When your little one moves from their cot into a real bed, it can be tricky deciding what type of bed will be best for them. Safety and practicality are the main considerations, but you will also have to take into account the space available and if they’ll be sharing with other siblings. There are lots of creative options for kids beds, from bright and colourful designs to beds with slides and play areas. Here’s our quick guide to help you choose the right bed for your child.
A classic of many childhoods, bunk beds are a great way to save space in the home. Traditionally, this is the option used when two children are sharing a room, with many beds dismantling into two single beds if needs be. This versatility is great as the children get older and saves you from having to repurchase beds after a short space of time. If you need more space, you might want to look at triple bunk beds, which include a double bed at the bottom.
Bunk beds can generally be found in wooden and metal options. Metal beds are lighter and may be easier to put together, but this lightness can make them less sturdy than wooden alternatives, which is something to consider if your kids use the bed as a climbing frame! Wooden beds tend to be more expensive, but are often found in a variety of bright colours and can last years of wear and tear. Please also note that bunk beds are advised for children older than 6, as they can be a climbing hazard to younger children.
Usually smaller sized than a single bed, these often come in novelty designs, including cars, boats and magical carriages. They are a great option for younger children, not only making bedtime fun and exciting but because they include side rails to prevent your child rolling out of bed. These are a natural step from a cot to a full-size bed, and help make the transition easy and stress-free for your child. Most toddler beds will fit a cot mattress too, making them a great value, practical choice.
Ideal for older children, these feature a work or play area underneath a raised up bed. Great for smaller rooms, they can see the child right through until their teenage years, with the play area gradually changing into a designated homework area. There is so much choice when it comes to the design of these beds, with many including a fun slide and even side sheets to transform the underneath into a den.