My twin sons came out of their cots fairly early, mainly because when they were in them and able to walk at the age of just 10 months they learned a new trick of jumping around the room in their cots ... believe me it was a sight and half! Of course I knew the dangers of them doing this, two bouncing cots around the room, they could have easily toppled over and really hurt themselves so I looked into 'proper' beds for them.
Knowing what my boistourous boys were like though I really didn't want a normal single bed frame with a guard on the side, as this, I knew, wouldn't stop any accidents happening. I also didn't want a childs bed frame as the pair of them together would demolish them within a week lol.
I soon came across Stakka beds though whilst browsing the argos catalogue.
It was the Stakka Single Guest Bed in Pine that caught my eye, however you can also buy it in white.
The reason this particular bed, yes I did say 'bed', caught my eye for my twins was mainly because of the height. The stakka guest bed cost £229 and this price covers the price of TWO mattresses and TWO beds. See the clue is in the funky name 'Stakka' beds. This single bed is meant as a guest bed. As we all know we can't cater for guests 24/7 but when we do have guests we do like to cater for them well, and try and give them a bed to sleep in. The idea of these 'Stakka' beds is they are two single beds 'stakked' or stacked on top of each other making ONE single pine bed, however when guests do come over and are staying the night, the top single bed can be taken off the bottom bed and the 'Stakka' beds act as TWO single beds! Magic eh? lol
So for the price we had two Pine beds, meaning a fairly decent quality and not so easy for the twins to destroy was one of my first reasons for buying these.
Secondly the fact I had two mattresses and two beds for the one price.
Thirdly was they were only small, there wasn't much height, I knew from the dimensions provided by argos, between the bed top and the bed base. So for 1 year old toddlers going into beds for the first time these were ideal. As I knew if they did happen to roll out of bed there would be little to no accidents as there was literally no fall at all. The beds dimensions provided by the Argos website are Width 99.5, Length 202, Height 45cm.
The beds do come flat packed, but they are fairly easy to put together. I put them together myself. Using the pine 'pieces' and a screwdriver and alan key I put the Pine bed frames together first and I then added the wooden slats which act as the base for the mattresses. The argos catalogue does advise that the beds require 2 person assembly but for someone as able as me it was easy, another person would've made the job a lot easier and quicker though. For anybody less abled, such as my grandpa who wanted to put them together but has a bad back, you would need help as the solid pine pieces can be a bit heavy and awkward at first until the frame is together securely and as the beds are so low the bending over can cause problems too, as well as moving the beds into their places. Once they are put together they are quite sturdy beds, which is exactly what I wanted for the twins, something they wouldn't be able to bounce round the room or break within a week lol! The mattresses fit neatly within the bed frame and they are surprisingly comfortable too. Stacking the beds on top of each other creates a solid, pine single bed at a perfectly acceptable height too. The actual pine frames are a brilliant quality, but the slats that act as the base of the beds are a lot thinner and almost flimsy yet surprisingly they have lasted 2 years with my boys using the beds as trampolines more often than not, and only one slat has cracked slightly which actually happened recently and they are now 3 years old and 3 stone each lol!
As I use the beds as two seperate beds though the size of them really shocked me, despite me expecting them to be low. They are 'normal' sized single beds, the usual length and width, but they are so low to the ground it is almost like sleeping on the floor. For an adult, I find them strange to sleep in. For my twin toddlers they were perfect for them to climb on, climb off, safely may I add, and I knew there was literally no danger in leaving them sleeping in them on their own as they were so low they couldn't do a lot of damage if they rolled out of them.
If you are somebody who has guests or family staying over regularly then this bed is really ideal. For me though the whole 'height' thing is the only way these beds lose a star. They are strong, sturdy, and look lovely too especially when they are stacked on top of each other and act as one bed. They would be brilliant if you did have guests as your guest or yourself would have a proper bed to sleep in but you are sleeping so close to the floor it's unreal. For the price I would definitely reccomend them, or should I say this, they are brilliant quality. The mattresses are thick and comfy, and again you can just feel the good quality.