Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Pros And Cons Of A Bunk Bed

Thinking about buying a Bunk Bed?
The advantages of having a bunk bed really do outweigh the disadvantages. The key is to find a bunk bed that is safe and comfortable and that most suits the needs of your family.
Taylor Bunk Bed, Loft Grey with White
Here is our list of pros and cons to help you decide.
Pros
1) More space
Invariably children’s rooms are smaller than other rooms in a home. Bunk beds allow you to use the same valuable floor space twice. Opting for two single beds in a shared room would mean less space for play and storage.
2) Separate beds
Of course one has to take family needs and cultural background into consideration when deciding on sleeping arrangements. Two beds will allow each child to have their own bed to sleep in. They will be given a chance to learn to sleep independently if they are not already good sleepers plus, they will be able to develop their own identity by having a personal retreat at the end of the day.
3) Planning ahead
Some more versatile bunks have the option of converting into two full sized single beds for later use.  Perfect for when your children are older or one day there might just be a chance of moving into a bigger house!
4) Sleepovers      
Turn your bunk into a triple bunk with minimum fuss. If extra space is required for an overnight guest and there is enough floor space available, then choose a  bunk that offers the addition of a pull out trundle on castors.
Décor Acacia clair Taupe Dragée
5) Attending to each child individually
If one of your children gets sick in the night or has an accident you don’t need to wake both of them up to attend to the situation. You might need to change sheets or give medication.
6) Additional storage
Some bunks come with lots of integrated storage space plus the option of adding storage drawers underneath the lowest bunk.
7) Lighting
By using clip on lamps with individual switches, children can stay up and read or snooze as they please without disturbing each other.
8) Every child’s dream
Apart from being functional, bunks can also be loads of fun for children.
Cons
1) Child Safety
This is certainly the main concern for anyone considering purchasing a bunk bed, so here we have provided some very important safety tips for children sleeping in bunk beds.
Bunk beds should only be used by children aged six or older. If one of your children is under six, plan on assigning the bottom bunk to the younger one. Lower bunks are not recommended for children under 3 years old.
There are chances that children can fall off the ladder when climbing up or down, so look for a bunk that has stairs with a wide tread which will be kinder to feet and safer to climb.
Décor Blanc Mégève Mastic
Stability of the furniture piece is key. The bunk should be sturdy and constructed of strong and durable materials.
If your home is prone to uneven floors, plan to use levelers.
Check that the ceiling height of the room is adequate. There has to be enough space left between the top bunk and the ceiling, so that the child or whoever is going to sleep in the top bed can sit up straight without bumping their head or feeling claustrophobic.
Ensure that the bunk you choose provides enough vertical clearance between the beds to enable the child in the bottom bed to sit up comfortably.
The guardrails of the top bunk should be on all four sides. Also, if the mattress used for the top bunk is too thick, then standard guardrails will not be sufficient to protect your child from falling out of bed.
Check product information for the maximum weight capacity, especially of the top bunk.
Look for bunks that have smooth, rounded edges to prevent nasty knocks and to ensure extra safety.
2) Assembly
Due to their size bunks will always come flat packed.  Some bunks can be tricky to build and may take several hours to assemble. If this is the case, then we recommend that these beds are built for you in situ by a recommended handyman.
If you plan to assemble yourself then you must follow all assembly instructions, so that it complies with British and European Safety Standard Regulations.  Don’t skip out steps. In situ assembly by two competent adults is recommended.
Parker Bunk Bed Competition
3) Making the beds
This is unfortunately not so easy when it comes to the top bunk as you have to climb the ladder plus you don’t always have direct access to both sides of the beds. Using a fitted sheet and a duvet tucked in at the foot of the bed, will help make this task more manageable. You can also keep a small step stool handy in the bedroom, so that you can reach the top bunk without having to use the ladder.
4) Navigating the ladder at night
Getting down the ladder in the middle of the night might be difficult for a child that is sleepy and tired.
5) Tucking your child into the top bunk
Giving them their goodnight hugs and kisses when they are in the top bunk can present a challenge. We recommend using a simple, sturdy step stool. It will turn out to be one of your most useful accessories for easily reaching the top bunk bed.
If you want to browse some excellent bunk beds - visit Bed King here.

