Bunk Bed Mattress Buying Guide

Looking to buy a mattress for your bunk? Here's what you need to know.

Looking for a bunk bed mattress for your child can be overwhelming with all of the different options on the market. It’s enticing to just pick one and be done with it, but it’s a smart idea to do a little research first. Don’t worry — we’ll show you everything you need to know in this bunk bed mattress buying guide.

Bunk Bed Mattress Types

There are two main types of mattresses to consider for your child’s bunk bed: The traditional innerspring mattress and the memory foam mattress. Each has its benefits, but when it comes to giving your child a good night’s sleep, a high-quality memory foam mattress is a sure winner.

Innerspring Bunk Bed Mattresses

The innerspring mattress (or the coil mattress) has been the go-to bunk bed mattress for years. With different steel coil support systems, these mattresses are durable and one of the most popular mattresses on the market. Firmer mattresses have more springs, and softer mattresses have less springs. Although there are more innerspring mattress options than ever, many find these types of mattresses uncomfortable and difficult to sleep on.

Memory Foam Bunk Bed Mattresses

Originally developed by NASA, memory foam mattresses are a great choice for your child. The softness of these mattresses is determined by the foam density. By using high-density polyurethane foam, memory foam mattresses prevent allergy-causing dust mites ensuring your child stays as healthy as possible.

These mattresses will also contour to the shape of your child’s body supporting spinal alignment and providing comfort. To really up the comfort factor, consider a gel memory foam mattress which uses gel foam to help your child stay cool while they sleep.

Bunk Bed Mattress Size & Height

Before buying a bunk bed mattress, check your manufacturer’s guidelines for guidance on the right size mattress for your child’s bunk bed. The actual fit is the most important consideration, especially for the top bunk. To prevent entrapment, make sure the mattress fits snugly against the bed frame.

Mattress height is another important consideration. For the top bunk, you’ll need to leave at least five inches of space between the top of the mattress and the top of the guardrails. Choosing a mattress that is between 5” to 8” high to maximize guardrail safety on the top bunk and provide the most headspace on the bottom bunk.

Bunk Bed Mattress Covers & Protectors

Did you know that most manufacturers void warranties if a stain gets on the mattress? With young children, accidents happen. Look for a memory foam mattresses come with an anti-microbial, anti-dust and mite, polyester or bamboo washable cover. These have a zipper for easy removal and washing.

A waterproof CoolTech mattress cover is a complimentary addition to protect your investment and expand the lifespan of your child’s bunk bed mattress. CoolTech covers are 100% waterproof and protect against sweat, urine, and other liquids. They are ultra-thin so your child won’t notice a thing.

Tip: If you use a mattress cover for the top bunk, be sure you there is still the five inches of space between the mattress and guardrail with the cover on.

Final Bunk Bed Mattress Buying Considerations

Finding the right bunk bed mattress will ensure your child sleeps soundly and stays comfortable. A memory foam mattress will provide support and help them do just that. When you do select a mattress, make sure it fits snugly and allows at least five inches of space between the mattress and guardrail. Consider using a mattress cover or protector to protect your investment.