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Welcome once again! Nowadays, there are a variety of models that in the past were not so common or beyond the reach of the average pocket. While it is a family decision, depending on the age, children have a big say in the choice.

The last word will always be up to the parents based on their budget, number of children, number of bedrooms and general needs, so we invite you to take a look at the types of beds available, their advantages, disadvantages, prices, and all the relevant information for a successful purchase.




Summary

  • Children's beds are furniture used for sleeping and resting, although they are also used to spend time doing other activities.
  • There are a variety of options for buying a bed, there are beds for all tastes and needs. Some options are: Traditional wooden beds, trundle beds, bunk beds, fun beds, etc.
  • Choosing a bed for children is not only based on design, but in addition to the needs of the family, they must also take into account certain criteria of functionality for the benefit of the children or the space.

The Best Children's Beds: Our Picks

Buying guide: what you need to know about children's beds

Bedtime is always an adventure for our little ones. Some ask us to read them a story; others ask us to sing them a song. No matter what your bedtime routine is, what matters is that you make sure they have the right bed to meet their sleep needs.

There are many options to choose from and they come in all price ranges.
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What are children's beds and what are their advantages?

They are furniture that children use to sleep, rest and spend time doing other activities such as reading, jumping, sitting, spending time with their parents or resting during difficult times of illness.

There is an option for every need, for children with or without siblings who sleep in their own room or share a room, simple, traditional, modern and multifunctional options, with designs that suit the children's tastes and others that are more intended to support some stage of childhood.

Advantages
  • There are multiple options to choose from and of all costs
  • They are very affordable
  • The beds adapt to the spaces that the user has
  • You can have beds made to measure
  • Choosing the right bed will allow the child to rest, to enjoy it during the day and to be more independent
Disadvantages
  • The quality of some can be deficient for the constant and rough use that a child requires
  • Choosing a bed that meets certain needs may also end up not being functional for other things
  • Eventually children grow up and as young people have other needs and tastes
  • Some beds are difficult to re-sell and much of the initial investment can be lost

Children's beds such as cots and transitional, single, or designer beds What should you look out for?

Depending on the age of the child, different types of beds may be recommended. Much depends on the size of your child, as well as the level of safety and the area where it will be placed. A bassinet or cot for newborns is not the same as a single bed. Below we talk in more detail about each of these:

Cots and transitional beds Individual Shared room With design
They are cots that help the baby or child to start using a bed They are beds for a single person They are usually single beds, but two come together so that each one sleeps one person They are beds that cover the essential need but base their design on modernity
The child can get in and out giving independence and security They can be folding beds, with a design of a character, Montessori, Loft beds, with storage or simple There are several options: bunk beds, L-shaped bunk beds, train bunk beds, raised beds, trundle beds, or twin beds They are creative
Variety of options to choose from e.g.: telescopic beds to make them longer, cots are designed to remove railings, flush Montessori beds Made of different materials such as wood, metal or plastic Sizes are similar to single beds Some try to solve spaces with fun and/or functional designs
Recommended for children aged 1 to 5 years Recommended for children aged 3 to 4 years and older Most are made of wood, bunk beds can be made of wood or metal Made of different materials such as wood, metal or plastic
They are one hundred percent safe They may or may not have a separation from the floor
Convertible cots have standard sizes of 140 x 70 cm and 150 x 79 cm, convertible beds have an average size of 1'90 x 90cm Standard sizes are between 80×180 cm. or 90 x 190 cm

These are some characteristics to consider about the types of beds that can be found, but we still need to go deeper into each one because of the different designs that you can choose and that will be the best option for your child, we will see them in detail later.

You can buy a children's bed in almost any shop.
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Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different models of children's beds

Chances are that your child will go for a model featuring their favourite character, however, it is very important that you consider other aspects such as those shown below, so that the purchase you make is a smart one.

Space

Space determines the size of the furniture we can choose, no matter how much we like a model if our space is small, there is nothing to do. Your and your child's wishes should be consistent with the space available.

This has to do with the square metres of the room versus the measurements of the desired piece of furniture. In addition, it is also necessary to keep in mind whether one or two beds are required depending on the number of children we have and the number of rooms available.

The bed has become a space that lets your imagination run wild and allows you to create other spaces.
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Quality

The quality of the materials used to make the furniture makes a very important difference, as its durability will depend on this. As we said before, if you choose a piece of furniture made of oak, its life span will be longer than if you choose a piece of furniture made of MDF, why?

Because the latter contains wood fibres and synthetic resins, which results in a medium density. It is an economical material, but it is sensitive to heat, difficult to repair, and has to be replaced more frequently.

Mattress

Your child's rest is not only about buying a base, but also about having a good mattress that allows him to rest soundly and not wake up during the night. For quiet children a soft mattress can work, but for those who demand more energy and one of their passions is jumping on the bed, then you need a firm base with an impact resistant mattress.

Functionality

Nowadays there are endless models to choose from and many of them have paid attention and give a plus to a basic piece of furniture, so it is now common to find multifunctional options, i.e. a piece of furniture that has a bed, usually a single bed, that solves other needs.

Among the things that a piece of furniture of this type can include are: integrated slides or free space at the bottom for play area, or study area, as well as wardrobes, shelves or drawer units integrated on the sides, when there is a staircase the steps are used for drawers, etc. The bed has become a space that lets the imagination run wild and allows other spaces to be created.

Children's beds are furniture used for sleeping and resting, but they are also used for spending time doing other activities.
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Some options to choose from

  • Transitional beds: These are those that give the opportunity to envelop the little one in a new way of sleeping, leaving the cot aside, but providing protection and security. They are flush with the floor.
  • Montessori beds: A bed that encourages the child's autonomy as it is placed at floor level.
  • Basic Individual Bed: These are the traditional beds that fulfil the unique function of achieving a deep rest in it. They are available in various colours and materials and can be accompanied by a set of furniture.
  • Bunk beds: These are for two people, usually for siblings who share the same room. It is a piece of furniture that places one bed on top of the other, and each one sleeps in one of them.
  • Bunk beds in train: It is a variant of the previous one where the upper bed is not totally aligned to the lower one, so that you can have a storage space in the corner.
  • L-shaped bunk beds: Similar to the previous ones, but the beds are placed crosswise.
  • Fun beds: These are beds with cartoon characters or figures that help the child pretend to be part of a world, e.g. tractor, car, boat, etc.
  • Trundle beds: They have a main bed, and one or two that are stored under the first one in the form of a drawer, allowing it to be removed when not in use. They can be simple or a little higher to make the most of the space underneath and add drawers.
  • Loft beds: These are those that are placed in the upper part, leaving a space below that can be used as a study. The same piece of furniture already has a desk space and shelves or they can also leave the space free to play. Very useful in small rooms.

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