My son is 8 (close to 9), and we were going back and forth on whether to buy him a 72" high loft bed or this one. This one seemed almost too low, but last minute we decided to choose it. I'm so glad we did! Once set up, we realized it was high enough for our son. He still has the fort underneath, but feels high enough up in the "air" too. It's easy for him to get out of bed in the middle of the night, and it's the perfect height for me to tuck him in. The bed is easy for me to make since it is level with my upper body. Another tip is to put two fitted sheets on, then when it's time to change the bed, just peel off the top layer and you have a clean sheet ready to go. :) Other notes: It took my husband and son about two hours to put together. He said it was easy. We used my son's prior mattress, which is about 8 inches, and it works fine. Still enough rail left to keep him in there. The bed is sturdy and we haven't heard any squeaks. The rungs on the ladder hurt a little, so we did cut up a swimming noodle, put slits in them, and put them on each rung. I purchased a bed caddy (Bed, Bath, and Beyond) that fits nicely on the side rail so he can keep books, flashlight, etc. Less excuses to get down at night! Sturdy bed, great value, and fun!
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