Are you starting to realize that your kids are getting older now, and outgrowing their toddler beds? Maybe, this is the right time for you to find a new bed for them. Well, one of the beds in our list is this Donco Kids Low Study Loft Bed.
We find this loft bed intriguing because it’s just around $500, yet packed with the things you need for their room.
Aside from the affordability, it will also help you organize their room. It’s compact, even though there are lots of items in the package. Well, we think it will impress you more than it impresses us. But, before that, let’s check first if it’s worthy of our money and time.
You’ll see two kinds of wood on this one. One is pinewood, and the other one is MDF.
So, the question is, where can we see the pinewood and MDF?
Well, you’ll find the pinewood on the bed part. This only means that Donco Kids made sure that this piece will have a stable and sturdy foundation. It’s necessary to use solid wood on the bed because our kids’ safety is at risk here, right?
Should we trust this pinewood? It seems like this is not the best wood to use on a bed because it’s softer than other types of wood. But since the woodcuts are thick, we still find it trustworthy enough to purchase this one. Also, our kids’ don’t have so much weight. So, we don’t think the wood will break sooner.
For safety, use plywood on top of the slats. We are not that confident with the quality of it. They only attached it with strip fabrics to keep them connected, and the plywood will solve the problem of these slats. It will provide more stability for your mattress. So pick thick plywood and screw it on top of it.
Now, does it bother you to know that they also used MDF in this loft? Don’t be because you’ll only find this wood on the chest drawer, desk, and bookshelf. This won’t affect the safety of your kids. But, we understand if you still doubt this pressed wood.
Well, even though they only used MDF on these three items, you’ll still find it sturdy. In fact, after the assembly, we could say that both the bed and these add-ons are all working well, and everything is solid.
We don’t question its stability since this factor depends on how you will work on the assembly. If you fail, then you might get unstable items. Therefore, you need to work diligently on assembling this Donco Kids Low Study Loft Bed to get the sturdiness it promised to you.
The Loft Bed
Now that we know the composition of this piece, then it’s time for us to test its durability.
As we mentioned earlier, you need to put plywood on top of the slats, that is if you want more support both for the mattress and your kid. Well, this is just how we see it. The decision is still on you if you want to add plywood or not.
For the ladder, they built it upright. Well, since this is not a tall loft bed, we don’t have any complaints about it, unless you have a toddler who would like to climb on this. Better watch them, so they won’t climb on it alone because it’s not safe for them. Also, it’s not interchangeable.
We’ve heard several complaints about the silver bolts Donco Kids used. They don’t want it because it’s so visible on this piece. The head protrudes on the wood, which annoys them. Well, our question to you is, will this thing annoy you, too?
- Overall Dimension: 79” L x 43” W x 41” H.
After we assemble the foundation, we find it sturdy enough to do its job. This might look flimsy to others, but for its price range, we still find it worthy of our money. Also, it looks and feels sturdy.
What to expect from the package?
This package comes not only with the Loft Bed, but it also includes three add-on items to complete your kid’s room furniture, and what are these?
- Chest Drawer
Now, let’s talk about these items a bit deeper.
What caught our attention is the pull-out desk placed under the bed. It’s something that kids will love when they see it.
It has a plain design, but we like it because it has wheels, which makes it easier to pull when kids need it. Aside from that, it also has an open shelf. This will serve as additional storage for you. You can place an organizer bin here to maximize its purpose.
- Desk Dimension: 30” L x 27” W x 27.5” H
The chest drawer has three easy-glide drawers. Well, it’s not that huge, but we still find it valuable. Its height is around 27.5 inches, which also means you can use it as your kid’s media stand (that is if they have a Television in their room) while carrying some of their clothes.
It’s not something that could replace your kid’s main dresser drawer, but at least it could help you organize their undergarments or bed sheets or maybe hold their toys to minimize the clutters in their room, right?
It has two wooden knobs on each drawer. Well, you have a choice is you want to replace it with something more attractive or not. But for us, we’re okay with it since we know we’ll replace it in the next few years when our kids are older.
You’ll like how roomy the bookshelf is. It only has two layers, but because it’s wide, we are sure enough it will accommodate your kids’ nursery books.
- Bookshelf Dimension: 36″ L x 26″ H x 10″ D
How high should our mattress be?
It’s important that you’ll leave a huge space between the top of the mattress and the rails. By this, you’ll be able to ensure the safety of your kid while they sleep at night.
Now, the question is, how high should our mattress be? Not higher than 10 inches. This will leave you ample space between your mattress and the top of the rails.
So, the next question is, is this twin or full? It could only accommodate a twin-sized mattress. Fair enough, since they design it for kids only.
Can we move the chest drawer and bookshelf away from the bed, so we could use the space under it?
Yes, you could remove it away from the bed. They did not attach it because the plan is to let you use the space underneath as your kids’ playhouse.
This is nice, right? Well, this is one of the reasons this Donco Kids Low Study Loft Bed is so attractive to kids. It gives them a place to read their books or just play with their friends without jumping up and down on their bed. You could also remove the desk for a wider space.
The height from the floor to the bottom of the bed is 28 inches only. It’s not that high, right? But even though it’s only over 2 feet, kids will still enjoy hiding in this space because for them it’s already huge space.
How long will I assemble this?
Well, we need you to be patient on this part. You need to prepare yourself for the long hours of assembly. There’s a lot of work on this package.
Imagine, there’s a loft bed, desk, chest drawer, and a bookshelf that you need to assemble. This only means you need to spend several hours to finish everything. Even if you’ll ask for someone’s help, it will still take you hours. Now, do you think you can handle this? If it’s for your kids’ happiness, why not, right?
For the instruction, they should at least have made a clearer direction and label on each wood. It might cause a headache for people who are not used to assembling furniture. The only advice we could give to everyone is, pay attention to the photos on the instruction sheet since the wood’s label is ambiguous. It will help you a lot.
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