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Mid Sleeper Bed

Mid Sleeper Beds: A Complete Guide

When it comes to children’s beds, there are few options that are as universally popular or as well known as mid sleeper beds. While its metaphorical sibling, the high sleeper bed does have its fair share of fans, the faithful mid sleeper offers a unique and special middle ground. 

While the exciting world of children’s beds can seem rather daunting and sometimes even overwhelming; the crowd pleasing mid sleeper is definitely a bed you should take note of. But the world of high rise beds, mid sleeper and stylish Thuka beds might be so confusing we hear you say. Luckily, we have decided to give you the complete guide regarding mid rise beds. 

What Is A Mid Sleeper Bed? 

 To put it plainly, a mid rise bed is the middle ground between a traditional single bed and the previously mentioned high sleeper bed. Whereas high sleeper beds, or bunk beds for that matter, can usually accommodate for up to two beds or have much more storage space, the mid rise edition is not nearly as fruitful with exactly how high the bed actually goes. 

The bed is sometimes referred to as middle child as far as children’s beds are concerned. This slightly raised bed is more than a simple middle child however, it is actually a fantastic storage solution. Because of this unique use, the beds are sometimes referred to as cabin beds. In cabin beds, you can store a plethora of everyday items and materials (we will expand more on this later). 

Why Choose One?

As previously alluded to, there are many reasons to choose a cabin bed. One reason being that it is incredibly helpful when it comes to storage. Because the beds are only slightly elevated compared to a high sleeper which expertly caters to having another bed underneath or even a desk depending on your requirement; the bed lends itself much better to the storing of many household items. The items can include, but are definitely not limited to; clothes, blankets, game consoles and other day to day items. 

Another contributing factor to why people opt for these industry leading child’s beds is the fact they are exceptionally stylish. Just by having the bed a couple of feet from the floor, this spices up its aesthetic immeasurably. In addition to this, the bed can actually have multiple different themes and/or decor draped around it. We will touch on the different ways you can implement different themes to your mid rise bed later in this blog. 

The famous mid rise bed is also very adaptable making it the perfect child bed to suit a majority of different decors. 

So, as you might have gathered, the mid rise bed is particularly practical, undeniably stylish and caters to a unique requirement in the bed industry.  

What Age Do Mid Sleeper Beds Best Suit? 

As opposed to the high sleeper, which can sometimes be used by much older teenagers or even adults; this being because high sleeper beds can be repurposed as an office desk and bed combo amongst other things. Mid sleepers do not have this distinction. 

The mid rise bed is more commonly associated with younger children. Although we say young teenagers; we might reiterate that before you consider buying a mid sleeper for your child there are some caveats. 

One of these caveats being that you must make sure your child is not too young to cause a safety concern. This is why most manufacturers suggest that your child is at least 6 years old. However, we might additionally ensure that your child is comfortable enough to sleep in a single bed on their own and to be able to do so safely. 

We have taken the liberty of breaking down the 3 main age categories that mid sleepers appeal for you. We have also provided a short detailed explanation as to why this unique bed is so suitable and popular in the specific age categories: 

6-9 year olds

For this age category the bed really helps to expand their imagination whilst also having the clear advantage of being able to store their favourite toys or other items under the bed. 

10-14 year olds  

10 to 14 year olds might still want to keep their imaginations running wild but this age category requires a greater focus on academic achievements. As such, the area underneath the bed can be used for a convenient storage area of pens, notepads and other academia products.  

14-18 year olds

14 year olds and overs are potentially the least likely age category to still have a mid sleeper but that doesn’t mean they can’t find new and interesting ways to explore their unique sleeping arrangements. 

Are They Safe? 

One of the questions on most parent’s minds will of course be, are mid sleeper beds safe? And who would blame them? when it comes to choosing a bed for your children, the overall safety of the bed is paramount. Generally speaking, mid sleeper beds are pretty safe. It must be said however, this is assuming certain rules are always followed.

