Children's sofas: a review of popular models and recommendations for choosing
In the room for children, the sofa performs a variety of functions. In addition to the organization of the bed, such furniture can serve as a platform for games, chatting with friends and reading books. The sofa is convenient if guests unexpectedly arrived with an overnight stay, and in addition, this type of furniture allows you to save free space in the room.
Varieties and models
There is a wide variety of models and variations of the sofa - mini, folding, roll-out, chair-bed, sofa book and attic. However, first you need to figure out how reasonable the replacement of a traditional bed with a sofa. The fact is that before the age of 14, children should sleep on an orthopedic mattress - at this age the spine is only being formed, and a soft sofa cannot provide normal conditions for the growth and development of the musculoskeletal system.At the same time, finding a sofa with such a base is not so easy, and sofa mattresses are rarely sold separately. That is why this furniture is not suitable for children who have problems with the spine.
The sofa is completely upholstered with fabric, therefore it is considered more branded, and its sliding mechanism periodically breaks. In addition, there are no sides in the sofa, which can protect the baby from falling during the night's sleep.
In the same time sofas are extremely ergonomic: when folded they take up little spaceMost of the models have built-in compartments and a place to put clothes and other children's things. Another advantage of the sofa is its safety. Unlike the bed, which has quite sharp corners, all parts of the sofa are rounded and very soft, and even at impact the risk of injury is minimal, so children can safely play active games with friends.
And, of course, an important advantage is the cost of a sofa - as a rule, their price is an order of magnitude lower than that of beds, so the sofa is more accessible for young families and families with several children. It should be noted that the modern furniture market offers the widest selection of sofas of various types.
Perhaps the most inappropriate version of the sofa for the nursery may be an option with a mattress of polyurethane foam. These are cheap products, which are characterized by a low degree of rigidity, and neither children nor teenagers should sleep on these. Such furniture should not be placed in the children's room, even as a guest bed, as it quickly crumples and loses its original shape. Despite the low cost, the purchase of a sofa with a filler made of polyurethane foam is not economically justified, since its service life is only 2-3 years, and the maximum load it can withstand is 90 kg.
But the most safe for a child's room can be called a couch sofa, which is optimal for children over 6 years old. Such designs are aesthetic, economical and multifunctional. The vast majority of models can be used as a single or double bed, where there is also an equipped place for storing bedding. The main advantage of the model is the independence of the sofa from the mattress, which means that you can always purchase a convenient orthopedic base separately and in any case change it to a new one.
Another advantage of the couches is a special drawout mechanism, which is very much appreciated in the conditions if the nursery cannot boast of open space.
In addition to the couch, parents can turn their attention to another type of sofa - an ottoman, which looks like a small half-sleeping couch with a small back near the headboard and two armrests. Unlike the previous model, the couch does not unfold, it has a built-in collapsible folding mechanism. The ottoman is quite compact, attractive in terms of design, easy to use and quite versatile for a growing child. At night, she plays the role of a full-fledged sleeping place, and during the day she serves as an interior item on which to read, watch TV or chat with friends.
By the way, families with two children can advise an ottoman without a special headboard, which significantly saves space and does not clutter up space.
Depending on the transformation variant, sofas for children can be of several types. The most popular one is “Eurobook”. Its advantages are obvious:
- it folds easily;
- being collected, it takes up little space, therefore it is optimal for narrow children's rooms;
- has a spacious sleeping place;
- equipped with boxes for safe storage of things;
- due to the features of the mechanism rarely fails.
But there are also drawbacks - his bed is quite high, so for young children it can be difficult to climb on it.
Roll-out models are easy to fold out, and some versions of the product make it possible to push them out incompletely, but at the same time, such sofa options require too much space in front of them and are considered to be less quality than “Eurobooks”. In addition, they usually do not have built-in boxes.
Sedaflex, or, as it is also called, “American folding bed”, is characterized by the presence of a physiological orthopedic mattress, so it can be purchased for crumbs from a very young age. Among the shortcomings, it is possible to note the absence of storage compartments, in addition, such a transformation mechanism is heavier than that of the withdrawable model or the “Eurobook”. If a sofa is required periodically (for example, a grandmother, to whom the grandchildren come on weekends and holidays), then you can pay attention to products with other mechanisms.
"Accordion" suggests a rather large berth for two, where 1-2 people can freely fit. However, such a sofa can decompose only an adult or teenager. It does not have storage boxes, but it takes quite a lot of space in the unfolded form.
"French cot" is easy to manage. This sofa is easy to fold and unfold, and the design itself is very beautiful and interesting. Among the shortcomings can be noted the unreliability of the mechanism, an overly thin mattress and the need for a large space when unfolding.
"Click-klyak" is another type of children's sofas, which when assembled takes up very little space, but the sleeping space is quite spacious. Parents and children will enjoy the wide selection of colors and designs of the product, as well as the ability to adjust the backrest in several positions.
