Whether you’re transitioning your little one from a crib to a grown up mattress or just updating your kid’s bedroom decor, shopping for new mattresses and beds is a big decision! Mattresses play an important role in the sleep health of your child -- better sleep has been shown to result in better grades -- and you want to be sure you’re buying the right products for your child at prices that fit in your budget. The following guide is designed to help you pick the best furniture for your kids’ bedroom that will help them (and you) rest easy for many nights to come.
1) The right mattress size: Most children are ready to move from a crib to a bed by age 3. Considering a mattress can last 8-10 years, full size mattress are a great option if you’re interested in longevity. Full mattresses are the same length of a twin, but are a bit wider for added comfort if your child tosses often in their sleep. Twin XL or twin mattresses are a good option if you have two children sharing a room or are buying mattresses for a small space.
2) The right fit: Bring your child along to test out the new mattress before you buy. Mattresses can range from extra firm to ultra plush so it’s a good idea to get a feel for what your child is most comfortable with. If your child sleeps on their back or side, a firm mattress might work best while a plush mattress usually fits well with kids who sleep on their stomach.
3) The right foundation: Now that you’ve found the perfect mattress- it’s time to search for the right foundation. If you’re working with a limited area or two kids sharing one room, bunk beds are a great option! Because it’s important to consider durable furniture that your child can grow into, versatile bunk beds that detach or have a full bed on bottom with a twin up top mean you’ll likely be able to use them longer. Another functional option for small spaces is trundle beds and captain’s beds. These space savers have storage underneath and trundle beds have an extra pull out bed for when your child has sleep-over guests, or when the kids need to share a room. In general, bundling bedroom needs together is always the best choice where budget is concerned. Our Orchard Park Twin bedroom set features a headboard, footboard, dresser and nightstand all for one low price.
4) Don’t forget the extras: Purchasing a box spring along with your new mattress is a must as it partners with the mattress to create a comfortable night’s sleep. A mattress protector is always a good idea (especially in a kid’s bedroom) as it protects your new investment against stains and can be removed for cleaning so your mattress stays in tip top condition for years to come.