Decorating a child’s room is one of the most defining moments of parenthood. It is an activity that brings out one’s nesting instincts—the urge to provide your child with the utmost comfort and safety within your home.
It is a way to make a child feel that he has a place in a world where everything seems to be super-sized. However, choosing kids bedroom furniture in itself is difficult given the important factors to be considered, namely: safety, durability, and price.
What Type of Furniture Should I Buy for My Child?
Unfortunately, many parents fall into compromise and stray from the bottom line: Which furniture should I invest my money in and which ones should I skimp on?
The foremost concern for buying kids furniture should always be safety. A parent should be aware of safety standards and make sure that their purchases conform to them. Crib or bunk bed rails should be checked that they don’t collapse at the slightest bump.
Toy chest lids, especially heavy ones, should be secured when opened so that it doesn’t injure your child. Sliding lids are always better to avoid any accidents. Painted furniture should not have lead components as they are poisonous could be fatal when ingested.
The general rule is, for furniture you’d expect your child to use for years, buy them in higher quality despite their price, as they will be more dependable. These include beds that children are fond of jumping on and playing in, and dressers.
The last thing you’d want is for the bed to collapse while your seven-year-old is doing somersaults at midnight. Kids bedroom furniture should be durable enough to withstand years of abuse that would inevitably be inflicted on it.
For growing families, it’s also a great idea to invest in good cribs and high chairs — potential hand-me-downs that can be reused by younger siblings and save you from buying new baby-care equipment.
Plan for the Future
As for the more decorative aspect, a good basis is to imagine the room in a few years time. The unfortunate tendency for many parents is that they furnish the child’s room according to his or her present age, not foreseeing that children grow and outgrow many things at a quick rate.
And so they paint the walls with Winnie-the-Pooh and buy a polka-dotted closet — things that a teenage son would be mortified for his friends to see. Not unless you repaint his walls and buy him new furniture.
Keep in mind that as kids grow, their needs change. Maybe it’s better to buy the standard dresser that would last well into the child’s teenage years. Parents may also opt to give their children twin-sized beds once they’ve graduated from the crib and skip the toddler bed altogether.
Overall, purchasing kids bedroom furniture should be a joyous event. After all, your intention in creating a bedroom for your child is to provide him with a safe and cozy little place that is all his own. Be sure to follow the tips listed here and you’ll be well on your way to doing just that.