9 Different Types of Beds for Kids

Kid's bed with a velvet pillows and a plush fox.
  • This article gives you in-depth details about the different types of beds for kids, including individual beds to bunk beds.
  • You find how to make the best selection for your kids’ next bed.
  • You will learn about how to decide between the various frames, sizes, cost, and ease of assembly.
  • You will feel confident in your decision knowing that your child will be comfortable and safe in the bed you choose. 

Choosing a new bed for your child is a massive step for you and your child. There was a time when there were not many options available for your child. Today, there are numerous options from which you and your child can select. It is helpful to know all of the options when making such a big decision. Continue reading this article to find out the different types of beds for kids. 

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What to Look for in a Bed for Kids

When looking for a new bed for your kids, there are some features you want to consider before making a final selection. 

Size

There are some things to consider when deciding what size bed to get for your child. First, you have to consider the space where you will place the bed and how long you want your child to stay in this bed. There are standard size beds that have the exact measurements no matter where you purchase the bed.

For example, a small single bed is 30 inches by 75 inches. A standard single is 36 inches by 75 inches. A small double bed is 48 inches by 75 inches. 

Frame

There are a variety of materials from which bed frames are constructed. First, solid wood frames are made from all types of wood, from pine to oak. Wood beds are durable and beautiful.

Second, there are bed frames made from metal and plastic, also. Metal beds are heavy and resistant to whatever your child might dish out. Each one provides different features, but some are more durable than others. 

Price

Price is always important. You want to stay within your budget. At the same time, a bed is an investment. You do not want it to fall apart. You want it to last, and you want it to be secure.

Therefore, you may have to pay a little more for a bed that you find confident in. However, if you are buying a bed for a small child, and it is meant to only last a few years, then you do not want to invest in something that is expensive. 

Assembly

You always want to find out if you have to assemble the bed or if that service is provided when you purchase it. It is not always a guarantee. If you have to build it, you want to understand how difficult it is to assemble it before purchasing it. 

Types of Beds for Kids

Bunk Bed

Kid's bedroom with a wooden bunk bed, a marble table, and a checkered area rug.

The standard bunk bed that you are most used to seeing is one bed on top of the other. There are usually about 15 inches between the two beds. These beds are ideal for saving space, although it is difficult to make the bed on the top bunk. If your child moves a lot in their sleep, you may not want them on the top bunk.

There are many variations on the bunk bed. There is a train bunk bed where the top bunk is not in alignment with the base. This allows for storage space on one end.

Some have steps for the child to get to the top bunk, while others have a ladder. There are L-shaped bunk beds, which also provide storage space. You can also find custom made bunk beds that look like a castle, a car, or a superhero.

There are twin bunk bed options with a twin bed over a twin bed. There is also a twin over full option. You can even find a futon bunk bed that has a bed on top and a futon underneath. 

Cabin Bed

Modern bedroom with a cabin bed paired with a matching nightstand.

A cabin bed provides storage underneath the area where your child sleeps. These are ideal for smaller rooms where you may not have a lot of storage space. A cabin bed is higher than a standard bed but not high enough that your child needs a ladder to climb into bed.

The space underneath can hold drawers for clothes, a desk, or a tiny cupboard. A cabin bed may have a headboard and/or footboard. Some even have bookcases built-in. 

Cot Bed

Nursery room with a cot bed, a wooden ladder, pink armchair, and a rocking horse.

A cot bed is another term for crib. It is a term that is primarily used in British English. It can also be a term used for a cradle. These beds are smaller and intended for babies, infants, and small children. A cot bed has end panels and sides that can be removed. 

Loft Bed

Kid's bedroom with striped walls, a loft bed, a teepee, and a large rug.

A loft bed is a style where there is a bed on top, in the upper bunk area, but underneath is an open space for many uses. This helps to save space. For example, your child can have a desk underneath or extra storage space. In addition, your child could have an area where they can sit, relax, and read. This type of bed is often confused with a bunk bed, but they are not the same thing. 

Platform Bed

VECELO Twin Bed Upholstered Platform Bed, Kids Bed Wood Frame with Soft Headboard Velvet Fabric Surface Mattress Foundation/Easy Assembly,Pink

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A platform bed has a low profile. The frame has solid support or a slatted surface to support the mattress. A platform is usually 5 to 12 inches off the ground. The bed frame of a platform bed has a foundation that is built-in. These types of beds have a more modern look to them and can support most mattresses. You do not need to purchase a box spring with this type of bed. 

Single Bed

Single bed with a yellow knot pillow, and a plaid blanket matching with the hamper.

This individual bed is the classic style of bed that you are used to seeing. It is a mattress in a frame. It may have a headrest and footboard. It may have only one of them.

The single bed is the classic style that will always be in fashion. This style of bed will be able to grow with your child, but you can still have a unique twist to them by finding a designer bed in a bold color. This type of bed can be a twin bed or a double bed.

The difference between the two is the size. 

Toddler Bed

Toddler playing on his bed.

A toddler bed has a smaller bed frame and uses a crib mattress. This is typically the next step for a child after moving from a crib. These beds are often transformed into something incredible for the child, like a race car or a princess castle.

You can also find a toddler bed that fits a twin sized mattress and has a safety bed rail that can be removed. These beds have a weight limit and are meant to be a short term option. This kids bed is helpful when your toddler is ready to transition to a regular sized children’s bed.

A toddler bed is often the kids’ bed that parents choose when it is time to take their toddler out of their crib. 

Travel Bed

Hugbino Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed - Kids Air Mattress w Hand Pump - Portable Blow Up Bed for Children, Lightweight, Sturdy - Floor Beds and Mattresses, Durable Traveling Accessories for Toddler

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A travel bed is a bed that you can take on the go with you. When you have a child, and you want to travel, you need to make sure you have a safe and comfortable space for them to sleep. There are many different travel bed options available, from travel tents to inflatable travel beds.

You can fold travel beds and easily carry them wherever you go. Many are inflatable and come with pumps to quickly fill them with air when your child is ready for bed. 

Trundle Bed

Max & Lily Bed with Trundle, Twin, White

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A trundle bed is ideal when you have two children but not enough space for two beds. This type of bed also keeps the children close to the ground and is not up in the air like a bunk bed. A trundle bed has an extra bed with wheels stored under the regular bed.

During the day, when the trundle is stored, it looks like a standard bed. However, in the evening, you pull out the trundle, and there is an additional bed. Most often, the mattress on the trundle is thinner than the top bed. 

What Mattress Can I Use On a Bed for Kids?

Innerspring Mattress

These tend to be a more firm mattress type and ideal for babies and small children. A firm mattress helps them feel safe and protected. An innerspring mattress is a durable type of mattress, which makes them popular. They stand up better to wear and tear. There are two different types of innerspring mattresses. These are open coil mattresses and pocketed coil mattresses. 

Open coil is the least expensive option as they are not as durable. The coils of the mattress are padded with the top layer of the mattress. Pocketed coil means that each coil is wrapped individually. This individual wrapping makes the mattress more expensive. However, this mattress can handle all the jumping and playing that your child wants to do. 

Latex Mattress

Latex mattress options provide you durability and a lot of support. 

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are constructed of a material that responds to pressure and body heat. The more you lay on this type of mattress, the more it learns the contours of your body and conforms to them. It is often said that these mattresses hug your body. Memory foam is able to isolate motion, and if you have two children sleeping on the same bed, the movement of one does not disturb the other. 

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