Bunk beds might be space-saving solutions for your kids’ shared bedrooms or for dorms, or they might just be a novelty you’ve always wanted to incorporate at home. But that’s not to say they don’t come with risks. Sitting or sleeping an elevated distance off the ground can always pose dangers if caution isn’t exercised, and not just because of the threat of toppling out of bed.
Anyone with dibs on the top bunk might be far from the ground, but they are close to the ceiling, and this is especially a problem if the room happens to have a ceiling fan. For kids and adults alike, smacking our heads against the spinning blades of a fan is a Final Destination-like worst case scenario we’d like to avoid at all costs – so we’ve put together a list of the best ceiling fans you can use in a room with bunk beds.
Fanimation FP7964BN Beckwith Fan
This two-in-one light fixture and ceiling fan fulfils a dual function handy for a shared bedroom looking to make the most of the available space. What makes it so ideal for a room with a bunk bed, though, is its guarded structure – enclosed in a metal and frosted glass case, you don’t run the risk of anyone hurting themselves with a fan’s open blades. A small, compact device that directs a concentrated airflow of 1009 cubic feet per minute (CFM) – the volume of air the fan can move every minute – steadily downwards, this fan can be situated right above your bunks to keep you cool through the night.
A UL-dry rated fan – meaning intended exclusively for use indoors – the fan can be mounted via down rod, best suited for rooms with ceilings about 9 feet high. If you’re worried lower ceilings might pose an issue with the fan hanging too close to the top bunk, a flush mount kit can be ordered separately from Fanimation. The 13 inch fan is remote operable, functioning also as a light source holding 43 watt E12 candelabra lightbulbs to give the space a retro or futuristic feel. With five blades and an AC-powered motor, the fan is quiet and wobble-free, making it an unobtrusive addition to your home.
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Westinghouse Quince 24-Inch Chrome Indoor Ceiling Fan
One way of combating the dangers of juxtaposing ceiling fans with bunk beds is to look for options with shorter blades, and this compact, 24 inch fan fits the bill perfectly. Not only does it offer the perfect coverage and airflow for a small space – ideal for an area of about 100 square feet, with 2039 CFM of airflow – it can also be mounted close to the ceiling in rooms where the ceiling is too low, despite not being a ceiling hugger fan.
With a quaint, almost flower like design available with patterned wood textures and chrome detailing or in gun metal accents, the fan also comes with an opal frosted glass bowl suited for 40 watt candelabra lightbulbs. The silicon steel motor is reversible, allowing you to switch the direction the fan spins in the winters, so you can use it to both keep cool during the summers as well as distribute warm air packed close to the ceiling around during winters. As with all Westinghouse products, this fan is also built to capitalize on efficiency and energy saving, boasting an air flow efficiency of 67 CFM per watt, within the desired range of energy efficiency for ceiling fans on the market.
Hunter Fanaway Retractable Blade 48″ Ceiling Fan
Retractable fans are all the rage when it comes to innovative ceiling fan designs, and for good reason. Compact and sleek, there’s something thoroughly satisfying watching the 5 slim, curved blades fold in, leaving you with what, at first glance, looks to be a contemporary, stylish light fixture, which actually ends up saving you ceiling space and keeping all that dust from building up on the blades. The fan comes powered with Hunter’s trademark WhisperWind technology to offer seamless and silent operation while whipping up airflow of 4810 CFM, the 48 inch diameter of the fan when switched on enough to cover about 175 square feet of space.
Endorsed with an Energy Star certification, this is not only a space saving fan you might want to consider to keep anyone hogging the top bunk out of harm’s way, but also a device promising 20% more energy efficiency than other options on the market. Remote operable, this fan is mounted via down rod, but is perfectly adjustable for rooms with ceilings about 9 feet high. The fan is available in brushed chrome and pure white, sure to make a statement and stand out in whichever room you place it.
Savoy House Alsace Fan D’lier 26″ Ceiling Fan
If you want to keep bunk bed occupants free of potential head or hand injuries but don’t want to skimp on aesthetics in the process, this is an option that manages to pull off practicality and class in one, artful swoop. The Alsace collection draws inspiration from the craftsmanship of French vineyard wine barrels, and this tasteful little device looks more like an artistic chandelier than a guarded fan there to keep you from knocking your hands into the blades by accident.
With intricate iron detailing and a reclaimed wood finish, the fan not only looks sophisticated but acts the part too with an airflow of 2,374 CFM and an airflow efficiency of 64 CFM per watt, a great energy saving alternative to many ceiling fans which might cost you more in the long run. Packaged with a light kit and handheld remote, the 26 inch fan is perfect for smaller rooms or for situating directly above your bed to keep you cool through the night, the three angled blades making for relatively quiet operation. Though fitted for down rod mounting, the fan can be adjusted for use in low-ceilinged rooms as well, the guarded casing an added precaution.
- Fanimation: http://www.fanimation.com/
- Architect Designed: https://architectdesigned.net.au/2016/07/04/safe-ceiling-fans-for-bunk-beds/
- Hunter Fan: http://www.hunterfan.com/