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  • What type of mattress is best for my child?

    children's single mattress

    The importance of finding the right mattress for your child can’t be overstated. A well-suited mattress can play a crucial role in determining the quality of your child’s sleep. And, as has been demonstrated in countless clinical trials and books, sleep is incredibly important: a poor night’s sleep hampers concentration, memory and mood.  

    There are, however, a dizzying number of things to consider before settling on a mattress. Size, firmness, and weight are just three of many things to take into account and, even after giving all of these factors commensurate thought, it can be tremendously difficult to arrive at a decision you have 100% confidence in. To help you pick the perfect mattress, we’ve put together this guide. 

    How do I choose a kids mattress? 

    While our intuition tells us we’re more likely to sleep well on a soft, fluffy mattress than a concrete floor, there isn’t a massive body of evidence that supports that assertion. Studies into the effect of mattresses have struggled to secure the independent funding that is required to produce data robust enough to stand up to scientific scrutiny.  

    Should a child sleep on a firm mattress? 

    However, an independently funded, peer-reviewed 2011 Sleep to Live study that investigated the impact of mattress firmness on sleep found that the optimal mattress firmness differs from person to person. The results serve to underline the importance of taking the time to try out a mattress for as long as possible before making a decision.  

    Size

    Picking the right size mattress can be tricky. Ideally, you’d want to pick a mattress that is big enough to accommodate for your child’s growth as they get older. But, you don’t want the mattress to occupy too much space in their room if they aren’t going to really need that a mattress of that size for a few years. Finding the balance between the two is key to selecting the right children's single mattress.

    Support 

    Mattresses need to be ergonomically designed to properly support your child’s frame as they grow. If you go for a mattress that is ill-suited to their needs, you run the risk of your child’s posture being detrimentally affected over time. A good signifier of a mattress that suits their frame is one where as much of their body as possible is in contact with the mattress at all times. This is likely to reduce the chance of any pain/soreness developing from sleeping in an awkward position for hours overnight. 

    Safety 

    In addition to thinking about size, support and any additional health considerations (like allergies), there are certain safety requirements for bunks and cabin beds. Each structure is only able to support a specific weight and being aware of this is essential for every customer looking into a potential mattress. 

    Children’s mattresses are crucial in determining your child’s quality of sleep. It is, however, important to note that factors like diet, lifestyle and even watching too much TV or spending too much time on the computer before bed are just as pivotal in affecting your child’s sleep. 

  • What age can your child use a bunk bed?

    bunk beds for small rooms

    If your child has started school, they may have already started clamouring for bunk beds. For kids, bunk beds hold a kind of magnetic appeal – they represent the excitement of getting older and new responsibilities. For parents, children’s bunk beds are a stylish and reliable choice and, crucially, they create precious space in already crowded bedrooms.  But how old should your kids be before they can safely use a bunk bed? And what considerations need to be made before making a purchase?

    When can kids use a bunk bed?

    As you’ll know if you’ve seen Stepbrothers, bunk beds are only as safe as the people making – and using - them. If your kids are mature enough to use the bunk beds as they are intended – without using the top bunk as a diving platform – they are absolutely safe to use.

    Kids are old enough to use a bunk bed when you are sure they are mature enough to use them safely. The only chance at all of your children encountering any harm whatsoever stems from using the bunk beds irresponsibly – not from any inherent design flaw or faulty materials.

    If you have any concerns or doubts about their ability to use the bunk beds safely, you can mitigate the risk by opting for low bunk beds. We have one of the most extensive selections of small bunk beds in the UK and we can help find a solution that dispels any reservations you may have.

    Are bunk beds safe?

    Safety is of paramount importance to manufacturers and each product is carefully designed to minimise the possibility of anyone getting injured.

    Almost all of our products are covered by 1 year manufacturer warranties too. So, if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you’ll have the opportunity to replace it or get your money back.

    Additionally, if you have any reservations about assembling the bunk beds yourself, they do come with detailed instructions – eliminating the possibility of uncertainty clouding your work and adversely affecting the beds.

    What is the maximum age for bunk beds?

