The Ultimate Guide to Storage Beds
Kids should come with a health warning… ‘if you like a tidy house, avoid at all costs!’ Forgive my sweeping and somewhat insensitive generalisation, but I think I can count on one hand the number of tidy kids I know (and mine are definitely not two of them)! I have to confess, I’m not the most tidiest of people either (‘clean’, yes, maybe a little OCD but ‘tidy’ not so much)… but hey we’re not talking about me (phew!).
But encouraging your messy munchkin to keep a tidy bedroom can be a little easier if they have ample storage. As chief bedroom designer (that be you), making the most of every inch is like playing a real-life game of Tetris. Clever storage becomes a valuable asset that can fill an empty space and transform it into a functional and usable zone.
This is why Storage Beds make a great choice for a kid’s bedroom, a clever combination of sleep station and storage all in one neat and compact design – what’s not to love about these space saving beds?!
Parents, if you want some tips on winning the tidy room battle then read on. I have pulled together, from the far corners of the earth, the designers. These fabulous beds will be your best ally in helping to get your kid’s room cleaned up and under control.
What is a Storage Bed?
As the name suggests, Storage Beds are a combination of a sleeping zone and storage, combined into one multi-functional bed. Storage beds come in all shapes and sizes, with the most popular frames being a , High Sleeper, , Loft Bed and Bunk Beds. These higher profile beds offer up space below for plenty of clever storage options.
Storage options can comprise of shelving, drawers, cupboards, desks, storage cubes and wardrobes. Some come as a pre-selected design, others give you the option to choose different elements to create your own combination.
Choosing the best Storage Bed
The type of storage that you choose will largely depend upon the age of your child and the size of their bedroom.
Younger children would benefit from lower profile beds, such as a single bed or day bed. These can be used from as young as 18 months – 2 years, so your little tot could make the transition straight from their cot.
Higher profile beds such as mid sleepers, and bunk beds, aren’t usually recommended until approximately 4-6 years old due to their height and being accessed by a ladder, I’d always recommend to check the product detail page for specific advice.
Consider the type of storage that your child needs; if they’re a bookworm, ample shelving would be great, a fashionista would benefit from a wardrobe and drawers, or a study loving student would perhaps love to have their own desk space. Identifying their needs will help you decide which combination of storage solutions will be the best match.
With such an array of storage beds available, I’ve hand picked a few of the top storage beds on offer from Cuckooland to help you decide which storage bed is best for your child.
Storage Beds for a Small Room
Buying a storage bed for a small room is easy thanks to these compact and space saving designs. Bed, wardrobe, drawers and shelving have been consolidated into one neat piece of furniture, these storage beds offer up everything a kiddo needs without eating up oodles of space.
The Ava High Sleeper Bed has everything your kiddies could need, in one compact unit! With the same footprint as a standard single bed, but crammed with handy storage solutions – you’ll be utilising every inch of the kids bedrooms with this brilliant bed.
The award winning is a dream bed for a small bedroom, offering up so much storage your kids will have no excuses but to keep their room spotless! It even features a walk in closet with shelving… now I’m envious!
Another super bed for a small bedroom is the Harper High Sleeper with Desk and Storage. With a sizeable desk, monitor shelf, drawers, bookcase and corner wardrobe, this high sleeper storage bed has everything! Finished in white, it’s a great choice for picky teens!
Storage Beds with a Desk
Not wanting to stop at purely offering storage solutions, some storage beds go one step further and incorporate a desk into their design. Perfect for older kids and teens, storage beds with desks make a great choice.
The Louis Mid Sleeper Cabin Bed does not compromise on style. The pull out desk provides enough space to get studious, or creative, then it can be popped away when it’s not in use. The closed cupboard will help to keep essentials to hand, and hopefully off the floor!
The design of the Harry High Rise Bedwill appeal to any fashion conscious kiddy. The large desk doubles as a dressing table, complete with memo board for pinning photos and style inspo! Combining a built-in wardrobe and ample storage, this loft bed has received a contemporary finish that’s sure to impress their friends!
Storage Beds with Sofas
Tidying a bedroom can be exhausting work… so why not give your kids a sofa to chill out on once they’re finished their chores?! Storage beds with sofas create a cool place for your youngster to relax with a book or a screen (unfortunately the latter is often the most favoured choice!).
The Estella High Sleeper Bed comes complete with bookcase, chest of drawers and a sofa bed (perfect for those sleepovers). The bed frame and upholstered cushions are finished in grey so will co-ordinate with any bedroom theme or colour scheme.
The clever design of the Noah Kids High Sleeper Bed maximises use of the under bed space allowing for a sofa and a variety of different storage options. You can select a combination that best suits your child, from a desk to drawers and shelving.
Storage Beds for Toddlers
As I mentioned, many of the higher profile storage beds won’t be suitable for toddlers due to their height and being accessed by a ladder. That doesn’t mean that your toddler can’t have a cool new storage bed.
Focus on lower profile beds such as the Magnus Single Bed with Trundle Drawer, which is ideal for tots. The uncomplicated design keeps things simple and the trundle drawer is a handy addition! Store extra bedding and toys inside and keep comforters an arms length away.
Bunk Beds with Storage
What if you have double the trouble sharing a room? A bunk bed with storage is a brilliant solution for siblings sharing a room.
Highly rated by parents, the Parisot Tam Tam Bunk Bed offers a smart looking bed with storage for both the top and bottom bunk. With the option to add an additional under bed drawer, your kiddies will find tidying up a breeze – watch out teddies you’re destined for the drawers!
For a true space saving storage bunk the Parisot Bibop Sleeper 2 manages to conceal clever storage within the steps. With shelving for both top and bottom bunks and the option to add a trundle drawer, this bed packs a punch as a storage bunk.
If you’re not short of space, the staggered design of the Trasman Barca Bunk Bed makes for great looking bed. Finished in a choice of three colours, this stylish storage bunk features a wardrobe, storage drawers and shelving. This is a bed that is sure to make sharing a bedroom much more appealing!
Assembling a Storage Bed
All of the storage beds that are available at Cuckooland will come will full assembly instructions. Here are a few tips for a successful and safe installation of your storage bed:
- Always refer to the manufacturers guidelines on how to safely assemble the bed.
- If you are fitting a safety rail, ensure that it is securely fitted.
- Due to raised design of many storage beds, it is not recommended to fit directly beneath a ceiling light fitting.
- Never substitute with parts that are not designed for the bed, always contact the customer service team at Cuckooland for replacement parts.
- Ensure that there is enough clearance for your child to sit up in bed (for taller bed frames) and remember that children grow, so allow room for growth as well!
- Some storage beds require a particular mattress size, so always check the manufacturers recommended mattress size for the bed.
If you don’t fancy undertaking the installation yourself, many of the storage beds at Cuckooland have the option for professional installation (please refer to the specific product detail pages for further information about installation options), leaving you to sit back and relax…we’ll even take the packaging away for you.
I hope you’ve found this ultimate guide to storage beds helpful. If you’ve got unanswered questions or need further assistance, our trusty customer service dream-team are on hand to help! Drop them an email email@example.com or give them a call +44 (0) 1305 231231 after 9am and before 5pm on weekdays.