How to Choose Children’s Beds

Children’s beds were traditionally known as cots or cribs, or sometimes as cradles or stocks and were for the use of children until they reached three years of age or so, at which point they began to sleep in a normal sixed bed, which was often shared with siblings.

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More recent developments have led to so-called infant beds, in effect a cage-like structure designed to safely accommodate children when capable of standing upright and able to climb out of a bed by themselves.

Beds for children now come in a wide range of styles, sizes and themes, from functional bunk beds to stylishly themed bed-over-desk combinations, or beds designed to reflect a fictional character or popular environment from a children’s book or TV programme.

It is easy to get carried away when selecting a bed for a child’s bedroom, but the same considerations should apply as when purchasing any other bed or piece of furniture for your house.


First of all and for your piece of mind, it has to be safe. Thankfully most children’s beds are designed with that feature predominantly in mind. Secondly, the bed should be functional and flow with the room it will reside in. Does it need an under-bed storage drawer for toys, for example, or does the room already have one? As your child grows older, the requirements will change, but do you intend the bed you are going to buy to last that long? These are some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration.

The fun factor should be considered at this point. Beds for children should, if at all possible, be exciting places for them to be in. Each child may well have their own definition of what fun is and do remember that their definitions will change over the years. That can make the decision on the ‘fun factor’ of the bed potentially difficult. Speaking from personal experience, I would suggest that very specifically themed beds should only be purchased if you are ready, able and willing to replace them on a potentially regular basis. A more practicable alternative may be to focus on beds that are intriguing split level combinations of a sleeping area and furniture, so that your child’s natural curiosity and creativity will allow them to incorporate the bed in to their games, however much they will change over time.

Finally, it is worth bearing two other factors in mind. What happens if you move house and how resilient do you need the child’s bed to be? The first of these questions can usually be addressed if you choose a bed which will work in a multitude of bedrooms. The second question may well lead you to buy a child’s bed made from a long lasting and hard wearing wood that can easily be maintained and re-lacquered when required.

Author Bio:
Bethan Beasley is a female joiner who has been making beds for children from wood from her home workshop in Wales for over twenty years.

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