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Designing children's rooms is a challenge for parents-to-be. It is where children play, learn, sleep and romp. For this reason, a child's room must be designed in such a way that it not only fulfils its practical function, but it must also be child-friendly and multifunctional.

In order to solve this problem easily, it has become common in Europe and Germany to design the children's room according to Montessori education. With our house bed test 2021 we want to help parents find the perfect house bed for their child.

We compare the best house beds available on the market and present rating criteria at the end so you can make your own decision for your children.




According to the famous educator, Maria Montessori, children should have the freedom to discover the world and the task of parents is such that they give children the opportunity for self-discovery and independent development.

Children have the freedom to choose which subject they want to explore and they are allowed to decide whether they need support in doing so. In this context, it is good that a children's room is well prepared according to the age and developmental stage of the children.

The room should be designed in a child-friendly way, where all toys, learning materials and materialian are clearly within reach, but with enough space for playing and sleeping, so that the children can move and develop in a restricted and independent way.

Adults need to create a child-friendly environment that is as barrier-free as possible to satisfy children's hunger for learning and needs. This is reflected in the selection of Montessori style furniture for children's rooms.

A bed for a child should allow the child to decide when they want to sleep and get up. A child-friendly room design should help the children to easily get in and out of their bed. In that case, it is better if the bed is about the same level as the floor; even mattress on the floor is quite sufficient.

However, a so-called floor bed, or bed at ground level, is definitely a better option for nicer room design.

Kinder spielen in Schlafzimmer

Children's rooms are used for sleeping and playing. (Image source: Victoria_Borodinova / Pixabay)

More and more parents are opting for Floor Bed instead of the classic cot as the first bed for the child. According to Montessori furnishings, the cot serves to make parents less stressed about the baby's safety.

On the other hand, it acts like a cage for the child's further development and creativity. In comparison, a ground-level bed is barrier-free, allowing the child to walk and explore freely. It is also much safer for the child to fall off when sleeping, as the floor is not far.

The house bed not only provides children with accessibility when getting in and out of their bed, but children can decorate their bed as they wish.

A house bed is just an even nicer version of the floor bed. They have mainly the same characteristics: Bed frame is usually ground level with a slatted frame and a sturdy mattress on top. The bed is available in different sizes of lying surface, depending on how big and how old the child is.

Unlike a normal floor bed, a house bed also has a sturdy frame that is built like a house. In addition, many manufacturers offer untreated house beds that you can paint and decorate yourself.

Summary

  • The Montessori-style bed should be as barrier-free as possible for children to get up and sleep independently.
  • A ground level bed like the house bed can encourage children's creativity and independent development, plus it is safer as children do not sleep far from the floor.
  • The frame of the house bed is solid and robust, and you also have the freedom to paint and decorate the bed with the children.

The best house bed: Our Picks

House beds from most manufacturers cannot be strongly distinguished by their appearance, as they are simply wooden frames that you can decorate yourself. However, you can distinguish house beds according to their quality.

To make your search for the right bed for your child easier, we present the winners of our test comparison below:

House beds: buying and evaluation criteria

Meanwhile, house beds with various additional features such as window, slide, drawer, and so on, are available on the market. However, the house bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in a child's room, so safety is an important issue when choosing a house bed.

The following criteria make it easy to evaluate and compare house beds:

We explain in the following paragraphs how to make the right decision when buying and evaluating.

Dimensions of the lying surface

The dimensions of the lying surface of house beds vary depending on the age and size of the children. Generally, the house bed is available in the following size

  • 70 x 140 cm
  • 80 x 160 cm
  • 90 x 200 cm

For toddlers, many parents prefer smaller beds. However, a larger bed offers its own advantage. This is because children have more room to move around on the bed. If the child moves around a lot while sleeping and often rolls, a larger bed is definitely worthwhile. In addition, you can decorate the bed nicely with cuddly toys and cushions to make it feel cosier for the child.

