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From Crib to Bed: Design Options for Your Toddler's Transition


Some childhood milestones are easier to anticipate, like when your child is ready to eat solid foods, when they’re ready to start walking, or when they’re ready for potty training. Then, there are the more ambiguous benchmarks, like: When is my child ready to transition from their crib to a bed?

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Signs to look out for include climbing out of their crib (the fact that they want to and can means it’s probably time), literally outgrowing their crib, and having a baby brother or sister on the way who will need their crib.

Once you determine that your child is ready to make the transition, and once you take the proper precautions to ensure their safety and comfort, you can start considering the abundance of fun, functional options for your son or daughter’s big kid bed.

kids bed sizes - twin and full

— Kids Bed Sizes —

  • Twin Size Beds for Kids

    Twin size bed dimensions start at 39 inches wide by 75 inches long. As the smallest bed size you’ll find, a twin bed is the most popular option for a child’s transition from baby crib to big kid bed.

  • Full-Size Beds for Kids

    Full-size bed dimensions start at 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. If you believe your child is ready to graduate from their crib to a full-size bed, they’re in for a spacious treat. Plus, they’ll be comfy in a full-size bed up until they’re ready to leave the house.

kids bed styles - upholstered and wood

— Kids Bed Styles —

  • Upholstered Beds for Kids

    Softer than standard beds, an upholstered bed is covered in fabric from headboard to footboard. Some also feature decorative details like tufting and nailhead trim.

  • Wood Beds for Kids

    The most common type of bed, wood beds are exceptionally durable thanks to the strong, sturdy nature of wood. There are also a variety of looks when it comes to wood beds, as this material is incredibly versatile.

— Kids Bed Designs —

  • Panel Beds for Kids

    In addition to a headboard and footboard that are connected by side rails, this type of bed frame features center supports. Panel beds typically require a box spring.

  • Bookcase Beds for Kids

    Featuring a headboard with built-in shelves for arranging books, stuffed animals, fun collectibles and more, this type of bed allows kids to access their favorite things as soon as they wake up or right before they fall asleep.

  • Trundle Beds for Kids

    Featuring an under bed compartment that pulls out to reveal storage or an extra sleeping spot, a trundle bed provides double the function without taking up double space.

  • Roomsaver Beds for Kids

    Horizontally oriented like a daybed, this design saves room by sitting up against walls, providing built-in shelves for upper-level storage, as well as drawers for lower level storage.

kids bed designs - panel, bookcase and trundle

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