Kids grow up fast, and parents want to make sure the bed that they're buying will be suitable for their child's taste and size for a good amount of time. Let's review the different types of beds, and how we recommend transitioning through different ages.

Crib to Toddler Bed

Collage of images: left, a room with a wooden bunk bed and drawers; right, a smiling baby peeking from a wooden crib.

The first transition your child will make when it comes to beds is from a crib to a toddler bed. Because this is a change that basically every child will make, we've incorporated it into the design of our cribs. The side panels of our cribs are easily removable, and they quickly transform into a bed for a toddler, giving you years of more use from it. 

How do you tell your child is ready to transition from a crib? Instead of going by age, since kids develop at their own pace, this decision should be made by assessing their behavior. Here are the signs that it's time to move from a crib to a toddler bed (according to

  • They can climb out of the crib
  • They're starting to potty train
  • They no longer fit the crib with space to toss and turn

It is however, important to note that babies under 18 months are usually too small to transition, regardless of development pace. If you're unsure about whether it's time to move to a toddler bed, you can always bring your child by for a showroom visit and let our designers assess their interactions with the bed models we have here, or of course, consult your pediatrician. 


When to Transition from a Toddler Bed to a Twin Bed?

What age is old enough for a bunk bed?

Collage of images: left, a child's room with twin beds and a carpet; right, a boy playing on steps built into a bed.

This decision can be made more easily, since toddler beds can be similar to twin beds. The trickier choice comes in when your child wants a bunk bed. Top bunks are only recommended for children who are 6 and up. However, if your child is 6 or 7, it's also important to asses how rambunctious they are before deciding they're ready to have a bunk bed. One solution for this is a transitioning bed. Our Cabina Bunk can transition from two twin size floor beds into one bunk bed. This prevents you from having to worry about a younger child climbing up to the top bunk, until you feel they're old enough.


Beds for teenagers

Collage of images: left, a boy reading under a loft bed; right, close view of the bed with a desk underneath.

When it comes to converting a bed into one suitable for a teenager, the choice is more about style than anything. While some teens are big enough to need a size upgrade, most will do fine with a twin. A loft bed is a great solution for a younger child who will become a teenager in a few years. Loft beds are versatile and provide extra space in the room for whatever their changing needs are at the time. An example of the versatility of a loft bed is our Dumbo Loft bed. If you have an 8 year old, you can place a twin bed underneath the loft and have them use that until they're old enough for the top bunk. When that time comes, you could use the space under the loft for a desk or more storage.  


Custom options

Collage of images: left, a wooden bunk bed with bedding; right, a child climbing the steps to the top bunk.

As always, the best way to perfectly suit your child's needs and get the most use out of a bed is to have one custom designed. If you have something in mind that you can't find in one of our standard models, set up a home consultation and let us sketch something completely new for you to accomplish any goals you have for your child's room.