Firstly, the bed should have been assembled in the correct manner. The same can be said for any bed. If the bed is not assembled correctly then the general integrity of the bed might be called into question. The last thing you want is the bed facing a catastrophic collapse when you or another member of your family are near it, or worse, on it. 

Jumping should also be discouraged. Because the bed is raised slightly off the floor, you can imagine your little one might be tempted to jump down from the bed. But the mid sleepers are not designed for this purpose and subsequently jumping from the bed is heavily discouraged. 

Additionally, a sufficiently sized mattress should be used for the bed. While this is not a great safety concern; having an ineffective mattress can lead to a great deal of discomfort for your child. 

Expanding Your Imagination With A Mid Sleeper Bed

As previously alluded to, mid sleepers are far from a one trick pony. There are many themes and designs which can be implemented. We thought we would break down some of the most common. 

With A Slide

We start with potentially the most fun of all the eligible accessories available for your mid rise bed. When you equip a slide to your bed; you ensure that every time your child comes to get out of bed it is a fun and exciting experience. You might think that this novelty would get boring, but we have heard from our customers, it never actually does!

With A Tent

By installing a tent into your cabin bed; this enables children to create their own little get away from the rest of the world. The tent acts as their own personal play space whilst simultaneously offering a unique and special experience for your child. 

Fit A Pull Out Desk

While the high sleeper bed might be able to have a fully fleshed out desk; the frequently mentioned mid sleeper bed can actually come equipped with a pull out edition. The pull out desk is extremely beneficial as not only is this incredibly practical as the desk can be used for academic purposes but the fact the desk can be put away after use is a clear advantage. 

A Unique Tailored Design

When it comes to designing your mid rise bed, the sky really is the limit. There have been so many different designs tailored to unique ideas we can not actually keep track of them all. One such example is a mid sleeper which had been changed to resemble a doll house. This came equipped with sliding doors which opened to reveal the picturesque bed.

At UK Bed Store, we stock a wide range of children’s beds. From kids’ high sleepers, to mid sleepers to traditional children’s beds. No matter the requirement for your bed, we are sure we will have something to fit your purpose. 

Should You Eat In Bed

The Great Food In The Bedroom Debate

Enjoying a meal or a delightful snack can be done in a number of diverse and exotic locations in a variety of different ways. From enjoying an afternoon bite on a park bench during a glamorously sunny day; to grabbing a conveniently sized breakfast in a pub or local cafe. You can enjoy food anywhere.  

However, one location to enjoy food that has been the topic of much discussion is the bedroom. While some bedrooms are littered with empty plates and/or food packaging as they think nothing of chomping down on a late morning snack; there is a large selection of people that prefer to keep their bedroom and food consumption mutually exclusive.  

Whether you are lazing about on a day bed, relaxing on a mid sleeper bed or watching or watching a television program on your metal bed, enjoying food in your bedroom can happen in a variety of locations and in numerous ways. 

So we thought, why not look at the argument for eating food in the bedroom as well as arguments against it. 

Why Should You Eat In Your Bedroom

There are many reasons to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat in bed. Some of which include but are not limited to: 

Convenience

There is little doubt, eating in bed can be incredibly convenient. Aside from the fact that you can wake up and start eating pretty much immediately, eating in your bedroom also offers potentially incredible viewing options. A lot of bedrooms come already equipped with televisions, as such, you can enjoy a meal or snack of your choosing as you enjoy watching your preferred TV show. 

Comfort

At the top of many people’s reasoning for choosing to eat in bed is the fact the experience is comfy and relaxing. Generally speaking, beds are designed to be comfortable. Because of this, you might argue that eating in bed is one of the comfiest places to do so. 

A Variety of Eating Positions

Whilst the traditional eating position of sitting down with your back against a chair might be struggled to achieved; there are many different positions you can adopt when eating in your bedroom. You can lie down, although it is maybe not recommended for conjunction purposes, when tucking into a desert. Or, you can pick at snacks when lying on your side. 

If you feel like being more experimental, you can sit on the edge of a mid sleeper bed as you tuck into a meal. There are a variety of positions for you to explore.

