In a large assortment of children's furniture today you can "get lost." For example, in furniture stores you can find a huge number of different beds, designed for children of different age groups. Today we’ll talk about how to choose the best model for a child older than three years.
The arrangement of the children's room is an important and responsible task, which you need to cope with "excellent". Fortunately, today on sale there is everything you need for this - furniture, decoration materials, and decor. High-quality children's beds are also represented by a wide range. Such products can be selected for every taste, color and budget. In addition, today it is possible to find suitable furniture for children of different age groups. For example, for newborns, cozy cots of various modifications are sold (from standard to transformable), and for older users there are more spacious and functional options with various additions.
Bed models for girls and boys over three years of age should still be safe and fairly reliable. In most cases, these options are equipped with small sides.
These elements are designed to protect the child from accidental falling or rolling off the bed.
Many families today face the problem of modest living space. In such conditions, it is very important to have furniture that will not take up too much available space.
Special transformer beds, in which there are many functional components, are best suited for this. For example, it can be a sleeping place, and a pull-out table, and a spacious wardrobe. Such models in a large assortment are available for children from 3 years. Similar pieces of furniture are made from different materials. It is on this criterion that the type of the final product mainly depends. On sale you can find both very affordable and expensive items. Their configurations are also different.
Advantages and disadvantages
Modern beds with sides for children over three years old, like any other furniture, have both positive and negative qualities.
First, get acquainted with the first.
- The main advantage of such furniture is its increased safety. During restless sleep or games within the bed, the child will not fall to the floor thanks to these details.
- If the children's bed is equipped with bumpers, then the child sleeping on it is much more comfortable and calmer than on the normal model. Under such conditions, falling asleep is much faster.
- The mattress and bed linen are fixed on such beds best and during sleep do not slip, do not roll and do not move to the side.
- On the sides of the beds you can optionally attach various accessories. For example, it can be a convenient organizer with compartments for books, toys and various children's little things.
- Side parts of such furniture are often used as an additional shelf. It can become a convenient place for the location of functional things or various decor.
- Similar models of children's furniture are represented by a huge assortment. Each buyer will be able to choose for themselves the perfect option for the right size, design and cost.
Now we highlight the shortcomings of cots with bumpers, which parents should know about.
- Options for bedroom furniture with hard sides can cause a child bruise. This problem is especially acute when it comes to hyperactive and troubled children who can hit the side when they wave their hands. Experts recommend for such young users to buy products equipped with soft crossbars.
- If the bed for a child has a structure with slats in its composition, then before making its purchase, you will definitely need to check how much the distance between the individual slats is maintained. This requirement is due to the fact that in case of improper selection, the children's pen or leg can simply get stuck in the remaining gap.
- If such children's furniture is equipped with low quality bumpers, then they can very easily break and cause injury. To avoid such unpleasant consequences, experts strongly recommend not to save on buying beds. Try to be as responsible as possible when choosing the material from which the furniture is made.
- If the bed sides are a solid structure, then the air circulation above the sleeping place can be quite weak.
As you can see, it was not without drawbacks in such furniture, however, many of them can be avoided by taking a responsible approach to choosing a specific model.
As mentioned earlier, the range of cots for users over three years old is simply huge. Let's get to know better the most popular models that most modern buyers choose.
These versatile designs are ideal for rooms where two children live. The beds are not only very comfortable, but they do not take up as much space as, for example, two standard separate beds. Modern manufacturers produce two-level options that have a variety of design solutions. This can be not only a standard single-color model, but also a very bright and colorful design.
Note that an older child is best placed on the upper tier, and the youngest is on the lower. Two-story options with bumpers located on all sides are one of the most popular and popular.
In addition, they are equipped with small, but very strong and stable ladders, along which you can reach the second tier.
In search of more interesting and striking specimens, you should stay on themed baby beds with the sides of several subtypes. Similar designs can be made in the form of space planes, cars and buses, carriages with fairy tales canopies or large dollhouses. Themed children's beds can be painted in a variety of colors, however, spectacular colorful combinations are most often found.
Comfortable loft beds are considered very popular today. These models are distinguished by an attractive and thoughtful design, as well as high functionality. Experts recommend installing such products in small rooms, where it is necessary to divide the space into separate zones - for games, sports, creativity and study. A berth in such furniture is located on the second floor. As for the first level, there may be various objects.
For example, it can be:
- a cozy transforming sofa that can be laid out in another sleeping place;
- several comfortable small armchairs, coupled with a small table;
- computer desk or desk;
- drawers and bookshelves, complemented by diode illumination.
