Your baby is older, so it's time to change the crib to a teenager. Immediately there are a lot of questions: which bed to choose? How to harmoniously fit it into the interior? In the modern variety of models it is easy to get confused. The task becomes more complicated if there are several children, and there is only one children, so the area is limited. In this case, bunk beds for teenagers will come to the rescue.
Let's try to consider their varieties in detail and choose the perfect option for your family.
So, bunk beds in design are of the following types:
- two-level with two berths;
- retractable structures;
- bunk beds with a table;
- corner models;
- bunk beds with a sofa downstairs;
- convertible bed.
Consider in detail each option and its subspecies. Let's start with the most common model.
Two-level double bed
If your family has two children of approximately the same age and gender, and they only have one and a small bedroom, a bunk bed can solve the problem of limited space. This will save space without sacrificing convenience. The classic version - two berths are located strictly one above the other, have the same size. A small staircase, as in train cars, leads to the second tier. As a rule, children are very fond of such designs.
It looks assembled like an ordinary single. It unfolds extremely simply - the lower part extends like a table drawer. Such beds can often be seen in kindergartens, but there are models for older children. They differ only in size. The undoubted plus of such a design is its compactness, of the minuses you can note the need to fold and unfolded the bed every day, as well as to cover and unroll it.
Two-story with a table
This type of bunk bed is for one child. The upper "floor" takes a sleeping place directly, and on the lower floor there is a working area, which includes a table, shelves, and sometimes a wardrobe. The ladder in such models, as a rule, is made at an angle, a retractable shelf is hidden in each step. Such furniture due to the fact that the bed is located on the second tier, saves a lot of space, while providing the child with everything necessary for work and sleep.
They are two beds, mounted one above the other perpendicularly in the shape of the letter L. This arrangement allows you to place the beds in the corner, thereby expanding the useful space of the room. The free space under the upper tier usually occupies the child’s workplace or storage system in the form of shelves, cabinets and chests of drawers. It is advisable to use beds of this configuration in the corner near the window opening, where it is still impossible to put any other high furniture.
Bunk beds with sofa downstairs
Such a model is suitable for a family with one child, and with two. In the first case, the sofa serves for a comfortable day's rest, it is convenient to sit on it to read a book, watch TV or place invited guests. In the second case, the sliding sofa is the second berth at night, during the day it is used in the same way as described above.
Transformers - furniture is quite expensive due to complex retractable mechanisms and fixtures. After all, they must be strong and reliable to withstand the weight of two people and the constant folding and unfolding. When folded, such a bed looks like an ordinary sofa, when disassembled, it consists of two beds located one above the other with a vertical staircase to the upper tier. From such a miracle of engineering, not only children but also adults are delighted. Get ready for the fact that at first you will constantly have to demonstrate the capabilities of the sofa bed to guests.
Differences for girls and boys
Boys are naughty people, so the most basic criterion for choosing a bed is its reliability and wear resistance of decorative elements. At the age of 10-15 years, children consider themselves already quite large and are unlikely to be delighted if you choose too colorful, “childish” shades for them in the interior design. Noble matte gray, brown, green or blue colors will be preferred. This allows you to tune in to rest, does not irritate the eyes and goes well with a huge number of other tones. On top of everything, these shades are non-marking, which is also important for the children's room of boys.
Little ladies who have completed elementary school are about to turn from girls to young girls. Therefore, keep in mind that after 2-3 years, prints with fabulous unicorns and poisonous pink will become irrelevant and choose furniture for your daughter with an eye to the near future. Light shades are perfect: ivory, dusty rose, shades of natural wood. The color scheme of the bed, of course, should be in harmony with the rest of the decoration of the room. In the design of beds for girls, you can use a fashionable technique - a soft headboard with a drawstring.
When choosing a bed for a teenager, do not forget to consider such an important parameter as its size. You should choose models designed for adult growth. If square meters allow, it is better to buy not a single, but a more comfortable 1.5-bedroom bed. The second tier of the bed should not be too low, try to sit on the lower "floor" - the head should not rest against the upper bunk. The upper berth, in turn, should be at a sufficient distance from the ceiling of the room.
Parents of two children of different ages, one of whom is still a preschooler, and the second is already a teenager, can find it difficult to choose a comfortable two-story bed. For such purposes, the bed, the base of which is wider than the second tier, is the best suited. Such a configuration will give the structure more stability, in addition, in such beds the staircase is inclined, it is more convenient and safe. Little children just love to sleep on the second tier. Do not forbid, just make sure that the sleeping place on the top floor is equipped with reliable sides and the stairs are stable, with anti-slip coating.
There is a very wide assortment in furniture stores, but it so happens that it’s impossible to find a “bed” from your dreams. In this case, you can contact the workshops where they make furniture to order. The beds fixed on chains look very stylish. In an apartment decorated in minimalism styles, it is possible to place berths, shelves, attached to the wall. Various stylizations for ship's tackle and beams look unusual. For girls - canopies imitating the medieval decoration of the bedroom.
So, you have decided on the design of the bed. But which material to choose?
There are models from:
- solid wood;
Consider each material in more detail, noting the pros and cons of products from them.
Forged beds or made of metal tubes have several advantages: it is a laconic design, durability, stability. However, they also have disadvantages. Firstly, such furniture is not suitable for every interior, metal furniture will ideally fit only in the hi-tech style, forged organically merges into the Provence style. Secondly, good metal beds are quite expensive. Thirdly, the bunk metal bed is quite heavy, this should also be borne in mind if you like to often change the position of furniture.
Wood is the most environmentally friendly, durable, strong, familiar to the eye and comfortable material. Natural colors are in harmony with most of the classic elements of the interior and textiles. Natural wood beds, perhaps, have only one drawback - this is their rather high price. However, it is partially offset by the fact that good wooden furniture will serve for many years.
MDF is a modern material, slightly inferior in price to a natural solid wood. MDF is a slab consisting of very small wood chips, pressed under high pressure. It turns out a dense, durable material, on the surface of which it is possible to make various textures and carvings. A bed made of MDF has several advantages: moisture resistance, a large number of different shades and models, environmental friendliness, strength.
Particleboard furniture is widely represented in stores. Its main advantage over products made from other materials is its low price and large assortment. Of the minuses, it is worth noting that it is impossible to make carved details on the particleboard surface due to the structure of the material, so it usually has an extremely concise surface design. The main drawback is toxicity, the risk of such a problem can be reduced if you choose chipboard from German and Austrian manufacturers.
General recommendations for choosing bunk beds:
- Security. To do this, be sure to study the quality certificates in the store when buying. Pay attention to the technical specifications, to what maximum weight this furniture can withstand, as well as what material the bed itself and its fittings are made of.
- Appearance. Undoubtedly, this is a matter of taste. But at the same time, one should take into account the style of the room and design a bed that fits in it organically.
- Convenience. The design of the bed should be comfortable for daily use. If you select a transformer model or a sliding sofa, be sure to check whether it will be easy for a child to unfold and fold it for herself.
From the foregoing, we can conclude that thanks to the wide range of bunk beds in modern furniture stores, everyone can choose the right furniture for their children. Bunk beds save space, children really like and will make any interior modern, stylish and practical.
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