Bunk Bed Safety Tips

At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

Some siblings love sharing a room and may want to share for as long as they can, whereas other times that might have to because of lack of space and have no choice. Here M6 Beds discuss what age should siblings stop sharing a room and have some space of their own?

What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

As children grow up and enter their preteen years, many recognise a need for more privacy. This is particularly true if a brother and sister share a room. As children enter double digits, we would recommend you start thinking about providing them with their own space.

What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Room?

Under the age of 10, there are many benefits of children sharing a bedroom, including:

  • It teaches children how to share and cooperate with others. 
  • It fosters a close sibling bond, thanks to the additional time they spend together. 
  • Fewer rooms are required, meaning families can share smaller homes.
  • They’ll never get lonely and have support nearby if they’re afraid of the dark.

What Are the Disadvantages of Sharing a Room?

Of course, there are also some drawbacks especially as they get older. For instance:

  • Younger siblings may disturb older brothers and sisters with crying or noise.
  • Different daily routines may see one sibling disturb the other’s sleep.
  • Squabbles can be common. 
  • There is a lack of privacy. 
  • Germs spread quicker. So, colds are more likely to be passed between siblings if they share a room. 
  • Space is limited should your child like a friend to sleepover. 
  • Mess and clutter become more concentrated in one space. 
  • Brother and sister might disagree on how they want the room to look or feel.

If your children do share a bedroom, maximise the space that you do have. Invest in a bunk bed or storage beds so the there is much ‘free’ space as possible for the siblings!

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Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Prevent your kids’ bedroom from becoming cluttered and untidy with these creative space-saving tips.

If your kids share a bedroom, it can be challenging to design a space that provides them with a comfortable amount of floor space to play.

Here are our top space-saving tips for creating a shared kids’ bedroom that is fun, functional and uncluttered.

Bunk beds

One of the best ways of freeing up floor space in your kids’ bedroom is by investing in bunk beds. Not only are bunk beds a practical solution, they’re also a lot of fun and most kids will love the novelty of bunking together.

Utilise wall space

If your kids’ bedroom is lacking floor space, putting shelves and hooks on the walls can help to add extra storage to the room. Be careful not to add too much to the walls though or you risk making the room look cluttered.

Multi-functional furniture

Choose the furniture for your kids’ bedroom carefully, investing in multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Choose beds that include underbed storage, a desk or dressing table that also has shelving, or even a toy chest that doubles as a seat.

Fold-down desk and chair

If the kids need a desk in their bedroom but you’ve run out of floor space, try attaching a fold down desk on hinges to the wall. Pair the desk with a fold up chair and both can be tidied away when not in use.

Less is more

Small bedrooms feel even smaller when they are very busy, untidy or full of clutter. Encourage minimalism and get into the habit of sorting through your kids’ old clothes and toys regularly and either getting rid of items they have outgrown or putting them in storage.

To find out more about the bunk beds we stock here at M6 Beds, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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Should I buy my child a double bed?

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Have double beds really become the new norm for today’s kids?

If your child has been nagging you to swap their old single bed for a double that rivals yours, then you’re not alone.

Over recent years, sales of single beds have fallen whilst doubles have risen.  Studies have shown that this trend is due to more kids having a double bed in their bedroom.

One study suggested that the ‘digitalisation’ of kids’ bedrooms is to blame. Children are spending more time in their bedrooms playing and socialising on laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones, and a double bed allows them to do so in comfort.

Another contributing factor is families making purchasing decisions with longevity in mind. Teenagers often request a double bed, and when your teenager moves out, a bedroom with a double bed can easily be turned into a guest room, so a double may seem like a more future-proof option than a single.

Should I buy my child a double bed?

Whether or not a double bed is right for your child depends on a variety of factors including the size of their bedroom and your budget.

It may seem like a bit of a luxury if you always had a single bed as a child, but if your child has enough space and you can afford it, then why not?

Many retailers now even sell children’s bedding in double sizes because of the high demand.

Having an extra double bed in the house can also come in useful if you have guests visiting. Compromise with your child, they can have a double bed in their room, providing they’re happy to give it up when you have visitors.

If your child’s room is a bit small for a double, you could invest in a day bed instead. A day bed can be pushed away into a single when floorspace is required but pulled out into a double when they want space to sprawl or you have guests staying.

Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the single bed if that’s your preference. Many younger kids love the idea of having bunk beds for extra space and in case they have friends over to stay too.

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Bunk Bed Safety Tips

Bunk Bed Safety Tips

If you are considering buying a bunk bed you will no doubt be thinking of all the benefits. Kids love them and they are a great space saver. They also provide more room for those all-important sleep overs if bedrooms are small and you have difficulty accommodating your children’s friends. So, it all sounds like a win win right?

The answer is yes it certainly is as long as you have purchased your bunk bed from a company that has paid attention to all the safety features a bunk bed should have. Even if this is the case, however, here are some tips to reduce risks when your kids playing and climbing up on bunk beds.

Always look for the British Standard
Bunk beds should always conform to British standards for safety. The number you are looking for is BS EN 747:1993

Guard rails are a must
The top bunk should have guard rails to prevent children falling off the top bunk while playing or sleeping.

Follow all the safety instructions
Furniture tends to arrive flat packed for mum or dad to assemble. This opens up all sorts of possibilities that the bed may not be put together correctly or corners cut. Remember all the parts are there for a reason and if any are missing inform the manufacturer.

Don’t allow kids younger than 6 to sleep on the top bunk
It is recommended that kids only kids aged 6 and above should use the top bunk.

Don’t allow kids to play on the top bunk
Young children often push the boundaries when they are playing and if they are doing this at height, all sorts of accidents are possible.

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