The Ultimate Guide to Kids House Beds

I remember the very first time I set eyes on a house bed – it was love at first sight! (apologies to husband, kids & dog, you all have to fall into line behind the beloved house bed!). In fact, these unique kids beds have a special place in the heart of Cuckooland, being one of the first kids beds to feature on our, now brimming, selection of cool beds for kids.

Every child dreams of the day they’ll have a house to call their own, so why not fulfil their dreams early with a playhouse bed. They’ll have a place of their own to enjoy for many years – without the hefty mortgage and essential utility bills!

Whether you’re looking for their first “big bed” or updating a comparatively boring kids bed as part of a bedroom makeover, house beds are both fun and functional and are definitely up there as one of my favourite kid’s beds. These super fun beds are hot property number 1! So, it goes without saying, I should share my enthusiasm and expertise in this ultimate guide to kids house beds.

Kids Avenue Mini Playhouse Bed with Storage

What is a House Bed?

A house bed is a kids wooden bed that has been designed to incorporate a house like structure, providing an amazing bed for sleep and play.

Kids house beds come in a variety of styles, from Montessori style floor beds to sky high Treehouse Beds, house beds with slides to house cabin beds with storage. With so many beautiful designs available at Cuckooland, you are sure to find the ultimate dream house bed for your child.

If you’ve set your heart on a house bed, there are a few things to consider before you make that all important final decision;

Charlotte Kids Treehouse Bed in White

Points to consider before buying a House Bed

  1. Age of Kids

House beds are a super choice for young children, thanks to their appealing and playful design. Suitability will ultimately come down to the style of bed that you are looking to buy and the development stage of your child.

For very young children house beds offer a fabulous crib to toddler bed option, look for designs that are floor level or low in profile, as they offer a safe sleeping environment and make getting in and out of bed an easy job for littluns! The modern design of the Lifetime Canoe Adventure 4 in 1 Combination Bed comes complete with guard rail sides for added security and would make an excellent toddler bed. The design later converts to a high sleeper and a day bed too – perfect for growing young’uns!

House beds are also suitable for bigger children, with a broad choice of options available, their dream house is only a click away! Spacious designs such as our sustainably made Kids Beach House Double Bed from Lifetime offer up stretching out room for starfish poses! Primed and ready for those growth spurts, it’ll be a while before they outgrow this amazing design.

Bigger kids will also love the open and airy designs, such as the Children’s House Bed that are crying out to be personalised with lights and bunting or left in their natural state for a clean Scandi look.

  1. Size of the Room

When you’re buying a new kid’s bed it’s always good to measure the room and take into account any other Kids Bedroom Furniture that will be featuring in the room. While many house beds are deemed as a single bed, due to their structure and design they may take up more floor space than the average Kid’s Single Bed. Also, ensure that you check the ceiling height, especially if you are looking at buying a house bed that is raised off of the floor or a bunk house bed, because the additional roof height may make it taller than other loft and bunk beds. Our product detail pages clearly show all the necessary bed measurements so you can easily check that the bed will fit.

  1. Mattresses

Due to the unique design of house beds they may require a specific size mattress. Therefore it’s best to check the mattress size that is recommended to partner with the house bed, this information can be found on the individual product detail pages.

If this is your first introduction to house beds, it’s important that I give you the low down on some of the most popular options that are available. With some designs more suited to older kids and others for toddlers, some offering valuable storage and others a hideaway sleepover bed… read on to discover all about house beds at Cuckooland (think of us Rightmove for kids beds!)

Lifetime Kids Beach House Double Bed

House Bed for Toddlers

If you’re looking for a Toddler Bed with a difference then you should certainly consider a house bed. When a child is making the transition from cot to bed, parents often look for beds that can help make the whole process run a little more smoothly. A super cool house bed provides a tempting bed to climb into at bedtime (and hopefully stay in all night!).

Montessori style floor beds, like the Cabane Toddler Floor Bed, make an excellent choice as a toddler bed, this particular design also comes in European single bed size. Montessori house beds have become increasingly popular, encouraging the Montessori principles of promoting independence, freedom of movement and encouraging child empowerment. Designs are often simple yet stylish and due to their floor level frame are a fantastic house bed for toddlers.

