The Ultimate Guide to Storage Beds

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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 very best storage beds available to us long suffering, self appointed, chief kids bedroom 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 Mid Sleeper, High Sleeper, Cabin Bed, 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.

Don’t rule out kids single beds or day beds, as both of these lower profile beds can have options to add an under bed drawer (also known as a trundle) that can either be used for extra storage space or a spare bed.

Vox Spot High Sleeper Storage Kids Bed in Acacia & White

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, loft beds 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.

Lifetime Wild Child Kids Cabin Bed

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.

For best value the Julian Bowen Aurora High Sleeper is a great design, finished in white it will suit both boys and girls bedrooms and it even has a pull out desk for those wanting to get on with some homework.

The award winning Vox Spot High Sleeper 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 Trasman Tarragona High Sleeper Bed with Wardrobe. With a sizeable desk and plenty of shelving, this high sleeper storage bed has everything within arms reach.

Trasman Tarragona High Sleeper Bed with Wardrobe

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 Pino Cabin Bed with Desk & Bookcase 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 bookcase will help to keep essentials to hand, and hopefully off the floor!

The design of the Parisot Mila High Sleeper will appeal to any fashionista. The corner desk doubles as a dressing table, complete with trinket drawer! Combining a built-in wardrobe and ample storage, this storage bed has an appealing contemporary finish.

Parisot Mila Highsleeper in White with Storage

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 Urban Kids High Sleeper Bed 2 comes complete with a desk and a sofa bed (perfect for those sleepovers) in a choice of 3 colours. The bed frame is finished in white so will co-ordinate with any bedroom colour theme.

The clever design of the Stompa Casa Kids High Sleeper 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.

Stompa Casa Kids High Sleeper Bed in White

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 Julian Bowen Stella Low Sleep Kids Bed, which is ideal for tots. With one deep step to climb and a bookcase to keep all their bedtime stories at the ready, it’s available in pink and blue; the perfect toddler storage bed.

For a sustainable kids storage bed the Lifetime Kids Cabin Bed with Storage is made from 100% certified sustainable Scandinavian pine. Finished in non-toxic paint, this low profile cabin bed is another great choice for toddlers.

Lifetime Kids Cabin Bed with Storage

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!

Trasman Barca Bunk Bed

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 customerservice@cuckooland.com or give them a call +44 (0) 1305 231231 after 9am and before 6pm on weekdays.

Nathalie

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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