Kids Furniture Buying Guide
The basic furniture needs in a child's bedroom haven't changed much in the decades since our parents sought out beds, dressers, and storage pieces to fill our bedrooms, though today's caregivers have more to contend with in technology and safety considerations. Here's what you need to know to outfit a room for your young king or queen. We'll discuss bedroom furniture, dressers, and nursery furniture extensively in separate guides.
Types of Kids Furniture
Like all aspects of housing, kids rooms are growing in square footage, yet they still remain among the smallest rooms in a single-family dwelling. The basic pieces of furniture listed below can vary in size, and you can pick and choose components to fill out the space you have.
Twin beds are the most common bedroom furniture in a child's room. Some children graduate to these beds from a toddler bed, or they may switch directly from the crib. Extra-long twin beds are helpful if you think your child will be tall. Full- and queen-size beds can also be used to comfortably sleep guests. Another common feature in a child's bedroom is bunk beds or a loft bed, which elevate the mattress to gain floor space. Most of these beds are twin size, though some bunk beds have a full or queen bed on the bottom.
Find Kids Bedroom Sets at Target.com! Inspired by classic cottage styling, the Westfield Youth Twin Size Four-Piece Bedroom Set fe...atures a traditional curved headboard and pretty scrollwork. Finished in a perfectly charming white and complete with a dresser with mirror, and nightstand, this collection is a refreshing and cheerful addition to your child's bedroom. Color: White. Gender: Female. read more
South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Bookcase Headboard in WhiteFor a stylish, updated version of cottage country, this collection is an... ideal choice when decorating a child's or teen's room. The Andover Collection Headboard is simple in design, featuring an... read more
Includes twin storage bed, bookcase headboard, nightstand and chest. Bed with three reversible storage drawers. Headboard with two... shelves. Nightstand with one open space and drawer. Chest with five drawers. Metal slides. Hardwood knob.... read more
Gabriella Smartstuff Panel Bedroom Set - White. Crafted from plywood slats. Lead-free finishes. Top left media drawer. Removable f...elt-lined tray reveals hidden storage in top right drawer. Removable dividers in bottom drawers. Bed is only Available in Full Size. Optional Trundle. Optional Storage Unit. .This Traditional Kids Full Size Bedroom Sets isWhite Wood. This is part of our Kids Full Size Bedroom Sets line. This is a Panel Bed. read more
Once your child reaches school age, you may consider putting a desk in his or her room. You will also need an appropriate desk chair. It should be supportive and sturdy, with casters or swiveling as needed.
Desk Chair: Espresso Parker Desk ChairFloor to Seat: 18" H - Brown - Our Parker Desk Chair is an update of the traditional schoolh...ouse chair with a contoured and angled back. *Product Details* - Saddle seat for added comfort - Protective finish allows for easy cleanup - Made in Thailand - More colors available *Materials* - Solid sustainable rubberwood - Felt pads on feet protect floor from scratches read more
: Class Act White & Gold Desk Chair - Here's a smart idea. Our leather desk chair has rolling wheels and a padded, adjustable ...seat that swivels 360 degrees. *Safety Features* -We recommend that only children over the age of 5 use and operate this chair due to the nature of the rolling casters and adjustable lift -For use with children that can safely touch the ground with feet in the lowest seat position of 16" *Product Details* -Nod exclusive -Adjustable from 16" to 19.5"h -360 degree swivel -Bonded leather seat with padding -Simple assembly required *Materials* -Bonded leather seat with padding -Brushed nickel or gold base read more
: Class Act Pink & Gold Desk Chair - Here's a smart idea. Our leather desk chair has rolling wheels and a padded, adjustable s...eat that swivels 360 degrees. *Safety Features* -We recommend that only children over the age of 5 use and operate this chair due to the nature of the rolling casters and adjustable lift -For use with children that can safely touch the ground with feet in the lowest seat position of 16" *Product Details* -Nod exclusive -Adjustable from 16" to 19.5"h -360 degree swivel -Bonded leather seat with padding -Simple assembly required *Materials* -Bonded leather seat with padding -Brushed nickel or gold base read more
: White Concord Desk Chair. - If you ever find yourself in a heated game of Musical Chairs, this is the seat you want under you wh...en the music stops. The sleek, simple design and solid sustainable rubber wood construction means this wooden desk chair is always a winner. Plus, it coordinates perfectly with our Hampshire Furniture Collection. -Nod exclusive -A Royce Nelson design -Saddle seat for added comfort -Mix and match with any of our desks -Felt pads on feet protect floor from scratching -Made in Thailand -For complimentary swatches, please email firstname.lastname@example.org *Materials* -Solid sustainable rubber wood read more
Your child will need at least one dresser and maybe two when he or she reaches the teenage years. Tall five-drawer dressers save on floor space, whereas wide side-by-side dressers with six or eight drawers offer more surface space for a lamp, jewelry, trophy display, or toiletries.
