Which Bunk is Right for Your camp? Wood or Metal?

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Bunkbeds and summer camp are natural companions – like peanut butter and jelly! With a variety of metal and wood bunks available, which is right for your camp? Let’s look at what they have in common and what sets them apart.

Wood is traditional. Wood bunks are warm and inviting. For many parents, wood bunks evoke nostalgia from their own summer camp days. Wood bunks are heavy-duty and super durable and will serve your camp for 10 plus years without issue. Space saving options like ladder ends keep valuable floor space open while still providing easy access for campers. Available in six sizes with additional options for full or queen bottom bunks, wood bunks comfortably accommodate any camper including adults.

Metal bunks are a sleek and sturdy alternative to wood. Among the most popular features of metal bunks are easily cleanable surfaces. Powder coated finishes are baked on and promise lots of chip-free wear. Metal bunks are also super durable and will welcome campers for years or even decades. Fully welded tube decks eliminate bed parts like slats and foundations and simple assembly makes for quick and easy set-up.

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Metal bunks have been increasing in popularity primarily based on their resistance to bed bugs. Metal bunks are constructed using fully-welded seams that seal joints. The fully-sealed joints prevent bed bugs from nesting by eliminating spaces for them to hide. The cleanability of metal makes it easy to recover from chemical pesticide treatments. Paired with an inverted seam mattress bed bugs management becomes, well, manageable! 

Wood bunks are not more prone to bedbugs than metal but have more joints that can harbor pests. Wood surfaces themselves when sealed with lacquer are smooth and prevent hiding places. But areas like the places where side rails butt up against end panels creates seams and gaps that can cause concern for pest management. Both metal and wood options have bolts which are usually only vulnerable to pests during a severe infestation.

Furniture Concepts has been a leader in camp furniture for 25 years and offers the right solutions for the camp and conference center industries. With complete lines of wood and metal sleeping solutions, camps of all types & sizes can rest assured they are working with the right one-stop company that can outfit their entire camp with bunks, mattresses, and replacement mattress covers. Furniture Concepts also offers seating and dining furniture perfectly designed for camps and built to last for years to come. In addition, we offer customized solutions for limited mobility or behavioral concerns like contraband risks or behavioral outbursts. 

When looking for the best solutions for housing your campers, turn to an industry expert like Furniture Concepts who the right products and the right advice to help you guarantee the comfort and safety of your campers and guests. 

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