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#1 3rd time lucky

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:04 PM

Hi All,

We are considering getting loft beds for our kids - soon to be 10 and 12.

Their rooms aren’t huge, so it is really to maximise space...

Just wondering peoples experiences of them... any pros and cons, plus any recommendations of specific stores/ beds. We’re in Melbourne.

Is there a certain age your kid loved or grew out of them? Ie if my kids stay at home til their 20s will there come a point where loft beds are a bit naff 🤣 I’m which case they can buy their own anyway!!

I just don’t want to buy anything that they’ll want to replace too quickly!

They’ve had a cot (shared) and each got a proper single bed with trundle at 2. To be honest I regret the trundles as it makes it hard to clean under/ around the bed. And the kids usually have so much crap on the fooor it’s hard to pull their mattresses out anyway!!
It does give somewhere to store the spare mattresses 🤷🏻‍♀️

Thanks in advance.

#2 Sentient Puddle

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:07 PM

They are hot in Summer as unless you have very high ceilings as the warm air pools near the bed and doesn’t circulate well.

#3 maurie

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:12 PM

DD had a captain's bed as our ceilings aren't high enough for a loft bed, bought it when she was about 10, replaced it with a standard double bed for her 16th birthday.  

It was good at the start as it had so much storage, desk attached and she could get underneath it and play, but I hated changing the sheets on it, and she was over climbing up and down eventually.

ETA we bought it brand new off ebay, was about half the price and better timber than at the local bedding shops.   Pain in the butt to build though.

Edited by maurie, 11 January 2020 - 05:14 PM.

#4 Jersey Caramel

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:14 PM

Any bed with a frame all the way around (bunks,  loft) are a PITA to change the sheets.  Recommend getting the lightest mattress you can so it is easy to lift each corner to tuck the sheets in.

#5 Bono25

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:32 PM

We don't have them, but I know someone who just got rid of theirs. As pps, hard to change the sheets, and really bad when kids have the vomits and can't get down quick enough, or need a bucket.

#6 NastyGal

Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:37 PM

We bought my 10yo DD the Ikea loft bed with desk beneath - she adores it. The sheets are a bit trickier but she helps me and it's not a big issue.  Haven't noticed heat to be an issue either, although her bedroom does stay pretty cool anyway.

She has a small bedroom so the space saving has been fantastic for us. I'm not looking forward to dismantling it when she grows out of it though, hopefully that's years away yet....

#7 Lalala4

Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:39 PM

Hot, hard to change sheets, but I love the extra space and kiddo loves the extra privacy of not really being visible from the floor. You may have to be a bit creative getting a bedside light up there and a shelf for a drink or whatever (we use top of wardrobe). But when they’re sick we do all kind of swap around or use the sofa bed instead. On balance I think it was a good choice for us - can’t see how we’d fit a desk in otherwise.

#8 ali-song

Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:48 PM

 NastyGal, on 11 January 2020 - 05:37 PM, said:

We bought my 10yo DD the Ikea loft bed with desk beneath - she adores it. The sheets are a bit trickier but she helps me and it's not a big issue.  Haven't noticed heat to be an issue either, although her bedroom does stay pretty cool anyway.

She has a small bedroom so the space saving has been fantastic for us. I'm not looking forward to dismantling it when she grows out of it though, hopefully that's years away yet....

We bought DS now 14 this one when he was 7, and he still loves it. Yes, it’s a pain to change the sheets, but DS loves the privacy and coziness. Every time we suggest moving to a regular bed he’s horrified.

#9 BRB

Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:02 PM

We bought an IKEA double loft frame second hand (I was unsure if DS would like it so I wasn’t willing to spend the money on a new one).  We bought it when he was 7 and he is 9 now and still loves it. It’s very annoying changing the fitted sheet but it’s worth the suffering for the extra space it provides.

#10 3rd time lucky

Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:50 PM

Thanks - all helpful advice!
Still pondering what to do...

#11 trillian42

Posted 12 January 2020 - 06:17 PM

DD 10 has had an ikea one for a year or so and loves it - she shares a room so it gives a bit more privacy (we put a curtain up). It is slightly inconvenient to change the sheets but we manage. Also she hoards books and toys up there!

I had a similar set-up when I was young and had it till I moved out at 19. It was just an elevated bunk so eventually mum cut the legs off after I left and it became a normal single.

#12 Sunshine streaming

Posted 12 January 2020 - 06:42 PM

It depends if you want your child studying in your bedroom or not. Once they get to high school they usually have to have a laptop for their homework and if their desk is in their bedroom then you can't monitor homework time to ensure they are not time-wasting on social media and netflix. I just bought my 13 yr old a new bed, got a queen size as he is tall and growing all the time. He does have a desk in his room but doesn't use it yet as I still need/want to monitor his homework. He uses his headphones with music on to block out family noise and works at the dining table whilst i potter about and get on with jobs.

#13 Dianalynch

Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:10 PM

Would getting rid of the trundle and adding storage underneath the bed eg some tubs she can pull out solve any of the issue?

#14 andyk

Posted 12 January 2020 - 08:06 PM

DD8 just got a king single mid-sleeper (not as tall as a loft) with pull out desk for Christmas. It’s a hit!

Heaps of shelving and storage on the end and side.

Edited by andyk, 12 January 2020 - 08:07 PM.

#15 RoxieHart

Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:57 PM

DS had one - never again! Changing the sheets was a complete PITA!

#16 PooksLikeChristmas

Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:30 PM

I’m looking at a lowline bunk for DS, with the thought of him sleeping on the bottom and making the top a sensory calming/cubby space.

#17 2bundles

Posted 15 January 2020 - 01:29 AM

No actual experience, but I know my DD would have loved one at age 10. Now at age 15 she would hate it.

#18 Emm27

Posted 15 January 2020 - 02:23 AM

My 10 year old DS got one a few years ago and is getting rid of it (to his younger sister) this weekend. He’s over climbing up and down stairs.

#19 Charli73

Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:13 AM

DS7 has an ikea one with a play space underneath with all of his lego. He loves it and I didn’t want have issues with sheet changes so I bought the thinner foam mattress from ikea to go with it as a spring mattress would make it impossible for me to lift out alone to change sheets.

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