Thursday, 2 May 2013

What to Look for When Buying a Children's Bed

With a timetable jam-packed with in and after-school activities, homework, play dates and more youngsters are fast giving their parents a run for their money when it comes to being thoroughly rushed off their feet on any given day of the week.

With a multitude of tasks to juggle and energy levels that need to be constantly replenished, getting the requisite amount of sleep, which can be more than 11 hours a night depending on a child’s age, has never been more important for children. One of the key steps to ensuring that your child gets safely off to the land of nod by night or day is choosing a bed that they will be happy to slip into without too much coaxing from mum or dad.

Here are a just few things parents may want consider when buying beds for children.


Age and Function

The type of bed children’s bed you opt for will depend on your child’s age and the way in which they will use their bed space. As an example if you have a secondary-aged child you may want to opt for a raised bed with a built-in desk underneath so that your child’s bed serves as both a sleep and work area.

If you have a toddler you may want to opt for a bed that has a frame with high sides to ensure that they are secure at all times, while a bed with built in drawers can provide the perfect place to store your child’s toy collection. Primary or secondary-aged children will also love a bed that has a built in pull out mattress as this is ideal for sleepovers.

A bed that can convert as a child grows is also a great cost-effective option for parents. If you have several children sharing a room then one or more sets of bunk beds can offer the perfect compromise between space and function.


Design

Children’s beds can act as their sanctuary and it’s important to reflect their tastes and likes in the choice of bed design. As an example, a girls princess bed can be the perfect addition to a top to toe pink room while a children’s bed styled like a race car or a fire engine is better suited to boy’s bedrooms painted in blues and greys.


The colour of your children’s bed should also marry with the existing colours in your children’s bedroom; whether that’s a palette of pastel colours or brights.

Comfort and Durability

To ensure that your little ones get a good night’s sleep, night after night, it is important to ensure that their mattress provides them with the optimum of comfort. Whether you opt for a spring mattress or a memory foam mattress, allow your children to try it out before you make your final purchase.

As your children will no doubt subject their beds to wear and tear it is also important that your child’s bed comes with a guarantee that extends beyond the standard 12 months. You may also want to read online reviews to see how other parents have fared with a similar brand and see if the bed you opt for has stood the test of time on previous occasions.

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