We had a lot of fun hunting for a children’s bed. Since we live in a TINY apartment, we had to look for a child’s bed that would:
a) fit right next to our double bed in the master bedroom;
b) grow with our nearly 4 year old toddler who is shooting up like a weed and
c) of course, be value for money since it’s going to be his bed for at least 10 years!
The local furniture shops for single children’s beds revealed that the average wooden framed bed with a roll-out bed costs between RM800 – RM1,000 (a foam mattress is about RM350 while an innerspring mattress is about RM450+).
I don’t really like double-decker beds, especially not in an apartment with a low ceiling and also not for my super-active boy! Furthermore, when he saw a double-decker bed, he declared loudly:
“I want to sleep down here! I like to sleep down. I don’t like to climb upstairs.”
Hmm…if I’m his little sister, there is NO way I’m going to climb up and down
Then, I was introduced to the SlumberKids 5-in-1 bed, which is a great concept because it’s a single bed with a roll-out bed that can be raised up to the same level as the single bed = a double bed. 2 foam mattresses come with the single beds.
I am a Slumberland fan because our marriage bed is reaching its 10th year (wink, wink) but it’s still as solid and comfortable as the day we bought it. Seriously! I can lie on that bed for hours because the firm mattress supports the back so well…
The best deal I got for the SlumberKids bed was RM1,580 from a local furniture shop whose manageress showed similar versions by King Koil and Dreamland. (FYI, Slumberland was the first to come out with the 5-in-1 children’s bed. Their roll-out bed has a wooden frame while the others have springs.)
When Hubby came back, I showed him the SlumberKids bed first. Hubby didn’t like the foam mattresses either because foam mattresses tend to “sleep hot”, which is a no-no for both these sweaty boys.
As we don’t sleep in air-cond every night, we love our Slumberland innerspring mattress and feel that the children should have nice, comfortable mattresses too.
Just before we paid for it, he suggested that we check out the children’s beds at Harvey Norman’s. He wanted to see the real beds – I’d emailed him photos
At Harvey Norman’s, I knew IMMEDIATELY that our little F1 and race car fan would love this Alonzo race car children’s bed!
True enough, when he saw the bed, he yelled:
“Race car bed!!! Race car bed!!! I LOVE this bed! This bed is soooo nice! This bed cannot fall down! Hey, Mummy, is this my bed?”
Then he kicked off his slippers and jumped straight onto it
Since the race car bed frame (without the mattress) costs RM1,199 and his long legs stretched out to more than half the length of the bed, I didn’t think it was a practical buy.
Huh…I was surprised that my GIANT 90 kg Formula One fan got just as excited over the bed and EVEN thought of buying it for his son!!!
As the F1 fans ogled the race car bed while I sat nearby rolling my eyes, I reminded Hubby that we are here to buy a child’s bed and please, can he remember who is the child here???
Reluctantly, the BIG kid tore his eyes away from the race car bed to focus on the Jolin bed next to it. I liked this PU leather single children’s bed, which costs RM1,499 (with a roll-out and 2 rebonded foam mattresses). The roll-out bed slides in and out neatly and effortlessly but we didn’t like the foam mattresses…
Then, the sales assistant recommended one of their best-selling children’s beds: a PU leather 5-in-1 single children’s bed (similar to the SlumberKids). At RM1,799, this children’s bed comes with 1 super single and 1 single Napure latex mattresses plus TWO free Napure pillows made of “latex chips” a.k.a. leftover latex pieces LOL.
Marketed as “Made in Germany”, Napure’s latex mattresses are made of 100% natural Malaysian rubber using German technology.
I like latex mattresses because they stay firm, are durable and hypo-allergenic. Great for children or adults with sensitive skin (both Hubby and the boy) because dust mites, mildew, mould, and bacteria do not grow in the latex mattress.
We ended up getting the bed although I was unhappy with Harvey-Norman for charging a delivery cost of RM75! How can you charge for delivery when it’s obvious that you NEED to deliver a bulky item like a bed???
Phew, after all the browsing, reviewing and choosing, you can bet I didn’t need any fat burners that week even though my weight was already 73.5 kg!
I’m just glad that the boy enjoys sleeping on his new bed (with a race car theme bedsheet) and there’s space for Hubby, baby and me
P/S The latex mattress and pillow smell *quite strong* for 1-2 days.