However, this product is made with a polyurethane foam base, so the sofa can not be used for frequent use, and the back in such a product is at a large incline that does not add comfort to kids.
"Book" is another budget model of sofas, which is often installed under the loft bed. Thus, it is possible to equip a couple of beds, and the playing area at the bottom of just two square meters. Of the minuses, it should be noted a complex folding mechanism, which is also not always reliable.
When choosing a sofa should choose the right shape and size, for this should be based on the age of the baby. The youngest crumbs will love the sofas in the form of animals, cars or ships. Outwardly, they are more like big toys, and not a sleeping place, therefore they invariably delight a child who can use such models not only for a comfortable sleep, but also as a place for active games with friends.
In the nursery, preference should be given to smooth lines and rounded shapes.
For older children, the purchase of such sofas is probably no longer justified, models with elements of geometric asymmetry are suitable for them - they are more stylish and adult, so they are suitable for teenagers. However, even in this case, try to dwell on products whose corners are rounded - safety is paramount, even if your child is not even 3 years old. When buying a sofa, it is important to correctly relate the dimensions of the entire product and the single bed. If you do not pay special attention to this, then the baby may be either too closely, or, conversely, too spacious, so you should also expand the sofa in the store and estimate the parameters of the place to sleep.
Most importantly, the resulting area was enough for a comfortable sleep. Depending on the manufacturer, the width of the product may be different, but most often models with parameters 130, 140 150, 170 190, and 200 cm are produced, the width of the bed is a bit narrower. Dimensions of 70 or 90 cm are optimal for children.
The required length of the sofa can be calculated independently, for this, 50 cm is added to the child’s growth rate. This will allow you to forget about the need to update the bed every 3 years.
How to choose?
The state of health, activity and well-being depends on how comfortable a child’s sleep is, which is why furniture should be selected so as to ensure normal conditions corresponding to the physical characteristics of growth and development of the baby. First of all, the sofa should have an orthopedic mattress.This is especially true for children under the age of 13-14 years. It is optimally if it will be a model with spring blocks of high degree of rigidity and always with natural fillers. It is this option that can ensure the physiological position of the spine during sleep.
Consider that such a mattress should not be thin - the minimum allowable thickness is 6 cm, and the optimum one is 12-14 cm. Be sure to test such a sofa - with a load of spring movement you should not be heard. The filler is a very important detail, which should be given the closest attention when choosing a sofa. As a rule, it is springless and with a spring block. The models on the springs include mechanisms of the Bonnel type - the springs are interconnected, therefore, for any deformation, the shape of the whole block changes. The thinner these springs and the higher their number, the better the orthopedic effect, which means that the sofa more closely matches the physiological characteristics of the child. Usually such springs are covered with coconut coir, as well as horsehair or PU foam.
In addition, some products are made on a separate spring unit - with all the springs connected in small kegs and placed separately from each other.Thanks to this design, it is completely silent, and the bed itself is reliably protected from any vibrations. However, this option is extremely rare for sofas. Springless fillers can be rigid (polystyrene balls and polyurethane foam), as well as soft (sintepon, as well as holofiber, foam rubber or latex).
This is not to say that any of these materials is worse or better. If it is high-quality, in any case it will serve faithfully for a long time. But it’s still worth paying attention to its density - the higher this indicator is, the better for the entire product as a whole. If the sofa is purchased for permanent use, then the best choice would be the models on springs, if its use is limited to several nights a month, then you can stay on more economical models of springless type.
It is very important to buy a sofa with the expected load on it. If you purchase a product from a bona fide manufacturer, then this parameter must be indicated in the accompanying documentation. It is optimal to take a model in which this parameter is at least 110 kg for any degree of rigidity.As a rule, such sofas serve about 10 years, while products with lower values are two times less.
Particular attention should be paid to the filler. The most budgetary models are represented by polyurethane foam, while it is necessary to clarify with the seller whether the foam is in the form of several separate layers or as a solid piece. The first option is unacceptable for the children's area, since it does not hold the form and rather quickly mines. If you have two products in front of you with the same parameters, just push each of them with your fist and choose the one that will quickly push your hand back.
Separately, see what made the base of the sofa. For children, it is necessary to purchase models with a rack frame - only such products ensure the correct position of the child’s body during sleep. Preference should be given to the racks made of birch or beech, but the details of the pine will not be the best choice. It is very important that the lath body necessarily be located on a frame made of metal, and you should especially carefully inspect the welding sites (if possible) to make sure that the clutch is secure.
It should be noted that the frames are not always made of metal. Quite often, the base is attached to the elements of plywood, wood or chipboard. The strongest metal is considered, but the most safe and environmentally friendly - wood. Plywood is distinguished by reliability and low weight, in addition, it is not prone to deformation during use. However, the material does not stick together, so it can only be used in small sofas, but for overall products it is better to take chipboard.
