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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

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.

Bedroom Furniture

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.

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Bedz King

Solid Wood Honey Finish Tall Twin over Twin Brazilian Pine Bunk Beds with Twin Trundle for added storage or can be separated into ...two twin size beds - Bunk Bed can be assembled so that Ladder is on either the left or right - This bunk bed model has been tested by an independent laboratory - Finish is child-safe - All wood is fully sanded and protected with a clean smooth coating to prevent cracks and splinters - Solid Brazilian Pine no particle board - Total bunk bed external dimensions are approx 69 1/2 high x 83 1/2 long x 43 1/2 inches deep - Bottom bunk is approx 11 inches off the floor - Space between bottom bunk slats and top bunk slats (excluding the mattress) is approx 38 inches - Trundle dimensions are approx 10 inches high x 74 inches long x 41 inches deep. Will accomodate a mattress up to 8 1/2 inches - Set includes (4) Side Rails (2) Head Boards (2) Foot Board (28) Wood Slats (4) Guard Rails on both sides for the top twin bunk (1) Ladder (1) Twin Trundle with (10) slats - Hardware and instructions included, assembly required - SALE IS FOR BUNK BEDS and TWIN TRUNDLE ONLY EXCLUDES MATTRESSES, PILLOWS AND BED COVERINGS read more

Bedz King

GQWC1027 Features Child-safe Bunk bed model has been tested by an independent laboratory Solid Brazilian pine - no particle board ...Built-in stairway instead of ladder for easy access to the top bunk - 3 drawers built into Stairway. All the spots for a bed require a standard twin size mattress and the trundle cannot exceed 8'' Stairs can be assembled on either side Product Type: Standard bunk Style: Contemporary Frame Material: Wood Slat System Included: Yes Dimensions Will accommodate a mattress up to 8'' deep Weight capacity:175 lbs (top bed) Weight capacity:200 lbs (bottom bed) Distance: 31'' (between top and bottom bunk) Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 62'' Overall Width - Side to Side: 102'' Overall Depth - Front to Back: 42'' Overall Product Weight: 268 lbs read more

Bedz King

Solid Wood Cappuccino Finish Stairway Full over Full Brazilian Pine Bunk Beds with Twin Trundle for added storage or can be separa...ted into two full size beds - 4 drawers built into Stairway for added storage - This bunk bed model has been tested by an independent laboratory - Finish is child-safe - All wood is fully sanded and protected with a clean smooth coating to prevent cracks and splinters - Solid Brazilian Pine no particle board - Total Dimensions are approx 69 1/2 high x 104 wide x 58 1/2 inches deep - Bottom bunk is approx 11 inches off the floor - Space between bottom bunk slats and top bunk slats (excluding the mattress) is approx 37 inches - Internal measurements of the Drawers are approx 17 3/4 inches wide x 15 inches deep x 10 inches high - Trundle dimensions are approx 10 inches high x 74 inches long x 41 inches deep. Will accomodate a mattress up to 8 1/2 inches - Set includes (4) Side Rails (2) Head Boards (1) Foot Board (28) Wood Slats (3) Center Supports for the Full Bunks (4) Guard Rails on both sides for the top full bunk (4) Drawers (4) Step Stairway access and Twin Trundle with (10) Slats - Hardware and instructions included, assembly required - SALE IS FOR BUNK BEDS and TWIN TRUNDLE ONLY EXCLUDES MATTRESSES, PILLOWS AND BED COVERINGS read more

Bedz King

GQWC1027 Features Child-safe Bunk bed model has been tested by an independent laboratory Solid Brazilian pine - no particle board ...Built-in stairway instead of ladder for easy access to the top bunk - 3 drawers built into Stairway. All the spots for a bed require a standard twin size mattress and the trundle cannot exceed 8'' Stairs can be assembled on either side Product Type: Standard bunk Style: Contemporary Frame Material: Wood Slat System Included: Yes Dimensions Will accommodate a mattress up to 8'' deep Weight capacity:175 lbs (top bed) Weight capacity:200 lbs (bottom bed) Distance: 31'' (between top and bottom bunk) Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 62'' Overall Width - Side to Side: 102'' Overall Depth - Front to Back: 42'' Overall Product Weight: 268 lbs read more

Desk Chairs

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.

