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Best Twin Bed for a Toddler

by Donna Fogarty |

When your baby has grown out of the crib, they will need a new bed.  Many cribs convert to toddler beds which saves space for a while, but eventually they need to transition to a big kid bed.  Transitioning to a twin bed during the toddler years can help children have a sense of safety as they grow into the bed.  The best twin bed for a toddler in my opinion is the Sauder Parklane Twin Platform Bed with Headboard.  Read on to see why!

Sauder Parklane Twin Platform Bed with Headboard

Image of the Sauder Parklane Twin Platform Bed with Headboard, Cinnamon Cherry - Guestroom Children's Bedroom Bed Set for Relaxed Sleeping - Engineered Wood Construction

This is a great first big kid bed, and eventually can turn into a bed for the guest room, etc., if not needed.  The style is classic, the wood is good quality and it’s reasonably easy to assemble.  The reviews reflected the decision of many parents to purchase this bed for their 2-3 year old children.  Most were very satisfied with their decision.  It’s also very cost effective and compact, saving space in the bedroom.

DHP Junior Twin Metal Loft Bed with Slide

Image of the DHP Junior Twin Metal Loft Bed with Slide, Multifunctional Design, White with White Slide

What toddler wouldn’t love a bed with a slide? I know my boys would have loved this bed!  There is probably nothing better in a toddler’s world than waking up and sliding down their personal slide.

What I love about this bed is that it’s perfect for playing and sleeping in.  It has a built in guardrail since it’s a little up off the floor (approximately 29″) to protect your toddler from falling off.  And while it’s not up so high as a regular loft bed, the slide is still tall enough to be fun for them.

The DHP Junior Twin Metal Loft bed can also be dressed up as a fort.  It can also be personalized either for girls or boys with their favorite decorations.

Parents report that it is sturdy, well made and reasonably easy to put together.  A few parents had concerns over the corners of the bed not being made of rounded metal.  They remedied this by buying some cheap pool noodles to put on the parts of concern just to pad it a little bit since it’s all made of metal.  If you’re buying this bed for a 2-3 year old, this would probably be a good idea to be safe.

Little Seeds Rowan Valley Forest Loft Bed

Image of the Little Seeds Rowan Valley Forest Loft Bed, Black/White, Twin

This bed is the high end of toddler beds – perfect for letting their imagination come alive!  What better place to play “house” or fort than in your own bed.  This lovely bed has sides that are completely open so there is no worries about lack of airflow.  However, the front and back feature a fabric covering that makes this bed basically a fort or a play house.

The frame is made of metal so it’s very durable and is bound to last a long time.

Zinus Ironline Twin Daybed and Trundle Frame Set

Image of the Zinus Ironline Twin Daybed and Trundle Frame Set / Premium Steel Slat Support / Daybed and Roll Out Trundle Accommodate Twin Size Mattresses Sold Separately

This bed would be a great option for those families that perhaps are transitioning from a cosleeping situation or simply have a toddler that needs a little more help.  I know sometimes moms or dads end up sleeping next to the child on the floor.  This would be a great option for those times when your toddler needs a little help falling asleep.  They would have the comfort of knowing you are nearby and you don’t have to suffer from discomfort of sleeping on the floor.

I also like that it ends up being a daybed.  It is a very versatile piece of furniture.  The child can sleep on either mattress during the night and the bed is kind of like their own couch during the day.

It would also be great for sleepovers – the bottom bunk can be used as an extra sleeping surface for a friend.

DHP Modern Metal Canopy Bed

Image of the DHP Modern Metal Canopy Bed, Pink Metal - Twin

For little girls, I love this pink canopy bed which can be easily dressed up with some sheer drapes for a princess feel.  It’s constructed from metal, which is durable and will last a long time.  The people who purchased this bed said it was easy to put together and it was sturdy when built.  This bed is available in other sizes, so many people purchased this bed for themselves.

I can see this bed lasting from toddlerhood all the way through teenage years for a little girl.  It’s also available in other colors as well, so could be boy-friendly too.

