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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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Eclipse
$249.00 $348.60
at Olejo Inc

Looking for the ultimate foam mattress value? Then look no further than the 6.5? dual sided foam mattress by Eclipse. This mattres...s offers a 6? supportive high density foam layer to give stability durability and longevity to the mattress. This supportive layer combined with a 1/4? layer of polyester and rayon fire resistant fiber padding on each side of the mattress work together to give you a comfortable night?s sleep. Made with a premium soft and supportive foam to reduce pressure points and gently relax the body to sleep this mattress is sure to have you waking up feeling rested and rejuvenated. Rounding out the luxury feel of the mattress a Damask tape edged cover that feels soft to the touch comes included. For extra peace of mind Eclipse manufacturers all of their beds in the United States and Canada to ensure the highest quality.Features:Comfort Rating: 3 - Firm Mattress Score ExplainedMattress Height: 6.5?Cover: Damask Tape Edged CoverOrthopedically Supportive: YesSpecialty Mat read more

6.5 Inch Dual Sided Bunk Bed Foam Mattress Twin
InnerSpace Mattresses
$149.99 $229.99
at Hayneedle

5-inch reversible mattress. Stain-resistant polyester cover in balloon pattern. Use with platform beds, adjustable beds, slatted f...rames, or box springs. Includes 5-year manufacturer warranty. Select size options. Practical and comfortable, the InnerSpace 5 in. Bunk Bed/Dorm Reversible Mattress - Balloon Pattern is an excellent choice for your guest or dorm room. It's made of 5-inch high-density polyurethane foam with a stain-resistant polyester cover in a decorative, balloon design. This comfortable mattress has a reversible design for twice the life and may be used with platform beds, adjustable beds, slatted frames, or box springs. It includes FlameWatch flame retardant technology and a 5-year manufacturer warranty. Proudly made in USA.Sound Sleep GuaranteeOur Sound Sleep Guarantee lets you try out your new mattress and make sure you found the perfect one. Give your new mattress a try for 21 days that's about how long a new mattress takes to conform to your body and for you to get used to it. If after the first 21 days and up to the first 100 days after delivery you decide the mattress isn't for you, call us at 866-530-4157 and we'll come pick up the old one and exchange it for a different mattress for you. Here are the details:The Sound Sleep Guarantee applies only to the following brands: Laura Ashley, iMattress, King Koil, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, and Stearns & Foster. All other mattress brands cannot be returned.Pick-up and exchange is one time only per customer.A processing-and-pick-up fee of $99 is required.If you choose a new mattress with a higher price than the one we're picking up, you'll need to pay the difference.We are unable to accept returns or cancellations; only exchanges.Valid only within the 48 contiguous United States. Size: Twin,Twin XL. read more

InnerSpace 5 in. Bunk Bed/Dorm Reversible Mattress - Balloon Pattern, Size: Twin,Twin XL
Donco
$471.00 $773.00
at DCG Stores

The Cecile Arched Mission Twin Bunk Bed makes room-sharing fun! It will be adored not only by kids, but by grown-ups as well. Do y...our children's creative energies and imaginations seem to never run out? Let them turn this bed into an exciting and otherworldly place. As a parent, you'll love its handy side: they are excellent space-savers! Intended to maximize unused space above, this hardwood bunk bed makes extra space for other furniture and other things your child may need in the bedroom. It has a clean white finish that is so adaptable it harmonizes with any decor or color scheme. For security, the top bunk incorporates guardrails. Your children can climb without worry with the built-in ladder. The style is basic: straightforward lines, arched top rails, and vertical slats on the headboard and footboard panels. An optional twin trundle and under bed storage drawers may be added. Complete this inspiring piece by adding the Gold 8" Thick Platform Bed Mattress (RSP-GLD-MAT). It m by Donco Kids - 902WH/TT-MATTRESS READY read more

Cecile Arched Mission Twin Bunk Bed - White, Mattress Ready by Donco Kids
Donco
$594.00 $979.00
at DCG Stores

The Cadmus Tall Mission Twin Bunk Bed is fun and practical. With two beds positioned vertically, this unit provides your kids thei...r own little space. The upper bed becomes a tree house and the lower bunk turns into a cave as soon as the creativity sets off. Employing the area that is otherwise vacant, this bed makes room for other furnishings to settle in. You'll have more room for a study desk, chest of drawers, a bean bag, and whatnot. An optional twin trundle bed with casters may be added and stowed underneath. Dual storage drawers may also be purchased if you're looking to minimize clutter in the bedroom.The Cadmus bunk bed's frame is durably constructed from hardwood and is finished in a striking burnished brown color. The headboard and footboard panels are detailed with timeless slats and basic corbels. Complete this inspiring piece with the Gold 8" Thick Platform Bed Mattress (RSP-GLD-MAT). It measures 39" x 75" and offers medium to firm support for a sleeping by Donco Kids - 910BB-TT-MATTRESS READY read more

