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Tuesday, August 16th
Kids Furniture Warehouse is based in Florida and they have showrooms located in Orlando, Tampa, and South Florida. Because of their limited reach, shipping is a little more complicated if you don't live within the range of their normal delivery area.
Not the most shopper-friendly website
The overall shopping experience on KFW's site isn't nearly as user-friendly as their competitors. You have to hunt a bit more to find what you are looking for. You start off by needing to decide the style you want - such as twin over twin, twin over twin with stairs, twin over full, twin over futon, and so on - and then you can see the choices in that category. There were hardly any filters to choose from but the most options in a category we found was 12 so it wasn't burdensome to browse. This is the retailer with the fewest number of options, but what they have is solid wood: no metal frames available here. Some customers have complained about the quality of the furniture though, so keep that in mind.
Least expensive: $366
The most economical choice that you have will be the Manhattan Mission Bunk Bed, which was on sale for $366 at the time of this review. This wood bed has the option to have storage drawers, a trundle, or nothing under the bottom bunk. If you choose either the drawers or the trundle, it will obviously cost you more. They can also be taken apart to have two identical free-standing twin beds. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. The site says it usually ships in 1-2 weeks so keep that in mind if you are looking for faster delivery.
Most expensive: $3,200
On the more expensive end is the Matrix Dapper Low Bunk Bed with Stairs - Full Size, which will run you $3,200 on sale. You can get it in either chestnut, white, or natural. This bed also gives you the choice of storage drawers or a trundle underneath, either of which will make it more expensive. You also have the choice of the bed end style - slat, panel, or the curved which will cost you extra - and whether or not you want to have a slat safety panel added on for $60. There are pictures to give you an idea of the different options you can pick from. This bed usually ships in 3-4 weeks. It seems to be very solidly built and also has a number of coordinating bedroom furniture that goes with it.
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Keep an eye out when you first visit Kids Furniture Warehouse's site. We were prompted to put an email address in to subscribe to their newsletter. While we aren't always thrilled with the thought of more "junk" mail, sometimes signing up for a newsletter will get you a bonus perk.
Reputation is mediocre
We're never thrilled to see that a company has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau, and unfortunately, Kids Furniture Warehouse does. But, the BBB gave them that rating for a total of just five complaints filed there, three of which went without a response from the retailer. That's not fantastic, but it's also not a gigantic red flag either. However, other reviews mention quite a few problems with shipping, horrible customer service, and less-than-quality furniture.
Shipping and returns may be a challenge
Shipping is best if you live within 30-40 miles of one of their showrooms. "Local Delivery" will get you your item delivered in the room you want it in. "Delivery and Assembly" will get your item assembled as well. You will be notified of your shipping charge before purchase so you have the choice of picking it up in store (only in Florida) or canceling your order. For "out of area delivery" they ship most anywhere in the US. Put your address in to make sure your area can be delivered to; if your area is available, this will be a "curbside delivery" which means you need to get the item into your home and into the room you want it in. You also need to make sure to inspect your items for any shipping damage upon arrival and report anything found or you will be out-of-luck. We weren't able to find any return information so we highly recommend you contact the retailer to clarify what your return options are before you purchase.
Give it a "maybe" if you're local
If you happen to live in either Central or South Florida, you might want to give Kids Furniture Warehouse a try - especially if you can run into a store to see the quality for yourself. If you don't live in the area, you might want to check out some of our higher ranked retailers.
The first thing to consider is if you are wanting a bunk bed or a loft bed. A bunk bed has two beds - and sometimes even three or four - stacked in various configurations. On the other hand, loft beds offer great space-saving capabilities by having just the top bunk with usually a desk and even shelves under it.
There are quite a few ways that you can have your bunk bed. There is the classic twin-over-twin. But then you can also do a twin-over-full, which is really nice to stand on as the parent if you like to tuck them in at night. More novel options include two twin-over-twin beds linked together by a staircase or even a queen-over-queen if you have the floor space - and a need - for that. Full-over-full is also very common.
This comes in handy with those sleepers that need extra room to move around in the night. If for any reason you decide the kids won't always be sharing a room, look for ones that allow you to separate the bunk into two freestanding beds. There are also different ways the ladders are attached - or often even the option to have stairs. Some come with extra storage options as well, including drawers, shelves, or an actual dresser attached.
As you are shopping, pay special attention to the specifications provided. The best retailers will provide you with more information than you think you need- until you realize you do need to know that after all. Such information should include the dimensions of the bunk or loft bed. You want to make sure that the child on the top isn't going to hit their head on the ceiling every time they sit up in bed because there isn't enough clearance.
You will also want to look for safety information. The top bunk isn't recommended for children under 6 years old and there are usually weight limits for the separate bunks that you might want to keep in mind.
With so many different bunk beds and loft beds to choose from, and almost as many retailers who'd love to sell you one, it can get overwhelming fast. How can you tell which store should earn your business? Keep these criteria in mind as you shop:
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