Montessori style floor bed designs and our own personal story.

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 Chambre aux colors acidulé by Bonnesoeur(s)

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 Une Maison dans la Chambre by Bonnesoeur(s)

I’m kind of obsessed with Montessori style children’s floor beds. I always recommend them to sleep deprived friends to the point of sounding like a broken record. I’ve collected over 200 images of them on my Pinterest. Yes, I’m a bit obsessed.

While most of these images are from regular parents just sharing their child’s sweet sleep spot, lately I’ve seen a lot of interior designers take inspiration from Montessori concepts as well.

Take for example the above images from sister design team Bonnesoeur(s). Lélia and Thélissa from Bretagne (that’s the region just west of Normandy), do lovely eclectic design work and their Chambre aux colors acidulé (Bedroom with acidic colors) and Une Maison dans la Chambre (A house in the bedroom) both feature Montessori-esque kid-friendly floor beds with creative original frames.

Culla per il co-sleeping and Lettino Futon by Mandori

Furniture designers are taking note as well. Ilaria Vasdeki, an Italian architect, artisan, and designer creates pieces directly inspired by Montessori philosophy for her brand Mandori. Her furniture like the Lettino Futon, a Montessori like sleeper shown above, is made from untreated solid fir from PEFC certfied sustainable forests.

Montessori style floor bed, play gym, table and chairs by HighlandWood
Like Mandori, Highland Wood takes an earth conscious approach to their Montessori inspired custom-made baby and toddler furniture. For each item sold in Henry’s Etsy shop, a tree is planted in the customer’s name through the Create your Forrest initiative by The Carbon Farmer. I love the well crafted soft rounded edges of these designs.
Homemade floor bed frame by Blog à la Cart

One can also make a Montessori floor bed frame at home. James and Ashley made this amazing DIY padded floor bed frame for under $100! Their tutorial is really detailed and the results are superb. Such a lovely bed for a little girl!

Or you can hack your crib like Meryl and her husband did. They transformed the bottom of their old crib into a floor bed frame and created the really beautiful Montessori sleep space shown below.

Transformed floor bed frame by My Bit of Earth

Our personal story:

We moved our daughter to her own room at about 9 months and went through several transformations of the floor bed concept. At first we just put her crib mattress on the floor to see if she liked it. When we saw that she LOVED it, we took a twin sized mattress and placed it directly on the floor. Later we purchased a Tatami mat to slightly raise and ventilate the mattress.