15 of Our Favorite Twin Beds for Design-Minded Parents and Their Kids

published Jul 28, 2022
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oeuf river trundle bed with stuffed animals and plaid blanket
Credit: The Tot

The sleep space milestones really get us, don’t they? One minute your sweet babe is resting in a bassinet by your side and the next they are in a crib, a toddler bed, or, gasp—a twin bed. Maybe it’s kind of like when you put on that new outfit and see the kid your baby has become, but there is something so grown up about a twin bed. 

Besides the emotional piece, there’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about a big kid bed for your little one (or your little bit bigger one). When I’m shopping for furniture, I’m looking for something durable and timeless, something that I hopefully won’t hate looking at for years to come. 

Below you’ll find some favorite twin bed picks and beloved brands. Whether you’re shopping for a preschooler, a tween, or a pair of twins, there’s something here for you.

Best Kids Twin Beds

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The Tot

You might remember Monte from your days searching for the perfect nursery rocker. I was happy to find that they also produce beautiful beds. First I fell for the soft, clean lines, but I got even more excited when I discovered just how customizable this bed is. Choose a curved or square footboard, feet, piping and fabric colors and material as well as optional trundle bed or toddler rail. It’s hard not to picture my daughter lounging with a book on the soft upholstery, both as a little girl and a tween, and while that would be a delight on its own, I also love that I’ll rest better knowing it comes with a Greenguard Gold certification.

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Crate & Barrel

From a mom perspective, I love beds with storage, but from a design perspective, I don’t always. This bed offers me the sleek lines I love and compromises with a little nook for treasures and books behind the headboard. I’m not going to be able to store my daughter’s winter wardrobe, but the tradeoff for beauty, and durable solid wood makes it more than worth it.

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We’ve all worried about our kids falling out of bed, especially when thinking about a transition to a big kid bed. This design combines that practical safety concern with a fun, minimal design that will make every night feel like a campout. At this price point, this would also be a fun addition to a playroom. Add in a mattress when a friend comes to visit and use it as a play tent the rest of the time.

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I lusted after the beautiful Oeuf cribs when I was pregnant, and now I’m drooling over their big kid beds. When I’m shopping for furniture, it’s the details that matter, and this brand is serious about the details. Besides the clean lines and two wood choices, there’s the sweet little bench at the end, perfect for sitting to put on shoes or an impromptu book or stuffed animal shelf. This bed is compatible with a trundle, if that’s something you’re interested in, which also means that there is enough clearance for under bed storage should you so desire.

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Modern Nursery

Another floor bed option, this solid cedar house bed couldn’t be any cuter. Think of it as a blank canvas for your own design, and your little one’s imagination. Either before it’s used as a bed, during, or after, the frame can also function as a play house space (I’m already picturing a gorgeous play kitchen inside).

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Sometimes a daybed is just the right footprint for a small room. This simple, solid wood version comes in two colors and includes a trundle bed for the price. This is a great choice for siblings who are starting out sharing a room, or for the occasional sleepover. With the sort of look that never goes out of style, it’s perfect to repurpose to an office or guest room whenever your little one is ready to move on.

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The Tot

If you’ve been on baby Instagram in the past few years, you’ve seen a Babyletto crib, which is also in this list of designer-favorite cribs. I couldn’t be happier that they are expanding their affordable, clean design into furniture beyond the nursery. This Greenguard Gold certified set easily splits apart into two modern twin beds, making this a great buy even if your kids don’t share a room. The ladder placement is flexible, and there is an optional trundle you can add to create even more sleeping room or storage space. There’s nothing babyish about this light and bright set, so there is potential for years of use.

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Though IKEA isn’t the furniture go-to it once was in my college days, I always check in when I’m in the market for something new, just to make sure I’m not missing a gem. This solid pine reversible bed is that gem. It’s on the inexpensive side for a twin bed, which is already a point in its favor, but it also has a bit of a party trick—when your child is little, it functions like a regular bed with an open wooden canopy and a little room for storage. When your little grows up a bit, it can become a loft bed with plenty of play space underneath (they recommend that lifted loft beds not be used before the age of 6).

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West Elm

It’s hard to go wrong with the midcentury modern look. This sleek, upholstered headboard is like an extremely well designed hug for your sleeping child. Rest easy with Greenguard Gold certification and choose your favorite fabric and color options for a custom room that will keep your little one (or not so little one) cozy and stylish for years to come.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids has a great selection of loft beds in just about every configuration you’d want, with the classic design you’d expect. This is the creme de la creme, which manages to fit nearly an entire room into a loft bed unit. Besides the bed, you’ll find a desk, 4-drawer dresser, full length mirror, and four open cubby shelves. If all of this is still not enough, you can fit another bed underneath. While this is a pricey option, the timeless design and savings on purchasing additional furniture pieces just might make it worthwhile.

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While I normally gravitate to light colors and wood, there is some beautiful gravitas about this cherry finish simple bed frame. The affordability becomes even more apparent with an included trundle (this company also makes an identical version with included under bed drawers).

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Crate & Barrel

If you love the look and functionality of a loft bed but you’re short on space, this one might fit the bill. It’s both a little lower and smaller than a traditional loft bed, but there is still plenty of room for play and storage underneath. Put a rolling bed on the second level and you have a DIY bunkbed. Note: the built in ladder saves on space, but make sure you choose the right or left orientation to suit your space as it can’t be changed from one side to another).

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West Elm

Sometimes you just want a no-frills bed frame. The West Elm version of that frame is contract grade, will accommodate a mattress with or without box springs and is compatible with all the twin headboards they sell. This is a great option if you want the option to regularly switch out your style, you’re looking for a bed for your child’s space at a family member’s house, or you’re just looking to keep things simple.

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I went through a long, unrequited canopy bed stage, so it’s no surprise this one from ducduc caught my eye. While it’s on the high end price wise, this modern canopy offers a choice of frame color, upholstery cover, and can come on its own or with drawers or a trundle. You can add a youth rail for safety. If you’re looking for a bed that marries princess vibes with good design and a modern sensibility, this might be your perfect match.

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There’s a reason this turned wood style has long been popular with designers and parents alike. There’s an old world, classic quality to it that still manages to be at home in a modern space. This version, from Davinci, is affordable with a white finish and a reinforced center for extra stability. I’d choose this one because it seems like the kind of bed Anne of Green Gables would have slept in, and I’d keep it for any grandchildren I might have, because that’s how this style speaks to me.