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Beds for Children: Choosing Bunk Beds for Kids

Every parent with more than one child must face this problem at one time or another, and even single children would not be happy using the same furniture all their lives! Children’s bedroom furniture changes as they age and you must prepare and budget for it. You can bribe them to an extent by purchasing a sofa bed that can be used for sleepovers, although that is not always an acceptable solution to an age-old problem.

Here are some ideas for beds for children that might go some way towards easing the situation. You have a choice between three fundamental types of bed: bunk beds, single beds and doubles. Your choice may be influenced by the space available in the bedroom, and also by how many rooms you have and the children you have.

Bunk Beds for Kids

Most children love bunk beds, and the problem is generally not whether they like them or not, but the fight over who gets the top bunk. You have a number of options with bunk beds: they can be twin over twin, twin over full or full over full according to how many kids you have to accommodate.

If you have the space, then full over full is best because each child has more room, and sleepovers are easier to organize. In fact, a twin over full takes up much the same room as a full over full, and the Classics 4.0 version of the latter comes at 84″ long, by 60″ deep and 79″ high. This is part of Universal’s Smartstuff Youth collection, and is available in white or saddle brown wood. Optional underbed storage units are also available.

The dimensions of the same line in twin over full are just one inch short in depth, the rest being the same. Each of these can be broken down into individual single or double beds. A twin over twin is the same size as the full but 45″ deep, saving 15 inches of space. Not all children’s bunk beds are the same size of course, and Signature’s Jaidyn youth twin over twin comes at 81″ x 44″ x 69″ as a comparison – generally smaller all round.

By contrast, Legacy offers a twin corner loft bed to make the best use of limited space. This can be arranged to sleep three in a space 121″ x 82″ and the height is 72 inches. There are several units available to fit underneath, such as a dresser, nightstand, bookcase, chest of drawers and even children’s seating. The end rails of this unit act as a ladder, although an optional lean-to ladder is also available.

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