This ideal solution exists and even has a generic name: the combination bed. Focus on a children’s bed that is certainly not lacking in space-saving ideas, but what is exactly a combination bed? Combining a sleeping area, a storage area and an office area, the combination bed has all the features of a multifunctional furniture.
Advantages of a combination bed
The bed is generally raised and it overhangs the storage and office areas in order to optimize the space occupied in the room.
Intelligently coexisting, each of these three distinct spaces fulfills its function perfectly. The sleeping area is slightly higher and it includes a real bed base with a comfortable mattress. The storage space includes several storage units of different sizes that will allow the storage of more or less cumbersome items.
The office space
It offers a work surface wide enough to work comfortably.
With this solution space saving and with furniture with different functionalities, the child can sleep, work, play and store his things in the same space no matter how small it is. Finally, the sleeping area is only slightly raised, which will reassure parents who are often worried about the height of the sleeping area offered by loft beds. Moreover, the storage space and the desk space positioned under the bed guarantee the stability of the furniture.
How to choose a combination bed
The dimensions of the child’s room will obviously be a determining factor in choosing a model of combination bed. If the available space in the room allows it, it may be interesting to go for a two-seater combination bed. These models include a second bed (usually under the desk), so your child can more easily accommodate a friend to spend the night.
The ceiling height of the children’s room should also be taken into account.
The combination bed
And even if it doesn’t reach the height of a mezzanine bed or a bunk bed, you should nevertheless make sure that your child, even in a few years, doesn’t systematically hit his head on the ceiling when he gets up.
As for the design of the furniture and its color, it is necessary to think about the decorative aspect that you want to put in place in this children’s room. The choice of material for the bed will depend on the atmosphere you want to create in the room. If a bed in solid wood will contribute to give a cozy and friendly taste to the room, a bed in PVC or particle board will allow to instill a modern design atmosphere and will also be easier to clean.
To ensure that the design and color of the combination bed are suitable for your child, it is probably best to involve him or her as much as possible in the choice of the bed model and the other arrangements envisaged for the bedroom.
Which mattress is best for a combination bed
Once you have determined which combination bed to opt for and which is the most adapted to the functional needs and aesthetic expectations of your child, you will then consider choosing the most appropriate mattress.
The choice of the mattress is not to be taken lightly because it guarantees the good development and the quality of your child’s sleep.
Since the shelf life of a mattress is estimated at about ten years, it is wise to invest in a quality mattress. This mattress should provide support adapted to the age and weight of the child and to the size of the bed. As the child’s weight evolves rapidly between childhood and adolescence, a mattress density of between 25kg/m3 and 28kg/m3 will do. As for the thickness of the child’s mattress, it should be between 16 and 20 cm. A thicker mattress will not provide greater comfort and the mattress may protrude from the bed frame. On the other hand, a lesser thickness will make the mattress much less comfortable and much more sensitive to wear.
Among the different mattress technologies that can be considered for a children’s bed
You will have the choice between the spring mattress that provides effective support, the memory foam mattress that adapts to the child’s movements during the night or the latex mattress that stays cool in the summer and keeps the child warm in the winter.
Finally, to promote the quality of your child’s sleep and prevent the risk of allergies, you should also choose breathable materials such as natural fibers (cotton, wool, bamboo…) or opt for a mattress treated against bacteria and dust mites.
The maintenance of the mattress will also be important to guarantee the quality of your child’s sleep over time. It is important to dust it regularly and to turn it over at each change of season to optimize its comfort and extend its life.