Kids love to pretend and having a themed bed can lead to an easier transition to bed time. Army-tent themed beds are great for children who enjoy the idea of being an soldier and being outdoors. These bed and tent combinations can be purchased or made at home.
Vision Decor Bunk Bed with Slide and Tent
Vision Decor's bunk bed features a camouflaged tent over the lower bed section. The upper bed has access by both a ladder and a slide for lots of fun. The bed is made of solid steel tubing and should stand up to the roughest kinds of play. The cost of the bed as of 2011 is £234. Vision Decor also sells a matching camouflage toy chest with caster wheels for £26 to complete the room's look.
Create Your Own
Nothing looks better than an authentic army tent over the bed. RDD USA sells Army surplus tents from very large to two man tents that will easily fit a child's bed. These tents, depending on the size purchased can be very expensive. The two man tents are the smallest and cheapest tents RDD USA offers which are selling for £130 as of 2011.
Army tents that are made for play can be substituted for the real thing. Kids Army sells a variety of play tents. Tents from Kids Army are either dome shaped with a tunnel to crawl through or a traditional A-frame design. The dome shaped tunnel, while fun, could make if difficult to get to your child if there were an emergency. The A-frame play tent is a two man tent that is camouflaged and gives a very rugged and outdoor feeling. The A-frame tent is £42 as of 2011.
Things to Consider
If you decide to set up a tent and place a kids bed in the tent there are a few items that should be reviewed. The material should be fire retardant and be able to withstand either the bed and normal play without collapsing. Before allowing your child to sleep in the bed, try it out yourself. The tent needs to be properly vented so it does not get too hot inside the tent. The tent should be stable and not pose any risk of collapsing during sleep or play.
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