Kids Bed Types Infographic

kids bed type infographic

A Guide to Kids Bed Types

Single Beds

  • Single kids beds are a standard kids bed with a slight size variation depending on where the bed is manufactured.
  • Standard UK single bed size measures 90 cm x 190 cm.
  • Standard European single bed size measures 90 cm x 200 cm.
  • Children typically transition to a single bed from around two years of age.

Small Double Beds

  • A standard European small double bed measures 120cm in width and 200cm in length.
  • Small double beds can measure slightly different depending on the configuration of the bed frame.
  • Small double beds are ideal for teens and larger bedrooms.

Bunk Beds

  • Bunk beds feature one bed frame on top of another with each bed measuring the same as a standard UK or European single bed frame.
  • A bunk bed frame can be high and for this reason, bunk beds are not recommended for toddlers. The Recommended age for sleeping on a top bunk is 6 years.
  • The top bunk has a recommended weight limit of between 80kgs and 150kgs depending on the model.
  • The height of a bunk bed can vary and therefore we recommend measuring the height of a room with particular attention paid to the clearance of the top bunk and ceiling.

Triple Bunk Beds

  • Triple bunk beds can feature three single bed frames stacked vertically or a double bottom bunk and single top bunk. This configuration is also known as a family bunk bed.
  • Some triple bunks feature a standard bunk bed design with an optional trundle pull out which allows for a third bed option. This is also known as a bunk bed with a trundle.
  • To save on top bunk ceiling clearance, the bottom bunk on a triple bunk bed is often lower to the ground than a standard bunk bed.
  • Triple bunk beds are not always suitable for toddlers or very young children because of the maximum height of the frame unless it features a ladder blocker.

Cabin Beds

  • An average cabin bed is a single kids bed that features storage built within the frame.
  • A low cabin bed is suitable for toddlers and young children.
  • Cabin beds can feature pull out trundle beds, storage or a play area underneath.

Loft Beds

  • Loft beds are also known as high sleeper beds or high-rise beds.
  • Loft beds can measure as high as a bunk bed and are therefore more suitable for older children.
  • As the bed of a loft bedframe is elevated, loft beds are great for making the most of bedroom space.
  • Many loft beds feature additional furniture such as desks, shelves and storage underneath.

Mid-Sleeper Beds

  • A mid sleeper bed frame typically measures mid-point between a single kids bed and a bunk bed.
  • A mid sleeper features a semi-enclosed design which means they are great for young children.
  • Some mid-sleeper beds come with a select of storage solutions such as drawers and shelves.

Day Beds

  • Although a day bed usually measures the same as the UK or European single, the emphasis of a day bed is on space-saving design.
  • Day beds can feature storage within the frame.
  • Day beds can also feature a lounger style frame which makes a great seating area in the daytime.
  • Modern day beds make great guest beds but can be used regularly too.

L-Shaped Beds

  • L-shaped beds feature two beds, one on top of another in an L shaped configuration.
  • L-shaped beds are perfect for maximising corner space within a bedroom.
  • Some L-shaped beds feature a free-standing bedframe on the bottom which can be moved to meet the dimensional needs of a bedroom.
  • L-shaped bedframes often feature additional storage options to maximise the space within a spaced bedroom.

Trundle Beds

  • A trundle bed typically features a pull out bed which is stored in the lower compartment of the bedframe.
  • Trundle beds are a great idea for sleepovers or as a guest bed and do not take up extra room when in storage mode.
  • A trundle bed usually requires a thinner mattress so the trundle frame can fit neatly under the bed. For this reason, thin foam mattresses make great trundle bed mattresses.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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