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Old 09-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #15
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I'm sorry, but it really looks like some of the pictures that barrier is NOT close enough the mattress. It looks like a small child can get their body out under and their head get caught. There's been a lot of children killed with improper spacing on beds and railings meant to keep them safe. According to this there should be less than 6" between the top of mattress and bottom of rail. (Gaurd Rail paragraph (6) and Figure 2.
Some of the things in that document don't apply because of the nature of the bed. There's some good safety information there.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:43 PM   #16
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I think its the angle of the photo, it is less than six inches but my girls are also a little older. My youngest is six, but I absolutely agree, with a younger child I would have moved it down a little. My youngest rolls, tosses, and turns more than anything so I intentionally set the the rail to the higher end of the limit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:37 AM   #17
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Please don't forget it's not the distance from the mattress when you install the rail, it's the distance after the mattress is compressed by body weight.

Safety first!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:35 AM   #18
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Just to clarify I took one more photo. I am very safety conscious, especially concerning my kids. The railing sits roughly 3.5 inches above the mattress and they are quite firm, might compress an inch when my girls are laying on it. The railing is safe by the guidelines I've seen. I love the comments though and I think its great that there are so many people active on this board and willing to respond to all my newbie questions. Keep em' coming.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:48 AM   #19
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I made mine out of copper pipe. Proven to work with a 7 year old using top bulk and greyhound uses bottom bunk. The bunk supports have wood inserted to make them stronger. The horizontal kid keeper inner is removable so during the day we take it out so the kid can come and go from his beloved nest more easily. A couple inches front the top of each support is a 90 degree elbow to receive the kid keeper inner. and I made a slip over cozy for the top part to match the curtains and pillows. It takes up very little space when not in use. No edges to catch fingers or rip fabric. Nothing is done to change the trailer. We plan to powder coat it to match our interior. Can copper be powder coated? Sweating pipes and sewing skills needed. Let me know if you want pictures!
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We were going to fabricate a railing but were short on time so we decided that the standard bed railings at the big box stores would meet safety glide lines out of the box.

22 bucks and change. We currently have it stored under the bottom bunk/couch with a couple poles that are not completely hidden. We could have also disassembled the unit and stored it in the closet, but this seems reasonable compromise for rapid deployment and breakdown.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #21
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Good reminder about the 6" guideline. Mine was 2" under. Since the natural reaction when you get stuck between is to lift your head, I made it to lift out to prevent entrapment (and make it easy to remove). But since my daughter is 14 and 5' 6" I'm not worried about small children either.
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