25 inchesApproximate distance between lower and upper beds: 30 inches About Woodcrest ManufacturingWoodcrest Manufacturing has been building solid pine bunk beds and accessories for almost two decades. Their rustic youth furniture was designed to be extremely read more

II Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Stairs - Free Mattresses WCM307
Woodcrest
$899.99 $1,199.99
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Shop for Bunk Beds from SimplyBunkBeds.com! You will love the quality materials and fine craftsmanship that went into the II Twin ...over Twin Bunk Bed with Stairs. Stairs will safely lead your child to the top bunk which is surrounded by safety rails on all sides. Even your little one's pet will have an easier time snuggling at night thanks to these stairs. Each step features a drawer built right into it to maximize every inch of this bed. You may not even need a dresser after you've made use of these drawers. Additionally you can add the optional under-bed drawers for even more space-saving storage. This product is proudly Made in the USA by Woodcrest. Overall dimensions: 100L x 43W x 62H inches.This twin-over-twin bunk bed is crafted of solid pine wood. Its durability and practicality make it an excellent choice for multi-child rooms. Twin slat packs are included with this bed. This bunk does not separate into two individual beds. Stairs are not interchangeable on both ends and can only be placed as the image shows.About Woodcrest ManufacturingWoodcrest Manufacturing has been building solid pine bunk beds and accessories for almost two decades. Their rustic youth furniture was designed to be extremely durable and functional and all feature a golden pine stain and a protective lacquer finish. Woodcrest has been and continues to be the leader in bringing you the best product for the lowest possible price.Please note: Bunk beds and loft beds are only to be used by children 6 read more

Stairway II Twin over Twin Bunk Bed with Stairs - Free Mattresses WCM306
Woodcrest
$849.99 $1,319.99
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Woody Creek Twin over Twin Bunk Bed with Stairs - Free Mattresses WCM408
Brooklyn Bedding
$999.00 $1,999.00
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12 inch Bamboo Bliss Latex Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding
$1,199.00 $2,199.00
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Get the luxurious comfort & pressure relief you need ? and want ? with our customizable, all latex mattress. Available in Talalay ...Latex or 100% Natural Dunlop Latex, the Total Latex can be configured to fit your needs. The comfy top layer on top of the supportive core layer is more than satisfying to sleep on ? joint pressure feels like a problem of the past. A natural bamboo fabric cover ? which is hypoallergenic and antibacterial ? will help you sleep longer and keep your mattress smelling fresh and clean. read more

10" Total Latex Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding
$249.00 $649.00
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A medium firm feeling mattress designed to give the unique comfort and support properties of memory foam. The firmer feel provides... extra support and the foam contours to help with pressure point relief. This mattress features 2.5 inches of memory foam over a 7.5 inch high density foam core. All raw materials are made here in the USA for unmatched quality control and safety for our customers. read more

10 inch Med-Firm Memory Foam Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding
$1,199.00 $2,099.00
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Start sleeping cool and comfortably and get the pressure relief you need with our innovative 14" latex mattress. Thanks to exclusi...ve materials, our mattresses are built to last and deliver superior comfort. The top layer gently cradles your body while the layer underneath provides support and pressure relief. A quilted aloe vera cover, which is hypoallergenic and moisture wicking, will help you sleep with less allergens and more REM. read more

14 inch Aloe Latex Mattress
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