Does It get Any Better Than Breakfast In Bed? 

Without a doubt the most popular meal to eat in your bedroom is breakfast. Nothing says comfort or relaxation like enjoying a spot of breakfast in bed. Whether that be a full English fry up or a simple bowl of cereal. 

You Can Eat In Your Bedroom While Not Being In Bed

A common argument against eating in the bedroom is the mess you will produce on your bed. However, it must be said, your bed is not the only place to eat food in your bedroom. Many people have office desks or conveniently placed bedroom chairs where you can sit down, relax and enjoy a bite to eat. 

Arguments Against Eating In Bed

While we have showcased some convincing arguments for eating in bed, on the other hand; eating in bed does have many detractors. Some of the reasons they cite include: 

Mess, Mess and More Mess!

Depending on the food, eating in bed can be a very messy process. Snacks such as crisps or food such chicken wings can produce an absurd amount of mess. If you are enjoying these foods in a double bed, or single bed for that matter, there is little doubt your covers will be covered in crumbs and sauces alike. 

The Potential for Unwanted Guests

Following on nicely from the mess being created in your bed, mess from food can be a breeding ground for unwanted guests such as ants, cockroaches and a plethora of potentially harmful bacteria. 

Bedbugs or other organisms that can live on your bed sheets will be attracted to the excess food left from your eating. Similarly, unwanted bacteria is attracted to the mess making your sheets the perfect breeding ground for more harmful bacteria. 

It Is Sometimes Impractical

Sometimes, eating in bed can be completely impractical. For example, if you are in a metal bunk bed or even a day bed for that matter, eating is not just extremely difficult but virtually impossible. Likewise, if your bedroom is too small, you might find it incredibly difficult to eat in your room as the room will feel generally cramped and small. 

Encourages Poor Sleep Habits 

At UK Bedstore, we frequently try to encourage good sleep habits. For example, we recently produced a blog highlighting the importance of getting at least 8 hours of sleep. However, many of you might not know that eating in your bed can be to your sleeping pattern detriment. 

By eating in your bed; it tricks your brain into thinking that the bed space is no longer a place for rest and recuperation. As a direct result of this, you might struggle to get to sleep leading to poor quality sleep. 

Regardless of your stance on the matter, why don’t you contact us for all of your new bed queries. Whether you are looking for double bed frames, high quality sofa beds, super king beds, a fantastic range of colours or something else entirely different; we are sure we will be

A Guide to Gaming in Your Bedroom

How To Game In The Bedroom

If you have a young child or teenager, there is a decent chance they like to play video games. Whether it is participating in online matches with friends or enjoying an in-depth single player campaign story alone on their Thuka uniquely styled bed. The exciting world of video games seems to be going from strength to strength. 

In fact, back in 2020 it was estimated there are just below 3 billion video game players worldwide. With the apparent success and undeniable reach of the industry; it is not surprising in the slightest that video games will eventually make it into your bedroom. 

A hotly debated topic amongst many gamers is exactly where you should locate your gaming setup. Some say you are better off setting up your gaming masterpiece in the living room or even in the spare unoccupied room. However, there seems to be one clear winner. That of course being the bedroom. 

Many gamers chose to turn their bedroom into a gaming paradise because of the incredible practicality and undeniable comfort offered. There is nothing quite like rolling out of your mid sleeper bed and getting straight into gaming. 

In this blog, we will cover how to turn a bedroom into a gaming room, all of the relevant gaming and bed brands to take note of and why you should do this. 

Identify The Ideal Bed

When thinking of gaming in your bedroom, the bed might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the bed will be the centrepiece of your masterpiece. Not to mention you might be gaming whilst on your bed so you will require maximum comfort. 

While certain beds are not a wise choice, such as a luxury daybed, bunk beds or even a single Limelight bed, there are some beds which are better than others. 

For example, high sleeper beds are particularly popular in this regard. This is in large part due to the fact high sleeper beds offer elegant space underneath the bed to set a gaming console. When considering high sleepers however, you will want to pay particular attention to the style and size of the bed. Kids high sleepers can be much smaller in stature and definitely not as stylish as most gamers will desire. 

