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5 Best Cabin Beds For Small Rooms – A Guide For Parents

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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29 April 2024 4 min read

Multi-use pieces of furniture are gaining more and more popularity. This is not surprising since they offer a whole host of advantages, including saving space and attractive appearance that is very interesting to children. Let's see our list of best cabin beds to learn which one is best for your home.

On the UK market you will find numerous models and types of multi-use furniture, and the most popular among them are kids cabin beds and bunk beds. This type of furniture aims primarily to save you a lot of space, which is of utmost importance for if you live in a small space.

When a child's room is small, it is very complicated to fit a bed, desk, closet and everything else. But even when the children's room is not small, why would you clutter it with bulky pieces of furniture?

Children need extra space to play first and foremost, not king size furniture. So read our guide for parents dedicated to the best cabin beds in the UK and make the best choice.

Our top cabin beds for small rooms in 2024

If you read some of our reviews in the past, you know that our reviews are completely independent and that no one has an influence on our choice, or on what we will write about a particular product. For us, the only thing that matters is what we conclude during product testing. We singled out five models and the following are our impressions and conclusions about them.
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    Product image of Happy Beds Cosy Grey Wooden Mid Sleeper Storage Bed.
    Happy Beds Cosy Grey Wooden Mid Sleeper Storage Bed
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    Molly Midi Sleeper, Strictly Beds and Bunks
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    Happy Beds Kimbo Anthracite Cabin Bed
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    Product image of Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds.
    Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds
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    Happy Beds Jupiter Mid Sleeper Cabin Bed

Happy Beds Cosy Grey Wooden Mid Sleeper Storage Bed

When it comes to utility, few beds can even come close to this model.
Product image of Happy Beds Cosy Grey Wooden Mid Sleeper Storage Bed.

That’s because it takes storage to the next level, with five different drawers and five shelves built into the bed’s design. Not to mention that they look amazing even as stand-alone pieces, so you can even take them out if necessary.

Speaking of looking amazing, this bed really pushes the envelope. With a stylish, rustic wood design, this bed is sure to be the centrepiece of any bedroom. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this bed is all about looks.

After all, with a solid pine construction and a sturdy wood rail from all sides, this bed is incredibly safe as well. Even the ladder is built into the bed frame, meaning that your child’s foot can’t slip through and potentially have them fall down. So, it’s sturdy, safe, and stylish – that’s what we call an S-class product!

Advantages

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Highly durable
It will last you long time.
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High quality pine
Made of high qulity pine wood.
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Contemporary design
Contemporary & stylish design.

Disadvantages

Easy-maintenence-con
Hard to assemble
Though instructions are straightforward, you'll need additional help.

Molly Midi Sleeper, Strictly Beds and Bunks

If you truly care about sustainability, we highly recommend this model.
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This cabin bed is made of wood (pine) that comes from sustained, responsible forests located within the territory of the EU, so sustainability is in focus. The product itself is manufactured in England, so you are helping the local industry. Strictly Beds and Bunks is a heavy duty frame that can withstand over 100kg, which makes this cabin bed suitable for adults.

There is plenty of space underneath that can be used as additional sleeping space if necessary. When assembling it, we recommend that you invite at least one person to assist you, and 2 to 3 people will assemble it in less than 2 hours with the help of videos.

Advantages

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Great ratio of quality & price
You get more than what you pay for.
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Made in the UK
It is made 100% in the UK.
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100 kg+ weight limit
With 100 kg+ weight limit, it is suitable for adults as well.

Disadvantages

Easy-maintenence-con
Hard to assemble
Requires 2 people to assemble it at least.

Happy Beds Kimbo Anthracite Cabin Bed

This is one of the most versatile cabin beds on the UK market.
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It is amazing how many different functions Happy Beds Kimbo Anthracite Cabin Bed has and it is relatively small. It has two storage spaces, drawers and shelves. The three drawers are large enough to accommodate most children's clothes inside, and the shelves are ideal for books. A small desk is more than enough for a laptop and studying. 

Solid wooden slatted base gives good support to the mattress, which is very important. Although the manufacturer says it is easy to assemble, we think it is a bit more complicated due to the large number of parts, although not too complicated.

Advantages

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Various colours
Available in a wide range of colours.
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Stable & sturdy
High level of stability and durability.

Disadvantages

Easy-maintenence-con
Hard to assemble
The instructions are not so clear.

Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds

Great for both pre-school and school children.
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Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds has an ideal height in our opinion. It's not too tall, but it gives enough space underneath. There are two very large drawers and two shelves, and on the desk you will find several more shelves. Under the bed you can make a play area for child or make it a place for toys.

Rungs are wide and very safe. A high fence guarantees that the child will not fall out of bed while sleeping. You can reposition ladder and desk according to the children's room layout. It is available in white and gray, and it would be desirable for the manufacturer to make pink available as well.

