Mates Beds Make Small Bedrooms Larger
Mates beds are often used in children's bedrooms when there isn't a lot of space to spare. The design is reminiscent of how beds are made in ships, with storage drawers underneath the mattress. The beds tend to be smaller in size and may sit closer to the ground than many other beds, so they are perfect for children and can free up a lot of space in a room.
The drawers underneath the mattress are what really define this style of bed. Mates beds will have just one row of drawers underneath, while the captain's bed will have two rows of drawers underneath. A captain's bed will sit a bit higher, but is ideal when you need more storage space and don't have room for a chest of drawers in the room.
Bedding for the Littlest Mates
Parents often move toward mates beds when moving their children from a crib or toddler bed into a “big boy” or “big girl” bed. Children typically have the smallest bedrooms in the home, and they also have a lot of toys and other belongings to squeeze into the room. Some parents may also feel uncomfortable placing heavy dressers and chests of drawers in a child's room, since they may topple over or drawers can be pulled from their tracks and fall on small children.
A mates bed solves these safety problems, since the drawers are at floor level. Even if a child does pull them out, there is no risk of the drawer falling on the child. Some parents even choose to turn these drawers into a storage area for toys, since the drawers are within reach of the child. These drawers are also great places for underwear, socks, and other items children will need to reach freely when learning to dress themselves.
Open Up the Room
Besides the convenience of having storage space right underneath a bed, mates beds are also chosen to open up small rooms. Since the bed frames are smaller than standard bed frames, these beds can easily be pushed into a corner or sat against a wall without taking up a lot of room. Even more space is opened if the drawers are used to replace a dresser or chest of drawers.
Having this type of bed can free up space for a rocking chair, a crib for a younger sibling, or simply more free space for playing and toys. In some cases, it could make the difference between fitting a train table or other play object in the room or having to put it elsewhere in the home.