Childrens Beds

The kids’ bed – a simple enough item but by far the most important piece of kids bedroom furniture there is. Whether you’re shopping for a toddler, a tween or a teen, you’ll need to look for a bed that’s sturdy, comfortable, and designed not just to look good, but to last for years as well.

Kids’ beds are generally the priciest part of any children’s bedroom makeover, so it’s important to know just what types of childrens beds are available in South Africa, and which will suit both your child’s needs, and your budget as well.

Toddler and kids’ beds – a buyer’s guideline

Children’s beds come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and whether you buy them pre-assembled, or order them custom-made, there are a huge variety of styles and designs to choose from. Take a look at our guide to toddler and kids beds and find the one that will fit your child’s bedroom best.

Toddler beds

If your little one is ready to leave the crib, a toddler’s bed  is what you need. Safe, sturdy and low to the ground, it’s the perfect interim piece between cot and big bed.

Classic beds

These also include frame beds and block beds, either with a solid base or slats underneath. Simple, sturdy and designed to timeless style standards.

Bunk beds

Who doesn’t love bunk beds? Perfect for smaller rooms, these two-in-one space-savers are a hit with toddlers, tweens and teens alike.

Trundle beds

Another space-saving marvel, trundle beds can be pulled out quickly and easily for overnight guests or impromptu sleepovers.

Day beds

These dual-purpose beds save on space and money by functioning as seating during the day and a bed at night. Add built-in storage or a trundle bed underneath, and you’ll have everything you need in one set.

Four-poster/canopy beds

These children’s beds are instantly recognisable with four posters for a different bedroom look. Add a canopy at the top and make every girl’s princess dreams come true.

Theme beds

Race cars, butterflies, castles, fire engines, spaceships – anything is possible with a theme bed, the stuff that dreams are made of.

Loft beds

Another space-saving kids’ bed idea, loft beds have an elevated sleeping space with a play area or storage underneath. Older kids will love these sophisticated-looking beds, while you’ll love how neat their rooms automatically become.

Points to remember when buying kids’ beds

Once you have an idea of the type of kids’ bed you’d like to go for, remember that you’ll need to purchase a good quality mattress for it as well. If your child is old enough, take them to the store with you to test the comfort levels of various brands. Mattresses can last for up to ten years, so finding one that’s firm but comfortable is a must.

Other features to look for in your kids’ bed include child-friendly paint, recessed fixtures and smooth corners and edges. Children love to bounce and play on their beds, so the safer they are at all times, the better. Lastly, whether you choose your children’s bed as part of a kids’ bedroom suite, or as a separate item with matching pieces like a kids table and chairs, remember that it’s your child who has to live with it for the next few years – so make sure whichever bed you buy is the one that promises the sweetest dreams.