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Kids Beds FAQs

When it comes to your children, you only want to provide them with the best. This is true of all aspects of their lives, and though it’s important to ensure that they have everything they need during the day it’s also vital to give them everything they need throughout the night.

Because of this, the bed you decide to give them can be an important factor for their growth and happiness, so it’s only natural that you’ll want to make sure you’re making the right choice. Whether it’s picking the right bed or the right mattress, Happy Beds is here to help you make the choice from the myriad options available.

That’s why we’ve created this guide, so that with Happy Beds in tow you can get the answers to any and all questions you could have about buying your child a bed; from their very first to the one that’ll last them for years.

Your Happy Beds kids bed buying guide:

[Video] Tips for buying the best kids beds / frequently asked kids beds questions with Happy Beds

  • If you choose to buy a bunk bed, be sure to measure the floor to ceiling space of the room that the bunk bed will go in
  • It’s usually a good idea to choose a bed that can adapt to a child’s ever growing frame
  • In regards to mattresses, unless your child has specific needs it’s usually not required to choose options such as memory or reflex foam enriched mattresses

What kinds of kids beds are available? How do I choose the right bed for my child?

Conventional, no frill beds ordered in a single size are usually a safe bet when it comes to furnishing children’s rooms as they’re durable and compact enough to fit into most children’s bedrooms. They are also usually the more easily affordable options.

For shared bedrooms that could use extra space bunk beds are peerless choices as they’ll only take up the floor space of one bed whilst providing the sleeping area for two. As long as they’re treated and approached correctly they can last for years. As well as providing additional space for a shared room bunk beds are usually a source of novel entertainment for children.

Sleep stations are essentially single beds, albeit with innovative additions to the design, such as featuring storage spaces and desks. They act as ‘all in one’ bedframes, usually offering the likes of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards built into the bottom section of the bedframe, elevating the sleeping area up to a kind of ‘top bunk’ level. These are ideal for rooms with little space for items like large wardrobes or full desks and can serve as a delightful novelty for your child.

Finally, theme beds are mostly used for entertainment purposes alone, as although they’ll function as a single bed they’re usually bought for their appearance alone. These can include the likes of being shaped like a car or decorated like a house and are usually charming choices for very young children.

Virtually any bed can be a kid’s bed, though some are more appropriate and may be better received than others. Examples of these include single sized beds, bunk beds, sleep stations and theme beds.
Unless your child has an incredibly large room, avoid buying anything other than single sized beds for them, as the likes of double beds can take up too much room. Usually the best time to upgrade a child’s bed to a larger size would be when they grow too large for a single, such as when they become a teenager.

How do I choose a bunk bed?

First it’s important to determine what size bunk bed you’ll need, as there are three sizes available; standard bunk beds (twin over twin), triple sleeper bunk beds (twin over full) and quadruple sleeper bunk beds (full over full).

Next you have to decide whether you’re going to opt for either a wooden or a metal bedframe, each of which have their own advantages. There are extensive guides to each kind of bed materials, though the general rule of thumb is that metal bunk beds are usually cheaper, easier to move and feature modern designs, whereas wood bunk beds are usually durable, easier to assemble and feature traditional designs.

There are also the styles and additional features to consider, which can range from aesthetic touches to practical enrichments. Styles include traditional, contemporary, themed and transitional, each of which are only to take into consideration in regards to the style of the room the bunk bed will be placed in. Functionally speaking, bunk beds can also come with features such as stairs in lieu of a ladder, storage compartments and even be designed to be shorter, making them ideal for more snug sized rooms.

It’s also worth noting that in some cases bunk beds can be available in less conventional set ups, such as being set up in ‘L’ or ‘T’ shapes. These are usually designed in such a way as to promote utilising the space beneath the top bunk for purposes like workspaces or for storage space.

Though it may seem like a startlingly diverse array of differences, these alterations to simple and conventional single bunk beds may serve you better than just a standard option. For example, a triple sleeper with built-in drawers may only take up a bit of extra floor space yet could provide equal space for storage as well as a means of catering to guests as well as your children.
At the end of the day these variants exist to cater to a myriad different wants and needs; it all depends on what you feel your guest of kid’s room needs.
As should be the case with buying any kind of bed, while being particularly true for bunk beds, you should certainly avoid buying a bunk bed without properly taking in the room’s measurements. Primarily, you should ensure that you leave at least 2 feet of space between the top bunk and the ceiling.

What mattress should I choose for bunk beds?

Generally speaking you can get any kind of mattress for bunk beds, though it’s the depth of the mattress you should keep an eye on. Reports vary on the depth limit, though they will typically remain in the realm of 16cm thick being the thickest you should get for the top bunk.

Mattresses thicker than this creates the risk of the sleeper being able to roll over the guard rail of the top bunk.
As aforementioned, there’s no limit on what kind of mattress you can get, such as a memory foam or a spring based mattress, though for a top bunk it should never be thicker than 16cm.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • William Shakespeare bequeathed his second best bed to his widow in his will, whilst leaving his best bed to his daughter.

Does Happy Beds sell any cots / beds for babies / toddlers?

At the time of writing, Happy Beds has a limited selection of cot beds, though there’s an undeniable focus on quality over quantity. For example, the Cameo Cotbed is designed to adhere to every stage of a young child’s development, with it being able to adapt to up to four distinct variations.

How do I choose a baby cot?

As is case with beds for children, it’s best to choose a baby cot that’s both durable and secure. Guard rails and a stable frame are important for kids’ beds but they are absolutely essential for a baby cot.

Most, if not all, baby cots will be built with high guard rails, though it may be worth searching for one with adjustable rails. This is because as your baby grows from a toddler into a small child they may require alterations to the cot, and it’s better to simply have one cot that can be adjusted, rather than have to consistently buy new ones.

What mattress do I choose for a baby cot?

Baby cot mattresses are relatively niche; not because they have to contain specific materials but because of their small size. Conventionally speaking a mattress has to be 140cm by 70cm to fit comfortably into a cot’s frame, though this rule of thumb doesn’t apply to all cots.

In regards to the specific kind of mattress, as long as it isn’t firm or contain too rigorous springs, most types of mattresses should suffice. There are a wealth of options to choose from, varying from natural fillings like coconut fibres and cotton to foam based foundations with pocket springs.

Due to their level of stability, it may be worth considering a baby mattress made with pocket springs. Also, for the sake of keeping your little one’s bed as clean as possible, try to look out for one with a removable cover.
Never buy one second hand; as babies and toddlers have particularly weak immune systems. The hidden bacteria and dust that will inevitably be present in second hand mattresses will surely harm these weak immune systems, so much so that studies have shown there to be a link to cot death with second hand mattresses.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • Rough estimates say that around 10% all living Europeans were conceived in an Ikea bed.

What size bed should I get for my child?

A cot bed should suffice until your child is too large, or too easily able to climb the rails. Usually at the age of two or three your child should be more then capable of walking around and climbing, so this is the time to swap to a single bed.

There are plenty of different types of beds specifically designed for children, featuring the likes of guard rails. Most, if not all of these beds will be single beds in one form or another, whether it’s a standard bed or a bunk bed.

For example, Happy Beds offers all kinds of kids beds, ranging from those with built in desks and additional storage space.
Until your child has grown to be a teenager or a young adult, avoid opting for anything larger than a double bed. There are plenty of other uses for the floor space in a child’s room, after all, so it’s often best to simply choose a single bed.
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