Guide: Choose the right bed!
How to choose the right kid's bed
No matter what age your child has it is important for them to get the a good night sleep. It's therefore important to find the right bed for your kid.
And since you are reading these pages we assume that you, like many others, are searching inspiration on the multitude of possibilities there are available when it comes to children’s beds. Or perhaps you are just uncertain if you have already found the right bed?
This guide will take you through what we believe are the most important things to consider when choosing a bed. Enjoy – and should you need more information, all of our retailers are more than happy to help you out! Find even more inspiration and a retailer close to you.
What size bed should you get for your child?
It is always hard to decide what size bed to get for your child. But a great place to start is to decide what mattress size you would like in your new bed. The two most common bed sizes for kids are 70x160 cm and 90x200 cm.
Junior bed 70x160 cm
Size 70x160 cm is a great little size because it can be a big change from a crib to a junior bed and for some kids, it can be a little bit frightening, because they are not used to having so much space in the bed. It is also an excellent size for smaller rooms because it does not take up much floor space.
The 70x160 cm bed is large enough for an average-sized 8-year-old and when they get to that age it might be time to decorate the room for a pre-teen anyway.
Junior bed 90x200 cm
The bed size 90x200 cm is quite practical because your child will have lots of room to grow while also allowing you to lie down comfortably next to your child when it is time for bedtime readings. The big size bed does also give you plenty of options for changing the bed to a high bed or bunk bed in the future.
So if you know that your child might want a higher bed later on the 90x200 cm size bed might be a good option for you because it will leave you with the best options for rebuilding. All beds from Hoppekids have been tested support up to 100 kg.
Here you can see how a BASIC halfhigh bed looks in size 90x200 (left) and 70x1600 (right). Both beds are 105 cm tall.
Would you like to change the bed later on?
This question might be difficult to answer because who can tell the future? We cannot, but our experience tells us that if you are thinking about rebuilding the bed to e.g. a halfhigh, bunk bed, high bed or other models it will be worth your while to choose a series or model that support this from the beginning.
Modular bed systems are cleverly designed for the modules to be exchanged or removed without you having to exchange the entire bed. Not only is it easy for you to change your mind, but it is also sustainable because most of the resources are spent producing the ‘sleeping area’ on a bed rather than e.g. the high legs. Hoppekids’s BASIC collection offers a good selection of standard possibilities while the PREMIUM collection offers an almost infinite number of beds, extensions and accessories.
The best children bed for your child?
It can be a difficult task to choose a bed for your child. So to help you, we have described different types of children and our suggestion for their perfect bed.
For the grounded
- If your child feels most comfortable near the ground the perfect choice would be a junior bed. There might not be a lot of room under the bed but you can fit either some spacious drawers or a pull-out bed. Besides, you can always purchase a heightening module for the bed if your child suddenly feels like climbing.
For the cave dweller
- Is the dream scenario to play hide-and-seek, build pillow forts and snuggle up? Then we suggest a halfhigh, midhigh or bunk bed. If you add a curtain and place a mattress on the floor below the bed you will always know where Junior is: in the bed- cave, possibly planning to steal cookies or reading fairytales for the teddies.
For those who share and have guests
- For shared rooms and for children who often have overnight guests the optimal choice would be a solution with two or more sleeping places in the same space as one. For instance, a bunk bed with a pull-out bed gives you three sleeping places without taking up extra room. A high bed with furniture below create a small ‘living room’ by day and with our lounge-module you can transform the ‘sofa’ to a guest bed.
For those with a high ceiling
- If you are lucky to have a high ceiling, and are comfortable with your child crawling into bed, we suggest looking into our higher beds because they add valuable floor space to the room. The space under the bed can instead be used for storage, work space, a cozy cave or ’just’ extra floor space for the race cars and princess castles. Another clever way to free up floor space is to invest in storage with a good height or solid shelves.
For those without much room
- It requires a super parent to decorate a small bedroom .In a small room you have to be extra careful in your choice in furniture - and especially beds – because they quickly take up most of the space. We recommend a bed with a small mattress size which takes up less floor space or that you choose a higher bed which will give you extra space under the bed. For an added effect you can choose a bed with both a small mattress size AND height!
Why are high beds the best?
High beds are great for creating more space, even in the smallest room. And like any bed, they should help energise you for the day's challenges.
There are many different kinds of high beds. If we start from the bottom, there are the half-high beds. A half-high bed can be used from the age of 4-5, the bed is super good for creating more fun in the room, because with a half-high bed you can get a slide module so your child can slide out of bed in the morning. Plus, there's room to make a den under the bed.
The next bed is the mid high bed. The mid high bed provides about 30 cm extra height under the bed, allowing you to make even better use of the space under the bed. For now it is possible that most play kitchens, can be under the bed or maybe the small table and chairs set should be under the bed instead. With the mid high bed, there are even more possibilities to make even the smallest room more spacious.
The last of the high beds is the high bed. The high bed is perfect for children from the age of 8 upwards, as it offers countless possibilities for using the space under the bed. With the Hoppekids high bed, you can fit both a desk and a lounge module under the bed. The lounge module for the high bed can be used as a sofa during the day and if you have overnight guests, it can be folded out as a bed.
Most of the high beds from Hoppekids are made to be modular and in a timeless design. This means that the beds can always be made smaller so they can be used by smaller siblings or if the room needs two beds instead of one, without the design going out of fashion.
Does the bed have any accessories?
You probably won’t find a bed with built-in air condition or ice-cream maker, but our extensive list of accessories will help you modify the bed to fit your needs. Both of our collections - BASIC and PREMIUM - has a large number of security rails – both removable and fastened. We offer slides for half-high beds as well as storage solutions and pull-out beds for the junior and bunk bed. The PREMIUM collection also has slanted ladders and handles to make the climb to bed even safer.
How to decorate a child's bedroom
Decorating a child's bedroom can be quite a challenge. Many typically go for a bed in neutral colors because it makes (re)decoration much easier. For others, however, a colorful bed is the number one dream because it can change the whole look of teh room.
If your child dreams of a colorful bed we suggest that you look into the My Color collection on page 30.
If you choose a colorful bed it could be a good idea to use neutral colors on the walls and other furniture as that can create a neat balance in the room. Another way of adding personality and atmosphere to a room is by decorating with pillows and textiles.
The great thing about textiles is that they make it easy to change the style of a room. It also means that parts of a room can work great as a hand-me-down to a smaller sibling. Our textile universes are hand-sewn and includes many different elements such as cute curtains, fun bean bags and soft pillows.