In truth, most types of beds can be turned into gaming beds. From deluxe king size to cheap single beds, with the right attention; they will be the centrepiece of your gaming paradise in no time. 

Gaming Chairs and Desk

During the concept of your gaming bedroom haven; you will need to decide if you are going to lie on your bed gaming or at a desk and chair. Admittedly, gaming on desk and chairs has seen a significant rise over the last few years. 

Some gamers might cite sheer size as being the most important feature of any gaming desk setup. Others might suggest that the practicality or overall quality is more important. 

At the UK Bedstore, we stock luxurious gaming chairs and desks. The two main brands we stock are Birlea and Flair Furnishings. It does not matter if you are a gaming novice or a veteran; you can not go wrong with gaming equipment from Birlea and Flair Furnishings. Rest assured these desks and chairs will have you spending them all important hours gaming with friends and family all night long. 

Other Furniture In Your Gaming Room

Whilst on the topic of furniture, you might want to think about what other furniture will populate your gaming room. You might want a stylish coffee table to rest your coffee or can of energy drink during the longer and more gruelling gaming sessions. Or you might use a sleek bedside cabinet to store the remaining of your physical video game cases.

At UK Bedstore, we have many unique and diverse brands offering exceptional bedroom furniture. One of which includes Serene Furnishings. Serene Furnishings offer fantastic headboards, but probably of more interest to gamers, are their deluxe coffee tables. 

Perfect Your Sound

Gaming is not just purely a visual medium, you will need to perfect the sound in your room to maximise your gaming experience. 

You might choose to invest in a high power surround sound kit which can allow you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. While you might be thinking that sound systems produce the potentially annoying problem of finding a place to store them, most modern day kits are actually very small allowing for ease of use and providing an elegant storage solution. 

Any dedicated gamer will inform you that you can not just have a box standard system however. In order to fully engage yourself into the gaming fantasy you will want to invest in a powerful and high quality system. 

Optimise Your Room For Your Gaming Experience

You will probably have heard the term optimise before, however, you might not have heard it in regards to optimising your bedroom. However to improve the experience of gaming in your bedroom, we employ you to do just that. 

If your gaming set up only has one screen, you might want to consider investing in another. This allows for significantly better performance and better overall vision of the game. If you invest in the previously mentioned surround system, ensure they are strategically placed to get the most out of their sound. Establish a local point to hold your control so you can never lose, damage or have any other mishap. 

There are many ways to optimise your bedroom for gaming. We employ you to try as many ways of optimising as possible as this allows for the best chance of your success. 

Contact Us For Your Child’s Bedroom Needs 

If you are looking to revamp your child’s bedroom or simply building a new room from scratch, please contact us. Not only do we offer some of the previously mentioned Flair and Birlea gaming products; we also offer fantastically stylish children’s beds. 

Getting Your Little Ones To Bed

How To Get Your Little Ones To Bed

If you have children, the chances are you will know that getting them to bed is never as straight forward or as simple as it might first seem. The potential arduous task does not usually go the way you would like it to. The plan usually goes; get your little one to climb up their Thuka high sleeper bed, make sure they have everything they might need; and then hope they drift off. However, this is not always the case. 

Getting your little ones to bed can produce many problems and if not handled correctly, it can give you a real headache. 

At UK Bedstore, we value you and your children’s sleep. As such, we have constructed a checklist to ensure that your little ones get to bed on time and don’t give you the aforementioned headache. 

Avoid Caffeine Related Products

For most adults, caffeine consumption seems to be an integral part of everyday life. In fact, to many it can seem essential to our functionality and we feel like we need this energy as we get older. However, there is more than a good argument to be had for them to limit, or cut out completely, their consumption of caffeine. 

While many children or teenagers do not drink coffee or tea on a regular basis, caffeine related products such as coke or energy drinks are quickly creeping into their diets. Excess consumption of caffeine at a younger age can produce many potentially harmful health problems. One such adverse effect is the direct effect on their sleep. 

