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How to Choose the Right Furniture
for a Kids’ Room

Tips for selecting furniture for your children's room

Kids are no different to adults: they need furniture too - unless of course they enjoy sleeping on the floor and storing their belongings in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

In theory, the type of furniture you buy for a child’s bedroom should be no different to anything you might buy for your own room, but in practice you may prefer to opt for child-friendly furniture. Adult bedroom furniture tends to be stylish, sophisticated, and practical. This is not to say furniture for a kid’s bedroom is none of those things, but with children you can afford to be a bit more daring when you buy them new bedroom furniture.

Children room
Beautifully decorated and stylishly furnished room will become
a "piece of haven" for your children.

Parents and adults will appreciate stylish furniture from outlets such as housejunkie.co.uk. This type of furniture is designed to appeal to adult tastes, whereas a child would fail to be moved if a vintage table or industrial themed cupboard appeared in their bedroom. In fact they would most likely complain vociferously.

What to Look For

To get it right when choosing and shopping for your kids room furniture, follow these simple steps and you'll end up satisfying both your children's needs and staying within your budget.

» Resilient – Kids’ furniture has to be resilient. It is likely to be abused on many levels, so there is little point in spending money on pieces of furniture that are going to fall apart within a year. Weak spots include drawers and handles on cupboards. Before buying, look at the quality of the piece and assess whether it will withstand a five-year old yanking on it fifty times a day.

» Functionality – Is the piece of furniture practical? Does it have the features your child needs in his or her bedroom? Look at drawer space, shelves and whether (or not) your child will be able to open doors and drawers easily. After all, it is hard enough encouraging kids to keep their bedroom tidy without buying a piece of furniture they can’t actually use without adult help.

» Looks – How a piece of furniture looks is important when you are buying for a child’s bedroom. Younger children prefer simple pieces of furniture made from light or brightly coloured wood. Light and bright appeals to them a lot more than dark and dismal. Not that there is anything wrong with dark wood, particularly if the item is well made and strong.

Ask the Kids

Take your children with you when buying furniture. They will want to be included in the buying process and if you go straight over their heads and buy furniture they hate, they are unlikely to treat it with much respect. This is particularly the case for teenagers: older kids tend to have very definitive views about what they like and dislike. So if you want to avoid a massive argument, give them a budget and let them choose their own pieces.

Modern furniture designed for children doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Furniture stores such as Ikea stock lots of fabulous designs for kids of all ages. And if you don’t want to invest in new furniture, look for second-hand pieces you can customise or paint to suit the decorative scheme. You can even let your kids help!

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