    There isn’t necessarily a maximum age for bunk beds. Age doesn’t determine a child’s suitability for a bunk bed – but height and weight definitely can. Different bunk beds have different maximum weight capacities. The size specifications for each bed are listed on the product page (including length and width) but if, for whatever reason, you can’t find all the information you need, don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call. Our team are always on hand to field any of your questions and ensure you the get the best fit for your home.

    If you want the bunk bed to last for a long time (and be able to weather the storm of any out-of-the-blue growth spurts) you should consider getting a bed that is considerably larger than your child’s current frame. There are a variety of cool bunk beds suitable for a range of ages and sizes. Have a look on our website to view and compare space-saving bunk beds from leading manufacturers.

  • Creative space-saving solutions

    Parisot Midsleeper Cabin Bed with Desk

    As kids get older, they need more and more space in their bedroom. Not only do they grow in stature, but their range of interests grows too. Their bedroom space needs to be able to accommodate new clothes and shoes as well as the items that accompany their growing list of hobbies. Unfortunately, your house doesn’t grow with your kids. You have more stuff than ever before but the same amount of space to fit it all into. We’ve come up with a variety of ways you can more efficiently use the space in your home.

    Cabin beds with storage

    A bed occupies the most space in a bedroom. When you’re pressed for space, any way you can utilise this space more efficiently should be welcomed. Midsleeper cabin beds that incorporate storage are a must for getting the most out of your space. We have a range of space-saving beds available from quality brands. The extensive range of options caters for all tastes and requirements: you’ll find mid sleeper beds in a variety of sizes and designs.

    Cabin beds with desk

    When kids start school, they need a space that gives them everything they need to learn effectively. As well as a quiet room free from distractions, they need a desk. Fitting a desk into an already cramped space can seem like an impossible task. Thanks to the innovation of industry-leading manufacturers though, there are products that integrate a bed and a desk into one space-saving product. There’s an impressive range of options available on our site in a comprehensive range of sizes, making finding a product that is ideal for your needs straightforward.

    Colour

    If you’ve ran out of ways to create more space, you can turn to the powerful psychological impact colour can have. Without completely overhauling you bedroom, you can make it feel bigger for the price of nothing more than a few tins of paint. Lighter colours reflect light and darker colours absorb light. Because of this, lighter colours appear to recede, making a space look bigger than it really is, while darker colours appear to advance, making a space look smaller than it really is. So, to maximise your space, consider using lighter colours for the walls and ceiling.

    Clothing rack

    It might be slightly unorthodox but opting to use a sleek, simple clothing rack instead of a bulky, boxy wardrobe can be a great way to create space. A stylish, minimalist approach to designing and decorating a bedroom that looks great while eliminating any unnecessary excess. Minimise expense and maximise space.

    Shelving

    And, depending on the age of your children, putting out-of-reach, high shelves in their bedroom might be an idea worth pursuing. Floating shelves give you the opportunity to stash away stuff in an area you’d never be able to use anyway. And thanks to the simple, minimalist design, they are usually inexpensive to get hold of too.

    Hopefully, in this post, you’ve picked up a few different ways you can make the most of the space you have available to you. If you have any useful space-saving ideas, please let us know in the comments.

     

  • Choosing Colours for your Child’s Bedroom that may Improve their Mood

    Some parents may feel that they can improve their children’s moods by adding colours in the house. These colours can also be included in your children’s bedrooms to aid with tantrums and heighten their good moods. Perhaps you don’t fancy splashing colour all over the walls so you could incorporate colour into the boys cabin beds or your childs midsleeper in the form of a patterned tent or duvet set.

    Studies suggest that choosing specific colours can boost your home’s value by up to 5% should you wish to sell your house or move in the future. This can do wonders for your mood, and if certain colours can also evoke a positive response in your children then it’s a no brainer to whip out the paint brushes and add that pop of colour to your living space!

    Before redecorating you may wish to research colour psychology in order to set the right tone in each room of your home. If painting isn’t for you, we suggest adding throws or blankets, pillows, frames, vases, rugs and other accessories in your desired colour. Be sure to steer away from black as too much of this can be depressing. Instead, make use of white throughout your home for a peaceful state of mind and add accents of colour to each space. Read some of the colour options below for the ambience you are looking to bring to your home.

