We are just about to decorate a room for my nearly-9-year-old DD (up until now she has been sharing with her sister). The room is (significantly larger than the room I had as a child) medium sized - maybe 2.5 x 4m, that sort of size. I think a bed that we could put something useful underneath would be grand but I am utterly befuddled by all the choices out there. Has anybody done this recently and has words of wisdom to offer? High (hard to make in the mornings and change sheets?) vs mid? How is a cabin bed different? Bookshelves/futon for a friend/wardrobes...the only decision I have I think made is that we should pop a little desk under there. But if there is a brilliant one that has other things, the desk could be separate.
DS has a shorty mid-sleeper from Argos and DD has a high sleeper, from ebay but originally from Ikea, off which we had to lop off 7 inches from the length in order to fit it in her room.
I don't really see the point of them if you have a decent size room, although I suppose a mid-sleeper can get you some extra storage and not be too much of a pain to change. However, our kids' bedrooms are tiny so it's the only way we could fit a single bed in for them, and even then they can only have the 5' 9" x 2' 6" matresses. I wish we could fit a high-sleeper in DS's room to put a wardrobe underneath and give him some more floor space, but his ceiling slopes so there isn't the height.
(When we were shopping for DS's he wanted the one with a slide. We pointed out that if he had space for a slide we wouldn't need to buy him a mid-sleeper! Interestingly, I don't think Argos do the slide option any more. )
Ds has a mid sleeper with a slide from Argos. It's really well made and he loves it, but it's a pain in the backside when they're sick. Changing the bed covers is a pain, but a top tip is to use a double sheet on the single mattress and tuck it round - much easier.
I have to say it's worked really well for us. I'm tall and it comes up to chest level on me, so pretty easy to lean over for cuddles/ reading/ bedmaking. I have the slide, which both my children absolutely love but which can easily get removed when they get older. I have got rid of the cheap and nasty tent that came with it, and made my own curtains from nice vintage fabric.
Underneath we have some storage drawers, and strings of fairy lights, and one of those fold-out seats that converts into a single bed. So it's a lovely place to sit and read and play - like a fairy cave - and also gets used for sleepovers. Children love sleeping under there.
Yes, all the clutter gets thrown underneath, but I think it's FANTASTIC to have somewhere you can hide your mess in a hurry, so no complaints from me there
My DD2 has the mid sleeper with the slide. We have strung fairy lights on the slats under the bed which gives a really good light to read/play by. It is the right height to lean over and give a little hug and a goodnight kiss. I do have to climb up to change the sheets.
DD1 has bunks. Nightmare. She has to change her own bedding and has done for a couple of years now.
DD has had a mid sleeper since she was 2.5, she's now 5.
It's fine. Changing the sheets is fine and I'm only 5ft3. I potty trained her at night in this bed, so had to do a few middle of the night changes of bedding and it was ok. Luckily she's never been sick <touches wood>
I can still read to her in bed and cuddle her, I just climb into bed with her I've even slept in it myself and it's very comfortable.
The under bed space is brilliant, and it means she has some floor space to actually play with her toys. And there's somewhere for her cousin to sleep when she comes for a sleepover.
2kidsintow that's just reminded me of another good point of high sleepers. Because they're a pita to change, it encourages you to get the kids to change their own beds sooner than you may have done and therefore gives them greater independence at an earlier age
Loving the idea of fairy lights strung though the slats, we just bought a second hand mid sleeper for DD who is nearly 4, so much younger than your DD but she totally loves it, we built it on Sunday afternoon and by 5 she was in pj,s and asking to brush her teeth. I had been thinking fairy lights in the den underneath would be lovely but had been imagining some major mishap could occur, but I will try the bed slat idea. Hope your DD likes her new bed
We got a set of the LED low voltage ones and have fastened them to the slats with cable ties. They are secure and don't touch any fabric. And as they are low voltage LED then they don't warm up either.
We have a mid-sleeper for our smallest bedroom simply cos it's the only way we could fit clothes/books/toys into the room. At the same time as the bed. We had a kind chippy friend build it for us, and DD1 loves it. It's not superhigh, prob does make the room look even smaller but it did solve the storage issue really well and short of moving house we wouldn't get more space in there any other way. It's got 8 drawers, 3 small shelves and a double toystore area.