How To Use Mirrors To Open Up Smaller Spaces

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Make sure you place mirrors in usable heights. It can be quite frustrating and cumbersome if you are forced to bend or jump just to use a mirror

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Bunk bed shopping - 10 point safety checklist to protect your children

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Sturdy ladder construction

Make surerepparttar ladder in well constructed and is firmly attached and bolted torepparttar 100087 bed frame. Test it out with your own weight - if it moves around it is not safe.

Sturdy mattress support

A lot of injuries are caused by children inrepparttar 100088 lower bunks pushing up onrepparttar 100089 underside ofrepparttar 100090 top bunk and dislodgingrepparttar 100091 mattress or support frame. Ensurerepparttar 100092 top bunk has sturdy mattress supports that are secured torepparttar 100093 bed frame with bolts or screws. You don't want a floating board support system, as these will move around and can possibly fall throughrepparttar 100094 opening.

Repair and maintenance

Immediately replace or repair any loose or missing fasteners onrepparttar 100095 bed. Periodically checkrepparttar 100096 tightness of fasteners holdingrepparttar 100097 bed together, as well asrepparttar 100098 cross support rails holdingrepparttar 100099 upper mattress.

Safe use

Teach your children not to push up onrepparttar 100100 underside ofrepparttar 100101 bed, or to climb on it like a jungle gym. Proper safety is important at all times, and you may wish to also use a night light nearrepparttar 100102 ladder so children can seerepparttar 100103 ladder steps inrepparttar 100104 dark.

If you follow these basic tips then you should get years of safe enjoyment out of your new bunk bed. For more bunk bed resources and tips you can visit

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