Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about the best beds before — including the best bunk beds, loft beds, futons, headboards, affordable bed frames, platform beds, and online mattresses — here we’ve rounded up the best kids’ bed frames as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) kids’ bed frame
Many of the over 25,000 reviewers said they liked this bed frame because it is sturdy and effortless to set up and has a lot of storage space underneath. “The frame is very easy to put together AND take apart (JUST DON’T LOSE THE LITTLE WINGNUTS). The frame is quite sturdy (my kid jumps on the bed and sometimes the whole family piles in) with nary a squeak or a bowing of the frame. The elevation between the bottom of the frame and the floor is AWESOME,” writes one reviewer. Another reviewer notes the added safety bonus of the rounded corners. “I really appreciate the fact that it doesn’t stick out and I don’t run into any sharp metal ends like I did with my previous frame. For someone with kids, the rounded corners are a nice bonus.” One reviewer with two small children says, “Perfect solution for someone who is looking for that extra storage space especially with kids or small spaces.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of kids’ bed frame you might be looking for.
Best kids’ wooden bed frame
“This bed is very sturdy and great quality for the price. It was pretty easy to put together and took about an hour. It is very sturdy — no wobbling or shaking at all when two toddler boys are jumping on it,” raves one reviewer, who adds, “A bonus is that the screws are the same color as the wood, so there are no glaring silver screws against the brown wood bed.” Another happy reviewer sums up the appeal succinctly: “Fantastic bed frame. Easy to assemble. Great quality. Solid wood.”
Best kids’ metal bed frame
According to one happy reviewer, the DHP Bombay metal bed frame “is absolutely perfect in terms of craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty. It was so easy to assemble that I could do it (I detest assembling anything) without any problems in 20 minutes. It was purchased to replace a much more expensive bed, and my daughter loves it more.” Another reviewer writes, “The sturdy, well-engineered design of this metal bed is impressive. Putting it together went smoothly. This is an excellent, well-packed, well-thought-out product. It is also very pretty!”
Best kids’ twin-over-twin bunk-bed frame
“We bought this for my son, who is upgrading to a big-boy bed. This bed is made from very nice, clean Malaysian hardwood. The fit and finish is excellent, and it assembled nicely. I’d recommend it to anyone,” writes one parent. Another mother of two writes, “I got this for my 4-year-old and 8-year-old and they love it. They can get up and down the ladder easily, and it seems to be able to withstand their roughhousing.” Another parent who owns two sets writes, “I have no doubt they are very safe and durable. My 7, 5, and 2-year-old climb on, play, and sleep in this bed and love it.”
Best kids’ twin-over-full bunk-bed frame
Reviewers were impressed by the quality of the bunk beds, specifically the wooden materials, overall sturdiness, and added safety features. “I am so impressed with the overall quality. I love all the extra details like the cutouts on top of the ladder and the ridges on the ladder steps. It’s also great that all of the hardware is hidden after assembly. The beds are secured together with extra wooden pieces, which gives the whole setup a really solid feel. The extra support bar gives me peace of mind. Not only does it look great, but I can sleep well knowing that my kids are in a safe bed.” A grandmother of two writes, “The bunk beds are very sturdy and well made. The drawers have plenty of room for bedding and extra clothing. The quality and attention to safety was very important to me, and these bunks certainly met my expectations.”
Best kids’ loft-bed frame
The consensus among reviewers was that this is a great buy, especially if you are looking for additional storage space. “Perfect bed! This gave us plenty of space to work with in my sons’ small room. It was high enough to fit things under the bed but not so high his cats couldn’t easily sleep with him. I also don’t have to worry about him falling like I would with a full-size loft bed,” writes one reviewer. And kids love it too: “My four-year-old loves it. He loves being ‘tall like mommy and daddy’ when he’s in his bed, and he spends a ton of time in his ‘clubhouse’ underneath. We’ve put a bean bag, a clip-on lamp, and a toy box under there, and it’s where he and my husband sit to read a book before bed every night,” writes another parent.
Best kids’ loft-bed frame with desk
Parents who bought this loft bed loved that it has a study area with built-in desk and shelves underneath the bed. “Oh boy, this bed is a hit! Our 9-year-old son has a small bedroom and, now that he’s in 4th grade and has more homework, he needed a workspace of his own. Squeezing in a desk with his old room setup was going to be tight. So I got to researching and ended up selecting this bed. He LOVES IT!” writes one reviewer. “This bed is AWESOME for small spaces. It has added so much usable space to my son’s room! The bookshelf holds all of his books with a shelf to spare; the desk is a good size for typical K-12 homework, which is what we wanted,” seconds another, who notes that while the bed is not suitable for children under 7, due to the tall rails and thin ladder, it is still “a great buy for the money.”
Best kids’ trundle-bed frames
“Bought two of these trundle beds for my girls’ room. Let me just say do not let the box and/or pieces intimidate you upon arrival, because this bed was very easy to put together with clear directions. Sturdy with no known issues so far,” writes one mother of three. “Beyond thrilled about this trundle bed. Everything came well packaged. The instructions were well pictured and simply explained. The finished product has been eye-appealing and held up nicely for our 9- and 5-year-old,” adds another reviewer.
Dozens of reviewers noted that this trundle frame is super-easy to assemble. According to one reviewer, “My mother, myself, and my 4-year-old (yes, my toddler) put this together in an hour, maybe an hour and 15 minutes.” Many reviewers also liked the overall design and durability: “I bought this bed for my small children because they share a room and it was a bit too small for two stand-alone beds. I wasn’t expecting much because of the price, but I was WRONG. This bed is great, wasn’t hard to set up (I set it up by myself with my 2-year-old “helping” me), and is extremely sturdy. My kids are a bit crazy and love jumping from the top bed to the bottom over & over and these beds put up with it well. Also, sometimes I’ll sleep in the bed with one (or BOTH) kids & it doesn’t so much as squeak under the weight.”
Best kids’ bed frame with slide
“This bed is beyond cool. My kids have had hours of joy playing on this already. I have a very tiny 2-year-old (think 12-month size) who manages to climb all over it and a very tall 3-year-old (think 5-to-6-year-old size), and they both love it,” writes one reviewer. “It’s probably the coolest bed I’ve seen, and both of my kids play on it for a 2-3 hours a day. My 2-year-old finally has a place to climb and have a blast, and she adjusted to the bed the first night we set it up,” echoes another. Reviewers also noted that the bed frame is sturdy and easy to assemble, while the versatile space underneath “isn’t too high but just high enough for the little ones to play underneath or use for storage.”
Best kids’ bed frame with canopy
One reviewer says, “This bed is so adorable. There are so many design options when it comes to the color of the bed, the curtains, and the comforter. It can be customized to fit your child’s favorite colors and/or characters, which is great.” Another says, “Beautiful bed! It is just perfect for my 10-year-old. She said it is the prettiest bed she could have ever imagined. It was a very good price for such a lovely bed. And of course, we had to add the curtains and lights to it! I bought solid sheers at 84 inches long. They are a bit long, but it works perfect for when you tie them back.”
Best kids’ carriage-bed frame
Reviewers call this carriage bed “absolutely beautiful,” “gorgeous,” “very solid,” and “sturdy.” “My daughter absolutely loves it! Very unique, wish there was a bed like this in king size. I would definitely purchase it for myself,” writes one reviewer. Another adds, “My daughter is in love with her new bed, and I couldn’t be happier! I love this bed, and I would suggest it for any princess!!”
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