Advantages

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Lots of storage underneath
There is a plenty of space underneath the bed.
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Modern & sleel design
Really modern & elegant design.

Disadvantages

Easy-maintenence-con
Difficult assembly
Hard to assembly, even for experienced people.
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Not the highest quality
Not made of the highest quaity wood.

Happy Beds Jupiter Mid Sleeper Cabin Bed

Kids are going to love Happy Beds Jupiter Mid Sleeper Cabin Bed.
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Happy Beds Jupiter Mid Sleeper Cabin Bed has a lot of features similar to Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds, but it looks more attractive and has shelves next to the bed which is very useful. The downside compared to Milo Cabin Bed by Happy Beds is that you can't adjust the position of the desk.

It has three drawers and a plenty of shelves, giving you additional storage space with a space-saving design. Also it comes with a 5 year warranty, and considering durability, we think it will last longer than that. It is available in 5 different colours.

Advantages

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5 different colours
Pick 1 out 5 different colours and match it
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High quality & durable
High quality craftsmanship & high level of durability.
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5-year warranty
You get 5 years of warranty.

Disadvantages

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Slight off gassing
Due to bamboo material, there is a slight off gassing presence.

Features to look for in cabin beds for small rooms

Customers often first notice some less important things when buying any product, including cabin beds for small rooms. In our experience, safety, storage space and design are the main things to consider when buying a cabin bed for your child.

Safety

A safe sleep environment is a priority for every parent. Average cabin bed and bunk bed are in theory more dangerous than regular kids beds or box room beds, because a child sleeps at a higher place and in the event of a fall, he or she could be injured. But this is only in theory, because manufacturers pay a lot of attention to safety features.

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However, be careful and make sure the bed has a railing. This is the first step to a safe sleep. After that, check the ladder. There are ladders that have very small and narrow rungs, so they make climbing uncomfortable, even though children have small feet. So ladder and railings are the most important safety features for every cabin bed.

Storage space

You probably decided to buy a cabin bed because you don't have enough space and the children's room is small. That is why it is necessary that the cabin bed has a plenty of storage space, otherwise it will not be useful to you, but you can also buy a regular bed in that case.

An image cabin bed with storage space.

Furniture manufacturers have different concepts and ideas on how to implement as much storage space as possible, and it is up to you to analyze whether there is a sufficient number of shelves and drawers. Also, keep in mind that the space under the bed can also be a very useful storage space.

Design

Although the design does not have a big impact on functionality, you do not want your child's room to be ugly. It is also very important for the children what their bed looks like and if it looks attractive, it will be very helpful to you.

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You probably wonder how that can help you, but we will explain. When the child is delighted with the look of his cabin bed, it will be easy to persuade him to sit at the desk and study or go to sleep. Certainly much simpler than when he doesn't like what his room looks like.

Tips for buying and using cabin beds for small rooms

Cabin beds in the photos can look much smaller or larger than they really are. That is why it is very important to measure the dimensions of the room and then measure the dimensions of the cabin bed so that you know if it fits. If you don't do that, you can make a mistake and realise that the cabin bed is too big, for example. You will realise that only when you assembly it, and then is too late.

The advantages of owning cabin beds for small rooms

Without cabin beds, the functionality of small rooms is significantly reduced. Therefore, it is quite clear that there are numerous advantages of owning cabin beds for small rooms. The cabin bed allows you to provide your child with all the space he needs, even though he has a small room at his disposal.

He will have his own space where he will sleep, read books, play video games and where all his belongings will be located. Whether he needs clothes, toys, books or a laptop, he will know that everything is there, without having to ask you to find something for him. 

Another advantage is saving money. Although many cabin beds may seem expensive to you when you first consider buying one, they are actually very affordable and economical, as it is much more expensive to buy all pieces of furniture separately than one cabin bed, even if it belongs to a higher price range.

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FAQs about your cabin beds for small rooms

If you have any more questions, you will probably find the answers to them in our FAQs section.

Are cabin beds suitable for adults?

Whether cabin bed or loft bed is suitable for adults does not depend on the type of furniture, but on the weight limit of a particular model.

Is a cabin bed the same size as a single bed?

Yes, 99% of cabin beds available on the UK market are the same size as a single bed, so you will find single cabin bed easily.

What does a mid sleeper mean?

A mid sleeper is a bed that is raised compared to a regular bed, and less raised than a high sleeper.

Can a 3-year old go in a mid sleeper bed?

Mid sleeper beds are recommended for kids older than 4 years, so it is not toddler bed.

What age is a high sleeper for?

Children younger than 6 years should not sleep in high sleeper bed.

How safe are high sleepers?

Loft beds are generally safe for older kids and adults.

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Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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