This is a very exciting day. Your child is finally ready for a ‘big’ bed. The only problem is there are so many beds to choose from it’s hard to settle on an ideal bed for your child.
Bunk beds are two single-sized beds, one placed on top of the other. This is a popular model if you have more than one young child sleeping in the room or if you host sleepovers. Bunk beds leave more space for playing and moving around than two single beds.
Kids love to sleep on the top bunk. But upper bunk beds are not intended for very small children. If the child is too young to reach the top bunk unaided, it’s not a good idea to allow him to sleep on the top mattress.
Some bunk beds come with drawers built below the bottom bed, which is a wonderful idea for extra storage. Bunk beds come in many themes and colours. Materials commonly used for bunks are pine wood and metal.
Loft beds give you plenty of room for fun and creativity in a child’s room. A loft bed is a mattress suspended above an area for play or study.
Some loft beds have a slide which makes getting up lots of fun! They come in many themes and colours, mostly in metal or wooden frames.
Small Single Beds
The 2ft 6 single bed is an excellent way to save space in a smaller child’s room. This is the smallest standard UK size bed, and is 6 inches narrower than a standard 3ft single.
This is the best choice if on a budget, as you can find small single 2ft 6 beds on sale online, with the mattress included at less than £130.
A platform bed is a superb choice for transitioning children into a larger bed. These beds are typically closer to the floor and give an organised feel to a room.
Platform beds are also available with storage space under the bed for toys, clothes, or linens. Storage space in a child’s room is always welcome as toys are often large and bulky.
Tips for Buying a Child’s Bed
Shop around. Both online and in the brick and mortar world, most stores have several sales every year on beds as new stock arrives. Take advantage of these periodic sales for massive savings. Don’t purchase the first bed you see, as you might be missing out on something much better.
Single beds for children are required to meet certain standards with safety in mind. Before you buy a new mattress or bed for a transitioning child, make sure the bed is compliant with all laws.
If possible, take your child shopping with you to test the mattresses. Just like you wouldn’t want an uncomfortable bed, neither does your child. Sleeping on a suitable mattress leads to a good night’s sleep and a less grumpy child.
No matter what bed you decide to buy, children grow up fast. So look for a bed that not only suits your child’s personality; but will grow with them for years to come.