This sturdy dresser can be assembled tool-free in less than three minutes. Disassembles in seconds for convenient flat-pack storag...e or transport. Part of the Classic Collection Series that includes a Classic White Bed, bookcase, desk and gaming stand all finished in a super durable non-toxic double-baked enamel. All Legare panels use a patented locking design, so there are no screw holes to line up, small hardware pieces to lose or complicated instruction steps to follow. Assembly is fun, fast and simple. Legare furniture is packed with remarkable innovations that you simply won't find in other modular furniture. Patented tool-free assembly, incredibly strong locking tab/slot design, integrated cable routing and many other forward-thinking user features, are just a few of the innovations you'll find in every piece of Legare furniture. Furniture Room: Bedroom, Nursery Type: Cabinet, Drawers Material: MDF Style: Contemporary, Casual, Urban Assembly: Assembly Required Color: White Color: White. read more
Features 8 felt-lined drawers with English dovetail joinery. Crafted of poplar solids and veneers. Wooden drawer pulls. Full exten...sion, side-mounted ball bearing drawer guides. Optional mirror finished with beveled edge. Dresser dimensions: 60W x 18.5D x 35.75H inchesMirror dimensions: 34W x 1.25D x 39H inches. Eight felt-lined drawer boxes with English dovetail joinery at the front and back of the drawers highlight the Lake House 8 Drawer Dresser. Crafted of poplar solids and veneers, this traditional dresser comes outfitted with wooden drawer pulls and features an optional mirror finished with a beveled edge. There's also an anti-tip kit included for your child's safety.About New Energy KidsNE Kids is a company with a mission: to make and import truly unique furniture for your child. For over thirty years they've been accomplishing this mission with flying colors, one room at a time. Not only will these products look fabulous, they will provide perfect safety for your children by adhering to the highest standards set by the American Society for Testing and Material and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Your kids are in the best of hands, and everyone will appreciate these high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces for years to come. Color: Stone/White. read more
Dresser with optional mirror. Made with acacia wood veneers and engineered wood. Select from available finish options. 6 drawers w...ith full-extension glides. English dovetail joints. Easy-to-hold solid nickel knobs. Part of the East End Collection. Available in sophisticated two-tone finishes, the NE Kids East End 6 Drawer Dresser resounds with echoes of the Danish Modern movement. This dresser satisfies the small child's need for order and the teen's need for easy elegance, making it ideal as a grow-with-me piece. Drawers are easy to handle with child-friendly brushed nickel knobs and full-extension glides. English dovetail joints show a high level of craftsmanship.Dimensions:Dresser: 57.05W x 18.5D x 34.76H in.Optional mirror: 33W x 1D x 36H in.About New Energy KidsNE Kids is a company with a mission: to create and import truly unique furniture for your child. For over thirty years they've been accomplishing this mission with flying colors, one room at a time. Not only will these products look fabulous, they will provide perfect safety for your children by adhering to the highest standards set by the American Society for Testing and Material and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Your kids are in the best of hands, and everyone will appreciate these high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces for years to come. Color: White/Taupe. read more
Available as dresser or dresser with optional mirror configuration. US poplar and veneers over engineered wood. Choice of non-toxi...c, chic finish options. 