5 March 2018

Choosing Children's Beds With GLTC

Parenting is full of milestones which mark the that fact your children are changing and growing up. They serve as little markers of their childhood meaning I often feel emotional as we leave one stage behind and enter another. Moving the girls into their first proper beds was a big milestone for us and the girls, one which we were all excited about even if it did kind of mark the end of an era. The girls seem to grow overnight at the moment and at six and four (although still fairly dinky for their age), Ellie and Phoebe were definitely ready for full size single beds. Our friends at Great Little Trading Co were on hand to give us a helping hand with their fab selection of bedroom furniture.

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.


The 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.


I 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.

The beds arrived quickly in three really well packaged boxes each with just 5 parts which were very well protected. They come with a Allen key and simple to follow instructions meaning they can be built quickly. The parts of the bed are all labelled to ensure that you assemble it the right way up which was also really helpful. It's these little things that make something potentially stressful, really straightforward, and meant both beds were built in just under an hour.


When 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!

We added 7.0 tog microfibre duvets to the beds snuggle up under which feel ever so luxurious and provide the right amount of warmth without too much weight. We also added a microfibre pillow to each bed which is lovely and plump whist being soft and supportive. A huge is that both the duvets and pillows can go in the washing machine at 60 degrees. Finally to dress the beds we chose some  of GLTC's gorgeously soft cotton bedding in the reversible Bunny Hop and Pink Spot Design. The simple printed design looks great on the bed and the girls like that they can be the same but different with one having one side and the other having the other. I also couldn't resist two Grey Star Blankets for the end of the beds, ready to pull up and add an extra layer for chillier nights or as a light layer on it's own on warmer nights.

Other furniture in the room

With 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.

We also added a Star Bright Chest of Drawers for the rest of their clothes, it's low enough to put next to one of the beds and doubles up as a bedtime shelf for a drink, with plenty of surface space on top for displaying toys for example. The gap left next to the other bed was quite small and I wasn't sure whether I'd find anything suitable to fit there, but I should not have doubted GLTC as their Potter Bookcase fits perfectly and provides another space for the girls belongings and nightlight. Finally, we have mountains of books and lost our little book nook space in the room re-shuffle so we chose a large Gallery Bookshelf for one of the walls to house some of the girls favourites which we rotate.

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.

Me x

*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*

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I LOVE their beds, as we know GLTC make such great furniture- what lucky little ladies! x


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