9 Tent Beds for Kids Who Dream of Sleeping Under the Stars
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from nearly six years of parenting, it’s this: Kids live for building forts. Really, I’m pretty sure my 5-year-old asks us to help him “make a fort” at least four or five times a week. Sometimes it’s with blankets, other times it’s with bed sheets, and when we remind him that he’s got one without hard work attached to it, other times we’ll just get out his pop up spaceship tent and chill with our legs sticking out.
These little hideaways are a mainstay in kids’ lives, so much so that contemporary furniture brands have taken a stake in the pastime and started designing tent beds for adventurous littles and dreamer tweens and teens alike.
What is a tent bed?
What’s a tent bed, you ask? Well, according to nursery and child interiors extraordinaire, Naomi Coe, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a bed with “some kind of fabric involved, and a more-or-less triangular shape at the top.” Some designs are simple bohemian riffs on the house bed look that toddlers and parents have gravitated toward in recent years, while others are much more a style all their own, with wooden platform bases, roll-back canvas flaps, and cutout side paneling to let in sunlight or provide the illusion of the ‘great outdoors.’
The beauty of these imaginative designs is what Coe calls “a fusion of bedroom and playroom” aesthetics — and it’s what makes them a great choice for younger children, because they’re whimsical without being too ‘kiddie.’ Coe notes that most clients who commission her for their kids’ rooms, with tent beds in mind, are aware that they probably won’t use them for too long (unlike a traditional canopy bed that’s more of a classic, bedroom mainstay); that being said, it’s still not out of the realm of possibility for a teen to appreciate the cool factor of an A-frame bedstead under which to rest their head (as festival music pumps through their earbuds).
We’ve rounded up 9 of our favorite tent takes you can shop right now. As a parent, I could definitely get down with an iteration of the tent bed, especially given its kind of hideout appeal. Bring on the s’mores, spiked cider, and Hocus Pocus 2!
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