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Best Mattresses for Bunk Beds and Loft Beds: 5 Expert Tips

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So, you found your perfect Bunk Bed or Loft Bed – Congratulations! Now the search for that perfect Bunk Bed Mattress begins... and it’s not as straightforward as you might think! What should you consider when picking a mattress that works well for an elevated bed such as a Loft Bed or a Bunk Bed? Do the same considerations matter like picking a regular mattress? How do you find the right quality, features and comfort?



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We hear these questions all the time, so here are a few tips to consider for picking the right Bunk Bed or Loft Bed mattress.

Low Profile Mattress for Bunk Beds

Consider a low profile mattress 5” to maximum 8” tall to maximize safety rail height for the top bunk. Remember, the thicker your mattress is, the higher up you sleep, which takes away valuable inches from your top bunk’s safety rail. We highly recommend a good quality mattress for your bunk bed or loft bed, especially if you have young children in the home.


Bottom Bunk Headspace

Under-bed height is very important for the bottom bunk – so don’t go too plush there either! The thicker the mattress on the bottom bunk bed, the less headroom you will have. And, while you may not be too concerned about this, if you have little kids, remember that reading stories, tucking in and kissing good-night is usually a grown up’s job. They certainly appreciate being able to sit up straight even in the lower bunk bed.


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Again, a low profile mattress is a great choice for bottom bunks for this very reason – depending on what quality you decide on you don’t have to give up on comfort even on a low profile bunk bed mattress.


Quality Foam Mattresses

Great quality foam beats springs for top bunks, especially if you have kids sleeping up high. A bouncy mattress encourages kids to... well... bounce! In contrast, a foam mattress helps your body sink into it and creates a less “springy” surface.

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If you are thinking about mattresses for bunk beds or Loft beds – i.e. elevated sleeping surfaces – these details matter! We all know that kids will play in and on these beds, so the more we can contribute to a safe environment, the better. So we usually recommend a good quality memory foam or even latex mattress for any elevated bed, and we suggest leaving the spring mattress for the bottom bunk.


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Easy Lifting Mattresses

Who will make the beds? Yup – it’s likely going to be Mom. And, have you ever tried to change the sheets on that extra plush mattress in the master bedroom? There is quite a bit of maneuvering involved. Now imagine that suspended on a ladder, 4 feet up in the air – yes, not such a great idea! Get a lightweight mattress that Mom or Dad can easily lift to tuck in sheets or change bedding.


Again, a low profile mattress tends to be lighter in weight and easier to manage. And if you seriously dread making that top bunk bed or loft bed – consider getting a staircase bunk bed or staircase loft bed – it’s so much easier for adults to climb up to the top and make the bed!

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Trundle Mattresses for Bunks

Adding a trundle? Be careful about measurements – most trundle bed frames do not fit regular mattresses as they have to fit under the lower bunk – so they have to be shorter. Make sure you are getting a specific trundle-sized mattress that is slightly shorter than a regular length, and not as plush as a regular mattress so it easily tucks under your bottom bunk bed.

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So, there is clearly a lot to consider when buying the best mattresses for bunk beds or loft beds.


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If you are still not sure where to start, try this handy mattress buying guide. It will help you select the right one for your needs.