Securing top Bunk bed

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  1. SnowflakesRule

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    Our next trip will see Child 1 (11) in a single top bunk bed. Unfortunately there aren't any side rails and it's not up against the wall. In theory she should be fine. She's only ever fallen out of bed once in her life and that was at 4. However I'm not willing to risk her being up there unsecured.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to secure a top bunk? I'm thinking using pool noodles on both sides, inside a material wrap that will go all the way around the top bunk above the mattress. Probably two high (I'm reasonable handy with a sewing machine). Not too concerned about having to take 4 pool noodles with me as we'll just use them to pad the skis on the trip.

    Just wondering if there are any other ideas or even gadgets that you've come across that would do the job, and make my life a touch easier no to have to figure out how to do it.

    Thanks.

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  2. Darb

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    Just use a bottom sheet, and put the pool noodle under it, tuck the sheet in ... voila.

    No need to fab something up.
     
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    ps 11 year old should be old enough to protect herself not to roll out of a bunk, hell she's nearly a teenager??
     
  4. SnowflakesRule

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    True, but she's also used to a slightly bigger bed (king single vs standard single) and given we're away for a month, would hate for something so simple to be the cause of a holiday cut short.
     
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    Yeah true that ... nothing like a broken collarbone on day 2 to wreck plans!
     
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    Does it have uprights above the mattress?

    I would assume so from your description of wrapping fabric around above the mattress.

    If so rope should provide enough resistance that she would wake or roll to the middle before she fell out. Doesn't need to be thick heavy rope either.
     
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    Is there room to just take the mattress off the top bunk at night and let her sleep on the floor?
     
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    Or tell her the risks and let her manage them. That's a necessary life skill. This is a good opportunity to let her develop a tiny bit of that skill.
     
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    Wrap her in cotton wool. Then when she falls out, she'll have a soft landing.

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    Occy straps
     
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    Velcro pajamas and bed sheet.
     
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    @LMB yes it does. It's wooden and looks like a varnish type finish which was why I was thinking some soft material that wouldn't scratch, but wrapped rope could work. Thanks.

    @Apresski Doesn't look like it from the photos but it's certainly an option we're keeping in mind once we are there.

    @cold wombat This is one risk I'm not quite willing to take this time. And I'll be honest, it's more an issue from my point of view than hers. She's a figure skater so she definitely has opportunities to learn about risk taking and when to hold back/push forward. I've certainly learnt about stepping back and letting her take control of her choices with that being her chosen sport. However this time, without any experience in a smaller bed and being above her younger brother, there's just too much risk for this mummy to handle. If there are no problems this time and she handles it fine, then next time it won't be such an issue and I'll probably suck it up and let her go for it.

    @teckel Don't joke! I've been tempted many a time with her and figure skating - especially the knees and the wrists. She already has additional padding for the bottom area that regularly save the day.

    @gareth_oau I had to actually look that up. Bungee cords could also work. They could double keeping the luggage together on the trolley.
    and @TOFF LOL I like this idea. I do have some really good stick on velcro in my cupboard. Hmmm.
     
  13. dawooduck

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    Crikeys
     
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    I thought this thread was going to be full of tips on how to secure the coveted top bunk position.

    I normally arrive early and chuck my bag up there.
     
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    I'd do this if I was really worried.
     
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    In Qld, laws ensure all bunk beds have suitable rails, are at least 2m from fans, windows etc - so much so that many operators have removed them altogether! Nonetheless, I can't recall an accident since they werre introduced. An "L-shaped" board will prevent falling out. ie: a thin board (half the length of the bed, placed in the middle) goes under the mattress. It is attached via large "L" brackets (easily found at Bunnings) to another board/rail at 90 degrees on the outside of the mattress to prevent rollout. Prepare before you go and simply screw together when you get there.
     
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    Another option.
    Tip the bunk bed on its side! :)
     
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    OMG ...... is this a real question ?
     
  19. Charlie

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    I'm with @Jacko4650
    In Victoria, bunks must have a rail minimum 150mm above top of mattress!
    Contact the owners and point it out!
     
  20. Legs Akimbo

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    I suspect that the OP's reference to putting pool noodles into a ski bag means a journey a little further afield.
     
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    I expect this is an overseas destination.
     
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    Snap
     
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  23. Charlie

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    Then leave the kid at home!
    :evil:
     
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  24. SnowflakesRule

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    @Legs Akimbo @LMB Yep. you're right. It is overseas. I haven't been able to find anything that points to specific requirements regarding guard rails in Canada. The recommendation is there but nothing defined as rules.

    @Jacko4650 Interesting idea. I'll keep it in mind.

    @Charlie Yeah, not going to happen! This is our family thing. We all love it. Maybe in about 10 years when they've left home though we might splurge on one of those all inclusive places rather than doing it as cheap but good as possible. There's something special about it being your kid zooming past you rather than someone elses!
     
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    Have you contacted the accommodation? They may have their own solution.
     
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    I totally u der stand the ops risk aversion. I'm a bit the same pre holiday.

    Anyone with a flu can F off. Kids can learn about broken bones AFTER the trip thanks. Grandparents aren't allowed anything requiring hospital stays.