In the conditions of a small living area, a transformable crib will be a great option. It will not only not take up the usable area of the room, but will also become very convenient to operate. Such varieties of baby beds can easily transform into completely different home decoration. For example, it can be a large closet, a table or a cozy sofa - it all depends on the specific configuration of the selected model.
Many varieties of transformers are good in that in the daytime the sleeping lodges in them “hide” in such a way that they do not betray themselves at all. From the side it may seem as if the children's bedroom doesn’t have a bed at all, since it will be disguised as a large and spacious wardrobe, a chest of drawers or located under the countertop - there are many options. Such products are also good because in most cases they have light and wear-resistant mechanisms. To cope with their folding and unfolding is not difficult.
However, you need to consider that such varieties of children's furniture are expensive, especially if they are made of high quality materials, such as natural wood.
We should also highlight the popular roll-out products, which belong to the category of transforming beds. These options for children's furniture are chosen by many consumers, because the beds are very easy to use, and their simple mechanism is designed for long-term operation. In addition, along with other options for transformable beds, the roll-out model will occupy very little free space in the room, which will not affect its functionality in any way.
A feature of such furniture is that it immediately has two places for sleeping - one is located under the other. As a result, when folded, this model looks as if it is designed for only one child. When unfolded, a bed of this type consists of two beds, separated from each other by the side.
For small children, such furniture will be the perfect choice.
When choosing a suitable bed for a child over three years old, due attention should be paid to its size.
So, the following instances are standard:
- for small users, whose age is from 3 to 5 years, beds are produced in which the size of the sleeping bed is 140x70 cm;
- for children from 5 to 8 years old, models with a sleeping bed of 150x80 or 160x80 cm are suitable;
- for children from 8 to 12 years old, beds with a bed of 170x80 cm are suitable;
- for adolescents from 12 to 15 years old, you can pick up a copy in which the size of a berth is 180x90 cm;
- users from 15 years of age and older will have options with a bed of 190x90 cm.
Of course, in stores you can find other options for such children's furniture. It is also possible to order an individual size bed. Of course, it will cost more than the classic version with standard parameters, but it will definitely fit the room in which you plan to place it.
Cots designed for users over three years old are made from different materials. The best of them are rightfully recognized as natural wood models.
Such models have the following important advantages that make them popular:
- wooden beds can boast of environmental safety - they do not contain dangerous and harmful substances that can harm the health of the child;
- wooden furniture has an attractive appearance, which easily fits into many ensembles of various styles;
- from the wooden beds comes a very pleasant smell that can fill a child’s room, making it more comfortable;
- wood furniture (especially hard wood) is wear-resistant - it is not so easy to damage or break it.
However, wood furniture has its drawbacks:
- usually high-quality solid wood beds are expensive;
- such furniture requires a special attitude - it needs regular care, otherwise it will lose its pristine appeal;
- since children grow very quickly, they have to change bedroom furniture quite often, so the point in acquiring an expensive wooden model (which will soon cease to fit the baby) is doubtful.
If you are not ready to spend impressive amounts on natural wood products, then you can take a closer look at cheaper options from a material such as MDF.
Such raw materials are now widely used in furniture production. In the shops you can find a great many beds from MDF, which have a very different design and style of execution. However, furniture from this material very often looks simple, and is less strong and reliable than wooden.
You can also turn to even cheaper products from chipboard. Such furniture lasts long enough, does not require complicated maintenance and is wear-resistant. However, children's beds made of particle board are not the most successful option, since the composition of this material contains hazardous substances - formaldehyde resins.
These components can harm the health of babies. In addition, these compounds begin to stand out actively if the room is hot.
To avoid such harmful effects from the chipboard, referring to the variety of this material marked E-1. Laminated panels of this class contain a minimum percentage of formaldehydes, so they can be called safe and acceptable for placement in a children's room. But here it must be borne in mind that in stores more often there are beds made of chipboard, which is issued as a more environmentally friendly material E-1. For this reason, when choosing such furniture, it is recommended to request a quality certificate, as well as all the necessary documentation related to the product.
Beds with sides for children from 3 years old are made of metal. However, experts do not recommend referring to such models, since they are recognized as more traumatic than the above. This is due to the fact that metal structures are very rigid and powerful, therefore, in case of accidental impact on them, the child may be seriously injured. In addition, metal furniture will not be most convenient in the matter of moving it around the room, as it usually has an impressive weight. From such a bed there may be noticeable traces of damage to the floor covering (dents, indentations, scratches, scuffs).
Do not forget that it is the quality of the mattress in the bed that will determine the level of comfort of children's furniture for sleeping, so you need to choose it carefully. First of all, you need to consider the fact that the mattress should correspond to the bedroom bed in the bed. An excessively large model may simply not fit in the existing furniture design, and sleeping on a mattress that is too small will be completely uncomfortable, since it will slide off the base while the child is sleeping.
