Good sleep is crucial to the health and development of children. Most children need between 9 and 12 hours of sleep per night to grow and thrive. But if their bed is uncomfortable, they may toss and turn and not be able to sleep at night.
Does your child need a new bed? These tips on choosing a bed for your kid’s room will help you select a comfortable place where your child can doze soundly. Choosing a bed can be stressful, but these simple tips are here to make the process easier.
How Many Children in the Room?
One major consideration when shopping for beds is the number of children in each room. If a child has their own room, then the size of the room and their personal preference will determine the size of the bed. When children share rooms, twin bunk beds are the way to go. These double-deckers come in twin-twin or twin-full configurations to fit most needs.
Is a twin bed big enough for your child? For the early elementary years, it probably will be, and if you have concerns about your child rolling off the bed, you can simply attach side rails to keep them in place. But if your child is in their pre-teens or teens, they may prefer a full or even a queen-sized bed. If you decide to upgrade (or downsize) your child’s bed, don’t forget to buy a new bedding set to accommodate the new mattress!
Your child’s room needs ample storage space. Kids own a lot of things, after all! But not all of us are lucky enough to have multiple massive bedrooms. If you’re short on space, consider looking for a bed with built-in storage space. Some, for example, allow you to loft the bed so your child can have a desk underneath. Others, like captain beds, feature convenient under-the-bed drawers where kids can store clothes, toys, and more.
Testing the Bed and Mattress
Among the most important of our tips on choosing a bed for your kid’s room is this: test the bed and mattress out before purchasing. Take your child with you when you’re shopping for their bed and have them test both the bed and the mattress. Make sure they can easily get in and out of the bed. Is it too low to the ground for them? Too high? You can usually fix beds that are too high with a step stool. Any mattress they choose should feel comfortable to them in their favorite sleep position.