Category: Beds

Modified Bunk Bed

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a teenage girl with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones) to safely use a bunk bed. In order to create needed space in a shared bedroom, two single beds were joined as bunk beds. However, there was concern that the limited head room on the bottom bunk would result in the child with osteogenesis imperfecta accidently injuring herself. Similarly, the upper bunk posed risks due to falls or other injury while climbing up. Also, the top bunk would limit access if caregiving was required. To create greater headroom for the bottom bunk, an extension was added that did not raise the top bunk higher than necessary and that did not intrude in the space for the lower bunk. An H-shaped steel extension with a socket at each end was created that sits between the upright of the bottom bunk and the upright of the top bunk. The extension is held in place by the weight of the top bunk. Because the uprights are not fixed in the sockets to make future dismantling simpler, the structure also required reinforcing. To accomplish this, two loops were added to the top and bottom of each end piece on the wall side. Diagonal steel cables were attached to the loops with turnbuckles to tension them. To provide access to the top bunk, a new wooden ladder was built to match the beds. It fits over the frame of the bed at either end and can also be moved along the frame as needed. COLOR: The extension was painted beige. TITLE: Night Safety. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 3, October 2007: p. 15-17. PAGES: 4. (including cover).


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