“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Bedstead „
Like many rooms in modern houses, my youngest daughter's bedroom isn't the hugest, so when the time came to look at how to replace her toddler bed, we looked at sleeping solutions that combined storage with a bed. Minimal research soon showed us that there were plenty of options available, from hi-sleepers that included a slide, to beds incorporating dens and the like, one thing they all seemed to have in common was costing an awful lot of money. Though we could find cheaper beds than this one, our final choice after what seemed an awful lot of looking, they weren't necessarily of the quality that I felt would last from pre-school to teenage years.
We bought this bed from Marks and Spencer's, paying £450 at the time as it was on offer, having seen it in-store. This price included delivery, assembly and all the furniture you can see in the picture, as well as very good spring mattress. The Bedstead is available in white and a natural pine, we own the natural colour. Both styles are finished with silver knobs on the drawers and doors.
What you get:
This bed is a single bed size, and includes a bookcase, at the foot of the bed, a pull-out desk with a a cupboard in the end, and a storage unit comprising of 3 drawers and a further cupboard. Both the cupboards have one shelf. There is also a ladder to access the bed itself. All the furniture could be used as stand alone units if you wanted to free-up the space under the bed. We have found that with everything in place as per the picture the bed looks really good. You can't really change the order of the furniture, so if considering this bed you should really make sure that your child will be able to access the ladder and the shelves, and measure W205 x L104cm for the footprint. Do make sure you visualise what this will look like as 123cm it can seem surprisingly dominant in a small room - it is fine in my daughter's room as she still has enough space to play and for a small amount of extra storage.
The bedstead came in rather a lot of boxes, as mentioned earlier assembly was free, and took 2 men who presumably had done it before, about an hour to do. I kept them supplied with tea, and did notice that they did have a fair bit of actual assembly to do. The set came with full instructions, so you could do it yourself if you wished, though why you would want to when they took away the boxes, tidied up, and hoovered up the mess they made, I don't know!
So is it any good?
For the price I think you get an awful lot of furniture, especially considering that the mattress is included. The wood is a really good quality pine, not knotted at all, and the finish is really very good. It's what I would call a browner rather than yellowy pine, in my opinion it looks like a quality piece of furniture.
The ladder is, we find, easily and safely accessed by our 3 and a half year old, and the sides are high enough that I have no worries about her safety at all. I have to confess to having spent a night on the bed myself (in our house sometimes you will do literally anything to get some sleep, and musical beds is sadly the norm), and it was very comfortable I have to say. This could be in part due to the fact that the mattress sits on slats rather than a hard base.
Obviously whether you like this style will be down to personal preference, but I really think that the bed makes the most of a small space and fits well in her room - as you can imagine she loves climbing up the ladder to bed and seems to be very comfortable.
As the bed is made in a soft wood it is prone to getting little dints and marks over time, but we have found that over several months of ownership it has worn very well and we are really impressed by the overall build quality - the drawers glide well and everything is pretty well made. The one weak point is possibly a small piece of wood on the inside of the cupboards that stops the doors closing too much - this does look a bit flimsy but it hasn't broken yet despite the cupboards having been opened and closed a fair bit in the hunt for toys.
In practice we don't pull the desk out to use very often, mainly as my daughter is a bit young to be using it very often, I would imagine that it will come into its own when she gets to the age of needing a quiet space to do homework. When we do pull out the desk we have discovered that it makes a handy crawling tunnel for children who seem thrilled to discover that behind the drawers there is enough space for a den - not sure if the designers had this in mind but it seems safe enough!
I think you can probably tell that I really highly rate this bed, it was a very good find. We are hoping to buy the "Hastings" wardrobe at some point from Marks and Spencer which, having seen it in-store, seems to be made of the same wood, to finish off her room. As this is a single sized bed it should see my daughter through to adulthood, from previous experience I know that were there to be any problems Marks and Spencer are pretty good at following up and resolving any issues. I highly recommend this bed, and my daughter is delighted with it!
Other points to consider:
The lead time on this item when we bought it was about 12 weeks, this bed can be ordered online or in any store, price seems to vary from £400-500 depending on current offers, and you may be able to get cashback through quidco or similar. Delivery was arranged after purchase, and was hassle free - we were called and given a small window of time on a specific day, which was kept to, much to our relief and gratitude!
More images of the bed here:
Type: Marks & Spencer