As children grow, they need more room to explore so they can develop their senses. If you’re setting up your child’s playroom or bedroom, or simply considering new furniture for your child's existing room, here are some tips to help you.
Where to start?
The beginning is always the hardest part but not to worry, let your little one guide you on this aspect! Take your child to the local department store and look out for things that both you and your child prefer. Remember these items because they will give you an idea of how to decorate their room according to their chosen style. If you don't have time to shop or don't live close to furniture and home decor stores, there are online shops that offer the usual furniture as well as those with unique designs. Sit down with your child and get their input to help you design their room according to their interest.
Choosing a theme
With so many possibilities, it can get a bit overwhelming but remember that the room you're remodelling is your child's room, so their opinion counts. The key to a room that looks well put together is choosing a theme and sticking to it. Ask your child what theme they want for their room, and suggest wall colors and furnishings that can go with it. Consider the safety, durability and comfort of the materials used in the furniture to guarantee years of enjoyment. To be more practical, choose materials that match your existing furniture.
When you’re allocating budget for furniture, think of the value you’re getting for your money and not just the price tag. Many people set an amount without considering the purpose and lifespan of an item. But ask yourself, is it going to last? If you buy the cheaper version, are you sure you won’t spend more with repairs or replacements? Look beyond the price tag and focus on the quality and purpose of the piece. Buying good quality furniture is important, especially if you want it to last for many years, and if you have more than one child using the furniture.
Choose function and durability
When buying children's bedroom furniture, choose something that is functional and sturdy enough to withstand everyday play. Kids may be small but they are also very active. Having a mediocre piece of furniture in their room may not be the best idea, especially if their repeated movements place undue stress on the furniture. You can’t expect them to always handle things with care, so you have to make sure that your furniture can handle your children, most especially if you have kids who like rough housing or toddlers who love to pretend they are "monkeys jumping on the bed."
Consider your child’s safety
Children are curious and their imaginations usually run wild so it is very important to check for safety hazards when selecting their furniture. Check for pointed edges that might cut or bruise your child. If you can’t childproof it, it’s probably not the best piece for your child’s room. Make sure that there are no small parts or accessories that can be choking hazards. Some toy boxes have lids that are heavy and children have no way to hold them up, causing fingers to get caught and heads to get bumps –yikes! Check carefully because accidents occur, especially with small children. If you see any other possible hazards, explore other options.
Pick furniture that serves more than one purpose
Aside from functionality and durability, find pieces that you can convert into something else over time. Maybe a child-sized daybed will work best if you have a small space in your home. Buying a daybed means having one furniture that has two functions. Or, for something grander, how about a DIY project?
When your children are younger, they might want to have a toy chest in their room. As they grow older, you can repurpose this toy chest into a cushioned seating. With a little bit of creativity, you can even transform it into something new and match it with that computer table you’re buying for your (now) high school student. This saves you money, space, and they can still store some of their items without having to buy a new piece of furniture.
Children's furniture is a big deal to kids
Children feel very grown up when they have their own furniture. Child-sized recliners, beanbags, and even sofas will do wonders to a child’s self esteem and overall childhood experience. Having their own chairs will give them a place to immerse themselves in their favorite activities. You might also want to add picnic tables or brightly painted shelves to give the children their own place to eat, make crafts, play, or read books. Kids furniture usually comes in a more casual style which means you won’t have a hard time matching them with your child’s room —making it easier to complete the look you’re trying to achieve.
Keep these tips in mind when buying children's furniture, to guarantee years of safety, comfort and enjoyment for your child!