    Purple

    Purple is considered calming, perfect for those tantrums you can’t control. It can be a trickier colour to place in your home and is often a favourite of little girls. Stimulate your daughter’s brain activity and keep the peace with a new purple inspired bedroom.

    Blue

    Blue is the most common colour used in the household and can provide us with a well-rested nights sleep. It can also boost imaginative thinking, so it might be worth adding some cool blue tones to your rooms to enhance your child’s creative thinking. Not only a former favourite colour but it is believed to reduce heart rates and lower body temperatures.

    Green

    Green can be the most refreshing colour for your home helping us to focus and promote fresh ideas. This colour is considered more versatile as it can also have a relaxing effect, represent renewal and good health. Maybe it’s time to introduce green into the bedroom and why not add more delicious fruits and vegetables at the dinner table! We love adding greenery in the form of plants to the home.

    Red

    Red conveys passion, power and strength. This colour is more dominant over the others and can convey energy and excitement. Unlike its cool blue friend, red raises blood pressure and can increase the heart rate. A passionate, warm colour like red is best for the dining room space rather than firing up your child when you’re trying to get them to go to sleep! If they insist on red, why not compromise with a darker shade of pink as this colour is calming and again, a preferred colour choice for most girls.

    Orange

    If you’re looking to get your child to interact more then orange may be the colour for you. Social interaction is promoted with this colour as it is considered to increase happiness. We often associate orange with energy and warmth and when used sparingly can have a positive effect on your little ones.

    Yellow

    Lastly, the colour yellow enhances metabolism. Great for fussy eaters! Like orange, it is a happy colour. Often connected with the sun it can uplift our moods and inspire hope and confidence about the future. We are certainly staying optimistic when it comes to using yellow!

    For our other top picks on decorating your children’s bedroom check out our post here.

  • Story time: three books your little one will love

    mid sleeper bed

    Reading before bed isn’t just an enjoyable way to introduce your kids to an important skill, it should help tire them out at the end of a long day. It’s a healthy interest for kids to develop early. Whether they’re taking in their first picture books or they’re starting to read independently, we’ve got the book for them.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Eric Carle’s creation: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Educational as well as entertaining, the book follows the caterpillar on his culinary adventures right through to his transformation into a butterfly. The creative design, holes punched throughout the book show the various foods that have been eaten, has continued to captivate children for decades. Selling well over 50 million copies, its popularity has transcended the world of children’s picture books, spanning toys, video games and a TV series.

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Initially received poorly by critics, Where the Wild Things Are went on to net Maurice Sendak the Caldecott medal in 1964. A beloved children’s picture book that captures the turbulent emotions and fierce imagination of Max: a wolf suit clad boy in the midst of a disagreement with his mother. The story follows Max from his bedroom into the world of the ‘Wild Things’ and back again. The unique window into the childhood psyche that the book provides has meant that it has been the subject of endless debate - even provoking psychoanalytic responses. It is a book that has proved enduringly enticing for young children, the sheer number of kids gravitating towards it in the year of its release helped change popular perceptions of the book. A live action adaptation of the book, directed by Spike Jonze, came out in 2009 – demonstrating its continued resonance decades after it was first released.

    Charlotte’s Web

    The consensus pick for critics in a BBC poll about the best children’s books, EB White’s Charlotte’s Web incorporates a range of deeply important themes into a captivating tale about the friendship between a pig and a spider. It’s widely considered an American literary classic and, for slightly older kids, it’s an enjoyable read that will have them pondering (perhaps for the first time) mortality, change and friendship. If they enjoyed the book, there’s a film to watch too!

    Kids’ beds

    Creating an environment that is conducive to your kids’ reading is incredibly important. A clutter-free space where they can relax and unwind at the end of the day can help their reading habit – and their sleep - flourish. A mid sleeper bed gives you the luxury of space – in addition to a high vantage point where your child can curl up with a book. Whether you use this space to stow away toys or as a reading den or play area, it’s a welcome addition to any room. If you have any questions about any of our cabin beds, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

     

  • Health Benefits of Exercise for Children

    At the Childrens Bed Shop, we realise there is more to looking after our little ones than just providing them with a great bed! There are many health benefits that come from exercise. So, encouraging our little ones to up their physical activity game could be a great idea.

