82 Contemporary Cribs and Beds

Picking out that just-right kids’ bed or crib can be tough, especially when you want the best but don’t want to spend a fortune. Because babies and kids quickly outgrow their beds, it is important to find a fit that is practical, affordable and sturdy enough to pass down to fellow siblings or family members. More 
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What size bed works for my child's room?

Before you make the purchase, be sure to consider how much space you have in your child’s room. You might be pining after that oversize crib with a canopy or built-in dresser, but if your extra room is small (both vertically and horizontally), then it might not be feasible. And though bunk beds save floor space, you need to make sure the ceiling is high enough for your child to safely sit up in bed. If space is an issue, you can always opt for a smaller round crib for a baby or a twin-size unit with underbed storage for a child.

How I get the most use out of a child's bed?

If this is your first child and you plan to have more, lower expenses by buying something that is reusable. Convertible cribs are a great option, because they can transition from crib to bed when your child is ready for the change. If you want to ensure that one crib will suit all your children to come, opt for a neutral color instead of buying a pink or blue crib; you can always add little bits of personality with the bedding and room decor. Beds can get a bit trickier, especially when kids start wanting to have a say. Your little boy might have to have that racecar bed, while your little girl might prefer a princess bed (complete with a canopy, of course). Fortunately, kids’ beds aren’t nearly as expensive as full-blown adult beds, so purchasing individual beds for each child isn’t too much of a splurge — as long as your young one doesn’t move on to a new interest the next year. And getting kids involved in the decorating process is fun; it gives them the chance to make their room unique and all their own.

Should I buy a child's furniture set, or individual pieces?

If you don't mind a matchy-matchy look, buying a furniture set is oftentimes the most affordable option. When you finally pick out the perfect crib or bed, see if it comes with a matching dresser, changing table or kids’ desk. If you prefer matching furniture for a more cohesive look, it’s wise to purchase everything at once, since styles and models are constantly changing. On the other hand, buying separate pieces often leads to a space that is more interesting and personal, so this is a trade off you will need to consider during your purchase process.
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