With so many different varieties of children's beds on the market the parent is often left with a difficult decision as to which to choose. It should be remembered however that beds are part of interior design and should be treated as such, for instance a chrome bed is likely to look out of place with furniture all constructed from rich woods. Additionally when choosing beds it is important to take into account children's thoughts on the issue, ultimately it is them who will be sleeping in the bed at night and hence it should fit their own criteria. If a child loves their bed, it is more likely that they will be happy when it comes to bedtime.
Children's beds are available in all manner of shapes and sizes. In some cases the choice of bed will differ should it be a boy or girl, as will the design in the rest of the child's room. As well as gender considerations you should be acutely aware of what your child likes. For instance a child that is Thomas the Tank Engine mad, has pictures of trains all over their walls, and bed sheets will most likely appreciate a train bed rather than one in the shape of a football or racing car. In the same vein girls may appreciate a fairy bed or a castle bed that fits in with the accompanying decor.
Beds are made out of so many different materials that this is also an important factor in the decision making process. Plastic beds are extremely popular as they can be moulded into a variety of different shapes. Plastic is also a relatively low cost material reducing the expenditure of parents. Metal beds, are popular but are more likely to suit older children rather than infants. For the ultimate in class and elegance however wood should always be used. Whether this is a beautiful oak four poster or a bed carved to look like a boat it is a versatile material that is tactile and warm.
Children's safety should always be a major concern for parents. The dreaded bump in the night that alerts parents to a child's fall from the bed is rarely welcomed. Subsequently any beds that are considered suitable should have side walls fitted to them to ensure falls do not occur. Not only will this prevent injury, but will also create peace of mind for parents as they know their child is asleep safe and sound all through the night.
For those who are short on space with multiple children bunk beds should be a consideration. Once again materials are important, although plastic bunk beds are rare. The benefits of this type of bed are that it will save space and give both children more room to play. It is important however to always give the older child the top bunk, younger children may fall and seriously injure themselves. The child on the top bunk should ideally be over six years old, any younger than this and safety issues can arise. In addition clearing away hard objects from the space below the bed is advisable so that if a fall does occur, serious injury can be avoided.
It is hoped that this information has given parents an idea of some of the issues surrounding children's beds. Making the realisation that it is not just a place to sleep, but a piece of interior design and a place for the child to enjoy is vital. By taking a logical and conscientious approach it should be possible to find the perfect haven for slumber.
Interior design expert Thomas Pretty looks into the decision making process when looking at children's beds and why the child should always be included in the choice.