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Trundle, Loft, or Bunk? How to Pick the Best Bed for Kids

Trundle, Loft, or Bunk? How to Pick the Best Bed for Kids

Young girl sleeping with teddy bear, with morning light streaming in behind herThey’ve outgrown tummy time, the vegetable choo-choo train, and nighttime lullabies. Your little one is growing up and ready to transition from a toddler bed to a big-kid bed!

Before you put your youngster in a larger bed, though, weigh all of your options. We’ll walk you through various bed types, how to choose the best bed for your child’s needs, and introduce you to several Ashley bedroom furniture alternatives.


When it comes to your child’s bed, size truly matters. If your son or daughter is on the petite side, a twin bed might do just fine, particularly if you don’t anticipate them growing out of a twin bed.

Whatever size you choose, comfort should be top of mind, as kids spend about 40 percent of their childhood asleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Check out the Ashley Juararo Twin Bedroom Set, which will keep your child comfy and yet allow them to snooze in style.


If your child tends to move around while they sleep, a full-size bed might be the smartest option. You want your son or daughter to have plenty of room to dream, right?

Take a look at the Ashley Juararo Full Bedroom Set, which could be just the right fit for your son or daughter.

Regardless of the bed you pick, remember this: the best bed for kids is one that’s reserved for sleep. Letting your kids do homework or watch TV while on their bed is not healthy for them, as they should associate their bed only with sleep, not with any other activity, according to the Child Mind Institute.

Twin Bunk Bed

Do you have more than one child but need to conserve space? Does your son or daughter host sleepovers? If so, you might consider a twin bunk bed.

Options for twin bunk beds at Rent-a-Center include the Ashley Dinsmore Twin over Twin Bunk Bed and the Ashley Dinsmore Twin over Full Bunk Bed.

By the way, if your child has graduated to a bunk bed (or any other big-kid bed), make sure they’re getting enough sleep. Here are the recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for boys and girls who’d fall into the big-kid-bed category:

  • 3 to 5 years old — 10 to 13 hours a day
  • 6 to 12 years old — 9 to 12 hours a day
  • 13 to 18 years old — 8 to 10 hours a day

Twin Trundle Bed

A twin trundle bed can lend a cozier feel to your child’s bedroom, since, unlike a traditional bunk bed, the two beds are adjacent to one another (not stacked) and are connected by a small staircase.

What makes the Ashley Trinell Twin Trundle Bed even better than average bunk beds for kids? It features a pull-out bed (the lower of the two beds) as well as storage drawers.

Lofted Twin Bed with Storage

To provide a more grown-up feel for your son or daughter, you might look at a lofted twin bed with storage. Space-saving loft beds for kids offer ample storage (drawers and shelves), as well as a small staircase leading to the loft. It’s a cool yet functional option.

If you’re in the market for a lofted twin bed with storage, be sure to put the Ashley Trinell Twin Loft Bed on your shopping list.

Sleepy yet? Shop all the best beds for kids at Rent-A-Center and let your little one dream big! Loft beds, bunk beds, trundle beds—we have the best Ashley bedroom furniture for kids. Start your order online or visit a Rent-A-Center near you. We can deliver your new bedroom furniture before storytime!

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