Of course, choosing a crib is a very important matter. The correctness of the formation of his posture, the strength of his sleep depends on how comfortable it will be for the child. And its convenience for the mother guarantees the best quality of care for the baby with less effort. All this seriously affects the peace of mind at home and relationships between family members. In order to make life easier, modern manufacturers are developing many solutions for the design and functionality of baby cots.
One of the simplest and at the same time ingenious inventions of our time is the already well-known and appreciated transforming crib.
Features and Benefits
Surely the developers of the children's transforming bed were themselves parents who, for the maximum convenience of themselves and their children, were looking for a solution that was especially productive in every sense to create the perfect children's furniture. And, it should be noted, they were very successful in this. How else to explain such a wise and creative move as combining several objects into one? Moreover, with the possibility of increasing its size and changing its shape as the child grows?
The transforming bed is versatile and durable, this furniture can significantly save space in a small apartment or room. She will definitely help save mom's strength and time, so that she does not have to constantly move to different sides of the room from one desired place and object to another. Such a bed can significantly save the family budget.
Separately purchased crib, changing table, dresser-bedside table for linen and baby care products are much more expensive than one transforming bed, which combines all these items at the same time. But that is not all. The developers also took into account the fact that time passes, and the child grows. When the baby grows up, it is required to buy him instead of furniture for the little ones, a larger bed and a desk for games and activities. All of these costs can be avoided.
According to the idea and capabilities put into the product, the transforming bed can be easily transformed into the new necessary furniture. For example, initially a crib with high sides-lattices may have a shallow depth, so that it is more convenient for the mother to take the baby out of the crib and put him back. The bedside table can be used as a changing table. When the baby starts to stand on the legs, the bottom of the crib drops lower so that he cannot accidentally fall out of it.
When the existing length becomes too short, the bedside table can be removed and can be used as a toy box. Due to this, the bed takes on greater length and changes its appearance. One of its lattices turns into the bottom, the second into a kind of sofa back. The top board of the bedside table can become a table top. Later, you can make a Swedish wall or a sports corner from the gratings.
The creative imagination of parents is also able to suggest other options for disassembling some objects that are becoming unnecessary and assembling others instead. There are models that are designed for use even up to 12-16 years old, they are with all sorts of options for rebuilding them to fit the needs of a growing child. Using the description of the capabilities of a particular model of a transforming crib, you can choose the one that is most suitable for a particular family, taking into account the preferred size, quality, cost, shape, material and color.
Transforming beds have many varieties, both in appearance and in functionality and mechanisms used. On sale you can find the following: loft bed, folding, oval, playpen, 6 in 1, bunk transforming sofa, with a pendulum, with a chest of drawers, and others.
Folding beds have a folding mechanism that makes them invisible in the interior during the day. This is a kind of built-in furniture that does not look different from the usual room furnishings. There are two types of such beds - vertical and horizontal. The vertical bed leans back along, when folded it imitates the door of a regular wardrobe. When unfolded, it is a sleeping place with a length equal to the height of this "cabinet", also equal to it in width.
Horizontal beds are located across, they are roll-out and folding. When folded, roll-out beds resemble a chest of drawers. When unfolded, each of the "drawers" of this "chest of drawers" rolled out on wheels is a separate sleeping place. Most often they are double, the mechanism of such beds is simple and light, even children can handle it.
Single horizontal folding beds are often located under desks or computer desks. During the day they do not interfere with children playing and studying, but at night they recline and turn into a sleeping place.
Folding beds are equipped with special retaining straps that keep folded not only the mattress, but also the bed. This is convenient as there is no need to constantly clean blankets and pillows in linen storage boxes.
Folding beds are very diverse. This can be, for example, a table for a child to study during the day, which unfolds at night and turns into a sleeping place, they are retractable. For example, in the daytime such a bed resembles a chair with armrests, under which, a little lower, its second part is pushed.
The armchair-bed is a fold-out armchair. Depending on the mechanism, they are folding and roll-out. In withdrawable versions, the sliding part is equipped with wheels or runners; in folding versions, the parts are stacked on top of each other.
Convertible sofas, like armchairs, are roll-out or fold-out, they form double seats. These sofas can be laid out along or across. A very interesting sofa that transforms into a bunk bed by moving its back upward above the seat. Some models of sofas and armchairs are equipped with drawers for daytime storage of linen.
The loft bed is a complex structure consisting of lockers of different heights, on one of which there is a sleeping place for a child on top. Such a bed is always equipped with bumpers for safety and a ladder to climb to it.
Double beds are roll-out and bunk beds. In the first case, the sleeping places are located next to each other. In the second, these are two berths, one above the other, with a ladder attached between them.
Pendulums are built into some crib models for the youngest children. This mechanism of transverse motion sickness, similar to the motion of a child in a cradle, has limiters for the range of motion.
Since we are talking about furniture for children, the choice of materials should be approached responsibly. It is made from both chipboard and natural wood species such as birch, alder, or beech. When choosing furniture for the little ones, special attention should be paid to safety: there should be no sharp corners anywhere, and the surfaces should be well sanded and covered with a safe varnish.
Also, the top of the crib crib in some models is protected by non-toxic plastic. This is done so that the child does not chew on it and particles of wood and varnish do not get into his mouth.
When buying furniture for older children, it is worth carefully examining the quality of the joints of parts and material processing for strength and safety. This will avoid splinters, injuries and possible injuries to the child in the future. It is preferable to choose products from natural wear-resistant materials that do not require special difficulties in hygienic care.
