Should you invest in a single or double bed for a toddler?

Should you invest in a single or double bed for a toddler?

It happens in the blink of an eye; your little one is suddenly not so little anymore! They’re up and about, running around and keeping you on your toes. You may be used to shopping for larger socks, singlets and jumpers, but now they need a bigger bed. Where do you start? Do you choose a single bed that easily fits a toddler, or opt for a larger bed they’ll use for many years?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer; it really comes down to your preferences and the space you’re working with. 

Let’s look at a few different aspects you’ll need to consider when picking out the perfect bed for your little one.


Things to consider for your child’s bed

When you’re looking around for the best option to suit your family, there are a few things to consider beyond the mattress size:

  • Bed size: A standard single mattress measures 91.5cm x 190cm, and a standard double 138.5cm x 190cm. This doesn’t consider the bed frame, though, so make sure you factor that in when you’re measuring out the space.
  • Room size: If you don’t have much space to play with, you might want to consider a single or king single. Even if a double bed would fit in the room, kids’ bedrooms are more than a sleeping area, with extra room needed for storage and play. If your heart is set on a double, consider clever storage solutions to maximise the space.
  • Budget: When budgeting for a bed, it’s always best to focus on the highest quality within your price range. A quality mattress will last longer and provide a better night’s sleep for your growing child, so it’s worth the investment.
  • Bed height: Bunk beds are a fun and space-saving option for older kids who share rooms or have sleepovers. If you’ve got a couple of toddlers and can’t fit two beds into the space, consider a trundle.
  • Storage space requirements: If you’re low on space and need more storage, a bed with storage underneath is a perfect choice. They also aren’t dependent on bed size, so it’s an option whether you choose a single or double bed.

Benefits of a child’s single bed

As the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages’; even though a single bed mattress is 47cm narrower than a double, that can be a plus. The extra space can be used for play areas and furniture. Not only that but making the bed and changing the sheets will be easier, too.

When looking at single beds, there’s plenty of choice in bed frame style, colours and materials, including trundle and bunk beds and single mattresses that come in various firmness options.


Benefits of a double bed vs single bed

When you think about how your child will use their bed, a double may make more sense. It’s much easier than blowing up an inflatable bed for sleepovers or storing an extra mattress. It can also double as a comfy place to stretch out and read or play. Plus, it’s great for kids who toss and turn throughout the night, giving them room to move around.
There are plenty of bed frames available in a range of styles and materials that can grow with them, and lots of different mattress options to choose from.


What is the best kid’s bed for both of you?

You’ll also need to think about how you’ll use the bed. Most kids love bedtime stories, so having a bed that fits both of you comfortably will be a definite plus.
The bed frame style is also something to explore, as there are plenty of options, such as metal, timber, and upholstery, to complement the bedroom. If you go for an upholstered look, then make sure you use a material protector that will protect against sticky fingers!
Lastly, consider ease of storage. Both single and double beds come with various options, such as drawers and gas-lift storage, so whatever size you choose, you’ll be able to cut down on the clutter.
By now, you should have a better idea of what you need regarding the mattress and frame size, but if you want more inspiration, look at our blog on bedding and make it a more tranquil and comfy space for your toddler as they grow!

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