Parents and adults will appreciate stylish furniture from outlets that specialize in family furniture. 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!
Site last updated: 24. May 2021