3 full-extension drawers. Side mounted ball bearing drawer guides. Bail pull hardware with crystal accents. Front and back dovetail drawer joinery. Felt-lined top drawer. Bowed drawer fronts. Updated Queen Anne legs. Optional mirror with carved, arched top. With the NE Kids Kensington 3 Drawer Single Dresser your modern day royal is sure to keep her room tidy. This glamorous dresser is rich in designer details, like bowed drawer fronts, updated Queen Anne legs, and crystal accents on bail pull hardware. The three wide and spacious drawers include a felt-lined top drawer. This three-drawer dresser is handcrafted of Eastern US poplar wood and veneers over engineered wood and comes in her choice of finish option. It's built heirloom-quality with front and back dovetail drawer joinery, full-extension drawers, and side mounted ball bearing guides. Complete the look of her room by adding the optional, matching mirror.Dimensions:Dresser: 44W x 18.75D x 36H in.Optional mirror: 36.25W x .25D x 36H in.About New Energy KidsNE Kids is a company with a mission: to make and import truly unique furniture for your child. For over thirty years they've been accomplishing this mission with flying colors, one room at a time. Not only will these products look fabulous, they will provide perfect safety for your children by adhering to the highest standards set by the American Society for Testing and Material and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Your kids are in the best of hands, and everyone will appreciate these high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces for years to come. Color: Antique White. read more
Adequate reading light is necessary for a child, whether you plan to read to him in bed or she needs to do homework. An overhead fixture casts its light far and wide, but it is not focused enough to properly illuminate a page in a book. You'll need a lamp that can sit on the bedside table or desk.
Sweet Jojo Designs 10" Groovy Empire Lamp Shade Features: -Lamp base is not included.-Made exclusively to coordinate with the matc...hing bedding sets.-Matching accessories: Hampers, lampshades, window panels, sheets and wall decor.-Groovy... read more
Sweet Jojo Designs Children's Lamp Shades are especially created to coordinate with their children's bedding sets to help complete... the look and feel of the bedroom theme for your child. The lamp base is not included. Lamp Shade Dimensions: 4 inch... read more
If you can't get to the beach to build castles in the sand, let this lamp take your, or your child's imagination there! This 19 in...ch tall, 6 inch long, 4.5 inch wide (48x15x11 cm) sand castle lamp is creatively cast in resin for years of use with a... read more
Resin base with puppy in your choice of color. Empire fabric shade in multicolor. Charming addition to child's room. Requires one ...40-watt incandescent bulb (included). Ideal way to add fun style and light to your space. Dimensions: 15W x 18H inches. About Lite SourceLite Source is headquartered in California and manufactures a beautiful selection of high-quality accent lamps, ceiling lighting, wall lighting, exterior lighting, and home accessories. A purchase from Lite Source will be a long-lasting addition to any decor.Manufacturer's WarrantyThis item includes a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty. Color: Yellow. read more
Every bedroom needs storage, and this is particularly true in a child's room, where toys, clothes, games, crafts supplies, and collections accumulate rapidly. To corral some of the mess, offer adequate storage early on, and teach your child how to use it. Bookshelves, a bedside table with a cabinet or drawers, clothes storage, a closet organizing system, underbed boxes, beds with built-in drawers, and toy boxes or storage ottomans are all handy implements in the battle over clutter.
Children will enjoy cleanup time with the Disney Multi-Bin Toy Organizer. It adds charm to a little girl's room while helping her ...stay organized. Decorated with Disney's classic cartoon charters, it comes with five fabric storage bins and a bottom tier... read more
Nick Jr. PAW Patrol Chair Desk with Storage Bin: Recommended for children 3-6 years old Holds up to 50 lbs Made of engineered wood... and fabric Sits low to the ground for easy access Removable cup holder for art supplies Fabric storage bin Wipe clean... read more
Homz 15" Stacking Bins are perfect for a kids bedroom or playroom because they stack to save space. An easy access front allows fo...r toys to be taken out and removed easily without having to open and close any lids. Two "feet" at the bottom flip out to... read more
Homz 15" Stacking Bins are perfect for a kids bedroom or playroom because they stack to save space. An easy access front allows fo...r toys to be taken out and removed easily without having to open and close any lids. Two "feet" at the bottom flip out to... read more
Not every child will want, need, or even use a study desk, but you may want to provide one regardless. By giving your child a place to do schoolwork, it signals the value of education. It's also important if you plan to put a desktop computer in your child's room.
