With race cars, tents and princess-style four-poster beds, there’s a temptation for fantasy when it comes to choosing for kids. We all knew someone with an enviable bed when growing up. To get the most for your money, aim for something fun but practical, with added storage or flexibility to change as your family grows. Usually mattresses aren’t included so you’ll have to factor that cost in, as well as choosing the right size: there are different standards for the UK than Europe.
1. Georgia 4-poster Bed: £399, The Children’s Furniture Company
A four-poster bed is what every little princess dreams of. This one is classic in style, and allows you to add your choice of hanging fabric – much easier than changing the whole bed when your girl has grown out of loving Frozen. The posts are detachable, there’s the option to add a trundle bed underneath, and the beechwood construction is very durable.
2. Busunge Extendable Bed: £130, Ikea
This simple but useful bed can be extended between 138cm and 208cm in length as your child grows. The slats are solid pine which is good for support, and a high headboard with safe rounded edges gives a feeling of protection for those cosy bedtime story moments. The bed comes in dark blue or baby pink and it suits kids four years and up.
3. Kids Teepee cabin bed: £395, Cuckooland
This tent-style bed from Cuckooland is ideal for little ones who love adventure. The pine frame is contrasted with white MDF “awnings” that have look-out holes at either end and a large opening to climb into. Under the bed, there’s space for an extra mattress. This cabin bed takes a continental size mattress (90x200cm). Two people are required for assembly.
4. Oeuf Be Good Toddler Bed: £479, Houseology
If you care about materials, this luxurious kid’s bed by Oeuf is an expensive but well considered design. The birch and plywood base has been sustainably sourced, and all the finishes are non-toxic. The guard rail around the bed makes it suitable for toddlers and kids up to the age of six. It’s easy for one person to assemble, unlike many on the list.
5. Earlswood Bed: £179, Dreams
One for kids aged 12 years and up, this single bed in solid ash and ash veneer from Dreams is a simple but sturdy design that can be easily assembled by one person. Rounded edges to the footend minimise the chance of scrapes, and the natural finish suits a more grown-up bedroom scheme. There’s a sprung slat option (£49 extra) for more comfort.
6. Pongo Detachable Bunk Bed: £495, Habitat
Habitat’s bunk bed transforms into two single ones – a flexible solution that can grow with your family. The design of the bed is kept simple, with smooth edges finished in white lacquer. A ladder can be fitted on either side of the bed, and there’s space underneath the bottom bunk for storage. The bunk bed requires two continental size mattresses (90x200cm).
7. Kidspace Milo Mid Sleeper bed: from £197.10, Very
Great for small bedrooms, the Kidspace Milo bed comes with options to pack a lot into its design. Instead of a stepladder, the steps up to the bed have integrated drawers; a pull-out desk and extra drawers can be added on. There’s a choice of blue or pink finish and standard or premium mattress. Assembly isn’t the easiest, but Very offers a service for this. The bed isn’t suitable for kids under six.
8. HelloHome StarBright Toddler Bed: £149.99, Mothercare
Inspired by the night sky, this toddler bed from Mothercare is designed for transitioning your child from cot to bed. There’s an inbuilt night light that projects stars onto the wall, and a cloud-shaped headboard with guard rails and side table. It takes a toddler size mattress (140 x 69cm) and is suitable for children between 18 months and three years.
9. Oliver Furniture Seaside bed: £547, MOOD
The Seaside bed from Oliver Furniture is a full size bed, designed for an older child. It’s made in Denmark from birchwood with a white lacquered finish. There’s options to add a trundle bed or storage drawer underneath and the guard rail is detachable for use as a guest bed. This bed is made to order and delivery takes three weeks.
10. Ella bed: £199, Next
You can’t beat an old-fashioned metal bed for a touch of Bedknobs and Broomsticks magic. This one from Next has an antique style with diamond-style bedknobs and an ivory-coloured metal frame. The Ella bed is suited to older kids and takes a standard single mattress. Like old beds, there’s plenty of space underneath for storage or play. It requires self-assembly.
The Georgia bed from The Children’s Furniture Company is a tad expensive but very versatile. It’s made from durable materials with tough finishes and it can easily adapt to your family’s needs as they change. The Earlswood bed from Dreams is a good value, sturdy option for older kids. And its natural style makes it a good guest bed too.
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