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  • Our top 6 CBS beds for tweens

    Choosing the perfect bed for a tween can be tough. The age between childhood and adolescence, typically between 8-12, is a time of change and growth for your child, and it’s likely that children in this age bracket aren’t going to find novelty race car beds as fun as they once were! If you’re struggling to find a new bed for your tween and you’re not yet ready to buy them an adult bed frame, we have a range of great beds from low sleeper cabin beds to high sleeper beds that are perfect for later childhood.Julian Bowen Slocum Bed in Stone White

    Julian Bowen Slocum Bed in Stone White

    This single slocum bed by Julian Bowen is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple style and high quality frame. This bed’s sturdy wooden frame and neutral shade is ideal for older children who want a bed with a more grown-up style, and it also comes equipped with a sprung slatted bed base for mattress support and extra comfort.

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    If you have a tween that’s into all things glam, this Birlea Jessica Bed is the perfect option. The bed features a stylish metal frame with crystal detailing on the corners of the base, and the cream shade means it’s versatile enough to match any bedroom’s decor.

    Sweet Dreams Opal High Sleeper Bed

    Sweet Dreams Opal High Sleeper Bed

    The opal high sleeper bed by sweet dreams is a handy choice for bedrooms that could do with some space saving options. The high sleeper design leaves space for the built in desk attached to the frame, giving your tween a special spot to get their homework done. The space under the bed also leaves plenty of room to store any bits and bobs, or even to create a small reading den as a way to add a creative element to your child’s room.

    Julian Bowen Cookie Cabin Bed in White/ CharcoalJulian Bowen Cookie Cabin Bed in White/ Charcoal

    A bed with a really unique style as well as plenty of storage potential is the cookie cabin bed by Julian Bowen. This bed has an innovative design, featuring three storage drawers, a cupboard, a shelf and desk all integrated into a sleek white and grey finish, making it an ideal choice for tweens that are prone to cluttered rooms!

    Gami Montana Combined Low Bed in Grey Oak

    Gami Montana Combined Low Bed in Grey Oak

    Another bed with a lot of handy storage is the Gami Montana low bed in grey oak; a comfortable bed featuring a modern, stylish design and built in shelves that are perfect for storing laptops, I pad’s or bedtime books.

    Julian Bowen Cosmo Guest Bed

    Julian Bowen Cosmo Guest Bed

    For pre-teen’s who are never apart from their best friend, the Julian Bowen cosmo bed is bound to come in handy. This bed comes equipped with a guest bed, which easily slides out from the frame and provides a great sleeping solution for the many sleepovers your child will have over the years. This bed also features a luxurious faux leather finish and a sophisticated design to ease their transition into their teenage years!

  • How to host the perfect sleepover for your child

    Organising, never mind actually overseeing a sleepover, can be a hectic and stressful experience. When the dreaded time actually arrives, you need to be equipped with every bit of advice and equipment you can get hold of. To ensure you are as prepared as humanly possible, we have put together a guide on how to host the perfect sleepover for your child.

    Children's Sleepover

    Preparation

    As with basically anything in life, it is essential to prepare properly. Especially when it comes to having a group of raving kids running round your house at breakneck speed.

    Ensuring you have the contact details of the parents of all the children attending will allow you to pre-empt any homesick guests crying their way through the sleepover with no means of returning home.

    An awareness of the dietary requirements and medical conditions of your attendees is imperative - it wouldn’t be a great look to hospitalise any of your child’s closest friends.

    Equally important is setting out clear drop-off and pick-up times for parents. With this knowledge, you can guarantee that you won’t be: 1 - ransacking the fridge and cupboards for something for the kid who turned up two hours after dinner time OR 2 - abandoning someone else’s child on your doorstep because you simply couldn’t afford to miss insert name here’s christening.

    Sleepover Food

    Food

    Pizza still rules the roost in terms of sleepover grub. Pretty much all kids are fans of it and it is extremely simple to prepare.