Designs like the Children’s House Bed are also perfect for toddlers, with its low profile frame and front panels that create a secure sleeping area, reducing the risk of your child falling out of bed during the night. The open frame allows for you to have easy access to your child, ideal if they need a bit of bedtime reassurance.

Children's House Bed

House Bed with a Trundle

Lots of house beds come with the option to add a trundle – these handy under bed drawers can either be used for extra storage, or with the addition of a mattress, make a super guest bed.

The Harbour House Bed has been designed to look just like a beach hut! With guard rail side panels for added security and a shelf for bedtime drinks – it’s perfect for little one’s wanting a themed bedroom. With the additional trundle drawer, add in a mattress and friends can come over to stay in their seaside inspired space.

Although white is generally the most popular colour for kid’s beds, you may prefer something a little different. The Lifetime Hideout Kids Bed, seen below, is finished in a warming grey and beige, a neural shade that will suit many bedroom colour themes. With an optional trundle, shelves and storage boxes available, wannabe explorers won’t mind hanging their binoculars up here!

Lifetime The Hideout Kids Bed

House Bed with Drawers

A house without storage would be one messy home! So, if you’re on a mission to encourage your child to keep a tidy room, why not consider a house bed with drawers.

The Kids Avenue Mini Playhouse Bed with Storage comes complete with a pull-out toy box and bookcase, offering oodles of storage without eating up floor space.

Or bring the seaside home with the Lifetime Beach House Cabin Bed, featuring 4 under bed storage drawers that come in a choice of 8 finishes. A timeless house bed that will see your little one through their childhood years and beyond.

Lifetime Beach House Cabin Bed

Treehouse Bunk Bed

If you’re looking for Bunk Beds, either for siblings sharing a bedroom, or to have a spare bed for guests, a treehouse bunk bed is a real statement kids bed. These house bed bunk beds (try saying that after a few bevvies!) create a focal point in the bedroom and offer a fun bedtime destination for your kids.

For incredible value check out the Explorer Treehouse Bunk Bed. Finished in white, it creates a blank canvas to be accessorised to suit your child’s bedroom theme.

The playful design of the Adventure Treehouse Bunk Bed with Slide would be irresistible to fun-loving little one’s! They’ll love climbing the staircase to reach the wooden canopy and then slide back down to do it all again! Including two bunks, bedroom sharing just got so much more exciting!

Adventure Treehouse Bunk Bed with Slide

Kids House Bed for Small Bedrooms

Don’t rule out a house bed if your child has a small bedroom. While many designs are off the cards due to their imposing size, some house beds are designed with smaller rooms in mind.

Both the Cabane House Bed and the Casami Kids House Bed feature a roof top design at the head of the bed, so their footprint is no larger than a single bed. The Cabane and Casami House Beds are also available as toddler house beds and have matching kids furniture to complete the look.

Opt for open frame designs like the Dallas Day Bed that won’t overpower a small bedroom like an enclosed frame would.

Dallas Day Bed

The Ultimate House Bed

Now, remember I mentioned the very first house bed that stole my heart – it goes without saying that it features here as the ultimate house bed… drum roll please!

The Mathy By Bols Treehouse Single Cabin Bed is a genuine work of art, lovingly hand made in an artisan Belgium factory, this bed is exceptional. Available in a choice of 26 colours and available as a single bed as seen here, a treehouse bunk bed and the newest addition to the range is the awesome treehouse bed with slide! Yes, this bed is an investment, however it will hopefully remain in your family and be enjoyed by generations to come.

Mathy by Bols Treehouse Single Cabin Bed

Happy house bed hunting! From grand to understated, neutral to bold in colour, double storey to ground level we have hunted the universe for the very best in kids house bed design and I’m sure you’ll find your kid’s ultimate house bed at Cuckooland.

As always if you have any questions, our house bed experts are ready and waiting to answer your queries, give us a call +44 (0) 1305231231 or pop us an email.


With more than 10 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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