A great first bed for kids who are ready to move on from their cots.
One of my proudest parenting moments was when I got to buy my son his first 'big boy' bed. We waited until he was 3 years old, and he was just as excited as me to be moving on up to a bed.
But excitement aside, it took me a while to decide what type of bed to get. Should we transition to a toddler bed then a single? Or save ourselves money upgrading later and go straight to a King Single? Or skip the small beds completely and buy a Queen (which we can also utilise for guests)?
We decided in the end to take our son to Ikea and let him pick his own. Probably not the best idea on reflection, but fortunately he gravitated towards a bed that was fun and functional.
We bought the IKEA Kura Reversible Single Bed and can honestly say we absolutely LOVE it. As does my son. It was displayed as part of a jungle theme that the Ikea store had set up, so it caught his attention straight away.
What makes this bed special is that you can hang a canopy on it so that it becomes like a little cubby or tent. We bought the jungle canopy with the matching quilt and pillow set. He loves to play animals in it and it has become a real little oasis for him, beyond just somewhere to sleep.
Credit: IKEA Website. This is our setup
The bed is low to the ground which means he wouldn't hurt himself if he fell out, so I didn't bother investing in a bed rail. It also feels really spacious even though it's a single.
The bed, as the name suggests, is reversible. So when your child gets older, you can simply flip the bed and it becomes almost like a bunk bed, with a nook underneath. We plan on eventually making it a study area for him, but you could easily put toys or even a second mattress under there for sleepovers.
Its made of pine and not too difficult to build. It took a couple of hours but the instructions were clear. The bed costs $299, which doesn't include the mattress.
I would highly recommend the IKEA Kura bed if you are looking for a single bed for your child, especially if they are a little reluctant to leave their cot.