There are so many options available when looking at beds and furniture for children’s rooms. The emergence of the internet has had a massive effect on the choices available to us as consumers, but with so much choice how do we chose which furniture is right for our children?

The answer to this question is obviously different for every parent although there are some basic questions that you can ask yourself before you start looking which should ultimately help you make the right decision. posters barnrum

What Style of Bed?

The first question is what type of bed should I be looking for? This may sound like an odd starting point but even the most basic of search on the net will reveal that there is a massive choice of makes and styles of children’s beds on the market. They basically break down as follows:


  • Traditional Single Beds & Bedroom Sets
  • Captains Beds – Slightly higher than a standard single usually with storage or a sleepover bed underneath
  • Cabin Beds or Midsleepers – A bed between 60 and 80cm off the ground with either furniture or a “den” underneath
  • Bunk Beds
  • Highsleeper Beds – A bed between 130 and 150cm off the ground with either space or furniture underneath


Traditional style single beds and captains beds are suitable for children of almost any age where as cabin beds suit children from 4 years and bunks and highsleepers are not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Obviously every child is different and you as a parent will know if you feel comfortable letting your child sleeping on the particular bed you chose.

The more traditional single bed with matching furniture will work in bigger rooms as will a captains bed, however if your space is small and you want to optimise the room you have then a cabin bed, highsleeper of bunks may be the way to go.

What Do You Want the Bed / Furniture to Do?

This sounds like an odd question but there are a number of bed building systems on the market which provide a flexible option for you kids. If you simply want a bed that will last your kids 4 or 5 years then there are many cheap beds on the market that will do this job well. Although it is a cliché it is also true to say that you get what you pay for. If your goal is a more long term solution then a building system may be the way to go.


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