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A Smart Parent’s Quick and Easy Guide to Choosing Kid’s Furniture
Let’s admit it – choosing furniture for your child isn’t a child’s play. For all we know, it can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You can unleash your imagination and choose pieces that will create delightful childhood memories. However, the catch here is to find items that tick all the boxes of comfort, fun, safety, and functionality. Moreover, if you want a bigger bang for the bucks you spend, you should invest in furniture that your children won’t outgrow in a jiffy. Sounds like a daunting task, doesn’t it? Worry not, dear mommy and daddy, this isn’t an impossible task. You won’t need a magic wand for that, either. You just need to think wise and act smart.
So, let’s take a look at a few essential tips that will help you to choose your kid’s furniture with confidence.
First things first: Have a plan
It indeed seems exciting to walk into a lavish furniture store or log into an online one and buy that fancy crib for your baby or a bunk bed for your school-going kids. But (yes, there’s always a but), it’s better to spare a few moments deciding what type of furniture you would like to have and how you plan to use it. You also need to think how long you expect your kid to use the piece of furniture. The range and variety of furniture available these days are simply staggering, so a proper plan and budget will help you narrow down your options.
Think in terms of multi-functionality
Versatility is the key when it comes to selecting furniture for your bundle of joy. Unlike adults, children grow and they outgrow everything, from clothes and toys to furniture. You need to think in terms of items that will serve as double-duty pieces. For instance, instead of opting for a regular changing table, you can go for a cradle-shaped padded chair. Once your baby outgrows the nappy changing stage, the piece will serve as a cool chair to give your kid a rocking time! Now, won’t that be a cool idea for your pocket as well?
Opt for timeless pieces
It’s easy to lose yourself in the moment as you imagine your kid’s room full of cute and colorful pieces of furniture. But remember, furniture is a long-term investment and that’s why you must opt for items that fit the long-haul plan. It definitely makes sense to invest in items that your kids will use for some years. This doesn’t mean that you should choose a king size bed for your kid’s bedroom or a standard study table that is too big for your child. The key here is to choose kid’s furniture that can be refurbished or remodeled as your child grows up.
Give priority to safety features
A product that is harmful to your children is the last thing you want, right? That’s why safety should be your prime concern when buying furniture for your little ones. Kids often jump on their bed, hide behind the desk and sneak under the bed to retrieve a toy. In short, they use furniture in ways you or the manufactured have never even imagined! That means the beds, chairs, tables, and other pieces in their room must be safe for them to play and move around. For starters, make sure that the furniture you choose has no sharp edges or slippery surfaces. Also, it is in your best interests to avoid buying products made of harmful and toxic substances. Moreover, look for items with additional safety features. For instance, if you opt for a bunk bed, look for one that has rails to protect your kid.
Don’t forget about quality and durability
You may have fallen in love with the cute rocker or baby cradle online because it’s being sold at an insanely discounted price. But wait, have you considered the quality of the item? Is it made of things that are durable and absolutely safe for your precious little one? Quality matters; in fact, it matters the most. A high-quality piece may feel like a pinch in the pocket, but it can save you a lot of hassles in the future. Also, the item must be durable enough for long-term use. Consider that you are buying a kid’s bed that your child will use for the next five years or so. Make sure that the bed is sturdy enough to bear your kid’s weight as he/she grows up.
Keep storage space in mind
You enter your child’s room and you step on the toys scattered on the floor. Ouch, it hurts! Been there and done that, right? Kids’ world is a chaotic one and naturally, you will find their room full of toys, clothes, games, books, pencils, color boxes, and what not! Some of these things can turn into safety hazards if allowed to remain strewn around. So, the solution is to opt for furniture with storage space that can accommodate your child’s ever-growing world of knick-knacks and essentials. For instance, you can look for kid’s wardrobe design that has drawers to keep small pieces of clothing in order. A box-bed can also go a long way in storing your child’s treasures that he/she may not be willing to part with or those winter garments that you won’t need to take out before next Christmas. Having enough storage space will also mean less clutter in your child’s room.
Select age-appropriate furniture
Yes, we know we suggested buying timeless furniture. But that doesn’t mean you bring in pieces that your child won’t be able to use at present. What you need to do is look for pieces that your kid can use comfortably at present and continue to use them a few years down the line as well. For instance, if you get a study table for kids with a height that is too high for your child to sit at and write on, it defeats the purpose of investing in the piece at the moment. Instead, you can opt for a desk with a drawer that is right for your child’s size and can be used as a storage space later when you bring in a new study table that will be right for your kid at that age.
Consider your child’s opinion
Remember that you are not just buying furniture for your kids’ room; you are creating a world where they will be spending a lot of their time. Children have their own ideas about the way they want their world to be. If your kids aren’t too small to express their views, it will be a good idea to seek their opinion. Of course, you don’t need to follow all such wishes, especially if they are not feasible or are irrational. But you can consider one or two ideas, like the color of the cushion on the chair or the kid’s bed design. This way, your child will feel more attached to the room and love spending time there.
Children grow up at a ridiculously fast pace and there’s nothing you can do about that. The best thing to do is make sure that you plan and buy their furniture in such a way that their room grows with them. That’s what smart parents do and of course, you ARE smart!