Everything you should consider when shopping for a stylish cabin bed for a child's small room
What is a cabin bed?
A cabin bed or mid-sleeper, as they are sometimes also called, are mid-height beds, not quite as high as a traditional bunkbeds, which have a storage or play space beneath the sleeping platform. The most practical and stylish cabin beds manage to incorporate a host of useful functions within the bed and still look great.
The Kids Pilot cabin bed shown above from Amazon, for example, includes a bedside table that doubles up as a desk when a chair is pulled up to it, a bookshelf and a step to make it easy to access the sleeping area safely.
What age are cabin beds suitable for?
A child should be six-years-old or older to sleep up high on the top bunk of a bunk bed. As cabin beds are raised quite a bit higher off the ground than a standard bed, it's advisable that you wait until your child is at least six before putting them in one too.
The Lifetime Beach House cabin bed, shown above, comes with railings that should stop any restless sleepers from taking a wrong turn and tumbling on to the floor in the night. The steps leading to the sleeping platform also make it easy to climb in and out of. It has useful storage drawers and display space beneath it too, plus a fun roof shape above, so that kids can use it as a play space as well.
A cabin bed with play space
When your children are still at primary school, you want to maximise the floor playing space in their bedrooms and some cabin beds give you the opportunity to free up the space beneath the bed. You can dress up that under bed area with a play tent, as shown in the Warmiehomy cabin bed with tent from Amazon, shown above, because every child loves a den. You can also use it to store toys, build train sets and play Monopoly.
A side pocket, as shown above, is also useful for holding books and other items children may want by their bedside at night.
Before investing in a themed play bed, however, think about whether the play tent or perhaps the roof above the sleeping area can be removed once your child is no longer enchanted by imaginary play. You want a bed that will last them into secondary school.
A cabin bed with a desk
If you can't comfortably squeeze a stand-alone desk and a bed into your child's room, a cabin bed with a desk is the solution. In the Pino Kids cabin bed shown above the desk can be tucked neatly underneath the bed when not in use, so it doesn't take up additional floor space. It also offers shelf storage and hidden cabinet storage options.