When it comes
time to choosing a new bed for your child, many parents make the mistake of
buying for the “now” and not the future.
the Department of Health & Human Services in Victoria, children of all ages
need adequate sleep and rest with children and teenagers requiring nine to ten
hours of sleep each night1.
right bed and mattress for your child is key to ensuring they get the best
sleep and hours required for brain function and growth. Here are some ideas from
interior stylist Melissa Gullifer at Focus on Furniture that can help you
select the best bed for your growing child:
1. Keep it simple.
Over-complicated styling is
unnecessary as children grow up so quickly and their tastes change as they
transition through their childhood years. Don’t go out and buy your
three-year-old daughter an expensive princess bed because in three to four year’s time she will go off it and want something else. Be
practical and think about a timeless bed option in a simple colour, or a timber
bed frame, or upholstered bed, which
will give you the flexibility to add a variety of affordable quilt covers to
update as your child grows into a new phase.
Think about how much space you have
in your child’s bedroom and consider their current height and growth in the
future. Is there enough room for a king single, double, or queen bed or only a
single? Also consider beds with built-in storage if you are limited with
space. The Tex single bed has nifty
built in draws and shelves, perfect for storing books and toys.Can two bedsides
fit this space, or one?Will
they need a desk or reading nook to nourish their little brains?Their
bedroom should be designed around the idea of a personal little sanctuary;
somewhere they can sleep, rest and play.
3. Test and rest.
Help your child create their dream
bedroom and give them the full bed testing experience by shopping with them in
store. They will love it. Test out suitable beds and mattresses, and sit with
them on the bed. Is it comfortable? Will it stand the test of time for your
child? Think about how many years you
want your child to keep this bed. There’s
no need to spend a fortune on a good quality mattress. Focus on Furniture has huge range of options
starting from $249 to $1799 for a single mattress and the choice of Australia
made, as well as up to 10 years guarantee for peace of mind. And don’t forget to ask the store manager
about delivery options.
Have your budget set and do your
research. Good quality beds do not need to break the bank.Decide
on the important features your child needs, for example, single or double bed,
two bedside tables or just one and don’t forget to add in a quality mattress.
Stick to your budget and enjoy the process!