Children’s Beds and Bedroom Furniture – A Buyers Guide


There are so many options available when looking at beds and furniture for children’s rooms. The emergence of the internet has had a massive effect on the choices available to us as consumers, but with so much choice how do we chose which furniture is right for our children?

The answer to this question is obviously different for every parent although there are some basic questions that you can ask yourself before you start looking which should ultimately help you make the right decision.

What Style of Bed?

The first question is what type of bed should I be looking for? This may sound like an odd starting point but even the most basic of search on the net will reveal that there is a massive choice of makes and styles of children’s beds on the market. They basically break down as follows:


  • Traditional Single Beds & Bedroom Sets
  • Captains Beds – Slightly higher than a standard single usually with storage or a sleepover bed underneath
  • Cabin Beds or Midsleepers – A bed between 60 and 80cm off the ground with either furniture or a “den” underneath
  • Bunk Beds
  • Highsleeper Beds – A bed between 130 and 150cm off the ground with either space or furniture underneath


Traditional style single beds and captains beds are suitable for children of almost any age where as cabin beds suit children from 4 years and bunks and highsleepers are not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Obviously every child is different and you as a parent will know if you feel comfortable letting your child sleeping on the particular bed you chose.

The more traditional single bed with matching furniture will work in bigger rooms as will a captains bed, however if your space is small and you want to optimise the room you have then a cabin bed, highsleeper of bunks may be the way to go.

What Do You Want the Bed / Furniture to Do?

This sounds like an odd question but there are a number of bed building systems on the market which provide a flexible option for you kids. If you simply want a bed that will last your kids 4 or 5 years then there are many cheap beds on the market that will do this job well. Although it is a cliché it is also true to say that you get what you pay for. If your goal is a more long term solution then a building system may be the way to go.

So What is a Building System?

Put simply this is a modular system that allows you change your child’s bed as they get older. They will start as a single bed, add an extension kit and they can be changed into bunks, a midsleeper or a highsleeper. This is an excellent options if you have a number of children and you think their needs might change as they get older.


obviously this is the most important issue when you are looking at anything for for your children. Many cheaper bunks, highsleepers and midsleepers do not weigh enough to avoid “tipping”, you should always ask whether these sorts of beds should be fixed to the wall to avoid this issue. The more expensive brands generally do not suffer with this issue. You should also look carefully at the safety bars on the bed to ensure that they are sturdy enough to protect your child from falling and that they are deep enough to ensure they cannot roll out of a higher bed. Another issue with higher beds is the mattress depth. Traditionally mattresses are made to a depth of between 18 and 25cm. Most higher beds on the market would become dangerous with a mattress towards the upper end of this scale, ask your retailer what the recommended mattress depth is on the bed before you buy a mattress.

Try the Bed Out First!

Although it is easy to order online nowadays you can not beat seeing your kids trying out the beds before you buy. Unfortunately there are not many places where you can see a full range of children’s beds on display but I would always recommend that you take time to find somewhere to see the bed you are considering before you buy it. This way you 護頸枕頭 can assess whether you are happy that your children will be comfortable using ladders or getting in and out of the bed.

Will I be Able to Add to Items in the Future?

The children’s bed / bedroom furniture market is ever changing and there is no guarantee that what you see today is going to be available tomorrow. Ask questions regarding the supplier, where is it manufactured? How long have they been making it? When did they last change the range? Does the manufacturer offer a supply guarantee?

If you ask these sorts of questions you should be able to satisfy yourself that you may or may not be able to add to your furniture in the future.


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