Wide, white, and wonderful, the Nexera Arobas Desk – White makes a sleek workstation for your home office, child's bedroom, or sit...ting room. It's slender, tall surface offers plenty of leg-room and pairs well with a variety of chair styles. A wide... read more
Dimensions: 47.75W x 22D x 30.75H inches. Long-lasting MDF frame construction. Stunning white all-around finish. Drop-down door pu...ll-out tray for storage. Incorporates 4 wire-management grommets. Wide, white, and wonderful, the Nexera Arobas Desk – White makes a sleek workstation for your home office, child's bedroom, or sitting room. It's slender, tall surface offers plenty of leg-room and pairs well with a variety of chair styles. A wide pull-out tray lets you keep office supplies, odds-and-ends, and other loose items organized; the tray features full-extension glides that allow access to the entirety of the tray. Four wire-management grommets make it easy to organize electronic devices on the desk top. Solid, durable medium-density fiberboard is used to build the frame, finished all around in bright white melamine.About NexeraNexera, whose name is a combination of the words next era, is a Canadian manufacturer of affordable ready-to-assemble furniture known for its innovative, cosmopolitan style. At their factory in Laval, Canada, Nexera employees utilize state-of-the-art equipment to manufacture their modern furniture collections, including bedroom collections, entertainment furniture, office furniture, and utility furniture.From start to finish, Nexera upholds high standards of care for the environment when making their furniture. All raw material (particle board) originates from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests only, and energy used comes from renewable sources only, such as hydro-electricity and windmill power. Nexera meets the CARB (California Air Resources Board) requirements for clean air, and it recycles over 92% of its factory waste. Nexera products are packaged with 100% recycled fibers. Because of the materials they are constructed with, Nexera products are also able to be recycled at the end of their life cycle, which reduces landfill waste. read more
The NE Kids Pulse Desk makes a perfect place for settling down to read or work. This charming desk has a classic look, supported b...y a pair of X-shaped legs with a full-length stretched for maximum stability. Tough, long-lasting hardwood is used to... read more
Dimensions: 43L x 24W x 30H in.. Solid pine construction. Offered in multiple finishes. Wide, pull-out drawer with metal knobs. Cl...assic, Mission-inspired style. Some assembly required. Your littlest scholar can be working out their ABCs or their intro to calculus and they'll always have the perfect spot to study at the Donco Kids Student Desk. This sturdy desk is designed to get them through quite a few grades with a body of solid pine. A single pull-out drawer offers them plenty of storage for all the things that they need to have right at hand. Multiple finishes are available to match any style. The cappuccino finish features eye-catching metal pulls, while the lighter finishes offer a smoother design that leaves out the knobs in favor of finger-less drawer pulls. Some assembly is required, but reading those instructions is good practice for doing homework, so we think you should get your child to help you put this one together.About Donco Trading Co.Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Donco Trading Company has made youth furniture their specialty. The family-owned and -operated business carries a full line of day beds, platform beds, bunk beds, and more - all reasonably priced. They distribute to and work directly with small business owners, specialty stores, and more in locations throughout the country. In addition to the Forth Worth office, they also have a distribution center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and showrooms in Tupelo, Mississippi, and High Point, North Carolina. Color: Dark Cappuccino. read more
In a room for small children, a low table and child-size chairs can be the perfect spot for coloring, puzzles, tea parties, and building with blocks. Most table and chair sets are colorful plastic or painted wood. Make sure the surfaces are washable.
