How To Measure Your Room Correctly For A Cabin Bed

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When the time comes to invest in a new bed for your child’s bedroom, a little planning and preparation may be needed. Children’s bedrooms are often smaller, or have a lot of toys and furniture to navigate, so it’s well worth planning where their new bed will be positioned, as well as working out how much space there is available for the bed.

Part of this planning involves measuring the space, so that you know what size bed you’ll be able to purchase. If you’re thinking about buying a bespoke cabin bed for your child, there are few additional measurements that you will need to take, as well as the usual measurements required for a standard child’s bed.

In this guide, we’ve highlighted the key measurements required, for any parent searching for how to measure a room correctly for a cabin bed.

Measurements to take before investing in a cabin bed

Wall to wall measurements

Whether you’re hoping for a cabin bed that will stretch across the width or length of the room, or you need advice on how much space to take up in the room with the new cabin bed, wall to wall measurements will certainly come in handy.

Set your tape measure flush against the wall on one side of the room, and stretch it across the space sit flush on the opposing wall. These measurements should be taken for the both width and length of your room, to give the designers and manufacturers as much information as possible.

From one skirting board to another

After measuring the distance between walls, you should do the same process to measure the distance from one skirting board to another. This will vary ever so slightly from the wall to wall measurements, but again, will give the cabin bed designer an idea of how to create a cabin bed that will fit your child’s room perfectly.

Simply follow the same process as you did with the wall to wall measurements, but holding the tape measure flush against the skirting boards instead.

The depth of the skirting board

The depth of the skirting boards in your child’s room should also be considered, to inform the cabin bed designer of how much space there is between the walls and the face of the skirting boards in your child’s bedroom. This will give them an understanding of how much space will sit between the cabin bed and the wall. If you’d like the bed to sit flush against the wall the measurements of your skirting board may be used to add an inset to the bed which will go around the skirting board.

Ceiling height

You will be required to provide a measurement of the distance between the floor and the ceiling in your child’s room. This is so that the designer can add as much to the cabin bed as possible – such as a desk space or cupboards underneath – whilst making sure your child will be able to make their way to bed simply and safely, too.

As with the other measurements required, this is very quick and simple to do. Just stretch the tape measure upwards to that it’s pressed against the ceiling, before stretching it downwards to reach the floor.

Other considerations to make before buying a cabin bed

The measurements above will give your bespoke cabin bed designer plenty of information to help them create the perfect bed for your child’s room. However, it’s well worth providing them with additional information, to perfect the cabin bed design even further and to make sure the bed fits seamlessly within your child’s current space.


Obstructions can be anything from pipes and radiators, to window sills and alcoves situated throughout the room. You could even go as far as noting where other pieces of furniture are positioned, if you want to keep everything in the same place.

Makes a note of any obstructions in the space that you think the bed will go, and leave a few additional notes for the manufacturer, that could help them to make the best decisions on the design for the cabin bed.

The room plan

Go that one step further, by creating a simple yet extremely useful floor plan for the cabin bed creator to cast their eyes over. Include everything from the entryway to the room and which way the door opens, to where the windows are and where electrical sockets are situated.

Together, all of this information will work towards the creation of a bespoke cabin bed that’s perfect for your child’s room. In no time at all, their brand new bed will be installed into the space, ready for them to make the most of, without disrupting any toys or furniture that was already in place.