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So I have 2 kura beds

I want to stack them on top of each other. Something similar to image below. My question is how do I secure it. It will just be 1 bed, so the top kura bed will not have to support any weight other than the toddler leaning on it (hanging on it when I'm not looking?).

My initial thoughts are:

  • Gorilla glue all along the edge
  • Some kind of brace between them in addition (what kind of would I need?)
  • Secure it to the wall along the studs

Would the above be secure enough for toddler use?

kura bed

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IKEA furniture is pretty well engineered, and by that I mean, they make it just about strong enough to be used as intended by the manufacturer. There isn't a lot of overstrength to accommodate weird uses. If the manufacturer intended that to be done, Both these would be true:

  1. An explanation on how to do it would be included in the instructions for the bed. And
  2. A testing lab such as UL, TUV, CSA, etc. will have tested the design, and certified it to be safe.

If either of those things is not true, then either a) do not do it, or b) build a cantilevered or ceiling-hung platform to carry the weight of the upper bed even if the lower one is removed.

  • The instructions for the bed I found on their shop don't include any info on how to stack them or secure them to the wall. – ratchet freak Aug 1 '18 at 9:32
  • Thanks - need to figure out how i can add ceiling supports. – StanM Aug 1 '18 at 17:44
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    IMO, a lot can go wrong with suspending the bed from the ceiling if not done properly, I would only trust it bolted through the joists under sheer force and that would involve cutting up some drywall. I'd probably go with a freestanding outer cage that would support the upper bed, but then at that point I'd skip the $400 beds and build the entire thing myself. – Gary Bak Dec 21 '18 at 12:57
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The product page clearly states that the maximum load is 100kg and that it is not safe to use high sleeping beds and the top of a stacked bed for toddlers.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80253814/

The bed itself may weigh up to 30kg depending on the mattress and pillows, so for the hack you show in the photo, a 80 kg or over adult leaning on the top bunk could easily exceed the bearing capacity of the bottom bed making the top crash down on it, and potentially crush a child inside.

In other words, this hack is dangerous as it is displayed in the photo. Do not use it, especially not for toddlers.

To make it safe, you would have to buy additional wooden studs to reinforce both the bottom and top beds, and then brace it to the wall studs with wood screws. But you would need to buy so much wood to achieve this that it would be an uneconomical solution.

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"Furniture Tip-Over Deaths Are On the Rise for Children". Why design something that a child would be tempted to climb and that might collapse under her or him? Unless both beds were attached firmly to studs, and the beds were attached firmly to each other, I wouldn't even think of creating an ersatz bunk bed. Even then, you don't know if the legs of the lower bed could stand the weight of an occupied bed above plus its own occupant.

Why would you think that a child would never climb to the top bunk??

Also, even well-designed bunk beds have been cited as dangers.

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    Please read the question before saying 'unless you do the things you said you will do...' Not sure the point of this response since its obvious that I want to make sure it's well secured. – StanM Aug 1 '18 at 17:41
  • Read the answer: securing the bed to the wall is not sufficient to ensure that stacking one on top of another is safe. Nor is a ceiling designed to bear the weight of a bed with children. – DrMoishe Pippik Aug 1 '18 at 17:58

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