When it comes to items for children, consumers should know the benefits and risks before committing to a purchase. A bunk bed is one item that requires particular conscientiousness.
In addition to a wide array of designs, finishes, and safety feature, you may come across some unfamiliar vocabulary that refers to specific parts of the bed. Hopefully, this brief description will clear up some gray area surrounding Bunkie boards and slat kits to help you make an informed decision.
What is a Bunkie Board?
A Bunkie board is simply the foundation for a bunk bed, much like a box spring is to a traditional bed, though the Bunkie is considerably thinner. Both serve the function of providing support.
A Bunkie board is a thin platform that fits inside the bed frame to support the mattress. Otherwise, the mattress can sink in the middle and lose shape and integrity.
Sometimes the Bunkie board is optional instead of included, because some purchasers choose to make their own or use one from a bunk bed that they owned in the past. They vary from the most basic wood panels to Bunkie boards that are padded and upholstered for design and added comfort. Most Metal Bunk Beds, or Loft Beds do not require a Bunkie Board or Slat Kit becouse they already come with many slats accross. You can just place a regular mattress. If you are not sure please contact us.
What is a Slat Kit?
Slat kits are a series of wooden or metal slats that attach firmly to the frame with screws. A slat kit eliminates the need for a Bunkie board or box spring, as all three perform the same function.
The idea is to provide adequate support for the mattress. To best accomplish this, the mattress should rest directly on the slats with nothing in between.
If one slat should happen to incur damage or break, it is easier and more economical to replace a single slat than it is to replace an entire Bunkie board.
What is a Metal Grid Support System?
All metal bunk beds are constructed with a metal grid support system. Consisting of a strong metal mesh platform built into the bunk bed frame, metal grid supports provide all the support and security you need for a bunk bed mattress.
When you order a metal bunk bed, you don't need a Bunkie board, slat kit, or box spring because the metal grid is sufficient. And it is even easier to assemble than a slat kit system because no screwing is involved. Simply place your mattress on top of the metal grid and you're all set for safe, comfortable sleeping.
Bunkie Mattress are regular Mattress with a frame build underneath for support. If you purchase a Bunkie Matress you do not need a Bunkie Board or Slats.
The Bottom Line
As long as something is in place to support the bunk bed mattress, you should be fine. The key is to provide structural integrity, and Bunkie boards, slat kits, and box springs all accomplish this.
For more helpful information on bunk bed standards and safety, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.