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Can You Put A Regular Mattress On A Bunk Bed?

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Dec 8, 2020

If you have already found your ideal bunk bed, you must be looking for an ideal bunk bed mattress. However, there are tons of regular mattresses on the market, so maybe you should choose one of them? The good news that it is absolutely possible. You can look through a lot of options and find a really great firmer/softer/cooler/higher/lighter mattress you need. How to do it? Let us take a look at the most important rules.

What to consider when choosing a mattress for a bunk bed?

It would be wrong to say that any mattress would be a perfect option for a bunk bed. In fact, you still need to consider a few most important aspects not to go wrong and waste your money on something that doesn’t really work. We explain them all below.

1. Choose the right mattress type

First, we don’t recommend latex, hybrid or innerspring mattresses. Don’t get us wrong - there are tons of great mattresses on the market, but all these types are usually bouncy. Kids, of course, will love this, but you don’t want them jumping on their beds all the time - it is not the safest thing to do. Moreover, such mattresses are usually heavy - hybrids and innerspring beds contain lots of metal coils and often compose of many layers.

That is why a memory foam mattress might be a perfect option for a bunk bed. Note that not all such mattresses are extra soft - there are thousands of options to choose from, and if you want to find a medium-firm or a firm mattress, you will do it easily.

2. A bunk bed mattress should not be too high

A high, thick mattress may be great for adults looking for extra layers and extra comfort, but it doesn’t work when it comes to bunk beds. Consider buying a 5”-8” mattress - it will be much safer and lighter.

3. Don’t choose a too heavy mattress

Parents will change the sheets, and they need to do it staying on the ladder. Of course, that is not the easiest task to do. That is why we recommend lighter mattresses (and again, that can be a memory foam mattress) because it is just too hard to manage a heavy one.

4. Bonus tip - buy a waterproof protector

Let us be honest - there is no chance that liquid will not be spilled on your mattress. Urine, juice, tea, whatever - you will need to deal with it one day. There is only one thing that is tougher than getting rid of moisture in a mattress, and it is drying the bunk bed mattress. It is much easier to wash the protector that cleaning the mattress, not to mention getting mold out of it.

So, can I put a regular mattress on a bunk bed?

Generally speaking, yes, you can. However, you should consider many important aspects.

  • Choose the twin size - in most cases, twin mattresses are perfect for bunk beds. If you are not sure that you have a standard bed, measure its length and width, and then make a choice.
  • Choose the right material. We recommend memory foam mattresses.
  • Then choose the right thickness.
  • Make sure that the bed is not too heavy.
  • Check the warranty and make sure that a manufacturer proves that it can last for a really long time.
  • Buy a mattress and a waterproof protector (optional, but highly recommended.)

So, if we imagine a perfect mattress for a bunk bed, it will be a twin-size 6” memory foam mattress. Maybe, some other option would be better for you, but don’t forget to use the tips above, and you will not go wrong with your regular mattress for a bunk bed.