When we moved to our new house 6 months ago one of our key criteria was a bigger room for J. His previous bedroom wasn’t a box room but we expect that once he gets older he will want to spend more time in it and we decided we wanted him to have a bit more space to grow into. We found what we were looking for and more as J has a playroom too, so we have even more options for his play space that we had planned. Our whole house needs to be renovated and J’s bedroom is our first priority. I have been trawling the Internet to try and find design inspiration for layout, colour schemes, beds, theme ideas and furniture and am slowly pulling ideas together. If you would like to see more check out my Pinterest board Where Children Sleep, Play, learn, Grow & Explore.
Our initial focus has been on what bed we will buy next for J. Currently he is in a toddler bed that was his cot and he is finding it too narrow and his legs often fall off the side because he sleeps sideways. We had presumed a standard single bed would be bought for him but once we started looking we realised there were far more exciting options to be found. Below I have shared our shortlist and where you can buy them incase you too are inspired. I have not been asked to share these links by the companies and recieve nothing in exchange for sharing them. The bed is key because the size of it will determine where it goes in the room and therefore dictate the rest of the room layout and therefore the location of a feature wall if we choose one. So what are the options?
To begin with I liked the idea of a trundle bed for J’s room. Mostly because it gives me a place to comfortably lie near him when he is poorly or just wants a cuddle. I also thought it would be perfect for sleepovers when J is older and we were looking at the ones which can also raise up into a double bed so that it could be used for visitors if necessary. However, then we realised that the drop is quite big and therefore not ideal for lying next to J as I wouldn’t be able to cuddle him. It is also a little premature to assume that J would want to sleep this close to friends at a sleepover. J has Sensory Processing Disorder and he is touch sensitive so being in close proximity to others makes him quite anxious. Therefore, placing a separate bed further away would make more sense. Finally, we realised that when the bed was fully open it would really limit the space in J’s room and would restrict our furniture options. Therefore we have now ruled out a trundle bed but if you have regular visitors and you have the space a trundle bed could be the perfect option for you.
This Willow trundle bed from The Children’s Furniture Company is our favourite trundle bed option as it not only pulls out at floor level making it perfect for child sleep overs, it also lifts up to create a double bed if you have additional visitors. Such a versatile option if you have the space.
There are so many themed bed options available on the market and they are a lot of fun. J is car mad so this one is a definite possibility for his room. I am just a little concerned that he will have a new interest in a couple of years making the bed a shortlived success. Which of these beds would be popular with your child?
My nephew had a car shaped bed and he loved it. This Scorpion racing car bed
would be a very big hit with J. It is a standard single size and we wouldn’t have to worry about the height of the bed if J decides that he doesn’t like a ladder.
I love the simplicity of this teepee bed
. It is a 3ft single but is nice and low to the floor like J is used to. If he continues to fall out of bed then this may be a perfect option for him. I love the cosy space that the canopy provides and it would mean that we wouldn’t need an additional cosy space for him in the room. If we go with an adventure themed bedroom this would work perfectly and colour can be added through the duvet. This is definitely one of my favourite options.
Finally in this section we have a Christopher mid sleeper Treehouse bed
from Noa and Nani
. It is a cross between a theme bed and a cabin bed, but I have popped it in this section because it has no storage. There is a fabulous selection of treehouse beds on the market, but this one is the only one I found that cost under £500 and was therefore comparable to the rest of the beds in this post. If a treehouse bed is what you really want and you haven’t got over £1000 to spend then this is a fabulous option. I love the look of this bed and if we were having an animal themed room then I would definitely consider it. I am just not sure if J would find it a little claustrophobic. I love that it has a cosy space underneath to play which could be made den like with lighting and cushions or just left as a playspace. You could even put storage units underneath which makes it very versatile.
I hadn’t considered a cabin bed for J until one of his friends got one. I thought they were for older children. Actually even now, if we choose to buy J a cabin bed we will probably wait until he is a little older as he isn’t comfortable with the ladders, but that may just be because he hasn’t tried one out, and I am a little concerned that he will fall out considering he regularly falls out of his very low bed. I had a cabin bed as a child and absolutely adored it and I hope that J would too but he currently sleeps about 2 inches off the floor so it would be a little different for him. The storage is a major bonus with a cabin bed. It means we could fit a lot more in J’s bedroom, which has a really large window taking up wall space. The ones I like have a desk, shelves and cupboard or an under bed den space. If we bought a cabin bed with storage then we would have space for a teepee and if we buy a cabin bed with a den we would need space for the storage. Having somewhere to go that is a safe and relaxing space will be very helpful for J and the cabin bed definitely gives us the space needed to make this possible so at the moment it is my preferred option for him. J’s favourite bed from the selection is in this section. Can you guess which one it is? I’ll give you a clue… he loves slides and cars!
J and I both like this mid sleeper Oslo cabin bed
. J because it is blue, his favourite colour. Me because of all that storage! Plus it is a mid sleeper so it is lower than some of the cabin beds, making it perfect for a younger child. I also love that the drawers would be easily accessible for J so he could begin to choose his own clothes, unlike his current cupboard which is out of reach for him.
This Frankie wooden cabin bed
also from Wayfair
is another favourite of mine. I love the wooden design which will go with most colours and has a sophisticated look. This cabin bed is a little higher than the Oslo bed above but also has more storage. I think this would be a great long term option for a child.
Next, we have the Disney Cars themed cabin bed
. This bed definitely appeals to car mad J. He has several of the Disney Cars characters and has watched the films (he doesn’t watch films so this is a big deal). He also loves the fun slide down – who wouldn’t! Plus this bed has the bonus of a play den under it, so it really is a fun bed. This bed is a European single, which means that it is slightly longer. Therefore it will need a European mattress (Ikea for example) but could be great if you have height in the family. The downsides of this bed for me are the lack of storage which means we would have to accommodate more furniture in his room leaving less floor space for play. Plus the slide takes up additional room. This bed also ruins our colour scheme. This may seem a little trivial but J loves blue and green and he wants his bedroom in these colours. Red wasn’t really going to feature meaning if we choose this bed I will have to rethink. Finally, my biggest concern with this bed is what if J decides he doesn’t like cars anymore? Will this have the longevity of the other options?
This Charlie mid sleeper bed
is perfect for younger children because it has steps to climb into bed rather than a ladder. It also has lots of shelving underneath for storage and 3 drawers. Plus the righthand shelves pull out to create a desk, which is a great space saving solution. A very clever bed for children.
There are so many amazing beds here that I don’t know how I am going to choose one for J’s bedroom. We will have to make a decision about J’s new bed soon as we need to plan the rest of the room layout and more importantly, the painting and feature wall options. Which one would you choose, or have you chosen for your boys bedroom? Which is your favourite from the selection? It was far easier choosing our own bed that it is choosing J’s! Wish me luck.