In preparation for moving into our new home next month, I am on the quest for a new bed for my eldest daughter, H, aged 9. Unlike our last house, our children can now look forward to each having their own bedroom, which is new for us (and very lucky for them as I keep banging on at them!), however it does mean that we are one bed short at this particular point in time. My son, aged 7, will take the bunk beds and my youngest daughter, aged 4, is happy to stay in her toddler bed for another six months, thereby putting off that next added expense until then at least… but for now the focus is on H’s sleeping arrangements, which brings me to this post about day beds…
As it works out, H will be moving into a quite large double bedroom, so in some ways the world is our oyster as such when it comes to choosing the type of bed she would like. After a little discussion on the subject and weighing up the various options – double bed, single bed, bunks or cabin bed – she has decided she would really like a day bed. I, for one, am delighted with this choice, as I think she can have fun dressing it up to her heart’s content with plump cushions and cosy blankets (she is quite the little interior designer in the making!). She can also curl up on it when reading or playing quietly during the day, hence using it more as a sofa, and it’s also a little more grown-up than say, a bunk bed; a very important fact when you think she will be a teenager before we know it! She also enjoys having her best friend over to stay on a pretty regular basis, so we knew we wanted either a bed with a built-in second bed (trundle) or, at the very least, to allow the floorspace for a spare pull-out bed in her bedroom in some shape or form. And so begins in earnest my mini research project looking at day beds that include a second sleeping arrangement of some sort – here are some I have come across:
And here it is with the trundle in place:
Also comes in pink…
I think it looks like a decent enough bed for the price and its style is perfect if you prefer a more feminine, shabby chic/English country cottage look. It’s girly enough without being too overly ornate (which is not my style, personally). H would definitely prefer it in white as she regards pink furniture as “babyish” – 9 year olds and their worldly-wisdom, eh?
Two more similarly styled beds next, this time from Laura Ashley, the undisputed queen of English country chic. Both these day beds include trundles in the full price and both have been reduced quite significantly in the winter sales; firstly, there is the ‘Alice‘ day bed, currently available for £540.00:
And then we have the ‘Hastings‘ day bed at a slightly more elevated price bracket of £661.50, although this has been reduced a good bit from its original price tag of £1,050! This also comes in pewter, which is more expensive again.
I think these are expensive enough, even at the discounted price, although if you’re looking for a bed to last the years then these would be just the ticket. I personally would worry that this particular style could show its age down the line, whereas a simpler style of bed would be more classic in its design. We also don’t have the budget to stretch this far at this point in time!!
A more Scandi style of bed next; the ‘Amie’ day bed with trundle by DFS (mattresses sold separately). The price of £365 includes the trundle attachment, so all in all it’s an affordable choice. The boxier style does appeal to me, too.
Similar in style is the Ikea Hemnes Day Bed, priced at a reduced £229 currently (mattress sold separately). The mattress is folded out to accommodate a double sized bed when the under storage trundle is pulled out, so no problems with having to store a second mattress anywhere, which is an added bonus. Here it is in-store in white and extended to show how it looks as a double bed:
And in the grey, which I personally love, however not sure that H does!
I think this is my particular favourite, primarily because I love the simplicity of the Scandi style, but also because it is priced well and the idea of it opening into a double bed appeals to me when I consider guests coming to stay over. You could convert H’s room into a guest double room for a night or two, whilst she could move into her brother’s bottom bunk bed. It does look lovely stacked up with lots of cushions and blankets too – if you want it to actually work and feel like a sofa during the day, it’s easier to get that look than with the Laura Ashley beds previously mentioned, in my opinion.
It’s also a big hit with my daughter, which is a massive tick in the box, as (and those of you with daughters will appreciate this), we all know how, ahem, discerning they can be!
Do you have a day bed in your child’s bedroom or spare room? What are your opinions of them?
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Please note that all opinions and views expressed in this post are my own.