Article source: https://www.nestdesigns.co.za/the-pros-and-cons-of-a-bunk-bed/

5 Sleep Solutions That Don’t Involve Medication





If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a newborn baby anymore and sleep has probably gotten steadily more difficult as you’ve grown up. I get it. We wind ourselves up throughout the day, deal with complex problems, put out small and large fires alike and by the time bedtime comes, sometimes our brains haven’t caught on yet. When that happens, you often have to get creative with tricking your brain into relaxing. Ideally, you should be looking at which beds give you the best night’s sleep.

Because Ambien is a dangerous and habit-forming drug, it’s not a suitable fix for everyone. If you’re looking for a non-narcotic route to a good night’s sleep, look no further. On this list, you’ll find 5 sleep solutions that don’t involve medication. From CBD to white noise machines and a bed air conditioning and heating system, there’s something for everyone to try so that sleeping well isn’t a random occurrence.
The Adjustable White Noise Machine With Your Rest In Mind

Why We Picked It: White noise machines are not just for napping babies. For those of us that live in environments that are either too loud or too quiet, white noise can provide a necessary calming effect that allows you to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. The included LED nightlight allows you to read bedside before you fall asleep and it’s perfect for all ages.

The Sleep Aid That Won’t Leave You Groggy In The Morning



Why We Picked It: It’s not always easy to fall asleep. When you’re struggling to fall asleep, be it due to restlessness, anxiety or chronic pain, the Eaze full spectrum CBD pod from The Truth CBD Remiedies will bring you calming euphoria unlike any other sleep aid on the market. Lull yourself to sleep in utter relaxation with the psychoactive effects of THC.



The Blanket That Feels Like A Hug

Why We Picked It: Available in a variety of sizes and colors, this 100% cotton weighted blanket will fit in with any existing bedroom decor to deliver you unmatched comfort at bed time. Whether you enjoy to be cuddled or not, sometimes having another person with you or consistently spooning you throughout the night isn’t feasible. This weighted blanket will deliver you the feeling of being held throughout the night without overheating you.

The Temperature Regulator That Clips Onto Your Bed



Why We Picked It: The best things in life are the things you can feel but don’t necessarily see. That’s BedJet in a nutshell. It conveniently tucks under any bed with a 6-inch clearance underneath and can regulate your sleeping temperatures to your ideal comfort anywhere with 66°F and 104°F. It’s quiet, yet packs a powerful punch of instant comfort to you while you sleep. You can even set each side of the bed to your perfect preference so that you are your partner don’t have to compromise on your ideal sleeping temperatures.

The Pillow That’ll Work With You




Why We Picked It: If you, like me, have to reach a very specific level of pillow configuration before sleep is even a possibility then you probably need a new pillow. Eight Sleep’s Ultimate Pillow is that pillow. Try it risk free for 30 days and return it no questions asked if it doesn’t work for you. Hot sleepers be damned, this pillow will deliver you luxury comfort that is normally only reserved for vacations.

Ensure that your bed is suited to your sleeping position, body type etc. Make use of the Comfort Solutions Lab at Bed King today.



Article source: https://gloriousbedrooms.postach.io/post/5-sleep-solutions-that-dont-involve-medication

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

SPLURGE VS SAVE | CHILD’S SLEIGH BED


I found this cute blog about sleigh beds. Enjoy!



This week I’m looking for ideas for Munch’s new bedroom furniture. This will be her first ‘big bed’, as she has been sleeping in a toddler bed up until now. I already knew we wanted white furniture and after scouring online, I fell in love with the idea of a simplified white child’s sleigh bed.

CHILD’S SLEIGH BED SPLURGE

I love House of Fraser and spied this ‘Adorable Tots Caprice Sleigh Bed‘, with trundle bed (great idea!), but it was a staggering R10000! Granted they assemble it for you and it includes the trundle bed and both mattresses, but still. I knew I could find a cheaper alternative without too much compromise.
CHILD’S SLEIGH BED SAVE

There was no way I was forking out almost R10000 on a kids single bed. I have a whole room to decorate! So I scoured around and came across a nice example (including mattress) on sale for R2000, but not only was it sold out, the reviews weren’t great. There were comments talking about the quality of the finish on the bed. So my search continued. I found a near exact match from another store. - on offer for only R2500.

So in summary - you CAN get a gorgeous sleigh bed at an affordable price! Remember to look at the sleigh beds available at Bed King.




