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My 2 children have quite a small bedroom which they share, so when they were both able to not fall out of a bed with no sides I purchased this. My daughter was 3 and my son was 18 months. My daughter obviously had the top and I purchased a very thick mattress and put it on the floor underneith for my son. they both loved it. We had the blue star tent that went on the top as it was abit of a safety net for my daughter, and my son enjoyed turning the underneith into a den too. It isnt quite as high as a standard bunk bed which was good for us as they were still quite young.
The bed was very sturdy and the side panels can be flipped to show either blue or white. the bed can also be built with the ladders on different sides depending on the layout of the room. Because it is shorter than a standard bunk it was very easy to change the bedding ontop unlike some other bunks. I did find that it was very creaky but this didnt seem to bother the kids.
The only 2 downfall of this bed is that all the screws are visable so it can look messy. the other downfall is that the bed is only compatible with an Ikea matteress as they are funny sizes, same width as a single but slightly longer.
We used this bed in a different way to the other reviewers on here. We bought this bed for our twins when they were toddlers, and used a small modification to use it as a bunk bed. I was initially worried about one child sleeping high up, but with supervision and time to make sure they got used to sleeping at this high level, it turned out ok. The way we modified it was to buy a separate bed slat base (also from Ikea), which we placed on the floor where the low-level "den" bit is, with a mattress over the top of this. It's just like sleeping on a futon, and my younger child seems to like it. The tent canopy over the top is really cool, and provides a darker, enclosed space conducive to sleep. The only problem is that my kids loved to take the tent off and mess about with it, which was a major pain.
I bought this bed when it first came out, and I remember paying a lot more for it than its current retail price. So now it's even better value, and is still a great product. If you do want to use only the top "bunk", you could fit loads of toys underneath it, and it would make a great den. My children love sitting in the lower bed when we have a bedtime story, and also the excitement of getting into the top bunk with the tent on.
I've had to move house twice since buying this bed, and you absolutely have to be certain that you keep track of all the pieces when dismantling it! There are lots of parts to go missing, and I'd recommend hanging on to the instructions for the lifetime of the product. It also needs at least two people to assemble it, because some of the sections are quite large, and it's pretty awkward putting together a bunk bed by yourself! At least we didn't have to get it up the stairs in one piece.
This was never on my list of maybes as a suitable bed for my 3-year old son. However I stupidly took my son and his dad on my trip to Ikea with me when I went to buy the boring, low to the ground, safe bed that I had in mind.
Those two immediately went running off to the huge big 4ft off the ground, blue bed complete with ladder, and all thoughts of me getting my sensible bed went out the window! My partner was immediately on his little boys side, with talk of tents and dens being created underneath the bed, the amazing star canopy (which would also be beneficial to a good nights sleep - my partner actually talked me into believing this one), a ladder was great for teaching our son how to climb things, etc... Between them they managed to convince me that this bed was the one.
I was initially dead set against it as it seems a long way off the ground for a little one, standing next to it it reaches my chest. However, with both males whining about getting it, I had no choice but to get it.
Six months on, I am 100% happy with this purchase and very glad they talked me into getting it. My bf and I built it in around 40 minutes. Standard Ikea flat pack build - I found the instructions very simple and didn't have one problem building it. It is pretty huge though - only on actually laying the frame out did I realise I had jumped the stage of toddler bed and gone straight to adult bed - I can comfortably lay in this bed fully stretched out, which is great when my son needs a cuddle or isn't feeling very well as I can pop in with him. Very sturdy and I feel totally confident about it holding our combined weights - my bf regularly jumps up when reading bedtime stories too. They immerse themselves under the canopy (which can really usefully be folded back and shorted with a little creative thinking!) and it creates a lovely warm little den which my son adores and all sleeping problems have now been resolved.
Another great little idea I didn't realise when buying the bed is that is it actually two colours - by positioning the panels on side or the other you can have a blue or a white bed - and the white can even be painted so fabulously versatile. I can have it blue now whilst my sons room is all in blue, and possibly update it to a grey or more 'manly' (LOL) colour as he grows up, and I am definite this bed will last a good few years. The storage space underneath is as said - a large open space ideal for toys. We can also fit a small chest of drawers/storage underneath, along with a beanbag for cartoon watching. Blankets can also be thrown over the sides creating dens in under a minute - a must have as all parents know!
Flipping the bed really is a piece of cake - although I have never used this setting to date so can't really comment. I cannot foresee any problems with it though as the design really is clever and simple - and has been such a popular and huge seller - again just cementing its quality and success.
My son, although just 3, managed the ladder very simply, even jumping down from the top of the ladder sometimes. Wouldnt recommend it so early if your little one isn't VERY confident on their feet though as my friends 4 yo daughter wont even contemplate climbing it.