There are such varieties of mattresses that can be installed in children's beds:
The mattress for such children's furniture should be quite rigid. Otherwise, he will not be able to provide the spine of a small user with good support, and this will negatively affect his health. However, it is better to refuse to buy excessively rigid products, since the baby will be uncomfortable sleeping on them. The best option is recognized from natural raw materials with a removable cover.
Also, experts advise giving preference to two varieties of upholstery - winter and summer.
Choosing a quality bed for a child older than three years, you need to consider its design and color. Designers and psychologists advise buying models that have positive, but not too bold / poisonous colors. Otherwise, the furniture will not only knock out of the general interior, but will also irritate the nervous system of the child, preventing quick falling asleep and a comfortable sleep.
Optimal are pastel colors. Such palettes are versatile, as they seamlessly combine with almost any color in the interior, as well as the ability to form a soothing, calming atmosphere in the room. In addition, it is important to consider that the color of the crib should harmoniously fit into the existing ensemble. This product should not abruptly get out of the general interior, attracting excessive attention to itself - everything should look neat and organic, representing a single whole.
Most of all for a children's bedroom furniture items having the following colors are suitable:
- shade of creme brulee;
- pink and blue (and their different shades);
- pale purple;
- soothing green (and its various shades);
Do not use depressive gray, overly saturated red or black.
What to look for when choosing?
Choosing a bed for a children's room you need to be very careful and serious. Let us consider in detail what criteria must be considered when acquiring such important furniture for a child older than three years.
Experts advise buying high-quality furniture made from natural wood for a children's room. However, if you can’t afford such products, you can turn to options from MDF or chipboard, but the latter must belong to the E-1 brand (ask the seller for quality certificates for chipboard furniture before paying for the selected model).
Modern beds with sides can be multifunctional and consist of many different components. Before you go to the store to buy the perfect option, you should determine for yourself what kind of bed equipment you are ready to purchase.
This will allow you to avoid unnecessary expenses and purchase furniture with unnecessary additions.
Before selecting and buying a bed, you should measure the room in which it will be located. It is also very important to ensure that the mattress fits the furniture structure, otherwise it will be uncomfortable to sleep on it.
Before buying a crib with sides, you need to make sure that all the available fixtures are reliable - not a single component of the product should stagger or creak. If the furniture is transforming, it will be necessary to check the serviceability of all available mechanisms.
If the reliability of the design is not credible, then it is better to refuse to buy the selected model.
Do not forget that a children's bed, like any other furniture, should harmoniously fit into the interior. To do this, choose products of the appropriate style and color. But you should not turn to too bright options, as they will adversely affect the baby’s nervous system, and they will not contribute to healthy sleep.
When choosing furniture for sleeping with sides, it is recommended to give preference to models equipped with soft crossbars. It’s more difficult to get hurt about such details.
This criterion is especially important if the child is hyperactive and very mobile.
Pay due attention to the selection of a quality mattress for a bed with sides. Specialists, of course, recommend buying high-quality orthopedic models, as they have a beneficial effect on the children's spine, making sleep more comfortable.
Choose only those beds that have optimal dimensional parameters. The child should not be too crowded in bed, otherwise he simply will not be able to sleep peacefully.
If you want to get a really high-quality and comfortable bed for a child older than three years, then you should refer to the products of well-known manufacturers. Do not look for options that are too cheap, especially if the seller claims that they are made from natural materials.
Remember - furniture from the same solid wood will not cost too cheap.
As mentioned earlier, a correctly selected, comfortable and safe bed with sides can decorate the interior, making it more comfortable and welcoming. Consider several design ensembles in which there is similar furniture for children over three years old.
A charming two-level bed made of wood with some details painted in delicate pink will organically look in the nursery with walls decorated with milk wallpaper and a floor covered with a beige laminate. You can dilute pastel colors with purple bedding and a chest of drawers with pink frame elements.
For a little boy, a high sliding bed with sides painted in white and green is suitable. Such furniture will look great against the background of blue wallpapers with snow-white stars and a floor trimmed with laminate. In this room, purple curtains and a purple carpet on the floor will harmoniously look.
In the bedroom of the little princess with themed wallpapers depicting cartoon characters, an unusual bed will look spectacular, imitating a small snow-white carriage with golden patterns. On the floor trimmed with brown parquet, it is worth laying a fluffy white carpet, and hanging dense cream curtains on the windows. The result is an insanely attractive and original ensemble that immerses the child in a fairy tale.
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