    Exercise can reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases and will help to achieve and maintain healthy body weight. It can also improve the quantity and quality of sleep especially if your children struggle to sleep, as well as boosting their self-esteem and bettering their self-image. And exercise doesn’t just carry health benefits for children, it can also improve adult’s coordination and motor skills, so we are more equipped to juggle the school run!

    Aerobic Fitness

    Increasing your heart rate from time to time isn’t such a bad thing. A raised heart rate increased to 170bpm for 40-60 minutes, three to four times a week will give up to a 10 per cent improvement in aerobic fitness, especially if it is completed for a period of two to three months.

    Muscular Strength & Endurance

    Resistance training is a great way to improve muscular strength and endurance in children. Use this type of training two to three times per week to benefit your little ones.

    Academic Performance

    By completing 15 minutes of exercise it will help improve your child’s academic performance by an average of about a quarter of a grade. Gold stars all around!!

    Maintain Healthy Bones & Joints

    Regular Physical Activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints. If your child is between the age of 11 to 18 and exercises regularly, this will aid in increasing bone density, particularly in the spine and hip.

    Reduces Stress & Anxiety

    If your child completes 30 minutes of cardio exercise per day this will help boost their confidence, reduce stress and any anxiety that they may suffer. Pair this with 30 minutes on the treadmill to enhance their problem-solving skills by up to 10%.

    Once your child is reaping the health benefits of exercising regularly and looking forward to a good night’s sleep it might be worth investing in a nice new bed for them to snuggle up in! Check out a range of comfy options at the Childrens Bed Shop.

  • 5 Top Picks for a Childrens Bedroom

    At the Children’s Bed Shop we are constantly trying to think of new ways to decorate or spruce up the little one’s bedrooms. We recognise that it is important to inject fun and functionality into their space as well as showcasing their personality where we can, whether it be with their favourite cartoon character or superhero. It is crucial to find childrens beds and bedroom furniture that is of good quality and durable, whether you opt for childrens bunk beds or a high or mid sleeper. It needs to be able to stand up to the rough and tumble of a child’s life: it should be cleanable, anti-allergy and resilient.

    Providing them with educational activities such as games boards and puzzles may also help them to learn and develop. Lastly, make sure the space is colourful and vibrant with an element of fun! Take a look at our 5 top picks for your childrens bedroom below:

    Add themes or characters

    As your kids grow, they will want their room to reflect their latest interests. This will allow them to stimulate their senses and express personality. Try a rug that shows your child’s favourite TV character or a superhero wall decal to protect them while they sleep.

    Educational activities

    Games and activities are more than just fun for children, they may also help with physical development and early learning.  Playing board games as a family is a fun way to introduce these types of educational activities. Children like to keep busy so you could try a range of activities from arts and crafts, cooking, music and dance as well as basic academic skills such as reading, writing and drawing. Keep the activities simple, and unfortunately for parents, the messier the activity, the more they seem to like it!

    Bedroom furniture

    When it comes to childrens beds and bedroom furniture whether you choose childrens bunk beds or a childs cabin bed one thing to bear in mind is how durable the product is, and of course, you want good value for money. Children can be messy and literally throw themselves at everything! Therefore, it is best to buy furniture that is resilient and will stand up against everything that your little ones fling at it, including themselves!

    With tumbles and messy fingers, it is important that the products you purchase are cleanable and of course, safe for your little ones. Comfort is key and some beds can make playtime more enjoyable, especially childrens bunk beds, but making sure the quality of the bed provides a safe structure for your child is crucial. We only stock the best quality and value at the Children’s Bed Shop with many of our best items now on sale.

