In the past, kids beds and their bedrooms were only for sleeping, and the rooms were kind of small with not much else besides a dresser, closet and a single bed. But nowadays, children’s bedrooms have grown in size and usually contain tons of toys, a TV set, and most likely a computer. And a kids bed is many times used as a large couch from which to watch TV and play games, then sleep at night. Now that the bedroom has turned into a children’s family room it’s more important for the child’s bed to have some style and uniqueness to impress their friends that to come to play.
One of first things you need to consider for your kids bed, is the mattress. In the past a mattress was merely for sleeping and only needed to be strong enough to support the child while laying down sleeping. However, nowadays with three or four kids playing on the mattress like it’s a trampoline, a higher quality, stronger mattress is necessary. When purchasing your mattress, make sure that the salesperson at the store understands that it’s likely to be used as a trampoline, a pirate ship, a couch and a bed all in one day.
As far as the frame is concerned, it needs to be built strong to stand up to the wear and tear of supporting the trampoline, pirate ship and couch activities, just like the mattress. Plus, it would be nice if it was built in the shape of some kind of versatile child oriented toy that can double as a ship, car, or horse-drawn carriage while the imagination is running wild. Also, since kids these days have so much stuff, an extra set of drawers underneath the bed would be a great idea for storage space. Of course, these ideas are better suited for the younger child, an older child would be much better off having a larger bed in a traditional style that could be taken with them as they go off to college, or move into their own apartment as they grow up.
An important thing to consider in all these purchases is whether you and your child are making your decisions based on your needs of today, or your needs of the future. Children grow quite rapidly and their needs and wants tend to change rapidly as well. If you’re buying a bed that is only going to serve for a couple of years before you trade it in on a larger more permanent model, then you want to stick to a price range that matches the use and benefits that you will receive.
There are three great tips above to help you decide on the best kids bed to match your current and future needs with the desires and wants of your child in mind as well.