Featuring contoured seats, an under table shelf for extra books or crayons, and a generous tabletop for work and play, this set is... ideal for a playroom or bedroom. The petite size is perfect for children to sit and explore their imaginations. The espresso finish is a warm complement to any decor. Non-toxic finish and JPMA certified Set includes: One (1) table, two (2) chairs Materials: Solid birch wood Finish: Espresso Weight: 79 pounds Seat dimensions: 26 inches high x 13 inches wide x 12 inches deep Dimensions: 40 inches high x 28 inches wide x 25 inches deep Assembly required. Color: Espresso. read more
Constructed of durable, engineered wood. Sturdy, solid craftsmanship. Fresh white table, 4 brightly colored chairs. Recommended fo...r ages 5 to 10 years. Chairs slide under table for neatly stowed storage. Table dimensions: 35.75L x 23.75W x 24H inches. Brighten your little one's playroom with the colorful KidKraft Highlighter Table and 4 Chair Set. In fun and cheerful highlighter shades, this versatile table set is perfect for play time, snacking or learning. Constructed of premium engineered wood, the set is durable and designed for hassle-free cleanup. Some assembly is required; detailed, step-by-step setup instructions are included. Table dimensions: 35.75L x 23.75W x 24H inches. Chair dimensions: 11.5W x 11D x 21H inches.About KidKraftKidKraft is a leading creator, manufacturer, and distributor of children's furniture, toy, gift and room accessory items. KidKraft's headquarters in Dallas, Texas, serves as the nerve center for the company's design, operations and distribution networks. With the company mission emphasizing quality, design, dependability and competitive pricing, KidKraft has consistently experienced double-digit growth. It's a name parents can trust for high-quality, safe, innovative children's toys and furniture. This sweet table-and-chairs set from KidKraft will give your child a place for entertaining friends, creating art, or having a tea party. Made from durable and long-lasting engineered wood and featuring solid, sturdy craftsmanship, this 5-piece set features brilliant colors and a simplistic design that will win your child's heart and be a welcome addition to any room. Kids love the bright white, orange, pink, blue, and yellow color palette of this set, and moms love the easy-care surface that is designed specifically for easy cleanup. read more
Table Dimensions: 23.62L x 23.62W x 19.02H in.Chair Dimensions: 14.76L x 17.15W x 20.33H in.Engineered wood construction with a mo...dern shape. Recommended for ages 3 to 8 yearsNatural birch and white finish. Clean Scandinavian style perfectly suits the playroom or the kitchen! The KidKraft Modern Table and 2 Chair Set provides a space where children's imaginations can run wild! For art projects, building toys, crafts, and more, this set is scaled for your child's comfort and designed to embody quality and style. With white and natural birch finish, this set is smartly and sturdily constructed of engineered wood. Assembly required; includes step-by-step instructions. About KidKraftKidKraft is a leading creator, manufacturer, and distributor of children's furniture, toy, gift, and room accessory items. KidKraft's headquarters in Dallas, Texas, serves as the nerve center for the company's design, operations, and distribution networks. With the company mission emphasizing quality, design, dependability, and competitive pricing, KidKraft has consistently experienced double-digit growth. It's a name parents can trust for high-quality, safe, innovative children's toys and furniture. read more
Chair Dimensions: 11.96L x 11.51W x 20.33H in.. Table Dimensions: 23.46 diam. x 17.32H in.. Crafted of engineered wood. Recommende...d for ages 3 to 8 years. Natural wood / white finish. Table offers unique, convenient storage. Make cleanup a game in its own right with the KidKraft Round Table and 2 Chair Set! Clever modern design grants this set safe rounded edges and a contemporary look sure to uplift your space. Yet our favorite feature is the convenient cleanup portal at the center of the table. Kids can lift up the circular cover and simply push playthings into the hole, where they're safely captured by a hanging net. Engineered wood pieces are easy to assemble with the included step-by-step instructions.About KidKraftKidKraft is a leading creator, manufacturer, and distributor of children's furniture, toy, gift, and room accessory items. KidKraft's headquarters in Dallas, Texas, serves as the nerve center for the company's design, operations, and distribution networks. With the company mission emphasizing quality, design, dependability, and competitive pricing, KidKraft has consistently experienced double-digit growth. It's a name parents can trust for high-quality, safe, innovative children's toys and furniture. read more
The main furniture pieces in a nursery are the crib, a changing table, and a toy chest. It's helpful to also include a glider or rocking chair to make you more comfortable during late-night feedings. Some people even put a bed in the nursery so Mom or Dad can camp out in comfort. If you don't wish to start with a crib, which can seem huge around a tiny newborn, you can start with a bassinet or cradle, then add a crib later. All pieces of furniture should be reviewed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. You can visit the websites cpsc.gov, jpma.org, and safekids.org to check safety tips and learn up-to-date recall information.