    Decorate the space

    When it comes to decorating your child’s space you want to cram the room full of energy! Vibrant colours are perfect for a kid’s bedroom, you could even include them in your decision, creating memories as you learn about their favourite colours, allowing their personality to shine through. We have some other useful tips on a previous blog post on how to decorate your kids bedroom.

    Allergies

    No one can blame us for wanting to wrap our little ones in balls of cotton wool. When they are young, we are still finding out about possible allergies as well as their likes and dislikes. When it comes to accessorising the space look for products made from wool as it is a natural material, it does not provide a breeding ground for bacteria or dust mites meaning it will not encourage allergies.

    Choosing something as simple as bedding can become problematic. Skin irritation for children can be caused by material fabrics to what washing powder you use. Things like rugs for toddlers and smaller children will need to be shed proof, as fibres can be swallowed by infants.

    We hope these top tips for your childrens bedroom have been useful. Let us know if you have any other suggestions.

  • 6 Tips to Help your Child get a Good Night's Sleep

    Do you feel that your child could be getting a better night’s sleep? Many children have trouble settling down and as parents, we know first-hand the impact a bad night’s sleep can have on them. A poor sleeping pattern can result in children being irritable as well as being less attentive in school and behaving badly at home. There may be several reasons that your child isn’t getting a good night’s sleep and although some parents worry that its technology that interferes most with sleeping routines, we have listed some other things that could be causing a restless night’s sleep.

    Read some of our suggestions on how to improve your child’s sleeping from choosing the right schedule to introducing exercise routines and creating a cool and calming space with childrens midsleeper beds for them to relax and unwind before hitting the hay!

    Sleeping Schedule

    Setting a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule for your children is essential for a good night’s sleep. Sometimes setting a schedule is all and well and good but sticking to it can be another story. It is important for little ones to have a consistent sleeping schedule so that their body clock will know what to expect, it will also ensure that they are getting enough sleep each night.

    Bedroom Space

    Creating the perfect bedroom space for your child plays a part in allowing them to drift off into a deep sleep. Be sure to make your child’s room a fun space so that they look forward to going to bed. The childrens midsleeper beds are a great way to incorporate some playfulness into the room especially if you add a cool tent and some fairy lights. At night-time encourage a quiet and cool environment, perhaps add a fan to their bedroom during summer to cool down the temperature before they get tucked in.  Keep light to a minimum and make sure all clutter is tidied away. A decluttered room makes for a decluttered mind allowing them to drift off and catch those all-important zzz’s.

    Bedtime Routine

    Once the bedroom is a calming and tidy place for your child to unwind it’s time to introduce the relaxing bedtime routine. A nice, warm bath with some warm milk and a story is the perfect way to end the day! You could even use some soothing music to help relax and settle them.

    Limit Sugar Intake

    Limiting their sugar intake is crucial in helping them settle. Avoid giving children any sugary snack and soft drinks at least six hours before they are due to go to bed.

    Avoid TV

    If you can, remove or at least limit TV use in the bedroom at night-time. Evening television can be troubling for children and may result in night terrors. Certainly, avoid any scary stories or TV shows before bed.

    Exercise

    Lastly, exercising can tire children out and make for a good night’s sleep. Encourage walks with the family or bike rides but limit these activities to the day as any vigorous exercise before bedtime may result in an unnecessary splurge of energy!

    Let us know what tips work best for your bedtime routines.

  • 5 Tips for Decorating your Kids Bedroom this Summer

    It is sometimes difficult to make a children’s bedroom function well and remain a fun space for them. If you are looking to decorate your kids’ bedroom this summer, then you will want to consider a few things before you begin. Think about storage, space, ambience and above all else, functionality. Whether you are looking for a full bedroom makeover or wish to invest in a new bed such as our Julian Bowen mid sleeper to revamp the space we have put together our top 5 tips for all your decorating needs.

    The bed

    So, you may wish to update your children’s bed this summer to give a new and fresh feel to their bedroom. Julian Bowen childrens beds are great for adding a statement to their space and come in a variety of options from the Julian Bowen mid sleeper to more traditional Julian Bowen bunk beds in both wood and metal. With a variety of additional storage options, pull out under beds and choice of colours, Julian Bowen childrens beds are perfect for decorating your little one’s bedroom.