    Of course, kids are likely to get hungry throughout the evening and it is important to have a range of snacks on hand. Sugary high-energy treats are a no-go when lights out are imminent, but you don’t necessarily have to go to the other extreme of carrot and celery sticks either. A range of salty, savoury snacks are a safe bet, they will be well-received by hungry kids and parents looking to get a few hours of sleep.

    Entertainment

    It is worth having some kind of itinerary planned for the evening’s events - preferably something involving physical exercise if you have even the vaguest intention of getting any sleep whatsoever.

    Inevitably the form this exercise takes is entirely dependent on the interests and hobbies of your child and their friends. For some, a few hours playing football in the park sounds like a great afternoon, for others a karaoke and dance party sounds far more appealing.

    Sleepover classics like making a fort, pillow fights (parent-permitting), board games and truth-or-dare are still just as effective at making sure your guests have a fun-filled evening. With a several storage spaces and an exciting medieval themed play area, a steens tent provides the perfect environment for a sleepover.

    Sleeping arrangements

    Supplying all of the children with everything they need for a sound night’s sleep is the first step. Again, it comes down to preparation, but toothbrushes, pyjamas and sleeping bags are all commonly forgotten items that will cause havoc when it turns out they aren’t actually at hand.

    Instilling as equal a playing field as possible when it comes to sleeping arrangements is also vital - you want to avoid any arguments over who gets to sleep like a king on the top bunk while the other peasants rough it on the floor.

    Hopefully you now feel better informed about some of the do’s and don’ts of hosting a sleepover for your child. Do you have other tips that might be useful? Or any horror stories from sleepovers you have hosted?

  • 8 Books You Should Read to Your Kids at Bedtime

    Studies have shown that the benefits of reading to your kids at bedtime are many. From giving your child’s language skills a head start, to strengthening the natural bond between parent and child. Bedtime stories can be a necessary precursor in ensuring a long, uninterrupted night’s sleep and Thuka Cabin beds are the perfect way to create a relaxed environment for reading. To captivate your children in an instant, we have compiled a list of books you simply have to read to them.

    The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

    The Gruffalo is an immensely popular and critically acclaimed picture book that is loosely based on a Chinese folk tale of a fox that borrows the terror of a tiger. Ultimately, as a story that focuses on the power of imagination of the different characters, it is destined to stoke your own child’s imagination.

    Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

    Also a hugely popular children’s film, ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ is an important lesson in the tumultuous nature of childhood emotions. Maurice Sendak inspired a new generation of illustrators with his imaginative depiction of the ‘wild things.’

    Green Eggs and Ham - Dr Seuss

    Dr Seuss’ illustrations have continued to be a hit with children for over fifty years and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is no different. With an emphasis on simple rhyming structures, this is the ideal way to introduce your kids’ to the world of rhyme.

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr

    The unexpected intrusion of a tiger to tea is eventually a welcome one in this children’s classic. In collaboration with the entertaining story, the vivid illustrations make ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ a wonderful read.

    Elmer - David McKee

    Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a fascinating stepping stone for your kids’ to travel across to discover wider issues of diversity. Elmer’s relationships with his grey counterparts are affected by his patchwork exterior, leading to a tale of change, interaction and eventually, acceptance.

    Operation Alphabet - Al MacCuish and Luciano Lozano

    As a fun and accessible introduction to the alphabet, ‘Operation Alphabet,’ is an excellent platform for your child to learn. The distinctive muted, washed-out illustrative style will appeal to parents and children alike.

    Funnybones - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Funnybones is a light-hearted and hilarious story about a family of skeletons (complete with a pet skeleton dog) that attempt to scare their neighbours, but only succeed in scaring themselves. It is certain to be a favourite with your kids.