Important to know: many manufacturers produce house beds that are not at ground level and therefore do not comply with Montessori education

For this reason, you need to know how high the house bed is. We can only recommend high-rise beds or house beds with features under the lying surface, such as a drawer or pull-out guest bed, mainly to older children, as their movement is less restricted due to the height of the bed. Some manufacturers produce the same model in different sizes.

This of course makes it easier to decide when buying a larger size if you already have experience with the smaller size. This is an advantage, but not a must.

Frame material

The material is very important for the bed frame. It determines the stability of the bed. In addition, a high-quality material for a long-lasting bed ensures better sleeping comfort. The house beds in the market are made of wood, with Swiss pine, oak and pine being relatively popular with customers.

Solid wood frame made of pine is very robust, but also quite inexpensive. It is usually lacquered or oiled, so it is very easy to care for. In addition, the edges are often rounded, so it is very suitable for furniture in children's rooms. Another type of wood we can recommend is oak.

Oak is very hard and a bit heavy, but the structure of the frame is of course stable. It is a bit more expensive, but of course of higher quality. Thanks to its robustness, this type of wood is very resistant to scratching and durable.

Finally, we would like to recommend bed frames made of Swiss pine. If you are looking for a sustainable and ecologically valuable material for a cot frame, Swiss stone pine is the right material for you. Some parents prefer minimally treated home beds for their children.

Swiss pine is exactly the perfect material for naturally kept furniture, thanks to its charming colour and pattern. So it is perfect for simpler but stylish furniture for a child's room.

Height of the bed

According to Montessori furnishing, the bed should be as close to the floor as possible. However, not all home beds in the market are at ground level. Parents must pay attention to the height of the bed frame and thus also to the safety of the child.

We recommend high bed frames only for older children, for example school-age children, so that the bed is barrier-free for the child despite the height.

Many furniture manufacturers sell house beds with fall-out protection on the market. Whether the fall-out protection is really necessary is up to everyone. As a rule, parents do not need to worry about ground-level beds, as there is little risk of falling out.

But if the bed frame is a bit higher, we can advise fall-out protection as double safety especially for toddlers. It is also a good idea to put a blanket or rug in front of the bed, especially for children who are very active at night when sleeping or who often sleepwalk.

Additional equipment

Fall-out protection is not the only equipment offered by furniture suppliers in addition to the classic frame of the house bed. Due to increasing urbanisation and increasingly cramped living space, there is more and more demand for multifunctional furniture.

Multifunctionality in a house bed usually means that the bed has a double function, for example as a storage place, like a drawer or a cupboard, or with an extendable double bed. Such house beds are usually a little higher because the drawer or guest bed is under the slatted frame. However, it offers the advantage of being very space-saving for room arrangements.

In addition, many parents and children want a house bed with an unconventional design, for example with a slide, stairs or with a roof. Such house beds are also usually not as level as prescribed by Maria Montessori.

However, it can be argued that children have more fun in the room because the bed serves a different function as a playground. To some extent, this encourages creativity from the children as they design their own room as they wish.

Moreover, they like to stay free to play and sleep in their room if they like the children's room. House beds with additional features are of course somewhat more expensive than normal house beds. That's why you have to think about what equipment is actually necessary for the children's room. It is also important that this additional equipment is built in a way that is suitable for children.

Difficulty in assembling

Now we come to the last point in the decision to buy a house bed, which is often forgotten in the evaluation. The assembly of house construction is about the same for most house beds, but some manufacturers do not make this clear in their manual, which could lead to confusion during assembly.

So it is important to find a house bed that is easy to assemble. Assembling a house bed should take about three-quarters to a full hour. Depending on how skilled you are, it may take a little longer or shorter. You also have to take into account the weight of the house bed. A difficult bed frame can usually take a little longer to assemble.

Zusammenbau von Hausbett

House bed takes about an hour to assemble. (Image sources: bidvine / Pixabay)

We suggest that customers find out about the complexity and time needed for assembly. This can be learned, for example, from reviews that can be found on the seller's website. There you can also find more information regarding the shipping of the components from the company.

