Cabin Bed vs Single Bed: Which Is Better?

Cabin Bed vs Single Bed: Which Is Better?

With so many options available, choosing the perfect bed for your little one can be a challenge. Finding a bed that your child loves, fits in with the decor and is a furniture piece that will last years doesn’t have to be difficult.

At Noa & Nani, we are experts in children’s bedroom design, and we are here to explain the difference between cabin beds and single beds. Our cabin bed vs single bed guide includes a list of pros and cons for you to consider which bed is more suitable for your mini-me.

To help you make your decision, we will outline what a cabin bed and a single bed are as well as the benefits and consideration points for each furniture piece.

What is a cabin bed?

Designed for children, a cabin bed is a furniture piece that is raised and has space below for storage. The room underneath a cabin bed can be used to store toys, for play, and you will even find cabin beds that are equipped with a second mattress.

The elevated level of a cabin bed allows for endless fun, and you will find themed beds available that will make playtime even more enjoyable. At Noa & Nani, we have endless options that are quirky and fun, including cabin beds with slides, treehouse options and even pirate and princess themed cabin mid sleepers.

Mid sleeper cabin bed

Benefits of a cabin bed

  • Added storage - The extra space underneath a cabin bed can be used for so many things. Whether you decide to use the space for storage or if you want a dedicated space for your little one's toys – having that additional storage space is valuable. You can also store a range of other items under the bed, including clothes, shoes and more of your child’s possessions.
  • Easier to keep your child's bedroom tidy - If your child is messy during playtime and isn’t satisfied until they have every toy that they own out on the playmat, then a cabin bed is a lifesaver. You can quickly tidy away all of their toys into the undersection of their bed so that they are out of sight.
  • Safety - A cabin bed often has barriers that will ensure your child is secure when sleeping. This is due to the fact that the furniture piece is elevated; you can sleep soundly knowing that your child will not fall out of the bed. This is particularly important for children who roll around during the night or are slightly younger.
  • Encourages playtime and creativity - The fun nature of a cabin bed allows children to be more creative and playful when in their rooms. At Noa & Nani, we have a range of themed beds that will get your child’s imagination running. This is particularly important for nurturing a space that they want to spend time in and one that makes them feel comfortable and relaxed. If a child is comfortable with their bedroom space, they are more likely to sleep easier and bedtimes won’t be a struggle.
  • Durable and long-lasting - Crafted from sturdy materials, a cabin bed is a furniture piece that your child will have for extended periods of their childhood. If you opt for a simplistic style of cabin bed, you will find that they can survive many redecorations and will fit with the aesthetic of your child’s room as they grow up.

Consideration points for a cabin bed

Some things to consider when choosing whether or not a cabin bed is the perfect choice for your child include:

  • Assembling the cabin bed - Cabin beds are strong furniture pieces, and as such, you will find that assembling them is a task that will take time and consideration. There are several components and parts that make up a cabin bed, and this is something that you should consider when choosing a bed for your child. If you are not the greatest at DIY, or find following DIY instructions difficult, this could be a blocker for you.
  • Consider the theming of the bed - At Noa & Nani, we have a wide array of themed beds that we are sure your little ones will love. You should consider the age of your child and how long they will enjoy the theming and style of your chosen cabin bed.

What is a single bed?

In the UK, a single bed is typically 190cm long (6 ft 3 inches) and 90cm wide (3ft). If you are searching for a bed that your child can sleep in for years to come, a single bed is a perfect option as it saves space and is designed to accommodate them throughout their childhood and into adult life. At Noa & Nani, we have a range of kids single bed designs for you to consider, including special framed designs, trundle beds and even beds that have pull out storage.

Single Bed

Benefits of a single bed for children

  • Space-saving - Due to the smaller size of a single bed, you will find that your child’s bedroom has considerable space for storage, playing activities and even for other furniture that will be handy in the future, such as a desk.
  • Adaptable - When choosing a single bed for your child, it is important to choose a style and design that they like, but also one that they will continue to enjoy as they grow up. A princess or car themed bed is ideal for young children, but purchasing this at the right age to ensure they continue to like the design is crucial. If you decide to opt for a simplistic style, then you can be sure that the furniture piece will fit with the theming and decoration of the room as your child grows older.
  • Changing the sheets is easier - Bedwetting is common as your child starts to sleep on their own. Having a single bed that is accessible makes changing sheets so much easier than with more complex furniture structures, such as bunk beds and cabin beds.
  • Choice of bed sheets - You will find that there is a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing bed sheets for children with a single bed. If your child struggles with bedtime, then one tip to try to make sure that they enjoy the routine is with themed bed sheets.

Consideration points for a kids single bed

  • Access - Whilst accessibility to and from the bed is a positive for some children, it also needs to be a consideration point for parents. Some children wriggle, roll and sleepwalk during the night. At Noa & Nani, we have kids single beds that are available on lower levels, which is perfect for younger children and their safety. For those little ones that are transitioning from a bed with a barrier or that is enclosed, it is worth creating a soft cushioning beside the bed during the first week until you are sure they are safe.
  • Limited storage space - Unlike cabin beds, single beds don’t offer as much storage space. If your child has a large number of toys and you want to store them under their bed, it should be considered that space will be limited. There are ways around this, with toy boxes and other storage solutions available.

Cabin beds and single beds for kids at Noa & Nani

Make sure you check out the full range of cabin beds and single beds for kids within our range at Noa & Nani today. From fantastically themed beds to fun furniture pieces equipped with a slide – your child’s bed doesn’t have to be just for snoozing; it can be playful. Explore the full selection of beds for children and make bedtimes that little bit easier!

Article by Alex Tolofson