Cabin and high beds are both space savers and a great deal of fun for children. In order to understand which bed is the best choice for your child, you need to consider the similarities and differences, as well as the age of your child. This article helps you decide which is best for your child by looking at cabin beds vs. high beds.

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The Difference between a Cabin Bed and a High Bed

Cabin beds have an elevated space below the bed that your child can use in many different ways, for storage, as a study area, or simply as a play area. A high bed, as the name implies, sets high off the ground, with the sleeping area on top and an open space underneath the bed. Any bed that stands 20” or higher is considered a high bed. A high bed that stands at a height of 40 inches off the floor, allows up to 34 inches of storage space underneath. This allows enough space for an older child to store toys, school papers, and extra bedding.

Choose a Cabin or High Bed When Your Child Is Ready

When your child is six years old, they are old enough to enjoy a cabin or high bed. You need to wait until your child is past the stage where falling out of a bed is probable. For added safety and security, you may still wish to place safety rails on the sides of the cabin bed to ensure the safety of your younger child.

Cabin beds work well for any age child. The multifunctional space underneath can house a study area with a desk, a walk-in wardrobe, or a play area, depending on the age and preferences of your child.

Choose a Cabin or High Bed Based upon Your Child’s Age

  • The Toddler or Preschool Child

Your toddler or preschool child will probably enjoy the fun of a cabin bed. Many cabin beds for your very young child come with play tents, towers, tunnels, and slides. There are also themed cabin beds available in many styles for both boys and girls.

  • The School-Aged Child

Your older child will enjoy using the space underneath the cabin bed as a work area with its own special desk. Choose a model with a built-in bookshelf and drawers for additional storage.

Now is also the time to consider a high bed with storage underneath and on the sides. Your child may prefer this option if they feel they are ready for a “big” bed.

  • Older Child

Your older child may enjoy one of the many high beds that come with built in drawers. Some also have additional storage on the sides.

Other Considerations

Many cabin beds have optional accessories available such as desks, bookshelves, and footrests that attach. Look for a sturdy, well-constructed cabin bed. Remember that the bed with its attached accessories – desk, ladder, slide, stairs, drawers, etc. – and all the contents makes it necessary for the bed frame to hold up to 1,000 pounds.

High beds and cabin beds are very popular for children’s rooms. They save space, allow for easy cleaning, and add to the fun design of your child’s room, no matter what their age. After reviewing cabin beds vs. high beds, you should be prepared to make the perfect decision on a bed for your child’s room.

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