Things to Consider When Buying a Teen Bed

Your babies are all grown up! It might feel like it was only yesterday that they were taking their first steps and learning new words, and in the blink of an eye, your teens are towering over you, enjoying their independence and discovering the world for themselves.

It’s hard to let go, but it’s even harder being a teen! Endless homework, hormones playing havoc and remember the acne? Teenagers have a lot to tackle on their last step towards adulthood, but how can you make this penultimate phase easier on them? You can start with their bed! A good night’s sleep can make all the difference.

If your teen has been dropping some less-than-subtle hints that they’re in need of a new bed, there are a few things you need to consider before you fold. We’ve created a checklist below to help you find the right teen bed for your fledglings!

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1. Start with Storage

Parisot Higher Kids High Sleeper Bed with Desk & Wardrobe

Generally, when it comes to teens, tidying up isn’t their strong suit! Quick after-school outfit changes often mean uniforms end up on the floor… and stay there, but if they have a bed with plenty of built-in storage, they’ll have no excuse when it comes to keeping their clothes clean and bedrooms clutter-free.

Every side of the Parisot Higher Kids High Sleeper Bed with Desk & Wardrobe features storage solutions, keeping everything contained and organised in one space. From shelving and bookcases to the sliding wardrobe – all of their essentials will have a home. As soon as they get in from school they’ll have a space to store backpacks, blazers and homework – and when it’s all neatly tidied away in each space, it makes getting up and out the door easier the next day… another thing teens struggle with!

2. Select a Bed That’s Sleepover Ready

Pino Kids High Sleeper with Sofa Bed

As your kiddies grow, so do their friendship groups! You can expect to see a whole host of teenagers coming and going and you might wonder if you’ll ever have a peaceful weekend at home again, but it’s all part of them growing up!

Seeing as they’ll be hosting lots of sleepovers and slumber parties, you might as well get their bedroom ready for extra guests. Designed with a single bed, desk and seat, the Pino Kids High Sleeper with Sofa Bed is a great base for teens to relax and work during the week. Then when Friday evening rolls around, it transforms into the perfect sleepover setup. Simply fold out the futon mattress, ready the snacks and pray chaos is kept to a minimum!

Available in a choice of neutral colours, they can really put their stamp on their bed and share their interests with their newfound pals.

3. Sharing a Space with a Sibling? Teens Will Want Their Privacy!

Trasman Barca Bunk Bed with Wardrobe

Creating separate spaces for your youngsters, the Trasman Barca Bunk Bed with Wardrobe keeps squabbling to a minimum. 

Sharing with siblings is no easy task, especially when you’re a teen, but by finding an option with defined areas for each of them, they’ll get their privacy. Each bed creates a cosy nook for sleeping, relaxing and taking time for themselves. Add lamps for night-time reading and pick out bedding that they’ll both love. 

Not forgetting the bookcases, wardrobe and drawers – the bed is crammed with storage space! They’ll each have areas for their clothes, shoes, books and belongings – keeping floors and sides clear and making dustups a thing of the past… here’s hoping!

4. Beds with Desks Make Homework Better

Harry High Rise Bed with Wardrobe

As soon as the teen years hit, their workload seems to triple! Coursework, revision, college applications… if they don’t have a dedicated workspace to get it all ticked off it can all start to feel overwhelming.

If their bedroom can’t accommodate a full-sized desk, do not fret! Thankfully, here at Cuckooland, we have plenty of beds with built-in desks to save on space and get those assignments in order.

The Harry High Rise Bed with Wardrobe was made for work, rest and play. Below the high sleeper bed, the desk, shelves, bench seat and bookcases are ready and waiting for some serious studying. The wire memo board is a great addition to keep them motivated – they can pin up goals, notes and reminders to keep themselves focused and avoid procrastination. And when schoolwork has been completed the top bunk is a comfortable and cosy spot to relax and unwind… Phew, they’re going to need it!

5. Teens Need a Tech-Ready Bed!

Trasman Pod 1 Gaming Bed

Teens and tech go hand in hand. Smartphones, tablets, devices, computers, consoles, laptops – they’ve got the latest gadgets, so they need a bed that can keep up with them! If your teen’s room has become outgrown and outdated, instantly transform their space with a bed made for the twenty-first century!

The Trasman Pod 1 Gaming Bed was designed for tech-savvy teenagers. The full-width desk with LED lighting, supports monitors and consoles with a generous space below for keyboard and accessories. Add in a desk chair and it’s the perfect place to game, socialise and maybe… just maybe, do some homework?

The shelves at the end of the bed offer even more storage for discs, books and memorabilia. There’s even the option to add a wireless charger so everything they need will be powered up and ready to go. And when they need to hit pause on the day, they can head up to bed and re-charge their batteries too!

6. Stretching-Out Space is Essential

Vox 4 You Bed with Raised Mattress Mechanism in White

The Vox 4 You Bed with Raised Mattress Mechanism is ready for those growth spurts! The European small double isn’t quite as large as a full-sized adult bed but gives growing teens that extra stretching-out space they need. Accommodating a 120 x 200cm mattress, that’s a whole extra 30cm in width when compared to a standard single bed. It might not seem like a lot, but to a teen, they’ll be so pleased you’ll probably be awarded parent of the year!

The extra space has added benefits too – teens are able to sleep in more comfortable positions taking pressure away from growing bones and joints and giving added support. The more comfortable they are, the better they’ll sleep, and the less stroppy they’ll be when their alarm clock eventually goes off. Win, win all round.

The Vox 4 You Small Double Bed occupies extra floor space, but with the ottoman storage and bookshelves surrounding the frame, the design makes good use of the space it does take up!

7. Single Beds Teens Can Put Their Stamp On

Vox Stige Kids Single Bed with Trundle Drawer

Being a teen, it can be hard for them to express themselves. Bedrooms can be used as a space to discover and share their interests without being judged! The Vox Stige Kids Single Bed with Trundle Drawer helps teens showcase their personal style and gives them the freedom to show off their passions.

Offering plenty of storage and lots of ways it can be personalised, choose to use the drawer as extra storage or add a trundle bed and mattress for weekend sleepovers. Add the additional wooden ladders, storage boxes and custom options to help your teens get more from their beds.

They can decorate the frames to reflect their personality, hobbies and ideas. Hanging plants, fairy lights, artwork, bags, jewellery – they’ll love customising the bed frame to suit them and express their individuality. Just don’t move their stuff… you’ll never hear the end of it!

8. Pick a Teen Bed That’s Futureproof

Vox 4 You 4 Poster Single Bed with Adjustable Height Levels

If your kids haven’t quite hit the ‘teen stage’ just yet, but you’re thinking ahead and getting their bedroom ready early, the Vox 4 You 4 Poster Single Bed with Adjustable Height Levels is an excellent choice for that in-between phase.

The single wooden bed can be adapted to suit every age range. The height adjustable bed base can start out lower to the ground and then can be raised to accommodate a trundle drawer – perfect as extra storage or as a spare bed with mattress for when their friends come to stay!

Styled in white and natural wood, it’s easy to update the bed in the future, simply by changing bedding, décor and accessories. If one minute they love all things football and the next they’re considering joining a band… just switch up the accessories and save yourself from buying new furniture.

The Vox 4 You 4 Poster Bed can go with them once they’ve moved out too… but that’s a long way off yet!

Pick the Right Bed for Your Picky Teens!

Being a teenager isn’t all bad when you’ve got an amazing bed to head back to! Still need help finding the right one for your finicky teen? Call +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email to speak to a member of the Cuckooland family!


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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