With just so many high sleeper beds out on the market, it can be a minefield trying to determine exactly which option to go for (if you can even work out what they are in the first place!)
With expert high sleeper designs at the core of our exclusive range of beds, we love to pass on our knowledge and expertise to our customers to equip you with the right questions to ask, so that you know you're buying the best bed for your child.
Here's our handy guide to High sleeper shopping, to help save you time.
So, let's get back to the basics: What exactly is a high sleeper?
High sleeper beds are typically the same height as a bunk bed, but imagine them without the lower bunk in place.
With children's bedrooms being utilised more and more as multifunctional spaces for work, rest and play, and with space at a premium in children's bedrooms, high sleepers can be the ideal space saving solution that ticks all the boxes.
Perfect for compact bedrooms or even to save space in larger children's rooms, high sleepers can cleverly combine multiple functions all under one foot print, by having integrated or independent furniture pieces that slot underneath the top 'bunk'.
So, perhaps you've established that you're definitely looking for a high sleeper bed, but how do you narrow down your search?
Probably the most important aspect.- What do you need the bed to do for your little one? Perhaps they need a little encouragement with their studies, so you're looking for a large, roomy study desk on which to spread out?
Maybe they're a collector of trinkets, and need storage space for their most prized posessions? if this is the case, they'll be needing a storage bookcase or two in which to stash their treasure.
Or perhaps they love having sleepover slumber parties with their friends, and would love a spare bed underneath? High sleeper beds with fold out futons or day beds are great solutions for adding in extra sleep space without taking up lots of room. They're also really handy for little ones who like to have their parents close at hand. Having a comfortable spare bed option is always handy to have, and can serve so many purposes, including the ability of being moved into the guest room from time to time.
What does it need to look like? Perhaps you're looking for a classic design that has longevity to suit changing tastes as your child grows up?
Looking for a high sleeper bed in a colour that isn't a slave to trends and that will last for years to come is usually at the top of the agenda. Look for classic colours such as neutral whites, greys and blues that can effortlessly go with lots of different looks and won't date easily. If you decide to go for a bed with a painted finish, always check the durability of the paint before buying!
If you want your high sleeper to really stand the test of time, and perhaps even be passed down through the siblings, you'll be wanting to look for quality designed beds that use hard woods, and solid mortice and tenon joints in the frames. This means that they'll be sturdy, solid and safe for your little ones.
Most people want to know that the wood for the furniture they're buying has been sourced from FSC forests, so if responsibly sourced wood is something that's important to you, it's always best to check before buying.
Last, but absolutely by no means least, is safety. How safe is the bed that you're about to buy? Has it been tested by the designers? For any bed that has a painted finish to it, it's a good idea to check whether the paints used have been tested for toxicity.
If you'd like any further advice on what to look for when it comes to buying a high sleeper bed, please don't hesitate to give us a call, and speak to one of our Designers.
Happy high sleeper shopping! x