Bunk Bed Safety

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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Top tips for bunk bed safety

Top tips for bunk bed safety

Most children would choose bunk beds over a regular bed, but are they a safe option for your little ones?

Children love bunk beds, they’re fun to sleep in and ideal for having friends over to stay. The good news for parents is that they’re also completely safe, providing they have been bought from a reputable business and are used responsibly.

Here are our top tips for keeping children safe on bunk beds.

Always buy from a reputable business

Reputable businesses should always sell bunk beds that are durable, safe and conform to the legal British Standard.

Take care to assemble correctly

Bunk beds usually arrive flat packed and will require assembly at home. Make sure that you always put bunk beds together carefully according to instructions and safety recommendations. Never leave off any parts like guard rails.

Don’t allow children to play on them

Most bunk bed-related accidents occur when children are playing on them or otherwise misusing them. Always stress to children that their bunk beds are for sleeping only and should not be climbed on.

Don’t allow children under 6 on the top bunk

Whilst the bottom bunk is safe for younger children, experts recommend that the top bunk is only used by children over the age of six.

Use a night light

Leaving a night light switched on close by to the bunk bed’s ladder can help children to climb up and down safely during the night.

Never hang things from the top bunk

Never allow children to hang clothing or other items from the guard rails on the bunk bed as it could strangle them if they got tangled in it.

At M6 Beds we stock a selection of high quality children’s bunk beds and mattresses, to find out more about the models we have available, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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