Only in their own bedroom can children fully express their personality through furniture.

Whether your little one’s ready to make the move from cot to toddler bed, or your tween’s wanting to upsize to a bedroom set-up that’s made for sleepovers, there’s an array of children’s beds on the market that puts the fun into functional.

Most kids’ beds come in a standard single size, making shopping around for a mattress and bedding child’s play.

Others are not so standard, such as a box room friendly “shorty”, or an extendable frame that adapts to your growing child.

With these, mattress choice is often limited so measure up properly for a snug fit.

Some brands, however, will recommend a mattress to go with your child’s bed and these can often be bought together in a convenient and price-saving bundle.

In our roundup, we’ve included both classic and contemporary kids’ beds, some with added storage, trundle drawers that pull out to reveal an occasional bed for guests, extendable frames, mid-sleepers and bunk beds – the choice is truly extensive.

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The verdict: Kids' beds

Noa & Nani’s Kara bed frame got our vote for its endearingly simple design and its versatility that encourages imaginative play. At £149, it’s an affordable, design-led piece that offers big impact in the bedroom. We were also impressed with Ikea’s minnen extendable bed frame, which gives outstanding value for money. In white it’s a vintage-inspired classic and with some easy adjustments it will grow with your child, making it an all-round great buy.

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