Mid and High Sleeper Bed Guide
If you're looking for a new bed for a child, you've likely come across mid and high sleeper beds. These handy beds come with great space-saving features, often with built-in desks, shelves and qualities that mean they're loved by kids and teenagers alike.
We understand there's a load of options out there and finding the right bed for your child can be difficult. That's why we've put together a handy mid and high sleeper bed guide with all the information you need to make your decision. From the difference between mid and high sleeper beds to extra safety advice, here's everything you need to know.
How High is a Mid Sleeper Bed?
Mid sleeper beds, also sometimes called cabin beds, are raised from the ground, allowing room for additional storage underneath. Mid sleeper beds often have drawers, shelving or empty space for storage beneath the sleeping area. The height varies depending on design, but they're usually between 110 cm and 140 cm tall.
How High is a High Sleeper Bed?
High sleeper beds, also known as loft beds, sit taller than mid sleepers, allowing even more room for storage. They often come with wardrobes and desks underneath, making them a great space-saving option in smaller bedrooms. High sleeper beds are a similar height to bunk beds. While they can vary in height, on average, they are between 170 cm and 200 cm tall. This can be different depending on design, with some sitting taller and others shorter.
What Age Can a Child Sleep in a Mid Sleeper?
Mid sleeper beds are suitable for children over the age of 6. As these beds need a ladder to access, we wouldn't recommend them for children younger than this due to safety concerns. The same applies to our high sleeper beds and bunk beds. If you're looking for a bed for a younger child, we have plenty of cots, cot beds, toddler beds and small single kids beds to explore.
Above the age of 6, mid and high sleeper beds are suitable for a vast age range. High sleeper beds or loft beds with built-in desks are especially popular for teenagers - they save space, help keep their bedrooms tidy (always a plus!) and provide an excellent spot for doing homework or gaming.
Are Mid and High Sleeper Beds Safe?
If you've bought a high quality mid or high sleeper bed and followed the assembly instructions correctly, there's no reason they should be unsafe. However, as this type of bed is often used by children, there are some general safety tips to consider to make sure it's as safe as possible. Here are some extra steps you can take to ensure your child's safety when they're sleeping in a mid or high sleeper bed.
Don't play on the bed
While it might be tempting for kids to play on the bed and ladder, it should be made clear that the bed in a mid or high sleeper should only be used for sleeping. Playing on the bed, hanging off the ladder or treating the bed as a climbing frame increases the risk of falls and injury.
Don't use under 6 years old
Mid and high sleeper beds aren't suitable for children younger than 6 years old. If your child is younger than 6, stick to a low bed until they're older.
Only allow one child on the bed
Higher beds can be a huge novelty for children. If they have friends around, make sure the children know that only one person should be on the bed at a time.
Install a guard rail
Mid and high sleeper beds come with a guard rail, offering additional protection for children. You should follow the assembly instructions exactly and always ensure this rail is installed correctly to provide an extra protective barrier for your child.
Install carpet or a rug
There should be no safety concerns if you follow assembly instructions and ensure the mid or high sleeper bed is used correctly. However, it's always better to be safe than sorry! Carpets are the best option beneath a high bed, as they reduce the risk of significant injury should a fall occur. If you don't have carpet, we'd recommend getting a rug to place underneath the bed.
What Mattress Do I Need for a Mid or High Sleeper Bed?
Mid and high sleeper beds come in the same dimensions as standard beds, so the size of the bed will easily determine the size of the mattress you need - if you buy a single mid or high sleeper, a single mattress will fit perfectly.
However, mattress height needs thinking about with mid or high sleeper beds. Because the bed is raised from the ground, it's important that your mattress doesn't exceed the bed frame or rail height, as this could increase the chance of your child rolling out. If you're buying a mid or high sleeper bed from Happy Beds, they come with specific measurements on each individual product page, along with the recommended mattress height, so you can ensure your new bed and mattress fit together perfectly.
What Bedding Do I Need for a Mid or High Sleeper Bed?
Similarly, when it comes to bedding for a mid or high sleeper bed, you can simply opt for the standard size. Most of our mid and high sleeper beds are singles, so single bedding will fit exactly. We do have some mid and high sleeper beds in European single and European small double sizes - for a precise fit, look for bedding that matches these dimensions.
How Much Weight Can a Loft Bed Hold?
Mid and high sleeper beds are designed and tested to hold the weight of a child or teenager. This doesn't mean adults can't use the beds, but instead means they may not have been specifically tested for holding higher weights. If you have concerns about a specific product, check the details on the product page or get in touch with our friendly customer support team.
Are you looking to buy a mid or high sleeper bed? Call us biased, but we think we have some of the best high sleeper beds in the UK! We have a huge range of options to choose from, including gaming beds, desk beds and bookcase beds. Explore the full collection today to find the bed of your child's dreams.