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Posted by  JWmHarmon on July 28, 2002 at 22:19:10:

In Reply to:  Re: bunk bed design posted by susan smith on June 25, 2002 at 15:49:02:

From Time Saver Standards c. 1966 page 964 - minimum height above upper bed of "double-decker" bed is 3 feet 6 inches (about 1.08 meters)

This source is nearly forty years old, but it gives you an idea of needed space and was the handiest book I had available at 1:00 A.M. local time.

I slept in the top bunk in college. I am about 6 feet 3 inches tall (192 centimeters). I sometimes hit my head on the ceiling in my dorm room while climbing into the top bunk. One quickly learns to duck. It was a little like being in a Frank Lloyd Wright house with low ceilings that were designed for someone in the 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall range.

One learns very quickly that much of the world is designed for people of "average" height. One must adapt or suffer the consequences.

Being a bit taller than the average, I almost always propose that one should design for people who may be taller, while also acknowledging that some people are shorter than the average. Young children are almost always shorter than most adults.

Who will be using the bunk beds? This may lead you to different design considerations.

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