Bunk Bed Safety: Tips and Guidelines for Bunk Bed Owners
When children see bunk beds, days of fun play begin to materialize before their eyes. Bunk beds become the new fort, castle, or house that children will play in all day long. But bunk beds can also be the source of band-aids, bruises, and tears. To keep everyone happy and safe, we have created this Bunk Bed Safety Guide to remind children and adults alike of the rules that go with owning a bunk bed. Even if your bunk bed purchase is not for children, the tips shared here are still an important and valuable part of owning a bunk bed.
Let's start with some general safety tips!
Children under 6 years of age should not be allowed on the top bunk
Do not use water or sleep flotation mattresses with your bunk bed
Prohibit jumping and general horseplay on or under the bunk bed (Sorry kids!)
Periodically check the bunk bed to ensure that all hardware is tightened and in its proper position, and that the bunk bed in generally free from damage
Do not use any substitute hardware or parts. Please contact us immediately if there any parts or hardware are missing from your bunk bed when it is delivered. We will be able to assist you in getting the correct replacement parts delivered, free of charge.
More detailed guidelines...
Mattresses: Please use only standard mattresses on the upper bunk. By law, manufacturers must label bunk beds with information on the appropriate size mattress to be used with their bunk bed. Follow these instructions to prevent entrapment or injury. On the top bunk, ensure that the mattress and foundation do not exceed 8" and that there is at least 5" of space between the top of the mattress and the top of the guardrails. Again, please do not use any type of water or sleep flotation mattress with your bunk bed.
Guardrails: Guardrails are included on bunk beds for everyone's safety. Whether a child or adult is sleeping on the top bunk, always use guardrails on the long sides of the top bunk. Even if you are placing the bunk bed against a wall, use the full-length guardrail on the top bunk to ensure no one gets trapped between the bunk and the wall. Again, please do not use any substitute parts. Call us and we will be happy to get replacement parts shipped to you, free of charge.
Top Bunk Safety: Always use the ladder for getting into, and out of, the top bunk. Do not allow more than one person on the top bunk at a time. Young children, (under 6 years of age) should not be allowed on the top bunk. A night light may be especially helpful for children who get up in the middle of the night and need to get down from the top bunk. The maximum weight capacity for top bunks is provided by the manufacturer. Do not exceed the manufacturer's maximum weight capacity. Again, please check your bunk bed from time to time to make sure that it is free from damage, and that all hardware is tightened and in working condition.
Finally, one of the most important safety guidelines for bunk beds: To prevent strangulation, never attach or hang anything to the bunk bed that is not designed for use with the bunk bed. Examples would be jump ropes, belts, or any type of hooks.
Instructions on making a homemade braided rug from fabric scraps.
In the 1830's, with the introduction of machine-made fabrics, homemakers began to put all of their leftover scraps to use by braiding them into floor coverings. It is a craft that is still practiced today, even though machine-made braided rugs are readily avaiable. Many people want to bring back the feeling of the "good ol' days" by doing it themselves.
When choosing rags or old clothing to make a braided rug, woolen ones work best. To prepare clothing for braiding, remove all lining, etc., and cut garments along the seams. Tear wool into strips that can be folded into cables for braiding. To tear strip, start with scissors and then rip the rest of the way along grain of fabric. Different weights in fabrics will mean that strips may need to be cut in different widths. Start by cutting a 1 1/2" strip and fold it to form a plump, round cable. Once you have your cable thickness decided, use that to judge how wide you need to cut the rest of your fabric strips.
Once the strips are torn you'll need to join them. Simply hold the ends at a 90 degree angle with right sides together, then stitch on a diagonal across the corner. Cut off excess corner.
To start the rug you'll need to make a center seam. To determine what size this seam needs to be it is suggested that you subtract your desired width from your desired length. For example, if you want a 4' x 6' rug you need a 2' long center seam. Braid the length of the seam desired, and then you'll need to turn the corner so you can continue braiding. To do this consider the strand hanging on the left part of the braid strand 1, the middle strand 2, and the strand on the right strand 3. To corner, bring strand 1 over strand 2 and into the center. Bring strand 2 over strand 1 and then under strand 3. Pull the braid towards the right and continue braiding. When you reach the other end and need to corner again simply repeat the process. As the rug area becomes larger you will not have to corner, it will simply wrap around.
To attach the braided lengths so they stay together you'll need heavy thread or carpet thread and a large needle. Do your stitching on what you desire to be the bottom of your rug. Thread the needle and begin by sliding needle under braid loop and out the top. Draw thread out and do the same to the length of braid that lays beside it. Do this back and forth, just like sewing until lengths are securely attached.
Since each length of braid that works to the outside of the rug is longer than the previous one you will need to skip a stitch along the outer curves to accomadate this. Do not skip at exactly the same places each time you hit the curve.
When you reach the last piece of braid, you'll need to cut strands 1,2, & 3 so they taper. Work them into the cable next to them and stitch them into place.
Now lay your rug out and enjoy your handiwork.
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