One small thing - the bed smells of new wood - whilst it isn't a bad smell, it is quite an overpowering smell of freshly cut wood, and this has lasted the full six months and is still very pungent. Just a quick note incase any of you hate that smell!
I loved the idea of this bed, but it wobbled too much for me to feel comfortable about my little boy being up high.
The space underneath wasn't a huge gain either since the wooden bars on the floor meant bumped knees and restricted how it could be used.
We turned it around so he was down low and put the canopy on for a few years, but that wasn't really how any of us had intended to use it so we were a bit disappointed. Even though as a bed, this way round, there was nothing wrong with it at all.
It turned out to be a right pain in the bum if you needed to move it to another room, so the floor could be retiled. I ended up cutting the top bit off in fury right before the builders arrived. It had taken so long to put together I couldn't face taking it apart and then putting it together again.
He is still using it in its hacked form for now, but we'll get him something new, making sure we go for a choice that is a bit more sturdy.
My son was 7 years old when I realised that his possessions were out growing his bedroom, it was swamped by stacks of dinosaurs, jigsaws, Thunderbirds, trains, cars, fluffy toys... I could go on for most of the page but I think you get the picture. To make best use of the space i decided a cabin bed would be ideal, and began to shop around. Prices vary hugely for cabin beds, but Ikea's reversible bed seemed to be the best price I found. It is currently for sale at £109 but we bought whilst there was a special offer on, for about £90. Seeing it in store, it looked very study, which could not be said for anything of a comparable price in other shops.
My son fell in love with this one because of the optional canopy, which is dark blue with realistic looking stars design, available at an additional £10. (Can be seen on the Ikea website.) We bought both these items and had them delivered (not by Ikea but by a local company who offered the service and worked out much cheaper) along with a mattress. The Kura cabin bed can only have a mattress of maximum 12.7cm (I'm not sure why), which is unusually thin. I was concerned at first but it is very comfortable. The mattress we bought doesn't seem to be available any more but there are similar ones for about £25, which is what we paid for the one we have.
On delivery I set about putting it together. As is usual with Ikea products, the bed arrived in various flat packed boxes. Unlike some other companies (Argos, you know who you are) the instructions are simple (mostly pictures), all the parts were there, and everything fitted together really well. I put this together on my own (heroic as I am) with some "Quick, hold the other end of that! Pass me the allen key!" type help from my children. Ideally it requires 2 people. Construction was largely down to the use of sturdy screws and allen keys. I have to say I am always impressed with the precision and logic with which Scandinavian self assembly furniture fits together.
As well as being a cabin bed, there is also the (far less cool, but ideal for younger children) option of having it as an ordinary height bed, with the canopy far above. The clue is in the name - to change between options you simply flip the bed over. The instructions lead you to construct the bed in the low-bed position and then turn it over, if required, to be a cabin bed. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to do otherwise. This is not really a problem, especially if you have two people, and can clear the floor of lego and other obtacles! However, if you have a very small bedroom, you might want to check that there is physically enough space to do this! I did have a moment of panic and had to move several other pieces of furniture before it turned.
In the low position, this would be perfect as a first bed for a toddler, with the excitement of being able to upgrade to the high bed when older - about 6 is recommended before letting a child negotiate a ladder. As my son was 7 we went straight for the high option. I'd really recommend the canopy, which lets the bed become a tent, a space rocket - just about anything! It is designed specifically to fit this particular bed and snaps easily on and off, so can be removed for a change. Since my son got the bed, it has been the envy of the 3 year old son of a friend! I should also mention that the height is not the only 'reversible' option - the blue panels as pictured are white on the other side, and can be inserted either way round.
So far so good. Absolutely no complaints about this bed, it was easy to put up, comfortable to sleep in and very cool. There is loads of room underneath for a den, or the addition of an extra (or inflatable) mattress on the floor would make an ideal place for friends to sleep over. Draping sheets or blankets of course makes a proper den!
However, a year later we moved house. The good news was that my son got a bigger bedroom, but we did need to dismantle the Kura bed in order to get it out of the old house. Being pretty lazy, and trying to save time, I only partially dismantled it. On arrival in the new house I realised that I couldn't reconstruct it (vital bits were covered by other bits, impossible to explain without showing you!) without completely taking it apart. This was quite difficult - it doesn't seem to be designed to be taken apart - the very sturdiness of it which I admired when it was in use meant that it resisted my attempts to follow the instructions in reverse! In the end, I did triumph, and it now stands happily in our new home, surrounded by a sea of Daleks and Pokemon....
From www.ikea.com -
Product Description & Measurements
Basematerial: Solid pine, Clear acrylic lacquer
Guard rail: Particleboard, Foil
Bed base slats: Solid pine
Length: 209 cm
Width: 99 cm
Height: 116 cm
Mattress length: 200 cm
Mattress width: 90 cm
Mattress Dimensions: (L) 200 cm x (W) 90 cm