    This is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen

    Amongst a list of classics, ‘This is Not My Hat,’ has the potential to become the new standard by which children’s picture books are held. Jon Klassen won the 2013 Caldecott Medal as well as the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal for this inventively illustrated tale about a fish who believes he will be able to keep a hat that he has stolen from a large, sleeping fish.

    Hopefully this introduction to a list of children’s classics is the start of a long-lasting and fully fledged interest in reading. Do you think that there are any titles we have missed that belong on the list?

  • Our 6 Favourite Children's Bedshop Beds

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we understand how tricky it can be to choose the best possible bed for your child. With March being the official National Bed Month, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a guide to our favourite children’s beds. From the Julian Bowen Midsleeper to the Sweet Dreams Ruby Bunk bed, we’ve picked out six of our all-time favourite beds to help you choose a style that both you and your child will love.

    Julian Bowen Midsleeper Cabin Bed

    One of the absolute best styles of bed for a child’s room is a bed that’s compact, with space for storage. This Julian Bowen Midsleeper bed certainly ticks all the space-saving boxes. The bed features a pull-out desk, 3 drawer chest and a shelf unit for storing all those bits and bobs that children leave lying around. With a versatile white shade and stylish design, this bed is perfect in any child’s room and neutral enough to match any colour scheme.

    Kidsaw Racing Car/Princess Carriage Bed

    For children who need a little encouragement getting into their bed at night, the Kidsaw Racing Car Bed is the ideal solution. Also available in a range of fun styles, this bed will make bedtime exciting, and your night a lot easier. The Kidsaw beds are extremely easy to assemble - simply slot each piece together and wait for your child’s bedroom to become their new favourite hangout!

    Julian Bowen London Bus Bunk Bed

    All aboard for bedtime! This quirky London Bus Bunk Bed is another great option for those hoping to add a bit of excitement to their child’s sleeping pattern. The timeless design of the London bus has been adapted into a fun bunk bed that will brighten up any child’s bedroom, and comes with a sturdy fixed ladder for easy access to the upper deck.

    Sweet Dreams Ruby Captains Bed

    The ultimate sleepover solution, The Ruby Captains Bed by Sweet Dreams is handy for when your child’s friend stays over. The bed features a guest bed that fits snugly underneath and is easily pulled out when needed. With an expertly crafted stylish design, this bed also has three useful storage drawers, and a classic white finish that’s versatile enough for any bedroom. This bed is also available in blue and pink for those that can’t resist a bit of colour.

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    One of our more sophisticated styles, this single bed is a perfect option for older girls who want to add a touch of glamour to their bedroom. The metal bed frame has a classic design and simple cream shade, with an elegant crystal feature at the top of each corner post for a unique finishing touch. The Birlea Jessica Bed is also built with a sprung slatted bed base for extra comfort. This bed is also available in pink to please even the girliest of girls.

    Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper Bed + Tent

    The eye-catching Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper is a beautifully made bed for your child. With a simple, contemporary design, the white bed frame of the bed looks great paired with the fun element of the built-in tent; providing room for storing your child’s clutter while also giving them their very own den to hide out in. Along with the option of a pink tent, the bed is also available in a blue shade with a cool pirate pattern.

    If you want to see more of our children’s beds then shop our website for a great selection of styles and brands.

  • What single bed is right for your child?

    Sleep is pivotal to your child’s development, so it’d make sense to put a lot of consideration into what bed would suit them the best. After all, they do spend at least a third of their day in bed. Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we stock a wide range of children’s beds for you to choose from in a variety of styles, designs and features.

    The main three types of single bed we offer are: low sleepers, mid sleepers and high sleepers. We will explain the features of each so you can decide which would be best for your child. Getting your child involved with the decision process will also give them a real sense of ownership when it comes!

    Low sleepers

    If your child is quite young or has mobility issues, then a low sleeper would be the perfect bed for them as it is closer to the floor, letting them climb on with relative ease. Low sleepers also come with a massive variety of fun designs, your child can go to sleep living life in the fast line with a low sleeper bed designed like a race car, or they can feel like royalty nodding off in a junior princess carriage bed.