    No new foods containing possible peanuts to be tried (I joke I joke)

    I joke a little but I get it! The Holiday will
    Occur in full!

    God our last 2 week trip involving a 1000km drive, the week before our 2 year old had gastro and even the night before departure was power spewing and keeping us all awake all night.

    Mostly came good on day of departure. I didn't want to risk it. Wife did. Towels galore laid around her car seat incsss she has a backseat spray.

    Did remarkably well but geez it wasn't relaxing.
     
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  27. Born2ski

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    A roll of cling wrap. Wrap it round and round the top bunk a number of times until you have created some reasonably strong sides. Easy to travel with or buy at your location.
     
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    Keeps your kids nice and fresh too. :)
     
  29. teckel

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    Maybe you shouldn't go. The plane might crash, terrorists might strike, Kim Jung Un might send a missile and it goes off course! Hell, the kid might even fall over while skiing/boarding! :eek:
     
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    Roll up a beach towel, or a couple of bath towels and stick them under the fitted sheet near the edge. Should stop them rolling off.
     
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    Put the child on the bottom bunk ....
     
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    Fit seatbelts to the bunk. It works for bunks at sea.
     
  33. shauno

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    Lol it is a real question and when I was kid i did roll off a top bunk in a Caravan and ended up with a few stitches in my chin after hitting the side of a table with my face. Anyway that was the only time and ever since been a bit paranoid about it but not to bad now lol. I work offshore and when in big seas on a ship we put a life jacket under one side of the mattress so your forced back against the wall. Another option is to string up a hammock.
     
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    I remember as a kid and older brother I used to share bunk beds at home with my younger brother and I had the top bunk.

    He whinged and moaned so much to the parents that he was now old enough to be allowed to go on top so we had to swap.

    Second night in I was lying on my bed as I saw my sleeping brother plummet past me and crash into the cold, lino covered concrete floor.

    I got the top bunk back the next night LOL
     
  35. Apresski

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    She already has a child on the bottom bunk.
     
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    My daughter rolled off the top bunk, lots of blood from her nose, fortunately nothing broken, but not a pleasant experience.
    Not all kids just sleep easily without moving around in the night.
     
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    Oh come on @teckel there is a difference between taking precautions so your holiday is not ruined and being as paranoid AF and not living life out of fear.

    Younger child is on the bottom bunk..

    I believe this is bunk is not up against a wall, so maybe both sides need a bolster.


    I've got sleep walkers and those that suffer from night terrors. If one of mine did their terror thing in a top bunk it could get ugly! I've had to stop a 6ft 2 man from running down the stairs in a dream state.
     
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    Did he manage to escape?
     
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    Nah, he had to sit down to strap in.
     
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    I have used the towel trick before, works fine and you won't have to carry anything along the way
     
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    Funny but also :eek:
    I was referring to my 17yr old son.

    (He's had these night terrors about twice a year since he was a baby, usually when he is feverish - brain not switched on, mid nightmare, super strong and genuinely terrified)
     
  42. SnowflakesRule

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    Thanks everyone for all the options. Will test out a few ideas before we go and check with owners in case they have had this before.

    Yes there's a younger child underneath on the double bed.

    We all take calculated risks in some way shape or form, they just might be different to others. We risk going to the snow, and all the other associated risks, yes because we love it. But we all limit the risk when we are there by considering conditions and ability of those we are skiing with, or in getting there safely by picking a safe airline to fly with, or by getting a decent rental vehicle, snow/winter tyres etc instead of simply the cheapest available. It's no different. I'll limit the risk of my kid crashing to the floor or on top of her brother by taking some simple precautions that could (I know there's no guarantees) help ensure our holiday last for the whole month and doesn't end in tears or worse.

    Hubby has also fallen off the top bunk when he was a child so, as much as I love they they take after him in some ways, I'd rather they didn't in this.

    Am glad to hear that even though some of you have experience regarding falling off the top bunk, that nothing too serious happened.
     
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    You owe nobody on here an explanation.
     
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    I've mentioned before my falling out of bunk experience
    We use a loft bed, about 8 feet from the floor, accessible via ladder
    Recently we went on a motoring tour using normal motel beds
    The first night we were home, I felt the need to take a leak so swung my legs over the side and pushed off, landed on the carpeted concrete floor with a thud and groan, partner woke up and climbed down to see what was wrong, happily just bruising.
    Did I mention we both sleep sans nightwear, not a pretty sight!
     
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    c'mon Charlie - I was enjoying that - until the last line!!
     
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    Can both kids sleep on the bottom bed considering it's a double ?
     
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    I think around 11 was when my 2 refused to share a bed LOL
     
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    Irony detector malfunction?
     
  49. LMB

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    Not really..
    I know it was an comedic exaggeration but I felt it was clearly meant to say 'you're wrapping your kids up in cotton wool' for worrying about preventing pre-trip injuries or injuries from falling out of bunks.

    I disagree. I think it's sensible. Keep the risks to the fun activities.
     
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    Protect the skiing at all costs. Thou shall not cancel.
     
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