Article source: https://www.scottishfamilyliving.com/childs-sleigh-bed/

Children's beds: Best time to transition from cribs


The transition from the crib to a toddler bed can be a big change for the baby as well as the parents. While there is no need to introduce the toddler bed as soon as your baby turns 1, you may notice the growth spurt over the following months which would definitely create the need for a bigger bed. It is only fitting that you start looking right at the beginning. As every kid and their journey is different, there is no specific time as to when the kid should be transitioned to new bed, but a few guidelines and safety steps will help you in making the best choice for your child.


When should toddlers transition from the crib to a toddler bed?
There’s no specific rule as to when you switch your kid from the crib to the toddler bed, but when they are big enough to move around in their sleep, it is the right time to transfer them to a bed. To know better, here’s what you should observe to start looking for toddler beds


Does your child keep trying to escape their crib? If he or she keeps launching herself out of the crib, a toddler bed could keep them from falling off and hurting themselves.


Is the bedroom shared? If your toddler is your youngest kid and you’ve got a bigger kid who can sleep in a top bunk, then it might be a good time to think about bunk beds for both kids and and free up some space in their room.


Is a new baby on the way? Changing the place of sleep can be drastic for a young kid, but it can also be a way for them to embrace their position as the bigger sibling.


Is your kid toilet trained? If your toddler is fairly well trained and now you’re now hoping they’ll make night or morning visits to the toilet on her own, it’s time to shop for toddler beds.


What to Know Before Shopping for Toddler Beds
Before buying kids beds, here is what you should know

The common question while buying a toddler bed is ‘what size is the right size for a toddler bed’?. The bed dimensions for a toddler starts at about 78cm by 142cm.


At times, cribs can also be converted to beds by just removing the sides. A crib that comes with various parts can be easily built down to make toddler ..


While buying a bed for your kid, you can think ahead and plan for up to 6 years in advance. Since you know your kid will outgrow the bed size, you can buy one that will be big enough for them at 6 years or invest in a cheaper model right now and save for a bigger bed at a later stage.


Browse the kids beds range at Bed King here and find the perfect one for your not-so-little-anymore one.


Article source: https://bedssleepscience.tumblr.com/post/186327294881/childrens-beds-best-time-to-transition-from

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Science of sleep: The power of shut-eye

You have quality sleep if you feel rested and fresh when you wake up.

You have quality sleep if you feel rested and fresh when you wake up.

As technology has changed the way we live, with things such as

phones and computers that ruin our sleep routines, we need to

better understand the value of sleep

Falling asleep late at night, sleeping less than usual or the inability to sleep very
well invite illnesses and psychological problems, such as depression, stroke,
diabetes, cancer, unhappiness and tension. Do we know what sleeping means?
If we understand the science behind sleep, can we solve the mystery of our body?

American media boss Arianna Huffington decided to change not only her career
but also her life when she fainted due to fatigue. This successful, renowned
businesswoman adopted a healthy and adequate sleep routine. She never starts
her day without good sleep. If you ask her the key to success, she says it all comes
down to sleep.
When she was on the verge of burnout, Huffington caught a life success by
learning the art of sleeping. Is poor sleep the mother of all unhappiness? Chest
Disease Specialist Dr. Ender Levent talked about this question.
Are you really asleep?
Since present city life does not allow proper, healthy sleep, Dr. Levent said:
"We cannot even recognize the signals that our bodies give as there are lots of
sounds and images around us. We are exposed to televisions and computers.
The tempo of city and business life creates great pressure, and we all have many
things to do. We cannot understand whether we are sleepy or tired. Our priority
is to finish our work. When our condition is like that, our sleep routine is
disturbed."
How much sleep do we need?
Sleep needs changes with age. A newborn sleeps 16-18 hours while adolescents
sleep 10 hours. Adults generally sleep 6-8 hours. Even if this period is spent sleeping,
people can still have sleep problems. If we slept 6-8 hours, we'd have good sleep.
If we feel rested, fresh and ready for the day, this is the sign of quality sleep.
However, if you feel tired and sleepless while starting the day, there's a sleep
problem.
According to international classification, there are more than 70 sleeping disorders.
The most common is sleep apnea: when you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds
at night and oxygen levels decrease.
Sleeping disorders can be diagnosed with polysomnography in sleep laboratories.
If respiration stops 10 or more seconds in an hour five or more times, there is sleep
apnea. However, some people stop breathing every half-minute. Thus, we cannot
mention quality sleep or rest here.
Doctors treat anatomic problems that prevent respiration and cause sleep apnea,
like micrognathia, nasal congestion and enlarged tonsils surgically. If there is no
such problem, a device with a mask can blow pressured air into patients while they
sleep.