    Mid sleepers

    A mid sleeper bed is ideal for any child between the ages of 6-13, it is perfectly fine to buy one for a child older than this but it is down to your discretion. Probably the most comfortable and supportive out of these options as it is the standard frame for most adult beds so you will be preparing them for sleeping in a similar bed later in life. Storage underneath is also a bonus! Buying a Steens midsleeper single bed for your child means they have plenty of room to store their toys, ultimately resulting in a clean and tidy bedroom.

    High sleepers

    The perfect bed when space is at a premium in your child’s bedroom. With the mattress elevated, this allows for furniture space underneath. A desk underneath a high sleeper bed is always a popular choice, like with our Parisot Swan which comes with a desk built in! There’s also something kid’s really enjoy about having to climb a ladder to get to bed too, making bedtime feel like a little adventure. One thing to be aware of before you invest in a high sleeper is the height of your ceiling – if your child cannot sit upright without knocking their head then you’ve got a problem. Be sure to measure the height of your ceiling, the height of your child and compare these with the bed.

    If you need further assistance deciding what bed would be perfect for your child feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to offer our help and advice.

     

  • 8 clever storage ideas to help to de-clutter your kid's bedroom

    Space in a child’s bedroom is a precious commodity. You can tell them to tidy up their toys till you’re blue in the face, but sometimes there just isn’t anywhere left to put them. Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we want to help you optimise the space in your child’s bedroom, so we’ve concocted ten ingenious ways to help you with the organisation of what is probably the messiest room your house.

    8 clever storage ideas to help to de-clutter your kid's bedroom

    1. Set up a play table

    You can have a focal point for your child’s toys to be based around if you include a play table in their room, they’ll also appreciate it themselves: whether it be a new track for their toy cars to race on or a lovely spot for their dolls to have a tea party.

    2. Wall mounted shelves

    Is there absolutely no space on the floor? Try kitting out the walls with a couple of shelves. You’ll be surprised at the room this will free up when you move all those toys strewn across the floor and display them proudly on your child’s new shelves – they almost pass as décor instead of mess!

    3. Utilise that floor space

    It’s highly likely that the bed is the one piece of furniture that takes up the most space in your child’s bedroom. With a space saving Steens high bed, this problem will be a thing of the past, with so much space underneath to play with. You’ll be surprised at how much your child will be excited to shake things up and sleep just that little bit closer to the sky.

    4. Find hidden treasure under the bed

    Maybe you don’t want to splash out and get a high sleeper bed, that’s fine, you can just as easily make use of the space under a normal bed. Rather than just chucking everything under there why not store everything away tidily with a pull-out drawer on wheels for some easy access?

    5. Colour-coordinate those Legos

    As they are some of the most popular kids toys out there, it’s probably a good guess that your child owns a few Lego sets. When they own a lot, it can become a veritable nightmare to build when they (or you) have to sort through a ton of bricks. Bring some order to your Lego collection by colour-coordinating all those bricks, it will probably save them hours trying to find ‘the right piece’.

    6. Make use of a peg board

    A peg board can be a useful way to hang up anything that doesn’t belong on the floor. It can also be used to display some of their budding artwork. Everyone loves the idea of their own little gallery, don’t they?

    7. Pack the wardrobe

    If your child has a walk-in wardrobe, have you tried to fit a dresser in there as well? You’ll find that there is a lot of space that can be freed up by utilising the room you can find in a wardrobe. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

    8. Throw it all in a toy box

    Probably the easiest option here, just invest in a toy box and lob all those toys in. You’ll find it sorts itself when the toys that never get played with sink to the bottom never to be seen again.

