9 Useful Tips In Choosing Furniture For Your Kid's Room
Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Designing your little one’s bedroom is undoubtedly one of the most fun aspects of being a parent. In fact, it becomes a lovely bonding activity if your kid is old enough to get involved and make his preferences known too! The furnishing of the room is a big part of the decor and a difficult one to get just right. This is because not only should the furniture look aesthetically appealing and fun, it should be just as functional.
There are many different factors and parameters that dictate the kind of furniture would be best suited for a given setting. Ideally, the bedroom should give your kid space to play around, have adequate storage potential, and still be completely safe and harmless. Here are some useful tips to help you choose the best kind of furniture for your kid’s room:
1 A BALANCED COMBINATION
The perfect children's bedroom maintains a careful balance between practicality and fun. While your kid's bedroom should be playful and engaging for him or her, you need to make sure that they do not outgrow the room in only a few years' time.
That is why a good idea is to mix some regular, more adult furniture pieces with some fun, more colorful items to keep things fresh and leave the potential to adapt the room based on your kid’s changing taste.
2 LOW FURNITURE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
If your kid is learning how to walk or will be very soon, you will want to get furniture that is relatively low to the ground. This is because you want to encourage the child to use safe support to stand and try to move around the room. Children use their surroundings to learn these basic skills and you will want to make the process more facilitative for them.
3 BUNK BEDS
Bunk beds are not only a great solution to conserve space, especially when kids are sharing a single bedroom, but they are also a very fun and welcome addition to a kid’s haven. Most kids will want to have a bunk bed, so you can make your child happy with a solution that is functional and enjoyable.
For safety purposes, however, be wary of the height of the bed. If your children are still small, you do not want them climbing too high and potentially risking an injury from a fall. This means that bunk beds are better suited for children over the age of 6 and even then you should try to find a low bunk bed for the room. You can further secure bunk beds by installing railings on the side that will prevent falling accidents.
4 NO SHARP CORNERS
The safety of the child comes first and foremost for any parent. To make the bedroom child safe, you will want to invest in furniture with rounded corners instead of sharp edges that can cause harm if the child is not careful.
Also try to avoid putting old or second hand furniture in your kid’s bedroom as it can have splinters, rusty parts, or rough edges that can be dangerous. Make sure that the furniture you buy conforms to the current safety rules and standards.
5 THE RIGHT MATERIALS
Another aspect of ensuring the safety of your child in their room is choosing the right material for all the furniture. You should avoid using materials that can be broken and potentially hurt your kid, such as glass tables or mirrored accessories.
6 KEEP IT HEAVY AND WIDE
Avoid using pieces that are very light and fragile, and can easily be maneuvered and pushed by a child. Bottom heavy, low, and wide furniture is typically fall safe and cannot be pushed around by a small kid. Keep this in mind when buying dressers, wardrobes, drawers, and other storage furniture. To keep them upright, you can tether them to the wall that they are placed against so that they do not fall down in any situation.
7 EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOR
The major perk of decorating and furnishing your child’s bedroom is that there are no rules when it comes to the color palette- the more colorful the merrier! That does not mean that you cannot choose a theme and stick to it or opt for lighter colors; in fact, if your child is very young or if you are furnishing a nursery, subtle shades are more nurturing and relaxing.
For a walking and taking kid, on the other hand, it would be a great opportunity to get them involved in the process and incorporate their favorite color into the scheme. You can then use it as a primary shade and pair it with a complementary color or two to create a nice contrast with the furniture in the room.
Make sure that the paint you use is safe and non toxic, meaning it would not be harmful even if the child accidentally ingests some of it.
8 CUSTOMIZING FURNITURE TO FIT THE THEME
Adding accents to the furniture is a great way to conform to the overall theme or color scheme of the room without having to completely douse the furnishing in a singular, solid hue. So if you are going for wooden drawer sets, for example, you can customize it by adding fun shaped and colorful knobs and decals that fit in with the theme or the color scheme of the rest of the bedroom.
Another benefit of using theme adherent accents is that you can replace them occasionally to freshen up the bedroom.
9 MULTIPURPOSE FURNITURE
Versatile furniture that can be used for several purposes is a great investment for the long run. Some examples include cribs that can be transformed into small beds as your kid grows older, beds with underlying drawers to give you extra storage space, and a portable table with built in pockets to store basic items which can be stowed away in a shelf when not in use.
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About the Author:
Ben Miller, an expert in professional interior design and home decor which something he is passionate about.