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Choosing the Right Size Kids Bed

Carola Van Zyl

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When a parent or guardian is deciding on the right size bed for their kid, they need to understand that there are a number of different types of beds available out there. So before choosing the right size, they’ll need to ensure that it falls within their budget, and suits existing décor. Only then can they decide if they are looking for a bed for toddlers that are transitioning from a crib to a bed, or a bed that will grow as a child grows. Once this decision is made, they can then select a bed according to the child’s personal needs and settle on a size.

Best Bed Sizes for Kids

Essentially there are only three types of beds that should ever be considered when purchasing a bed for kids. These are, in order of size:

Toddler sized beds (small kid)

These are transitional beds that are best for small children. They are usually used for kids between the ages of one to four, or when a child is below the weight of 22kg’s. These beds tend to be lower to the ground and sometimes come with guardrails.

Twin beds (medium size kid)

Twin beds are perfect for older kids who are generally of a school going age. These beds can be used well into a child’s teenage years and have the added advantage of not taking up too much space. This also makes them perfect for siblings who need to share a room.

Standard full-sized beds (large kid)

Also known as full beds, these are good for kids that need more sleeping room as well as larger kids such as teenagers. However, they do tend to take up more space, so the size of the room in which they will be put must be taken into consideration.

As one would expect the bed size generally reflects the size of the child, but from time to time other factors might influence what bed size is bought. This includes the quality of the bed (must it last a long time and possibly be used by consecutive siblings over time?), or even if the child has a particular sleeping problem, such as regularly falling out of bed?

A Useful Children’s Bed Size Chart

To better understand the different types of beds that were mentioned above, it is important to know the size and measurements of all three bed types. These sizes can be taken from the useful children’s bed size chart below:

Bed Type

Bed Measurements (cm) Child’s Age Range

Toddler Bed

68.58 x 132.08

1 year to 4 years

Twin Sized Bed

99.06 x 190.5

4 years to 18 years

Full Sized Bed

137.16 x 190.5

6 years to 18 years

A Note on Kids’ Mattresses

Although this article is about kid’s beds in general, it must be pointed out that mattresses are not only an important part of a child’s bed, but they are also exceptionally important to the health of the kid that will sleep on it. Because of this, it is important to include a mattress that is supportive, comfortable, and of course flame retardant for safety reasons. Always take mattress quality into consideration when Choosing the Right Size Kids Bed .


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