There was so much to consider practically along with the emotional side of dismantling the cotbeds that they've slept in since they were tiny. I wanted to share with you all the things we thought about when choosing the girls' beds and what was important to us when making decisions.
PracticalityThe practicality of the space we have was really important as the beds needed to fit comfortably in the bedroom that the girls currently share. We had considered bunk beds but due to a sloped ceiling in the room we decided that two single beds would work best for us and chose two white Star Bright Beds. Great Little Trading Company have a great range of single, mid sleeper, cabin and and bunk beds giving you plenty of choice but not overwhelming you with too many options. Whatever your room shape or size there is sure to be something in the range that will work for you and the neutral colours of the beds mean that while the room decor might change, the bed will always tie in with your scheme.
QualityI knew straight away that I could rely on GLTC for a bed that was high quality, stylish and built to last. I didn't want to be replacing the beds in a few years time and felt an investment in well designed bed was absolutely worth it. The Star Bright beds did not disappoint and with a 10 year guarantee I'm hoping that they will see the girls through well into the teenage years. The frames are made from solid wood with MDF panels and a pine slatted base which fixes to the frame giving it lots of stability. We are so impressed with the quality of them.
ComfortWhen your children are spending 10-12 hours in their beds at night it's so important that they are comfortable so they can get a good night's sleep. I really wanted a high quality, breathable mattress, which was soft and supportive. We chose two Express all Rounder Mattresses which were delivered in just three days. They arrived rolled up and once unrolled just needed a few hours to air before being ready to sleep on. They have an anti allergy finish and breathable side vents and a soft quilted cover. I am really impressed with them and have serious mattress envy! I'd really recommend getting some waterproof mattress protectors to help protect them as with children that accidents and illness are likely!
Other furniture in the roomWith the girls sharing a room we needed to think carefully about the other furniture in the room and where all their things were going to go. We needed to maximise all the available storage space we had and think smart. Due to the sloped ceiling in the room there isn't space for a wardrobe so we chose 6 under bed truckle drawers to house their pyjamas underwear and school uniform. I absolutely love these drawers, they are a perfect fit to the GLTC beds and slide in and out with ease on little castor wheels. They have given the girls some independence to get their own things out and putting their washing away is now super quick.
Ellie and Phoebe absolutely adore their new beds and feel so grown up, it's so lovely to see. It's wonderful to be able to sit on their beds comfortably with them and share a bedtime story and hear all about the favourite bit of their day as we tuck them in. Or to find them snuggled up together reading a book or hiding under the covers from or each other!
As I leave their room each night I can't help but glance back and notice how tiny they look in their 'big girls beds' but know only too well that they will grow into them in the blink of an eye. It is hard leaving one stage behind, but I've realised that each new stage brings it's own magical moments to enjoy.
*This is a collaborative post as part of our GLTC Testing Team role.
We were kindly gifted the beds, mattresses, bedding and under bed storage drawers in exchange for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own*