  • Create the perfect playroom for your kids

    A playroom is a room solely dedicated to your child’s toys and learning materials. It is somewhere that your child can learn and develop while also having fun. It makes sense to have this room as something entirely separate to their bedroom, this way they will be able to differentiate from playtime and bedtime, and can have a well-rested snooze at the end of a hard day's play!

    Create the perfect playroom for your kids with steens kids furniture

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few different ways you can create the perfect playroom for your kids:

    Fill it with learning materials

    With most children, if you put too much emphasis on education they’re going to shy away from it eventually. However, if you let them find interests for themselves, then you’re less likely to get any backlash. If you include things like an atlas, reading materials & art supplies you may be surprised at what they take an interest in.

    Store away all those toys

    Just because there’s a room in your house that’s dedicated to play, it doesn’t mean that it should be a mess. We stock a wide variety of storage units you can choose from. Find a place to put all those toys and make sure your children clean up after themselves, giving them a sense of responsibility. After all: they’re their toys, not yours.

    Play some word games

    A great way to get your child into reading and storytelling from an early age is getting them interested in language. Including a magnetic wall with letter magnets can really help your child get a grasp on spelling. Another great idea for when they’re older is cutting up an old book of simple words and sentences, then putting all these component parts into a bucket – your child can create your own stories this way and fuel their creativity.

    Put those books on the shelves

    Childhood reading is crucial for early development, so make sure you have somewhere to put all those books instead of piling them up into a massive tower on the floor! Steens kids furniture has got you covered with their range of low & tall bookcases to suit any need – from a modest collection to a veritable library!

    Display their creativity

    If your child is interested in creating things (drawings, paintings, stories etc) be sure to give them a space where they can proudly display their creations. This will promote a real sense of achievement for your child as they can see everything they’ve created proudly displayed on the wall.

    Promote study time with a desk

    Getting your child a desk provides them with a designated place for study and somewhere to experiment and get creative with the pen and paper in their early years. This can lead to greater benefits later on in life when they reach school age. Our website features a number of desks by Steens, so you and your child can pick the perfect one.

     

  • New Year, New Bed - Win a Steens Memphis Midsleeper Bed

    What is the best way to ring in the New Year? With a free giveaway competition of course!

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop we want to give you the opportunity of winning a Steens Memphis Midsleeper bed from us. But wait, there’s more! Not only will you be in with a chance of winning this fantastic bed, but all entrants will receive a 5% discount code via email once the competition has closed!

    Competition bed

    The Prize

    The Steens Memphis Midsleeper Bed in solid plain white is one of our best-selling bed frames in a UK size 90 x 190. The midsleeper is sleek in design, has a contemporary look with a solid plain white finish featuring curved edges as well as an integrated ladder for ease of access to the sleeping area up top. There is plenty of space underneath the bed to make use of, a rare commodity when it comes to a child’s room!

    With its solid MDF frame and robust design, this midsleeper is sturdy enough to be able to withstand the demands of any child. This bed comes in a self-assembly format, with simple instructions to follow, so rest assured there’ll be no more flat-pack furniture tears!

    How to Enter

    To enter, simply fill your details into the form below to be in with a chance of winning this great bed. All entrants to this competition will be eligible for a 5% discount on any order from our site to include a Steens product of any kind.*

    The winner of this competition will be selected at random and contacted directly by Children’s Bed Shop to confirm the prize and organise delivery for their new Steens Midsleeper bed!

    Please submit your entry in the form below by 12pm 25th January 2017. This competition is open to UK mainland residents only.

    *Discount code will be sent via email once the competition has finished and the lucky winner has been chosen.

     

    To enter simply submit your name and email below. Good luck!

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  • Freshen Up Your Child’s Bedroom for 2017

    Is it time to give your child’s bedroom a refresh for the New Year? At Children’s Bed Shop we have come up with a few helpful ideas on all the different ways you can spruce up your child’s room for 2017.

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    Lick of paint

    What better way to refresh a room than to give it a bright new colour. Changing the colour can really give it a boost and make it look clean and new.