There are a lot of colors for children's furniture, you can always choose the color of the model for your interior, and at the same time please the child. As for the wooden parts of the tansformer beds, they are made of natural wood species and varnished and have the appropriate color.
Some of the wooden parts of the transforming beds are painted in different colors, just like chipboard products. It can be either a natural wood texture or any other color. The palette is quite varied, from white to dark brown, rarely black. Sometimes colors are combined with each other.
Textiles for children's furniture also have a varied range of colors. Most often these are bright positive colors loved by all children: red, yellow, blue, green, orange. There are also classic colors. There are products in solid colors and in various color combinations. It is important to take into account both the preferences of the parents and the desires of the child, since the thing is chosen for more than one year and should be liked by everyone.
How to choose
Not every family can boast of large housing sizes. For a small apartment, the most optimal solution to the issue of sleeping places is with transforming beds. In this case, an apartment or room in this case looks much more spacious and tidy during the day than one cluttered with unnecessary furniture.
For babies in the first year of life, a transforming bed with an orthopedic mattress is perfect, combining a crib with a chest of drawers and drawers. She can easily accommodate even in the smallest room and can, growing up with him, serve him for quite a few years. For very small rooms, there are models of soft cribs made of mesh fabric, which can be removed and put back if necessary.
Children from 3 to 5 years old can continue to sleep in their customary from birth, modernized by their parents, transforming cribs. But if you really want to update the environment, or the child slept before in a simple crib and grew out of it, or he has his own new room, then there are many options for transforming beds specially designed for children of this age.
For example, a roll-out bed in the shape of a car is suitable for a boy. Its top is a seat or a table, and the berth rolls up under it, the headlights can be used as night lamps. For a girl, beds in the form of cute decorated sofas are suitable, under some of which there may be boxes for linen.
Beds for children from 3 to 5 years old are always equipped with different types of bumpers. It is desirable that they are of sufficient height and secure in the mount, ensuring safety during sleep.
For two children, double roll-out beds, pull-out sofas, or convertible bunk beds are suitable. Depending on the amount of space in the room, you can choose the most suitable model, but you should take into account the opinion of the children about how they want to sleep more: next to each other, or on different tiers.
A schoolboy, in addition to a bed, needs a table for classes. A transforming bed is suitable, consisting of two parts - a table and a bed, which, easily moving up and down, alternately occupy the upper position. During the day it is a table, and at night it is a bed. The elementary school student will love the loft bed, equipped with a study desk with shelves for books and textbooks.
For an older student, a folding horizontal bed, located under the desk, is suitable. A bed located on the second tier is also suitable for him, the lower tier of which is a table. Of course, these options are not the only ones. If you wish, you can find something to your taste.
After removing the packaging from the crib, the package is checked according to the scheme. For assembly, you only need a screwdriver and a drawing. All holes for screws and places for fastening parts are already prepared. It is more convenient to collect each item separately and then connect them together.
For example, when installing a crib, the first thing to do is to assemble the crib itself. In turn, fixed sides are attached to the bottom, then the bed, and after that - a movable front grill. The structure is fastened with screws. The assembly of the bedside table is reduced to connecting the three side parts with the bottom and placing the assembled boxes in it. The finished bedside table is fastened to the crib with screws at the level of the back. From above, the cover of the changing table is attached to it.
Attention should be paid to the similarity of the top and bottom of some parts, and not to confuse them with each other during installation. At the end of work, it is necessary to insert the plugs into the holes of the ties.
Top brands rating
There are quite a few firms specializing in the production of furniture, in particular, transforming beds. But among them there are the most widely known, familiar and well-proven ones. On the market, they are recognized as approximately equal in quality and design: Fairy, IKEA, Ulyana, Chunga-Changa, Alisa, Velar, Gandilyan Betty.
These are the best manufacturers, and when choosing a bed for a child, it makes sense to first look at what they offer. Probably, in their assortment there is the desired product, suitable in price, quality and color.
How much is
The issue of cost is a relative issue and depends on various factors. From the manufacturer, from the complexity, quality, and size of the product. But, given the convenience and practicality, and the fact that it is purchased for a child, it is not worth saving on it. The range of prices is very large, for any wallet.
On average, cots for newborns cost from 5 to 30 thousand rubles. A playpen can be cheaper. And loft beds with a table and a wardrobe are more expensive. Each family can choose a suitable model, taking into account their wishes and possibilities.
Best of all, those who already use them can tell about transforming beds. Convenience and functionality were unanimously noted. The main advantages during operation are the ease and noiselessness of the moving parts.
Interesting solutions in interior design
The most interesting in interior design are unexpected solutions. When the sofa leans out from under the table, or when the sofa turns into a bunk bed, or a bookshelf moving away to the side opens up a sleeping place behind it.
An interesting design solution exists for a large family. Two extra beds can be equipped in the kitchen by attaching two horizontal folding beds in two tiers to the wall. On the partition built across the room, there can also be a horizontal folding bed, or two, on both sides.
Soft corners turn out to be cozy when you combine armchairs with tables. Mirrors on vertical folding beds visually enlarge the room.
The bunk bed with the usual upper berth looks original, and the steps leading to it - pull-out drawers. Below is a table, under which the second bed is rolled.
A corner of cabinets and shelves with drawers looks cute, in which a sofa is built in, and on one of the cabinets a sleeping place is equipped, decorated with a canopy curtain on a semicircular bar.