What's the Difference Between a Cabin Bed, Mid Sleeper, and High Sleeper?

CEO Khai Intela
Confused about all the fancy children's beds out there? Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this guide, we'll explain the difference between a cabin bed, mid sleeper, and high sleeper, helping you make the...

Confused about all the fancy children's beds out there? Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this guide, we'll explain the difference between a cabin bed, mid sleeper, and high sleeper, helping you make the best choice for you and your family.

Cabin Beds: Storage Solutions with Style

Cabin Beds offer the best built-in storage options. With under-bed drawers built into the base of the bed, they are perfect for smaller bedrooms. You can even replace a chest of drawers with the ample storage space provided by a cabin bed.

These beds are slightly higher than regular single beds but lower than both mid sleepers and high sleepers. They don't require a ladder, making them a great choice for younger children. At The Children's Furniture Company, we offer a wide range of cabin beds, some featuring large built-in drawers, while others offering an empty elevated space to accommodate storage furniture of your choosing.

The Butterworth Cabin Bed The Butterworth Cabin Bed - Featuring a headboard with a built-in bookshelf and a secret storage compartment.

Pros and Cons of a Cabin Bed


  • Plenty of useful built-in storage or the option to add your own.
  • Suitable for a wider age range, from younger kids to teens.
  • Lower, more accessible height for both children and parents.


  • Less open space underneath the bed, limiting options.
  • May have a bit less wow-factor compared to mid or high sleepers.

Mid Sleepers: The Perfect Middle Ground

Mid Sleepers provide a great compromise between a regular single bed and a high sleeper. They are ideal for rooms with lower ceilings and smaller dimensions. If your little one wants the height of a high sleeper but isn't quite big enough yet, a mid sleeper is the perfect solution.

Suitable for children aged 4 and over, mid sleepers offer all the fun and flexibility of a higher than normal bed, while still providing a safe place to sleep. The open space underneath the bed offers plenty of options, from a study area to additional storage or even a cozy little den.

The Neutron Mid Sleeper The Neutron Mid Sleeper - A classic design featuring stairs for added safety and convenience.

Pros and Cons of Mid Sleepers


  • The chance to customize the under-bed space with free-standing furniture options.
  • More accessible for parents compared to high sleepers.
  • Suitable for ages 4 and up.


  • Lower height than high sleepers, limiting the use of under-bed space.

High Sleepers: Maximizing Space

High Sleepers are the ultimate space-saving solution for children's bedrooms. They allow you to maximize the use of available space by creating room for larger furniture items underneath. This makes them perfect for smaller rooms.

A high sleeper features a larger open space underneath that can accommodate a desk area for studying, a spare bed or sofa bed, storage cupboards, a bookshelf, or even a walk-in wardrobe. Some high sleepers, like the Neutron, even come with stairs that double as storage drawers, adding to their functionality and appeal.

Jango High Sleeper Jango High Sleeper - A stylish and versatile high sleeper bed.

Pros and Cons of High Sleepers


  • Ample space available for storage furniture, desks, spare beds, or more.
  • The ability to create a super-cool den.
  • Perfect for hanging curtains or fairy lights to add a touch of magic.


  • Not suitable for younger children, recommended for ages 6 and up.
  • Bed-making and tuck-ins can be a bit trickier.
  • Requires consideration of ceiling heights and ladder placement.

Factors to Consider Before Buying

When choosing between a cabin bed, mid sleeper, or high sleeper, there are a few factors to keep in mind:

  • Storage: Kids have a lot of stuff, so consider the type of extra storage space they will need.
  • Fun: Beds can be more than just a place to sleep. They can be a magical play space or a cozy spot for older kids to read and relax.
  • Practicality: Think about the size of the bed and how it fits in the room, as well as accessibility and space for play.
  • Safety: Ensure the bed is safe for your child's age and easy for them to get in and out of. At The Children's Furniture Company, we prioritize safety by using strong and durable materials.

Make an informed decision and choose the bed that best suits your child's needs and preferences. Check out our wide selection of children's beds here.

Remember, whether it's a cabin bed, mid sleeper, or high sleeper, the most important thing is creating a safe and comfortable space for your child to sleep and enjoy their bedroom.