Sleeping in a bunk bed has always been a daunting experience for me since I can remember. Now that I’m older and much bigger in size, the fear has only but increased. Is there such heavy duty bunk beds for heavy people that cant safely handle high weight capacities.
This is the question I had to answer after visiting my Cousin this Summer. Why?. Because I was forced to sleep in his bunk bed as I had no other bedding option. Even sleeping on the bottom level was nerve racking. Just the thought of the top level collapsing on me was terrifying (Yes my Wife took the honors of sleeping on the upper level) .
I got thinking that that there must be other heavy adults, or even overweight teenagers in this oversized population whom are put in a similar position. So after some solid research and trying out bunk beds first hand I’ve come to one conclusion. If you’re a big person, avoid bunk beds if possible.
Maybe it’s my personal fears haunting me, but the majority of bunk beds available simply wouldn’t handle my large body night in night out. Just climbing on top for a few minutes is enough to hear and even see stress being put on the foundations of the bed.
Not only that, but the shear difficulty of pulling yourself up the ladder is a really tough task. On the other hand it’s kind of a work out and one which over time would increase the upper body strength.
If you’re asking me about large people and bunk beds as a temporary sleeping solution, I will say this. Have you considered taking or using folding beds designed for heavy people as your temporary option?.
Some of them are rather comfortable and much safer in my opinion. However, not all’s lost if you’re 100% positive you need a heavy duty bunk bed. A few bunks were actually classified as heavy duty and did show really good potential as permanent bunk beds for us larger guys and gals. The bunk beds I found to be suitable for heavier people are listed below. Do also note the width of the bed as well. As you know, us bigger people are considerably wider then the normal folks.
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This bunk bed by Coaster Fine Furniture is one of the more stylish and modern bunk beds I’ve ever seen. Regardless if your big or small, I think this bunk bed could match many home decors. It looks just fabulous. Looks aside, it’s one mammoth of a bunk. As for floor space it takes up the same area as a queen bed would and the top bunk is the same size also.
This bunk bed is one of those products I think will last for quite some time. From first sight I can notice this heavy duty bunk bed is made from the high quality materials. Imagine a tank, and now imagine a bunk made from a tank. That’s how I vision this bed, very impressed by the strength of the build. It’s seems squeak free too. Unlike many other heavy duty metal bunk beds, this bed appears as tho it’s quite as a mouse.
As for weight capacity, the user manual states it to hold 400 lbs on the top bunk which is quite sufficient in my opinion. I couldn’t imagine too many 400 pound people would want to voluntarily sleep on the top of a bunk. However if you are 200-350 pounds in weight, this 400 lb capacity gives you some leverage.
For mattress thickness it’s important you don’t have higher then recommended mattress otherwise you will be reducing the guard rails ability to stop you from potentially rolling out of bed. For the top level I wouldn’t go any thicker than a 8 inch mattress.
As for the lower level, I think this depends on the amount of room you need between the two beds. As the thicker you opt in for the less room you will have when you sit up in bed and potentially bang your head. 12 inches maximum I would say. The actual gap between top and bottom bed frames is 37.5 inches.
Overall I believe this Bunk Bed is one of the better options as a sturdy bunk beds for big and tall people. The design is amazing and I love having the ladders built into the 2 long sides of the bed. They add an element of style and also convenience.
Only draw back is that some people may need to enter and exit the bed from the feet end. Not a huge problem and not one that would greatly influence my buying decision.
This particular bunk bed comes in natural timber look or painted. Me personally, I would opt to paint the entire bed with a hard wearing non flaking paint. This is because, if the natural/stained timber gets chipped or damaged, it’s a nightmare to try and fix. Whereas you can just fill and touch up paint easily.
Being a twin size bed measuring in at 45 inches wide, it may not be suitable for the very wide people. Again, bunk beds aren’t really appropriate for the really heavy people anyways in my opinion, unless you plan on sleeping on the lower bed. In this case, it’s fine. Plus you mat not hit your head when you sit up on the lower bed either as it’s got quite a big gap between the two beds.
Probably the best aspect of this bunk is its high 14 inch rail guards. Nothing worse than rolling out of a bunk bed. The ladder itself is not reversible and has handy steps. Down the bottom are smaller spaced steps for younger people.
Overall, I really like this 100% real wood bunk bed. Because of how sturdy this bunk is, I would easily recommend it to most families of plus sizes. Having the 1000 pound rating can give many the confidence of climbing into bed with the kids to tuck them in and say goodnight.
I absolutely love the idea of this heavy duty twin bunk bed. If I was a single Man in a small room, I would be getting this bunk bed in a heartbeat. Why?. Because it’s such an awesome space saver. The bottom half of the bed acts as a bed and also a couch. So after a night in front of the TV or a session on the PlayStation, either sleep on the Futon or climb up to the top and leave the couch ready for the next days sitting.
While this oversized bunk bed is considerably difficult to put together from scratch, it’s well worth it. I would allow a couple hours to put it together and preferably get another pair of helping hands to make the awkward parts not so difficult. Once set up of the bunk is in place, you can notice how sturdy and strong this bunk bed is just by its appearance. The quality materials yet sleek design combine for one heck of a space saving sleeping arrangement.
While I do suggest a minimum of a 6.5 inch memory foam mattress for total comfort on the lower bunk, it’s not completely necessary on the top level. The top level of the bunk bed has a decent weight capacity of 225 pounds which is suitable for some overweight Adults. The lower bunk is where you have even more weight capacity freedom. A very generous 400 pound capacity is plenty for many us plus size people who need a space saving bunk with the added bonus of a cozy couch. I would easily recommend this heavy duty metal bunk bed to my slightly larger friends and family members in a heart beat. It’s such a great space saving idea for small apartments and bedrooms with a really nice clean and modern appeal to it. It’s worth noting that the bed size is a twin mattress, so if you require a larger sized bunk I would go with the full size metal bunk instead.
Another great alternative full over full metal bunk bed is by Powell. It’s top level bunk is rated to hold 300 lbs. This particular bed is also available a twin over twin. I like the design but not as much as the Coaster Bunk Bed.
Also the ladder comes out on an angle on this bed. Which can be a tripping hazard but also beneficial to us bigger people. As straight up and down bed ladders can be difficult to climb with extra weight to carry around.
Have you experienced any of these bunk beds before?. Are you a big Man or Woman and had a bad experience sleeping in bunk beds before?. We would love to hear your horror stories and even the funny experiences you have endured when challenging the bunk as a larger sized person. I know I have had a few over the years and would love to believe I am not alone. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.