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The Land of Nod

Desk Chair: Teal Metal Desk Chair - Teal - A simple design, sturdy steel construction and five easy-to-coordinate colors make this... chair a great fit for any room in your home. Got it? Class dismissed. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive - Stackable for easy storage - Mix and match with any of our desks - Not intended for outdoor use - Made in Taiwan *Materials* - Powder coated steel read more

The Land of Nod

Desk Chair: Red Metal Desk Chair - Red - A simple design, sturdy steel construction and five easy-to-coordinate colors make this c...hair a great fit for any room in your home. Got it? Class dismissed. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive - Stackable for easy storage - Mix and match with any of our desks - Not intended for outdoor use - Made in Taiwan *Materials* - Powder coated steel read more

The Land of Nod

Desk Chair: White Metal Desk Chair - White - A simple design, sturdy steel construction and five easy-to-coordinate colors make th...is chair a great fit for any room in your home. Got it? Class dismissed. *Product Details* - Nod exclusive - Stackable for easy storage - Mix and match with any of our desks - Not intended for outdoor use - Made in Taiwan *Materials* - Powder coated steel read more

The Land of Nod

Desk Chair: White Looking Glass Desk Chair - White - We've taken one of our Looking Glass Play Chairs and sized it up for a desk. ...The intricate design of this unique chair creates an elegant look, while the powder-coated steel construction provides a sturdy seat. It's a desk chair that's sure to have you feeling curiouser and curiouser. *Product Details* - Due to the nature of the product, color and shape may vary slightly - Not intended for outdoor use - Made in India *Materials* - Powder coated steel *Color Options* - White - Raspberry - Azure *Additional Features* - Coordinates with our smaller "Looking Glass" play chairs - Works with any of our desks read more

Dressers

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.

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Target
$183.34 $192.99
at Target

Find Drawers And Chests at Target.com! Simple lines and classic styling make this versatile chest work with any decor - from a chi...ld's room to the master suite. Design features include profiled top, side moldings, arched kick plate and solid brushed... read more

Target
$190.99
at Target

Find Drawers And Chests at Target.com! Simple lines and classic styling make this versatile chest work with any decor - from a chi...ld's room to the master suite. Design features include profiled top, side moldings, arched kick plate and solid brushed... read more

Target
$125.99
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Find Drawers And Chests at Target.com! The simple lines of this 5-drawer chest fit in with any décor?from a child's room to the ma...ster bedroom. Each drawer features 2 round pulls and slides out on nylon glides with safety stops. Constructed from a... read more

Storkcraft
$257.99
at Target

Find Drawers And Chests at Target.com! The Avalon 5 Drawer Dresser by Stork Craft offers a beautiful, functional design that boast...s ample storage space to store all of your child's belongings. Designed to be paired with any Stork Craft crib, the Avalon... read more

Lamps

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.

Storage

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.

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Sesame Street
$25.00 $29.50
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The Sesame Street Multi-Bin Toy Organizer makes it easy for little kids to keep their room tidy and clutter free. It features a br...ight, colorful design with images of the most popular characters on every single container. This Sesame Street toy... read more

Nickelodeon
$25.00 $29.50
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Decorate your kids' room with their favorite character and give them a fun place to put their things with the Nickelodeon SpongeBo...b SquarePants Multi-Bin Toy Organizer. The bright and colorful piece is designed with bins in three different sizes. The... read more

Delta Children's Products

The Disney Princess Multi-Bin Toy Organizer is a great way to encourage your child to keep her room organized. Featuring all of th...e seven princesses from the Disney fairy tales, this kids toy organizer comes with a bright splash of color. This charming... read more

Badger Basket
$59.99 $69.50
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The Badger Basket's Three-Bin Storage Cubby is a sturdy, stackable, modular storage solution to keep all items neatly organized an...d out of sight. This stackable storage bin can be used to store books or magazines, toys, clothes, shoes and boots, winter... read more

Study Desks

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.

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Nexera
$131.25
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"Engineered wood construction Low hutch and shelf, perfect for smaller spaces and kids' rooms Catch-all drawer and keyboard tray T...op holds up to 75-lbs, drawer and shelf hold up to 25-lbs 1-year limited warranty Collection Name Alegria Manufacturer... read more

Authentic
$49.95
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"Solid cherry, maple and birch wood construction Exquisitely finished Units can be arranged in single stacks or to fill an entire ...wall These brass bound units will survive centuries and fill both grown-up and kid's spaces in any way needed 1-year... read more

South Shore
$109.99
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Find Kids Desks at Target.com! Boost up your offices style with the South Shore Axess collection desk. It has a drawer and open sh...elves to keep books, stationery and other essentials close by. Plus, theres a pullout keyboard tray if you want to use it... read more

Techni Mobili
$89.99
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Find Desks at Target.com! The Techni Mobili compact computer desk has a wide top space that for a 31in monitor. It has a keyboard ...tray and 2 fixed, open shelves for keeping a CPU and printer. This compact computer desk is ideal for your kids study room... read more

Table and Chairs

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.

