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Trundle or drawers under beds?
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:54 AM
We're buying the kids beds with storage space underneath and trying to decide between trundles or drawers. I don't want both as they're going under windows and I don't want them that high. Which do you think would be more useful? I'm leaning towards drawers as we haven't started sleepovers yet and could probably just use a blow-up mattress when we do. WDYT?
Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:45 PM
We bought a trundle bed with a thin sheet of MDF in it instead of the mattress. Then it's just a big drawer. We found that most of the drawers on offer went only half-way across the bed and ended up quite small once all the drawer machinery was fitted in. So we now have a bed-sized drawer (a little less convenient to get out than smaller drawers) that holds heaps of stuff, and when we are ready for sleepovers, we can buy a mattress for it.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:31 PM
I like the above solution, a trundle that you buy the mattress to go on. Unless you are space poor and you can't find somewhere to put a rolled up foam mattress.
You cant fault having lots of storage for kids.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:39 PM
I'm getting one that has both for DS.
It has three drawers under a trundle so is not high. Best of both worlds imho.
I'll try and find a link for it, but I am sure others exist that are both.
Edited by Forward to 30, 20 June 2011 - 06:43 PM.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:21 PM
Bel, like this?
trundle + drawers
I don't think that's too high for general safety but still too high with our window situation.
Cakeys_mummy, what do you store on your trundle + MDF? I'm not sure I'd know how to maximize that space as we don't need it for toys and don't think it would work well for clothes...would it?
Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:46 PM
DS (6) has all his lego stored on his trundle.
DD2 (2) has mainly toys in her trundle, although it did store outgrown clothes and blankets until recently.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:07 PM
OP, I don't store kids' clothes or toys in there. The toys wouldn't fit and the drawer is a bit unwieldy to open and close for clothes. I've filled it up with blankets, spare pillows etc, the kind of things that can take up useful shelf space elsewhere in the house but aren't needed all that often. You might get away with putting more frequently used stuff at the front of the drawer.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:10 PM
I got the trundle and drawers too. Like this one: http://www.fortywinks.com.au/alaska-bedroom-suite.html but in timber and it is only a touch higher than normal single beds.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:26 PM
My DD has the Ikea Hemnes Day Bed - trundle, drawers and not too high at all. Though you do have to store the mattress separately but we just have a foam one and roll it up in the spare room. The drawers are huge and the bed can be boy or girl depending on linen etc. I think they are about $499 looks much like the one above but half the price.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:28 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:39 PM
We have the bunkers one. At the moment it is turned up the other way so is not high, and we just store a spare mattress under. DS is only 4 but has one little friend who sleeps over regularly (her mum is a close friend with baby twins so I have him to help her out). Eventually we will buy the proper trundle/drawer apparatus and turn the bed the higher way, but I think at this point it is a bit high for him. When we do this I will have to hem the curtain, as otherwise it will be falling on the bed!
Posted 21 June 2011 - 09:53 PM
Shanny80 I've been trying to convince DH to get this one for DD but DH thinks it doesn't look enough like a regular bed. If it's not too much trouble, do you have a photo of it being used as a bed (as opposed to a 'day' bed with cushions etc)
Posted 21 June 2011 - 10:50 PM
Well here goes, my first photo upload attempt lol
We bought 2 of the shelf things too for more storage. I'm really happy with it all and she loves it. DH and I have 'slept over' on her trundle but no friends just yet, she is only 5!
The only thing that bugs me is that it always looks untidy unless you tuck it all in nicely every day!
Hope this helps??
Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:35 AM
Oh that's beautiful! I'll be showing this to DH and pushing BIG TIME for her to get this bed. Thanks so much (oh, and I've just thought, I have two of those storage shelf things too LOL)
Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:04 PM
No worries!! Glad I could help.
The bedside table is Ikea too, matches the bed (same handles) and I just bought an Ikea white basket to slide into it. She keeps all her story CD things in there.
Tossing up whether to get the same for my 2yr old boy. I reckon I could make it boyish with the linen I have bought for him.
The only think I would say for you is if she has a tiny room the bed will seem really big but if her room is big it'll be fine My DD calls it her princess bed
Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:54 PM
I went with a trundle. The intention was not to buy the trundle mattress until we needed it for sleep overs (hopefully years away) but to use the large cavity as storage space in the mean time.
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