If your child or teenager consumes a lot of caffeine, they might develop various sleep problems. We would recommend either cutting out or severely limiting the amount of caffeine they consume on a daily basis. 

Keep Older Children’s Naps Short

When your child is younger than 3 years old, frequent long naps is never a problem. However, as they get older you will want to make sure their naps are not too long. 

It is very tempting to let your child climb into their mid sleeper bed and sleep for an hour or two. But most experts advise that the optimal time for a nap is between 15-20 minutes. This is because the longer you sleep the deeper the sleep becomes making it increasingly harder to wake up from. This means that later you might struggle to get shut eye during the night time. 

Ensure You Have The Correct Bed

When it comes to making that all important bed purchase, you of course will want to compliment comfort and functionality and not just pure aesthetic. For example; a deluxe upholstered bed might look amazing and be the perfect fit for you but it won’t be the best fit for your little ones. 

There are many great bedding options for children. Some of the fantastic brands that cater for children we have at UK Bedstore include the delight Thuka collection. The Thuka collection includes style and funky bedding options that offer unbelievable comfort for your little ones as well as not compromising on style. 

Another potentially great option for your little ones is the all encompassing day beds. Day beds offer a sense of practicality as well as enabling maximum comfort for your little ones. When it comes to purchasing day beds; you will notice they are not usually a full size bed but this does not normally matter as your little one does not need an overabundance of room. 

Turn Off Screens At Least 2 Hours Before Bed

In many of our previous blogs, we have covered some of the many benefits of turning off screens and devices before bed. And this remains especially true for younger children. 

Studies have shown that if your child is playing video games, watching television or performing another activity which involves screen time; they will be kept up an extra 30 to 60 minutes. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with the retina making it significantly harder to produce the hormone melatonin and subsequently fall asleep. 

We would suggest trying to make your child’s bedroom a screen free zone and at least 2 hours before bedtime.

Establish A Set Bedtime

Younger children should have a set bedtime regardless of the circumstances. But when it comes to getting your little ones to bed, establishing a bedtime routine is even more paramount. 

When you are younger, you establish habits and routines which become commonplace as you start your journey into adulthood. So setting a bedtime routine will help you get to sleep faster and more effectively. 

Address Your Little One’s Fears

If you ever had any fears as a child (statistically it is very likely that you did), then you will know it can be increasingly difficult to go to bed when you have different anxieties and worries on your mind. 

It is estimated that in the UK alone, almost 75% of children are scared of the dark. Accompanying this is the fact that your child might have a plethora of other fears. These fears can include: being scared of hypothetical monsters, nervous to sleep alone or fearing for the general security of the home. 

Your best bet to get your little ones to sleep is helping to alleviate these fears. Afterall, they will not be all of the anxiety going around in their head. 

As their parent, you are best addressing the issue in question. Be it reinforcing the idea that imagery monsters are not real or; if they are scared of the dark, maybe provide them with a night light. Your children will no longer lose sleep to irrational fears. 

Keep The Room Cool

It might seem pretty obvious to keep the room dark to help your child sleep, however; did you know you should also keep their room cool as this helps them sleep. 

As you might already know, it can be extremely frustrating if you are trying to go to sleep but, no matter how hard you try; you can’t go to sleep because you are too warm. Well this remains even more true for your little ones. 

In fact, many studies have found that your child sleeping in a cool environment has many other fantastic health benefits beyond just helping them to fall asleep. 

Read Them A Story

We finish with arguably the most obvious and traditional technique to try and get your children to bed. We are obviously referring to reading your little one a story before bed. 

The intention of reading your child a story before bed is to spark imagination and, more importantly, help them relax. As such, the perfect bedtime story should be a family friendly tale filled with imaginative and complex characters. 

Do You Have A Children’s Bed Enquiry 

At UK Bedstore, we supply some of the very best children’s beds. Whether you are looking for luxury bunk beds or kids mid sleeper beds, which offer a fantastic potential storage solution; we are sure we will have something to suit you.