DHP Savannah Upholstered Platform Bed

Image of the DHP Savannah Upholstered Platform Bed with Wooden Slat Support, Curved Headboard Design, Twin Size - Pink

Another great choice for little girls is this pink bed which looks fit for a princess.  It sits fairly low to the ground which can be great for smaller children.  Because of this it would make a great first big bed.  Parents who purchased this bed for their little girls said it was a big hit.  Most of the children slept in it that same night and loved their bed instantly.

It’s also fairly easy to put together and has a center metal rail for support and wooden legs for style.

DHP Melita Linen Upholstered Platform Bed

Image of the DHP Melita Linen Upholstered Platform Bed with Wooden Slat Support, Twin Size - Teal

If you’re not a fan of pink, or would like a more neutral approach, you could try this teal bed.  It’s full of style and is easy on the eyes.  The bed is still sturdy enough to take a child all the way through teenagehood.  The price is very reasonable and the bed is well made.

It is also available in pink for those of you who are in a sea of pink with no way out.

DHP Alexander Upholstered Platform Bed

Image of the DHP Alexander Upholstered Platform Bed with Wooden Slats Support, Light Grey Linen - Twin Size

For a very neutral bed for little boys, try this one.  It has a cool, stylish look that is sure to fit in with any decor.

This bed would be great for toddlers because it’s fairly low to the ground.  However, with a 200 lb weight limit, it’s also perfect for them as they grow into young men.

If the child ever grows out of it, this would also double as a great frame for a guest bed due to its neutral color.

Merax Twin Size Platform Storage Bed with 6 Drawers

Image of the Merax. Twin Size Platform Storage Bed Solid Wood Bed with 6 Drawers (Natural) (Espresso)

This bed is a premium option, made of solid pine and beautifully crafted.  It has a functional design to last many years with 6 storage drawers.  Due to the drawers, this bed is higher up off the ground than others in the list.  For a smaller child, it may be necessary to put guard rails up to keep them from falling off.

However, if you are looking for one frame to last them through their teenage years, this would surely be it.  The drawers are great for storing toys or clothes, or accessories.  And it’s a gender neutral color scheme that would complement any decor.

Another added bonus is that because the bed is flush with the floor, there is no chance of anything getting stuffed under the bed.

DONCO Kids 760-W Low Study Loft Bed

Image of the DONCO Kids 760-W Low Study Loft Bed, White

This loft bed is very pretty and is a great choice for kids 3-10.  It’s just up high enough to make them feel as if they are in their own fortress.  It’s also low enough to feel safe and approachable.

The design of the bed is well thought out, with a removable desk area for when they begin school.  The shelves and drawers are placed in user friendly locations and are not in the way at all.

It’s white, which makes it friendly to boys and girls rooms and any decor scheme.  Because it’s made of solid pine, it’s very heavy so putting it together might be a bit of a chore.  But once put together, it will be a long lasting piece of furniture for many years to come.

Dorel Living Kayden Daybed Solid Wood

Image of the Dorel Living Kayden Daybed Solid Wood, Twin, Black

For a versatile piece of furniture, this daybed can transform from toddler bed at night to comfy sitting space during the day.  It can also accommodate a pull out bed underneath for a trundle look (this must be purchased separately).

I like how it’s gender neutral and very classy looking.  It’s made of solid wood, which is a nice look and sturdy as well.  I also like multi use pieces of furniture, so this would be a winner for me for a kids bedroom.

Black metal twin bed by Your Zone

Image of the metal twin bed by Your Zone (Twin, Black)

Finally, to complete our collection, you can’t go wrong with this classic look.  This metal bed comes in either black or silver metal and sturdy construction.  Perfect for active kids, it can hold up to their use, unlike some wooden frames.  It’s not very high up off the ground, which is great for young kids in case they fall off.

Users report that the metal is not sharp anywhere which is important and can sometimes be the case with metal frames.


Whether you decide to go with a wooden or metal frame, there are many options to fit everyone family’s needs.  Your toddler can be happily snoozing away in their own big kid bed in no time!

Which bed did you like the best and why?  Tell us below in the comments!

Donna Fogarty
I'm a mom of three boys and enjoy researching just about everything, especially when it comes to picking the best anything to buy for my babies.

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