A contract camp bunk bed, also known as a ‘cot’ in America and Canada, is a larger more permanent, heavyweight bunk bed which is used where smaller more portable bunk beds cannot be used. ESS Universal’s popular single over single bunk bed is designed for this heavy commercial use. The obvious benefits of this bunk bed is its robustness and caters for the full size adult. Camp bunk beds are normally used by armies back packer hostels, YMCA summer camps, employee accommodation in tourism and such places like the oil and gas/mining industries. However in recent years we have witnessed a mass exodus of refugees into Europe especially from Syria, with many women and children quite literally sleeping on a cold floor has prompted ESS Sleep Systems to develop a refugee bunk bed for that ’emergency situation’ when there is a need to quickly provide accommodation for these unfortunate souls. ESS Sleep Systems developed the T2, a purpose designed refugee bunk bed which offers the safety design of the D2 camp bunk bed but at a hugely reduced price.
Camp bunk beds generally consist of a robust metal frame which should be designed to meet entrapment hazard safety standards and built to withstand the pressures of army life or as a hostel bunk bed situation be able to withstand the constant change of occupier in the hospitality industry.
The first camp bunk bed was developed by the Roman army. The use of bunk beds by Roman garrisons meant making the most use of the small room sizes in the outpost fortresses such as in Roman Britain.
It was during the Soviet period, the sheer lack of homes in the then Soviet Union brought on a huge use of camp bunk beds that made them iconic elements of the Soviet Union life.