What happens if we don't sleep?
Does lack of sleep carry a high price? According to Dr. Levent, sleeplessness
causes an individual to feel tired, angry and depressed and lack attention. Reflexes
slow and perception problems occur. Resistance to leptin hormones appears,
causing compulsive eating and weight gain. Insulin resistance is seen and stress
hormones are secreted. In particular, sleep apnea activates hormones that affect
the sympathetic system, causing a speedup in heart rhythm, an increase in blood
pressure and the risk of stroke. As oxygen in the blood decreases, the body pumps
more blood to the brain to satisfy the oxygen need of the brain. This causes people
to wake up with a headache in the mornings. Many diseases like high cholesterol,
blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases can also occur. That is, your
body cannot resist sleeplessness even if you say you can. These illnesses shorten
lifespan.
Easiest prescription: Napping
To feel fresh and healthy, take naps. A half-hour of sleep at noon equals one-and-
a-half hours of sleep at night. Children should go to bed before 10 p.m., while
adults should be in bed before 11.00 p.m. so that hormones can perform properly.

Golden rules of sleep

Sleep at the same time every day.
Stop using computers, televisions and phones at least an hour before sleeping.
Stay away from drinks with alcohol and caffeine at least four hours before sleep.
The bedroom should be silent and quiet.
Use curtains that totally block light. In utter darkness, melatonin hormones are
secreted.
Sleep on a comfortable bed from Bed King and in comfortable clothes.
Bedroom temperature should not be high.
No electronic devices in the bedroom.
Only use bedroom for sleeping.




Article source: https://www.dailysabah.com/health/2019/04/08/science-of-sleep-the-power-of-shut-
eye

Monday, 6 May 2019

How to Make a Pull Out Sleeper Couch More Comfortable


Sleeper couches offer an extra bed for guests and convenient seating for those who live in the household. The kids love sleeper couches for sleepovers, and they are perfect for sick days when cuddling up in front of the television with warm soup helps to heal. Though a pull-out sofa bed comes with many benefits, it usually lacks in the comfort department. Find out how to create a comfortable sleeper sofa your household and overnight guests love to sleep on.
1. Add a Mattress Topper

The easiest way to improve the comfort of a sleeper sofa is to add a mattress topper.
The extra padding helps to make it easier on the back and more comfortable to sleep on.
Both memory foam and down mattress toppers exist for sleeper sofa mattresses, along with toppers
made of other materials. The material is simply a matter of preference; as long as it is thick,
it adds more comfort to the base mattress.

  2. Buy a New Mattress

Another way to improve the comfort of a pull out couch is to buy a new mattress. Most mattresses
for sofa beds range in width from 4 to 5 inches. Thicker mattresses are more comfortable.
Replace the original mattress with a new sofa bed mattress to make a world of difference in terms
of comfort.

  3. Fill in Gaps With Pillows

Another way to improve the comfort level of a sofa bed is to fill any gaps with pillows.
This gives the sleeper more room to spread out while sleeping, thus making it more comfortable.
Additionally, filling up the gap with a second pillow can keep the sleeping pillow in place and give
you a better night’s sleep. Read the Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Pillow to get the
most comfortable option for your sofa bed.




4. Sleep on Quality Bedding

The comfort level on a sleeper sofa is directly related to the quality of the bedding. Comfortable
bedding can significantly improve the quality of sleep you get. Most pull-out sofa beds are full-size
but other sizes are on the market, too. Shop for bedding that specifically matches the size of your
sofa bed, and consider buying mattress clips to keep the sheets in place, especially if you do not
plan to use a topper on the mattress.

5. Keep the Mattress Clean

Keeping the sleeper sofa mattress clean also helps to ensure a good night’s sleep. Clean
the mattress with a vacuum; a small handheld unit is perfect for this task, since the space of a sofa
bed tends to be fairly small. Additionally, a handheld vacuum is portable, so you can reach the middle
of the bed with ease. If you have a down mattress on the sofa bed, fluff it in the dryer with a dryer
sheet following each use to bring more comfort and add a pleasant scent.

6. Sleep on a Duvet

If you need a solution for a more comfortable sleeper sofa in a pinch, consider sleeping on a duvet
instead of using it to cover yourself. Most duvets are thick enough to offer extra support and comfort
where you need it. Duvets also add an opportunity for more warmth, especially if made of a material
such as down.

If you’re in need of a quality and comfortable sleeper couch - visit Bed King here.