Designing a child’s bedroom can sometimes be more challenging than decorating any other room in the house. Most parents are keen to design a space which both appeals to their own sense of design, and which pleases the child as well. But there are numerous other factors to consider when buying children’s furniture, which will affect how pleasing and practical the end result is. With that in mind, here are our top tips for buying children’s furniture.
Tip #1. Look At Space Saving Solutions
Many children have bedrooms which are on the small side, and in homes, with multiple children, it is common for siblings to have to share. Bedrooms may also need to serve several purposes – they can be somewhere to sleep, a quiet place to study and storage for toys in homes without a separate play room. That is a lot of functionality to pack into what might be one of the smallest rooms in the house.
Clever space saving solutions can help to maximize the usefulness of a child’s bedroom while maintaining a feeling of space. You could look for cabin beds which have drawers or cupboards underneath, headboards which incorporate a bookcase into the design, or even a bed with a pull out side table which doubles as a desk. Daybeds are great if you occasionally need a place to sleep another child.
Tip #2. Think About Safety
When buying children’s furniture, safety is a paramount concern. If you are buying directly from a store, check for obvious hazards such as poor construction. This is not possible to do if you are making a purchase online unless you also have the option to visit a local showroom. Ensure that you always buy furniture from a reputable and trustworthy retailer – they will be responsible enough to only stock furniture which conforms to modern safety standards. You may also be able to look under the product descriptions to see what safety regulations the product adheres to.
In addition to this, it can be handy to check out reviews left by other consumers. If there are any design flaws with the furniture, another parent will be sure to mention it.
Tip #3. Consider The Longevity Of Style
The final big consideration when buying children’s furniture is how long you want it to last. This includes thinking about style as much as quality because children’s needs and tastes can develop and change so rapidly. If you enjoy experimenting with new decor and have a big budget, then going with themed furniture is not a problem. If, on the other hand, you need the furniture to last for many years then you may want to go for furniture which is more neutral or grown up. You can still adapt it to your child’s personal taste with fun or colourful bedding and accessories.
Designing the perfect room for your child can be simple with a little planning. Think about how your child will be using the space and the longevity of an item, before making your final purchase.