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Step2

Color: Tan Step2 Lifestyle Kitchen Kids Table and Chair Set Table and chairs set coordinates with furniture products in the Step2 ...line! Large, easy clean table surface. Two comfortable chairs with sturdy legs included. Durable construction and lasts... read more

Office
$50.00
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"Thick padded contour seat and back with built-in lumbar support Top grain leather Mahogany finish wood frame Assembly required GR...EENGUARD indoor air quality certified 15-year warranty on all non-moving metal parts, 5-year on component parts and 3-year... read more

Flash Furniture
$109.00
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"Thickly padded seat, back and knee rest Height/angle adjustment in 1'' increments Polyurethane foam hand holds Heavy duty steel f...rame and nylon wheels for mobility Overall dimensions: 33.25""H x 25""W x 28""D Collection Name N/A Manufacturer... read more

WorkSmart

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. Work in comfort with the new Work Smart screen and urethane back and padded mesh and urethane Se...at managers chair by Office Star. Outfitted with a 1 touch pressurized pneumatic seat height adjustment and available in... read more

Nursery Furniture

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.

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Babyletto
$129.00
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Find Baby And Toddler Bedding at Target.com! The DESERT DREAMS 5-Piece Set combines modern nursery essentials for baby's comfort. ...A fitted crib sheet patterned with festive lines is paired with a tailored, crib skirt complete with geometric shapes. The... read more

Summer Infant
$229.99
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The Summer Infant 4-Drawer Dresser offers a sturdy design and strong frame to grow with baby. Four large, deep drawers offer ample... space to store clothes and accessories. The classic styled dresser complements any Summer Infant crib (sold separately) with matching finish (available in mocha, black cherry or cool white). read more

DaVinci
$299.99
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DaVinci Autumn 4 Drawer Changer Dresser Complementing the Autumn 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, the Autumn 4 Drawer Changer Dresser pack...ages versatility with functionality. During the nursery years, the included changer tray serves as a safe and convenient changing station. As the room begins to transition from a nursery to a toddler or adolescent room, the tray can be easily removed for use as an accommodating dresser. Featuring four spacious drawers combining two smaller drawers on top with two larger ones on the bottom, Autumn offers a convenient range of storage options to keep all necessities neatly organized. Features: 100% Sustainable New Zealand Pine Wood and CARB II Compliant MDF Finished in Non-Toxic Multi-Step Staining and Painting Process, Lead and Phthalate Safe Meet ASTM International and U.S. CPSC Safety Standards Stop Mechanism on Drawers Anti-Tip Kit Included Includes Removable Changer Tray (Changer Pad Not Included) Assembled Dimensions: 35 x 19.125 x 34 Assembled Weight: 74.8 lbs. Country of Origin: Taiwan read more

DaVinci
$299.99
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DaVinci Autumn 4 Drawer Changer Dresser Complementing the Autumn 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, the Autumn 4 Drawer Changer Dresser pack...ages versatility with functionality. During the nursery years, the included changer tray serves as a safe and convenient changing station. As the room begins to transition from a nursery to a toddler or adolescent room, the tray can be easily removed for use as an accommodating dresser. Featuring four spacious drawers combining two smaller drawers on top with two larger ones on the bottom, Autumn offers a convenient range of storage options to keep all necessities neatly organized. Features: 100% Sustainable New Zealand Pine Wood and CARB II Compliant MDFFinished in Non-Toxic Multi-Step Staining and Painting Process,Lead and Phthalate SafeMeet ASTM International and U.S. CPSC Safety StandardsStop Mechanism on DrawersAnti-Tip Kit IncludedIncludes Removable Changer Tray (Changer Pad Not Included)Assembled Dimensions: 35 x 19.125 x 34Assembled Weight: 74.8 lbs.Country of Origin: Taiwan read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

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.

Bedroom Furniture

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.

Desk Chairs

Some desk chairs have adjustable seat heights, which is helpful for boosting smaller children.

Dressers

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 dressers—they may be slightly shorter, not as deep, and have shallower drawers.

Lamps

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.

Storage

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.

Study Desks

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.

Table and Chairs

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.

Nursery Furniture

Purchasing furniture for a nursery is an exciting—and overwhelming—process. 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.

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