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Up until two months ago, my son was a self confessed "Thomas the tank engine" fan, with his bedroom being decorated thus.
As a treat last Christmas, myself and my hubby decided that we would get him the product I will now review to match with his now surrounding décor.
The product I will now review is - "Thomas the tank bed".
There are at least two different designs available for purchase at present, with mine being the exact one in the picture above.
The bed comes flat pack and needs assembly, which in fairness was easy enough, with the side panels and headboard being attached onto the all hollow bar frame, again not rocket science to perform.
After constructing the main outer frame, then the legs, the hollow bars are simply twisted into the base, secured mostly by a twist and lock system, easy to put up, though when there is an overzealous 4 year old bouncing around on it, there were on occasion a couple of bars that kept falling out, with me finding my son half sucked through the bed base in the morning!
The bed is much smaller than a standard sized single bed, but actually being the same size as a cot or cotbed, this being the case you will have to buy a cot mattress separately to use.
There are two "roll out" boards on either side of the child's head and upper body, these are just for that to stop the child from being able to accidentally roll out during the night, I did used to own a spring loaded bed guard but my daughter though it was something to pay with and snapped the spring part!
On the panels and the head board the design is painted to give the impression the child is actually sleeping in Thomas, with the head board featuring his face, and the side panels making it look like the sides of the train.
As an added bonus and as part of the set, you get a cup holder and book holder, which simply hook over the side panel, ideal when the child takes a drink to bed with them, stopping them from having to get out of bed in the night.
You also get two under storage boxes too. These are material boxes, with a simply metal frame that holds a fair amount of "crap" (which is what my son had in his!), but does make more room in the child's bedroom.
If used with a decent cot bed mattress, this is a comfortable bed, that even with my large frame on it (bedtime story!) managed to hold it's own.
The downside, my son seems to have had a growth spurt, so instead of the bed lasting him two years, it lasted him a year exactly!
Price wise this cost me £129.99, though I have seen it in various budget shops for considerably less, but is available for £133.00 on www.amazon.co.uk
This is a nice bed ideal for all the little Thomas fans in your life, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
My brothers and parents clubbed together and bought my son this Thomas the Tank bed for Christmas last year.
If your child loves Thomas, they will love this bed!
Well it is a very low bed which is ideal for toddlers so if they fall out of bed they don`t have a very long drop on the floor and are not likely to hurt themselves.
Also it comes with a cup holder magazine rack and as long as your child is sleeping at the top end of the bed it kind of acts like a bed guard which is really neat I think, though my son usually lands up down the bottom of the bed!
-Putting the bed together-
Well the bed arrived in quite a big box, all the parts were inside with instructions. I decided to put this together myself while my husband and son were out as the instructions looked pretty easy to follow and it was but it was also very fiddly to do.
Basically the frame is made out of a lots of red tubular metal poles that fit together only they have to be twisted one way or they fall apart. I have to say I did get very annoyed with these poles as I found I could get a couple right then by the time I fiddled around with the next pole the other two poles had fallen out but eventually I did manage to get the frame together.
Putting the side pieces and head and foot board were quite easy to do apart from a couple of holes were missing where the screws had to go but I did manage to screw them in place ok.
The headboard, footboard and side panels are made out of MDF, they are all painted blue with the headboard having a picture of the top end of the engine. The footboard has got a big Thomas face and the side panels have trains on them.
The Magazine rack is really good, it is made out of blue plastic and a cupholder or you can use it for a night light, I find there is room for a nightlight and drink.
Underneath the bed are storage draws which are made out of material, the lid has a zip that runs all the way round and there is a picture of Thomas on the front of the draws.
-What do I think?-
If any of you have read my Thomas the Tank ready bed review you will know that for quite a while I had problems getting my son to sleep in a bed, for various reasons he would only sleep in his buggy but eventually we tried him in a ready bed which he loved and my family thought that if they got my son a proper Thomas bed he would take to it.
My son loves his bed, he jumps around on it and especially likes to put his drink and nightlight on the tray. He tends to move around the bed a lot in the night so the side panels stop him from falling out of bed unless of course if he has moved to the bottom of the bed then he does occassionally land on the floor.
My family paid £60 for the bed on Amazon, I believe they had a sale on at the time, I have had a look around and these beds sell for as much as £120! Please note the bed does not come with a mattress, you will need a cotbed sized one.
The bed is very sturdy my son has been using it for 10 months now and it is showing no signs of wear and tear.
The only downside for me is the under bed storage draws, they are fantastic but I cannot put anything in them as my son pulls everything out!
Price : - £59.19 Amazon
Argos - £139