Little bright pink teacups and swirls of steam make our Girl Teaset nursery collection a treat for any baby girl. With clean lines... and colorful contemporary styling, this adorable Teapot Nursery group comes complete with Crib/Toddler bed, Cribset, 5 Drawer Chest with Changing Table Tray, changing pad cover, and window panels. Many unique and modular features make this a truly special line for all stages of a childhood. The 2 in 1 crib has steam swirl shaped colored plexi glass window in the headboards, that lets lets baby look out and mommy look in. When baby outgrows the crib, it converts to a toddler bed, so toddlers can play in the windows of their new bed. Fits standard US crib mattress, not included. Crib mattress support has 3 levels of adjustment. Includes 4 sturdy casters, 2 are locking. Crib is US safety tested and approved. The 5 drawer changing table is made of solid hard wood with colorful stains and toy like knobs, and designed to change with your child: the changing table tray is removable, and becomes a child's dresser. When the child outgrows the toy like knobs, the teacup and sugar bowl knobs can be easily removed and the drawer fronts can all be reversed to natural finish, extending it use from baby up to teen. The coordinating 4 piece crib bedding set is made with designer fabric decorated with teacups and multi colored swirls of steam in pinks and purples girls love. The crib bedding set includes bumper, solid crib sheet, comforter (print on top, solid on bottom) and gathered print crib skirt in the finest 100% cotton. Changing Pad Cover fits standard changing table pads, 32" x 16" (sold separately). Window panels included, set of 2, 59"wide x 84"high. Coordinating accessories like the Teapot Lamp, nightstand, Teset Wall Mirror and the Teaset Toy Box are sold separately. read more
Rocket ships, planets and shooting stars make our Star Rocket nursery collection a delight any baby boy or girl. With clean lines ...and colorful contemporary styling, this adorable Magic Garden Nursery group comes complete with Crib/Toddler bed, Cribset, 5 Drawer Chest with Changing Table Tray, Changing Pad Cover, and set of window panels. Built to last, all furniture is made with solid hard wood and birch veneer, natural finished and accented with colored stains, this quality designer nursery set has unique features that make it as practical for all stages of a childhood. All drawer fronts are reversible – finished with colored stain on one side and clear natural finish on the other allowing you to change the look of the chest as your child gets older, extending its use from baby to teen. the Includes set of purple flower and pink tulip knobs and set of Natural Wave knobs. Changing Table Tray attaches to top of Chest and can be removed, so chest can be used as childs dresser. This unique 2 in 1 Crib has a colored butterflly shape plexi glass window that lets baby look out and mommy look in. After baby outgrows the crib, it converts to a toddler bed, allowing toddlers to play safely in the colored plexi windows. Fits standard US crib mattress, not included. Crib mattress support has 3 levels of adjustment. Includes 4 sturdy casters, 2 are locking. Crib is US safety tested and approved. The textiles are made of 100% cotton poplin with designer fabric swirling with rockets, palnets and stars. The coordinating 4 piece Rocket Crib Set includes bumper, solid crib sheet, comforter (print on top, solid on bottom) and gathered print crib skirt. Window panels included, set of 2, 59"wide x 84"high. Changing Pad Cover fits standard changing table pads, 32" x 16" (sold separately). Window panels included, set of 2, 59"wide x 84"high. Coordinating accessories like the Rocket Lamp, nightstand, Rocket Wall Mirror and the Star Rocket Toy Box are sold separately. read more
Find Standalone Tables at Target.com! Classic lines and modern materials combine to inspire the Redmond Collection. Customers will... love the versatility and style of the rich cherry finish and sturdy, craftsman-era hardware, which create a unique, timeless collection that will impress for years to come. The Redmond Nightstand features drawer with metal runners and safety stops with patented T-lock assembly system, an open shelf provides additional storage, wrought iron style hardware and accents, quick and easy assembly with patented slide-on molding, and is made in the U.S.A. • Drawer with metal runners and safety stops features patented T-lock assembly system • Open shelf provides additional storage • Wrought iron style hardware and accents • Quick and easy assembly with patented slide-on molding • Five year limited warranty • Made in the U.S.A. • Coach cherry finish Color: Coach Cherry. Age Group: Adult. read more
