Looking at kid's beds with slides? We understand... children LOVE sliding out of bed in the mornings. It's a great way to greet the day with smiles and laughter. With the joy that comes along with owning a fun slide bed, there are also understood safety concerns. We've addressed them with our top slide bed safety tips!
1- Address the Slide Base
First, make sure there is ample space in front of the slide so children land without bumping into walls. Remove any furniture in front of the base, and make considerations for furniture pieces that might take up more space when in use (i.e. chair that rolls out, drawers that pull out, etc). We recommend at least four feet of space in front of the base of the slide to avoid any type of impact.
2- Create a Soft Landing
Consider using an area rug under your slide bed; especially if you have hard wood floors. Rug pads and area rug materials help to create a padded, soft landing for your children.
As parents we quickly "size up" slides on playgrounds by looking at side height and steepness. The same applies to indoor slide beds as well. Opt for curved ends, which helps create that soft landing.
3- Consider the Bed Entrance
Kids need to climb up beds in order to slide down, right? Therefore, don't forget about the bed entrance. Are ladders and staircases sturdy and deep enough for easy climbing? Do they steps have grooves to help keep little feet in place? Choose the right entrance - whether angled ladders, straight ladders or staircases.
4- Opt for a Platform
We love the slide platform option with monkey bars as they provide even extra safety at the top of the slide. Small hands hold on while sitting down and prepping for take-off. Also, slide platforms provide the ability to angle the slide more in front of the bed so the slide can run parallel to the bed, rather than attaching it to the end facing into the room. With this setup, you can add a slide even into narrow rooms where traditional slides won’t fit.
For high bunks and loft, the slide platform is a step down, making the slide height the same as a low loft. So, even a tall bed can be equipped with a safe slide.
5- Address Side Panels
Once kids are on the top, elevated beds, parents are always concerned about them falling out (which we totally understand). Minimize those concerns with elevated side panels, which keep kids on the straight and narrow. While Federal Minimum regulations require that safety rails are 5” (13cm) higher than the mattress surface, we strongly recommend you look for a bed and mattress combination that exceeds this limit.
6- Use Manufacturer Products Only
When adding rails or bed accessories to slide beds, only use manufacturer approved products to ensure the right fit and maximum safety. Avoid adding a slide from a different manufacturer than your bed.
7- Choose a Low Profile Mattress
Use low profile mattress to maximize bed rail height at top of slide for safe take-off. Remember that the taller the mattress you use, the lower the safety rail becomes, so look for low profile mattresses for the top bunks or loft beds.
8- Create House Rules
Involve your kids and create family "house rules" for your slide bed. Teach and enforce safe behavior like climbing up the ladder one person at a time, slide down after the last slider is completely out of the landing space, no jumping on top bed, sit on bottoms when sliding, etc. Be careful never to encourage un-safe playing. Make sure you block access to unsafe areas and your children are aware of what’s safe and what’s not.
9- Set Age Limits
While slides fit on low, mid and even tall bed heights, we suggest waiting until age 6 before including a slide bed in your room design. (However, you know your child best.) Also, keep in mind that sliding off a low loft is safer than a mid or high.
10- Remove with Guests
Unsure if friends and guests should use the slide bed? Detach the slide and/or ladder when small kids are in the home. This eliminates any possibility of slide injuries occurring.
Slide Bed Safety Design Team
The great news is that ALL Maxtrix Kids slide beds check off these safety boxes. Kids sleep comfortably and safe while also enjoying fun playtime during the day with the slide. Add a slide to almost any Maxtrix bed, and create the perfect slide bed configuration for your child's space or play room. Consult our design team for help!