Most often in the manufacture of the frame with the base combine different options, which significantly affects the total cost of the product.
Be sure to think about the upholstery. Children, unfortunately, are far from the most accurate people on Earth. On the couch, they both eat, draw, and create with paints and clay. That is why The most practical option in the nursery will be models with removable covers made of easily washable fabric. Synthetic materials, most often termozakkard or flock meet these requirements. Mixed fabrics are well cleaned, for example, cotton with polyester. Some parents prefer products with velor coating, because it is quite beautiful and aesthetic, but the sheets slide off it, which is very uncomfortable during sleep.
Sofas made of eco-leather or plain leather are also a good choice for your home. They are practical, clean well and retain their durability for a long time, but they are absolutely unsuitable for children, because it is very cold to lie on them in cool weather, and in the summer heat when they are in contact with these materials, intense sweating begins. By the way, especially for the children's room, many manufacturers produce sofas with anti-vandal impregnation.
Be sure to pay attention to the aesthetic side of the issue. No matter how practical and comfortable the sofa may be, it certainly must organically fit into the interior of the children's room. Upholstery color is desirable to choose in the tone of the curtains, a shade of furniture or carpet. Be sure to choose the colors in accordance with the sex of the child, but try to avoid too bright decisions, because the diversity can distract the baby from sleep, and in addition, significantly overload the interior. Ideally, the sofa should not be evident as a separate element. As bright colors it is better to use other household trifles. In addition, too colorful products quickly become boring and cease to please both the parents and the owner of the room.Remember that you get a sofa once for several years, and the tastes of children change much more often.
If you buy furniture for a more adult child, then it is advisable to involve him in the selection. This will allow not only to buy a model that will suit his taste, but also to accustom him to thrift, show the true price of things and make him cherish furniture that costs so much. In addition, you need to focus on the following parameters of the purchased product:
- resistance to abrasion - the desired indicator for the Martindale method is 20 thousand cycles;
- density - the minimum acceptable parameter corresponds to 200 g / m2;
- pilling - tendency to the appearance of pellets - not less than 500 cycles;
- stability - the ability to quickly return to shape after deformation;
- Fire resistance is the so-called cigarette test, but it is unlikely that someone will allow you to do this in the store, and nothing can stop you from seeing the reviews on the Internet.
- environmental friendliness - this indicator is confirmed by sanitary and hygienic certificates;
Pay attention to some additional functionality. The sofa is not only a berth.It is often used for games and meetings with friends, so designers work tirelessly to make models more attractive and functional. For example, in some products shelves are provided in the sidewalls in which children can store books or stationery. Be sure to check if the model has built-in storage boxes - it is very convenient to store bedding or sleeping clothes for your baby. The corner products are often provided with small shelves for laptops with an armrest - this is especially true for teenagers.
Today, the furniture market is filled with products for children from various manufacturers, but most parents would not hesitate to prefer products from Ikea. It is their products that meet the basic requirement - children's sleeping places should be not only attractive, but also comfortable, soft and easy to clean. Designers of the company tirelessly develop a variety of models that can suit not only the kids, but also their moms and dads. The product range involves the production of products of various sizes - fromminiature to huge, thanks to which you can equip rooms of any shape and size.
Particularly relevant today are the options for a compact form. The demand for them is due to the fact that the majority of Russians cannot boast a spacious living space, children's rooms are usually small-sized, and parents are constantly forced to think about the economical use of free space. Sofas Ikea There are straight, angular, round and semi-circular, some models are equipped with armrests, and transformation mechanisms are presented in a variety of options.
Separately, it should be said that the sofas of this brand are considered to be the safest, since in their development designers try to simulate any, even the most ridiculous situations that can happen to kids, and try to protect them in advance. For example, the manufacturer’s specialists understand that some children like to sit on the armrests, so they create models in advance that can withstand the body weight of the child.
All sofas are from Ikea do not have sharp corners and most importantly, more models have relatively low heights,so that the baby, even if it falls, will not be hit hard. Very interesting sofas from the company "M-Style". Their products are designed for the youngest users - up to 7 years. Sofas are made in the form of animals, funny machines or animated characters - such furniture can become an active participant in children's active role-playing games.
Beautiful examples in the interior
Children's sofas are an ideal solution for a small-sized room, because they take up very little space and at the same time become an excellent complement to the interior of the children's room.
Girls are little princesses, so a sleeper should be a match for them. Delicate colors, plenty of ruches and pillows - these are the main components of this girl's design.
For active and mischievous boys at the peak of the popularity of the model type "McWin" in the form of machines, as well as ships or even superheroes. In the more expensive segment there are even items in the form of spaceships or motorcycles. Such proposals can not leave indifferent any child.
Popular models for children of 3-5 years old are very interesting in the interior:
Well, for adolescents should stay on more concise and more adult options.
On how to choose a sofa in the nursery, see the following video.