House bed: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most frequently asked questions about house beds. The following questions can help parents to find out more about the topic of house beds.

Who is a house bed suitable for?

A house bed is suitable for children of all ages. Parents can start introducing the house bed to their child as early as 1.5 years of age. It is recommended that the child use house bed when the child first falls asleep alone. Switching to house bed from cot is quite challenging for parents in the beginning.

Unlike cot, it sometimes takes a little time for the child to fall asleep as there is more freedom in movement. Thus, parents have to be a little patient until the child finds their regular sleeping rhythm. It is definitely worthwhile to train the children with a house bed. Make the house bed cosy for the children with the help of their favourite cuddly toys and pillows.

What are the types and sizes of house beds?

Actually, the house beds that are available in the market are somewhat homogeneous. They usually look somewhat similar in terms of design. They can be distinguished by the size of the lying surface. Use the following table to find out the different sizes of children's mattresses and the appropriate age for them:

Size Age
60 x 120 cm Suitable for children up to approx. 3 years old
70 x 140 cm Suitable for children up to approx. 6 years old
90 x 120 cm Suitable for children and adolescents from 7 years old (single bed)

What are the alternatives to a house bed?

Children's beds come in different types and models. Each model has its advantages and disadvantages. Below we present the alternatives to house beds.

Alternative Description
Crib Crib is suitable for toddlers as it protects children from falling out. If you specifically want to design the children's room according to Montessori education, this model may not be ideal after all.
Floor Bed According to Montessori education, a floor bed promotes the children's development. Floor Bed is a little cheaper than House Bed because the frame is not so big and the assembly is less complicated. However, there is little possibility to decorate there as it is normal bed frame.
DIY House Bed If you wanted to have the advantages of house bed but cannot afford the expensive house bed, you can build house bed yourself.

DIY house bed is the best alternative of normal house bed. There are many tutorials and building instructions on the internet. Check out the GabelSchereBlog or Jana Nibe's blog for detailed instructions.

How can you decorate a house bed beautifully?

There are many ways to decorate a house bed: from fairy lights to bed linen. Online retailers like Etsy sometimes sell decoration kits for house beds, but we suggest parents to decorate the room together with the children so that parents and children can spend time together and at the same time the children can participate in designing their room. With the help of the following materials, you can design the most beautiful house bed with your children

  • Fairy lights: Fairy lights come in different colours and shapes. However, we recommend battery-operated warm white LED lights for the children's room as they are long-lasting and more pleasant.
  • Bedding: Even with minimal decoration, you can make the house bed come alive with matching bedding. Whether plain or patterned, we recommend hard-wearing cotton bed linen because it is breathable and therefore suitable for all weathers.
  • Canopy: Whether curtain or canopy, lightweight fabric canopies can make a big visual difference to a simpler house bed. Alternatively, you can design the tepee house bed like a tent.
  • Pillows and cuddly toys: As mentioned earlier, cuddly toys and pillows provide cosy sleeping comfort for the kids. You can even add a bedroll both as decoration and as a small "fence" for the child's safety.

Ein Kind schläft mit Kuscheltiere

Decorate the house bed with your child's favourite cuddly toys. (Image source: Victoria_Borodinova / Pixabay)

Conclusion

With a house bed you can not only decorate your child's room beautifully, but you also give your children the opportunity to develop. It is the job of parents to prepare an optimal environment for children to explore the world independently. We recommend a house bed for every parent, not only for aesthetic but also for educational reasons.

A house bed offers so much comfort and safety for children that parents no longer have any reason to procure their own house bed for their children. Moreover, you can also build the house bed yourself. This way, the house bed does not have to be expensive.

After all, nothing is too expensive for the children's development. I hope this guide has helped you to learn more about the house bed and make the decision making process of buying a house bed easier. Have fun buying a house bed! Image source: Białasiewicz/ 123rf.com

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