    Rugs

    A new rug can brighten up any room. With plenty of patterns, colours and designs to choose from, it’ll be easy-peasy to find something that your child will love. Don’t be surprised when they beg you to get a design featuring their favourite television character, though.

    Mattress

    All parents want is the very best for their child so why not invest in a good mattress? According to the NHS, your child should ideally be getting around 8-12 hours of sleep a night depending on their age, so a mattress that is comfortable with a long shelf life is worth the investment.

    Bedding

    A child’s bedding is a precious thing to them, every kid wears their bedding like a badge of honour. It shows off their personality, whether it be the football team they support or the television shows they watch. Bedding can have a lot of wear and tear with the many spills and accidents it takes over the years, don’t you think it’s time to change it for something fresher?

    Bed

    A brand new bed can totally change the dynamic of a bedroom. With many different styles to choose from, our recommendation and most popular bed is the fantastic Memphis bed. This midsleeper bed is elevated from the floor with space underneath which is great for storage. Matching Steens furniture is also available or you can leave it as free space for playtime.

    Storage box

    Sometimes all we need to do is declutter to make a room feel fresh. With a storage box (otherwise known as somewhere to hide all the toys and mess) your child’s room will feel twice as big. More space for them to play and let their imaginations run wild!

    Have a clear out

    You can freshen up your child’s bedroom by simply having a clear out. Drop any unwanted toys off at a charity shop and marvel at the flooring that you probably forgot you had.

  • 6 Christmas Crafts for Kids

    Kids love doing arts and crafts, it’s a great creative outlet and it’s also a lot of fun. With so much time to spend with your kids over Christmas, why not get arty with some of it? Before you start reaching for the A4 paper to make snowflakes, remember, they’ve probably been forced to make paper snowflakes every year since they were able to hold a pair of scissors! Shake it up this Christmas with our list of craft projects that are just that little bit different…

    1. Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

    If you’re struggling to think of things to stick on your Christmas tree, have you ever thought about… mini Christmas trees? All you need for each tree is three popsicle sticks, a piece of twine, some card, glue and scissors! When it comes to decorating your tree, you get license to be even more creative. Pictured here with pom-poms, One Little Project used glitter and buttons to beautify them.

     

     

     

     

     

    2. Mickey Baubles

    A perfect way to bring Disney to you... These lovely baubles are simple to make and would look great on anyone’s tree. You can even stick a bow on top of the baubles if you want to make yourself your very own Minnie’s!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3. Snowman Milk Jugs

    Do you live somewhere that doesn’t see much snow but your kids still want to build a snowman? We’ve got the solution. Reuse your empty milk bottles to create some indoor snowmen! Even if you do get a bit of snow, are you sure you really want to get your hands cold?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    4. Christmas Tree Hand Prints

    Probably the simplest project on here, get everyone in the family to make a paint handprint on a piece of paper and then they can decorate it like a tree! Perfect for hanging over the mantelpiece like bunting, be sure to get creative with the glitter and stickers! Who doesn’t love to make handprint art anyway, it reminds us of a simpler time!

     

     

     

     

     

    5. Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf

    Is it a true arts and crafts project if it doesn’t involve repurposing a toilet paper roll? Make some adorable little elves to guard the presents under your tree! Paint them all in different colours and give them all different faces – they’re all special to us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6. Reindeer Finger Puppet

    Make your own little finger puppets this Christmas using the best craft utensil there is: googly eyes. Once you’ve made a whole army of these puppets, try your hand at making a finger puppet Santa to go with them. You’ll soon have your very own finger puppet theatre – Santa Claus with his stable full of can-canning reindeer!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There we have it, a few creative ideas to get arty this Christmas. Be sure to display them proudly on your trees, mantelpieces or they’d look great hanging from our thuka cabin beds for kids. Whatever project you decide to undertake this Christmas, be sure to be merry while you’re doing it!

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