How To Choose The Best Bed For Your Kid's Room

Getting enough sleep at night is essential for your child's growth and academic achievement. The right size bed can make a huge difference in their ability to sleep comfortably, especially as they grow taller.

Since kids' bedrooms are also places to play and study, you'll need to strike a balance with your bed size. Larger beds are naturally more expensive, so you'll want to stay within your budget while leaving room for other furniture.

The best bed for your kid's room will partly depend on their age, especially if they have started school. A loft bed with desk is a fantastic option for kids with homework, and younger kids may love having a brightly colored or themed bed. Make sure to closely examine product specifications and get the size and material you need to comfortably support your child.

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Platform bed with mattress
Platform bed with mattress

Size Options

The main sizes for kids' beds are single, twin, and full. Although queen- and king-size beds also exist, they are uncommon for kids and even teenagers.

Toddler size mattresses are 28" x 52", the same size as a crib mattress, but this size works fine for children up to about age four. Single beds are just 30" x 75", which makes them too narrow for kids as they grow older. Plus, single bed frames are not nearly as common as twin frames.

Twin beds are 38" x 75", and despite their name, they are regarded as the standard size for an individual child to sleep in. Twin XL beds are 5" longer, making them more comfortable for tall teenagers.

Full-size beds are 54" x 75", and just like with Twin beds, Full XL beds are 5" longer. Full beds are theoretically large enough to sleep two people, so they are a little larger than teenagers need. However, they're very comfortable and are visually appealing in large bedrooms.

Grey conifgurable bedroom set
Grey conifgurable bedroom set

Bunk Beds and Loft Beds

**Bunk beds are the ultimate space-saving option **for kids' bedrooms. They maximize vertical space, especially if you get a triple bunk bed. Even if you only have one child sleeping in a room, a bunk bed gives them an extra level for reading or storing stuffed animals.

Twin loft bed with desk and drawers
Twin loft bed with desk and drawers

Loft beds are essentially a bunk bed without a bottom bunk. They lift the mattress up high and require a ladder to enter, which opens up more space on the floor for other furniture. To balance kids' sleeping and studying needs, get a loft bed with a desk with plenty of room for organization and storage.

Trundle Beds

Pull-out trundle beds are less common than they used to be, but they're perfect for children who sometimes have sleepovers. A twin-size trundle bed is usually easy for an upper elementary student to pull out with a little initial practice and supervision.

Platform bed with trundle
Platform bed with trundle

Bunk beds are a better option than trundle beds for kids who share a room or frequently have sleepovers. Putting away a trundle bed every day becomes a hassle, in part because it forces the user to remove thick pillows and stuffed animals. However, trundle beds are great for young children who can't handle a bunk bed yet or who only occasionally have overnight guests.

Beds with Storage Drawers

Storage drawers are fantastic for maximizing the space in your child's room. Although you can buy flat containers to store under regular beds, built-in drawers are typically much more durable and stay in one place more easily.

Bed with storage drawers
Bed with storage drawers

Many beds for kids have up to six storage drawers underneath. These drawers are usually at least 18" wide to accommodate a wide variety of toys and clothing. You can make them even easier to manage by adding drawer dividers and teaching your children to develop their own organizing system.

Bunk and loft beds may have small drawers built into the side, especially if they have steps instead of a ladder. Look for innovative and unique designs that give kids the space they need to stay organized.

Color and Aesthetics

Naturally, you'll want your child's room to be attractive and cheerful. Whether you choose pastels or bright decor, you can find a variety of beds in paint colors and wood finishes that coordinate beautifully.

It's okay if your child's bed doesn't perfectly match the other decor. If they insist on a red bed frame when the rest of the room is pink, then let them have that pop of contrast.

Keep in mind that your child's interests and sense of style may change in a few years. If possible, try to agree on a bed that they'll continue to appreciate as they grow older. On the other hand, if they'll inevitably outgrow the bed due to its small size, let them choose whatever they want.

Pastel colours kids bedroom
Pastel colours kids bedroom

Wood, Metal, and More

The material of your child's bed also matters. Wood and metal are the two most common materials, and a limited number of toddler beds use plastic for parts of the frame.

For wood, look for hardwoods like oak or cherry for maximum durability. Although single-level beds can have manufactured wood (MDF) or plywood parts, hardwood is preferable for bunk beds.

Stainless steel is stronger than aluminum and is a more appropriate choice for bunk beds. However, aluminum frames are easier to move around and are a safe option for small children. No matter what you decide, double-check the weight limits before finalizing your purchase.

Dinosaur pattern kids bedroom
Dinosaur pattern kids bedroom

Finding the Perfect Match

Thanks to online shopping, finding the right bed for your child no longer requires running around to different stores. You can comparison shop from home and read online reviews to make sure the product you find will support your family's needs.

Make sure to look for your essential needs, like size and features, before worrying about material and color. You may find the perfect bed in a color or design you weren't expecting, especially if your child is older and isn't as worried about style.

Twin bunk bed with trundle
Twin bunk bed with trundle

Just make sure to pay attention to product specifications and weight limits to ensure you'll be ready to go after assembly. You'll be relieved to find that having the right bed makes a huge difference in your child's sleep, whether you're raising a toddler or supporting a young adult.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.