The Best Kid's Beds for Small Spaces - Small Kid's Furniture
More and more each year as people move into areas that are heavily populated. Living arrangements are being reduced in size. The large, rambling home on an acre or two of land is quickly becoming a thing of the past. In its place is the more compact home, apartment or condominium.
To make living in these smaller homes more comfortable, space is being allotted to living rooms and kitchens where family members are most likely to gather. In order to have these larger rooms, the space has to come from someplace and the first place it's usually stolen from are the bedrooms. This makes furnishing these rooms a bit more difficult, but it's something that's easily doable when the proper furnishings are chosen.
1 Kid to a Room
If you're only furnishing a room with one kid, these options might work for you...
- Basic loft beds
- Study lofts
- Storage lofts
- Junior loft beds (aka low loft beds)
- Platform storage beds
- Mates beds or captains beds
Most loft beds work really well due to the elevation of the bed, which take advantage vertical space. This allows you to fit more furniture in a room without taking up vital space elsewhere. Furniture such as desks, dressers and TV stands can be placed underneath the bed and you can essentially have a whole room of furniture right beneath the loft. If you don't want to buy each piece of furniture individually, you can always opt to purchase a set.
Study and Storage Lofts
If you only have room for a bed and not much else in your cramped quarters, look for loft beds that come with a built-in storage system. Sleep-study and storage lofts are your go-to beds for this specific need. You'll find that there are plenty of options to choose from and there are a variety of configurations. Some of these units will supply a tremendous amount of drawer space. Others will split the drawer space with a mini closet.
Junior lofts can provide many of the same options as standard loft beds but work well for younger children. Especially if you have concerns about your child falling out of bed at an extremely high height. Most, if not all, beds provide safety railing to reduce the chances of this happening, but that still may not put you completely at ease, especially when you consider the fact that your child has to climb up and down a ladder to get in and out of bed and may risk falling a that point.
Platform Storage Beds
Platform storage beds works well if your space isn't super tight and you have a bit more room to work with. They pretty much a dresser and bed combined into one piece or beds and storage cubbies combined. So, if you need a dresser but don't have room for one, a platform storage bed will provide you with dresser drawers but eliminate the need for an actual dresser. This can save you a considerable amount of space.
Mates and Captains Beds
Mates beds or captains beds typically provide the same options as platform storage beds. An obvious difference is that mates and captains beds are typically twin-sized beds and platform storage beds reflect larger sized beds, such as full, queen or king. Height may also be a defining difference between the beds.
Additionally, if you need more storage space beneath the bed, a captains bed provides an additional row of storage storage (two rows), whereas a mates bed provides only provides one. However, keep in mind that although there is that difference between the two, many retalers may use the names of the beds interchangeably.
2 Kids to a Room
If you have two kids to a room, you can consider these options...
- Daybeds with trundles
- Bunk beds with dresser storage
- Futon bunk beds
- Mates or captains beds with corner units
- L-shaped loft beds
Daybeds with trundles are a great option if you want a second bed but prefer not to have two beds dominating the room. This choice also works well if your child lives alone in the room but occasionally has a friend stay over.
And although any type of bed will do, the wonderful thing about using a daybed is that a daybed be can easily be set up to resemble a sofa, so if your goal is to decorate the room to look a lot like a den or living room as well as a bedroom, then this options works really great. (Download my free ebook "The Hidden Office Cheat Sheet" for a wealth of tips on how to do this.)
Bunk Beds with Dresser Storage
If you want to eliminate the need for a dresser, you can opt for a bunk bed with built-in dresser storage. Many of these beds have gotten rid of the ladder in favor of stairs that sport drawers beneath each riser. This isn't always the case, but some beds will also offer additional storage space beneath the bottom bunk.
Futon Bunk Beds
Futon bunk beds work nicely in a room in which you want to easily integrate sleeping and living quarters. One kid takes the top, two take the bottom. The top bed is clearly used as a bed and during the day the bottom bed, the futon, can be used as a couch. Kids can kick back and watch their favorite cartoons or lounge in the "couch" and read a book.
Mates and Captains Beds with Corner Units
If you like slightly bulkier options that take advantage of corner space, you can take advantage of L-shaped configurations with a corner unit and two beds. The corner unit can be used as a TV stand or a desk, depending on the unit you purchase. Both kids can then lie back in bed and watch their favorite shows or take turns coloring in their favorite coloring book at the desk.
L-Shaped Loft Beds
L-shaped loft beds provide a similar set-up as corner units but take up less space by eliminating the need for a dresser or by tucking the lower bed beneath the upper bunk. Typically the second bed is positioned beneath the top bunk. Some beds come with built-in storage space so that you can eliminate the need for a dresser altogether.
3 Kids to a Room
If 3 kids are sharing a room, these choices work well...
- Triple (Lindy) bunk beds
- Bunk beds with trundles
- Futon bunk beds
A triple Lindy bunk bed is often an L-shaped configuration with two elevated beds running along one wall and a third bed placed beneath one of the top lofts. Beneath the elevated lofts, you can then station most essential furniture beneath the beds, such as a desk, dresser or bookcase.
Standard triple bunk beds are exactly what the name implies. Three units are stacked on top of the other. These work well when you want to utilize vertical space and space is really tight. The only drawback would be a little less head-room (make sure you ceiling is high enough) but other than that they are one of the better solutions for multiple children sharing one room. You can check out triple Lindy bunk beds and triple bunk beds at BunkLoft.com.
Bunk Beds with Trundles
Bunk beds with trundles provide the same advantages as triple bunk beds but you gain back that extra head-room triple bunks take away. This is a more visually appealing option that allows the third bed to be a hidden solution. This is not only an ideal set-up if three kids share a room, but if two kids share a room and they often have often have overnight guests. However, there are some things to be aware of. Some trundles require thinner mattresses which may require some time to find and aren't always easy to pull in and out. So, if you hate putting the extra effort into pulling a trundle bed in and out, this setup might be best for overnight guests only.
Futon Bunk Beds
Futon bunk beds are also a great choice if you don't mind two kids sharing a bed. This may be the ideal choice if space is really tight in a room and you don't have space for additional seating, such as chairs for daytime use. With futons, it's also a good idea to take the time to spend the extra money on a really good, durable mattress. Many times this will require you to spend about $250 or more on a mattress.