Waterford Bunnykins 2 Piece Nursery Set Handmade and hand-decorated, this rabbit-themed nursery set is the perfect size for little... ones. Features: -Set includes dinner plate and spoon.-Hand-decorated.-Multi-colored.-Material: Fine bone china.-Type:... read more
When you shop for furniture for a child's room, try to involve the child in the decision-making as much as he or she is capable. Older children will have opinions about style and function, and it will be helpful to bring them along to size furniture accordingly. Look ahead and purchase for the future as much as you can. For example: A preteen boy will not fit in a twin-size bed for long; a girl may eventually want to use her desk as a vanity instead.
Safety rails are included in the design of all bunk beds and loft beds, and they may be options in a standard child's bed as well. Some of these beds have extra storage features, such as drawers, cubbies, or, in the case of a loft bed, a desk. You may want to plan extra sleeping quarters for guests or playmates who spend the night. Look for regular beds with trundle beds tucked underneath. Bunks sleep at least two children, and you can add a cot or an inflatable mattress under a loft bed.
Some desk chairs have adjustable seat heights, which is helpful for boosting smaller children.
Dressers designed for children's rooms often have large, easy-to-grab handles or knobs, and a washable or wipeable finish. They may also come with drawer stops, which prevent the drawers from pulling completely out. Soft-close drawer glides prevent drawers from slamming shut on little fingers. Typically these dressers have slightly different dimensions than adult dressersthey may be slightly shorter, not as deep, and have shallower drawers.
Lamps for children's rooms should consist of a nonbreakable base and a simple fabric or plastic shade. They should be rated for 60-watt or dimmer bulbs to keep from getting too hot. And the switch should be easy to operate; often it's a push button. Never use a higher-wattage bulb than the fixture accommodates, and keep breakable lamps out of children's rooms.
Each storage piece should be evaluated individually for safety. Bookshelves should be short and sturdy so they don't present a tipping hazard; the worry-free solution is to screw the unit to the wall. If you choose a bedside table with drawers, look for easy-close drawer glides and drawer stops. Be sure the closet organizing system is anchored to wall studs so it doesn't come loose. A toy box or storage ottoman designed for a child's room should have padded corners and hinges that won't collapse on small fingers.
The size and features of a study desk vary widely. If your child has a computer, choose a desk with cord cutouts and a place for the keyboard. If your child pursues a specific hobby, such as model building or painting, he or she may want a drafting-style desk with a top that tilts. Some desks come with shelving hutches that attach to the top of the desk. All components should be wipeable.
Rarely do toddlers sit quietly for long periods at a table building blocks or hosting tea parties. It's best to anticipate the table and chairs being used as a fort, princess castle, or climbing gym as well. The pieces should be solid and screwed securely together at their joints, so they can withstand the occasional physical onslaught. All pieces should be wipeable and resistant to water damage.
Purchasing furniture for a nursery is an excitingand overwhelmingprocess. There are so many good-looking options, but above all, the items should be safe, clean, and easy to operate. You may also want to pick pieces that will transition with your child, such a crib that can be converted into a toddler bed. Changing tables that are dressers topped with pads are the most versatile; when the child grows out of diapers, you can remove the top and continue to use the dresser. When you buy a piece of furniture, register it with the manufacturer so you'll be apprised of recalls and safety updates, which can occur frequently.