Cadmus Tall Mission Twin Bunk Bed - Burnished Brown, Mattress Ready by Donco Kids
Donco
$486.00 $804.00
at DCG Stores

Fretting about a small space? The dark cappuccino-finished Luciana Mission Twin Bunk Bed is a smart way to sleep more people. Whet...her you need a bed for your children or a sleeping quarter to accommodate family during visits, this bunk bed is the solution to your dilemma. It's pretty strong so even with a little bouncing up and down from energetic tots, it will remain secure. It is durably constructed from pine lumber, which has natural knots and lines that make it distinctive. Uncluttered design and classic slats create an enduring look that won't become outdated any time soon.The Luciana bed is furnished with safety rails to prevent one from rolling off the top bed. Each step of the built-in ladder is sturdy so anyone can easily go up to the upper bunk without worrying. Both beds are mattress-ready, which means a Bunkie board is not required. Just set the mattress on top of the slats, throw in a couple of plush pillows, and you're ready for a good night's sleep. Optional under bed st by Donco Kids - 120-3CP/TT-MATTRESS READY-DK.CAPPUCCINO read more

Luciana Mission Twin Bunk Bed - Dark Cappuccino Finish, Mattress Ready by Donco Kids
Donco
$587.00 $971.00
at DCG Stores

Whether it is a choice or a necessity, choosing the right bed for a shared bedroom could be a little tricky. If you are looking to... save space, you can furnish the bedroom with the Celeste Tall Arched Mission Twin Bunk Bed. Without occupying the entire floor area, this bed boasts of an upright design that sleeps two while taking up the space of a solitary bed. You'll love the unit's basic Mission styling, which can be seen in the curved, slatted headboards and footboards. The frame is built from hardwood and is finished in a crisp white color.The Celeste upper bunk and lower bed have slats so Bunkie boards are not required. Guardrails are incorporated for increased safety. A ladder with sturdy steps provides convenient access to the topmost area. Underneath the bed, you can install the optional roll-out trundle or storage drawers. Complete this inspiring piece with the Gold 8" Thick Platform Bed Mattress (RSP-GLD-MAT). It measures 39" x 75" and offers medium to firm su by Donco Kids - 909WH/TT-MATTRESS READY read more

Celeste Tall Arched Twin Bunk Bed - White, Mattress Ready by Donco Kids
Donco
$471.00 $773.00
at DCG Stores

Fretting about a small space? The honey-colored Luciana Mission Twin Bunk Bed is a smart way to sleep more people. Whether you nee...d a bed for your children or a sleeping quarter to accommodate family during visits, this bunk bed is the solution to your dilemma. It's pretty strong so even with a little bouncing up and down from energetic tots, it will remain secure. It is durably constructed from pine lumber, which has natural knots and lines that make it distinctive. Uncluttered design and classic slats create an enduring look that won't become outdated any time soon.The Luciana bed is furnished with safety rails to prevent one from rolling off the top bed. Each step of the built-in ladder is sturdy so anyone can easily go up to the upper bunk without worrying. Both beds are mattress-ready, which means a Bunkie board is not required. Just set the mattress on top of the slats, throw in a couple of plush pillows, and you're ready for a good night's sleep. Optional under bed storage drawe by Donco Kids - 120-3H/TT-MATTRESS READY-HONEY read more

Luciana Mission Twin Bunk Bed - Honey Finish, Mattress Ready by Donco Kids
Cameo

Double your comfort with Cameo. The two-sided design of this bunk bed mattress lets you flip sides as needed, offering extra conve...nience and extended use. For long-lasting support, this mattress is a smart selection. In white. Thick foam delivers medium-density firmness. Zippered damask cover promises easy care. Durable construction ensures enduring quality. Details: Mattress: 6-in. foam, spot clean Cover: polyester, machine wash Manufacturer's 20-year limited warranty Made in the USA read more

Cameo Two-Sided Foam Bunk Bed Mattress - XL Twin (White)
Cameo

Double your comfort with Cameo. The two-sided design of these bunk bed mattresses lets you flip sides as needed, offering extra co...nvenience and extended use. For long-lasting support, these mattresses are a smart selection. In white. Thick foam delivers medium-density firmness. Zippered damask covers promise easy care. Durable construction ensures enduring quality. Details: 2-pack Mattresses: 6-in. foam (each), spot clean Covers: polyester, machine wash Manufacturer's 20-year limited warranty read more

Cameo 2-pk. Two-Sided Foam Bunk Bed Mattresses - XL Twin (White)
Cameo

Double your comfort with Cameo. The two-sided design of this bunk bed mattress lets you flip sides as needed, offering extra conve...nience and extended use. For long-lasting support, this mattress is a smart selection. In white. Thick foam delivers medium-density firmness. Zippered damask cover promises easy care. Durable construction ensures enduring quality. Details: Mattress: 6-in. foam, spot clean Cover: polyester, machine wash Manufacturer's 20-year limited warranty Made in the USA read more

Cameo Two-Sided Foam Bunk Bed Mattress - Twin (White)

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