Children’s bedroom furniture should be fun, functional and long-lasting. Here are some great guidelines for choosing kids furniture that both you and your kids will like.
1 – Take Your Children With You
When you are shopping for kids bedroom furniture, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the furniture is not for you. It is for your kids, therefore, when you go to bedroom furniture stores, take them with you. Let your kids show you which bedroom sets they like.
2 – Look for the Long Haul
Bedroom furniture, kid’s furniture included, is not something that you buy every year or two. It is important to look at bedroom sets that are both durable in manufacturing and material, and durable in style. For example, if your daughter picks out a bed with a canopy made to look like a castle, though it may be absolutely adorable, steer her towards a regular canopy bed instead. The castle theme will only last a year or so, and then what? Instead, let your children be creative with the bedding, not the bed itself.
3 – Don’t Buy Cheap, Buy on Sale
Bedroom furniture stores are always having sales. Many of them will honor their competitor’s coupons. Choose buying a quality piece of furniture that is on sale over buying a put-it-together-yourself piece of furniture at a discount store. These do-it-yourself furniture pieces are great for other rooms, but children are very hard on their furniture. You want it to last, so quality is important.
4 – The Pefect Hideaway for a Mess
Make sure you have one or two storage pieces included in your kids’ bedroom furniture that toys or other items can be stashed in for a quick clean-up. For example, toy chests are great. For young children, cleaning up usually means putting away, and not sorting. Toy chests are a great way to teach your child to clean-up, while not having to get on his case that he didn’t clean up the right way. Stashing toys on a bookshelf looks messy, and it will just frustrate you. Children can easily throw their toys in a toy chest – no organization required, and the room looks neat.
5 – Unless You Have a Flair for Design, Don’t Mismatch
Unless your hobby is interior design, try not to mismatch furniture pieces. Bedroom furniture should come in sets; it looks so much more put together when the furniture pieces actually go together. Also, you can save money by purchasing a bed, desk, night table and dresser as a set, as opposed to purchasing them each separately. If creativity is what you are looking for, instead get creative with wall decorations, a funky lamp or a cool looking rug.
Buying children’s bedroom furniture should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your child. It is important to remember that the furniture you choose should be chosen for its lasting style and durability. Instead of making the space tailored to your child’s personality through furniture, go shopping with your child for fun bedroom accessories.
Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.