One minute I was wondering whether my little baby would ever sleep through the night and the next he’s moving in to a mid sleeper children’s bed. How on earth did that happen? From a tiny dot to a six year old in what seems like mere months. Although, the dark circles under my eyes tell the true story. Those six years have not been kind.
You might know that the boys have been on the GLTC testing team for a few years now. While I absolutely love their products, we haven’t reviewed anything in a while.
Well, because everything we’ve ever received has lasted so long that we’ve simply not needed anything else - although I struggle to stop myself buying rope storages baskets and children’s bedding whenever new colours and designs are released because both are just amazing.
But, when my littlest spotted the Tate mid sleeper in the GLTC catalogue a few months ago, it was excitement at first glance and so I asked if he could try it out. I think that there’s something about mid and high sleepers that really capture the imagination of children. I’m not sure whether it’s the thought of sleeping higher up or the option to create a den or hideaway underneath the bed. Either way, there’s something quite magical about them when compared to a normal single bed, isn’t there?
Why a mid sleeper over a higher sleeper? And why the Tate, specifically?
Well, my eldest son has the Merlin high sleeper and positively loves it. The desk and ‘sleepover sofa’ have a been a huge hit with him. He’s had the odd night or two of not feeling well and wanting to be closer to the ground but other than that, it’s his dream bed. We read a story together on the sofa below and then up he goes to bed to read for a while by himself.
But my littlest is a massive hugger. Bedtime consists of many, many hugs and at least a half hour (probably not that long but it does sometimes feel like it) bedside chat. A mid sleeper gives him that same magical feeling of almost being in a tree house but at a height that he can happily talk to me, and that I can check on him and even pick him up out of bed if needs be. I think it offers him a sense of security compared to his brother’s high sleeper.
We chose the Tate as opposed to the Paddington because we wanted the stairs located to one side rather than in the middle. His bedroom is not teeny but because he loves to play with cars and trains and set tracks up in his room, it seemed like the better option to give him more open floor space. I also liked that it was two tone - ivory (which actually looks white to me) with grey steps and headboard. I would have loved an ivory and wood variant but the grey is a fantastic second choice.
GLTC offers a bed delivery and assembly service for £100. We paid for this for the high sleeper and it was well worth it … those beds are so complicated to put together. As the Tate has a simple frame, we decided to do it ourselves this time. It was pretty easy and done in less than two hours, even with an eight and six year old helping. If you pop to my Instagram highlights, you can see a little tour of the room and watch the time lapse videos.
Sometimes it’s a small thing that’s makes a product extra special - GLTC happen to be really good at those small things, it has to be said - and with regards to the Tate mid sleeper, my six year old thinks that the shelf that hangs over the side of the bed is AMAZING. He pops his books, toys and a drink on it. It’s such a thoughtful touch as those are the things that you’d traditionally pop on a bedside table but where do you put a bedside table when you’re sleeping up high?
Father Christmas also bought both boys a bunk bed light, this year - yes, he loves to give practical presents are well as toys, didn't you know?! It’s a little clip on light that then bends in to position so they can angle it to be able to read and play before Paul and I march upstairs and tell them it’s, ‘definitely, for the very last time, lights off, now’. It’s very easy for them to click on and off themselves, but obviously, they need a reminder or two of this.
Compared to other non-GLTC beds that I’ve seen on the market, I really like how sturdy the Tate feels. It’s sleek, yes, but substantial, too. The steps are solid, the grab handles are perfectly placed, and there’s a big enough gap between the top of the mattress and the top of the frame for children to feel secure and snug. It does take the slightly larger Euro mattress size, so just be aware of that if you like the look of the bed; you can’t use a normal single mattress in it.
And then there’s the all the space underneath. One day it’s home to the most elaborate train track that you’ve ever seen, and the next it’s a pirate den. It’s currently a tidy reading nook but you just know that’s not going to last very long and it will soon be the messy haven of a six year old boy who loves to pour Lego all over his floor. What can you do, hey?!
Normally priced at £450, the Tate mid sleeper is currently on sale for £360. It comes with my personal recommendation and like every other product we’ve ever received or bought from GLTC, it won’t be something we want to or need to replace any time soon. Their products really are built to last.