    The colour palette

    Your child’s taste may seem like it changes more than the weather some days so choosing to paint the bedroom their favourite colour might not be the best idea. We suggest keeping your walls neutral in colour except for one which could be a wallpaper feature wall, painted or include a giant chalkboard for the little ones to help you out.

    Fold-down desk

    It’s important to have somewhere for your child to sit quietly to do their homework but desks can sometimes take up a lot of space. Perhaps you could try a fold-down desk to utilise the area or include a desk underneath their bed.

    Wall Hooks

    Children often like to throw their bags, clothes and toys on the floor instead of tidying them away nicely. Why not invest in some wall hooks to encourage them to hang up their coats and sleepover bags. These will also help to fill any blank wall space in the bedroom. You could try adding extra shelving for storing toys and displaying their photos and special awards.

    Under bed storage

    With under bed storage, you have the option to fill it with additional toyboxes for all their toys, desks as an alternative to the fold-down desk or seating for them to entertain friends. As well as our Julian Bowen childrens beds we have plenty of other options by bestselling brand Steens for kids. The Steens Memphis bed is another favourite among parents and children, as the Steens beds provide both style and space to play and get creative.

    If you are looking for even more inspiration and wish to get a little more adventurous with the decorating and furniture options check out our post on turning your kids room into an adventure playroom!

     

  • Childrens Cabin Beds and Midsleepers to Turn Kids Bedrooms into an Adventure Playroom

    Planning to get creative with decorating your kids’ bedroom? At the Children’s Bed Shop we welcome playful and artistic ideas to incorporate into your child’s bedroom. You may wish to consider several things when decorating children’s bedrooms such as creating a theme, accessorising the room and adding fun storage options.

    You might want to look at childrens cabin beds or mid sleeper beds to house all their toys and utilise the space in the most efficient way possible. Determining the colour and style of the bed is also important in order to fit with your chosen theme and all your storage needs. Making your child’s room a creative and playful space should not be overlooked either so turning their room into an adventure is probably a great idea to keep them excited!

    We have put together some tips on turning your kids bedroom into an adventure playroom to satisfy their wild imaginations as well as cater to all your needs in keeping the room neat and tidy!

    Choose a theme

    As well as this short guide, you could also browse the internet or look for inspiration in magazines to get ideas for a theme for your kids bedrooms. You could make it a gender theme and colour coordinate it to traditional blues and pinks, or you might choose a princess style room or create a Jurassic Park dinosaur scene.

    How big is the bedroom?

    Considering the size of the bedroom before implementing your ideas is extremely important. Think about the colours you choose and any feature walls you may wish to add. Be mindful in opening the space so stick to one wall if you opt for wallpaper or bold and bright colours. We also recommend wall stickers to add characters to your kids bedroom, again don’t go overboard as you don’t want to make the space chaotic!

    Accessorise the space

    If you are a little scared of splashing colour over the walls you may want to add some accessories instead. Adding personal touches in the form of cushions, toys and lamps can truly bring their room to life. These finishing touches are often inexpensive too. Try things like hanging mobiles or colourful ornaments. Little girls often like butterfly or heart lights to light up bedtime reading. We have a range of childrens bedroom accessories available from toy boxes to desks, tables and chairs.

    Creative storage options

    When you are a child you can never have too many toys or books or game but storing all these things can soon become a problem. It’s time to get creative with your storage options. There is a range of childrens storage units for you to match with their bedroom furniture and add some adventure into their room. Try a pirate treasure chest or a beauty bar dressing table. Try and avoid throwing everything under the bed or in the wardrobe. If you are opting for kids cabin beds, then you may want to choose cabin beds or mid sleepers with storage.

    Incorporate feature walls

    Finally, think about incorporating a feature wall. There are so many choices of wallpaper for kids these days. Why not customise your wallpaper, you could even have a family photograph from Disneyland blown up to remind them of their magical time with their favourite Disney characters?

    We hope this mini guide on adding some adventure into your child’s room has been useful. Check out our other post on ideas about how to get your kids bedroom ready for spring.

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