Furnishing the kids’ bedrooms may sound relatively simple, but it’s not as easy as it should be. Once you get out there and start shopping, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the different models, materials, sizes, age recommendations, and safety ratings. If you find yourself lost, follow these five easy guidelines.
5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Kids’ Bedroom Furniture
- Don’t Break the Bank
Depending on your children’s ages, you really may not be using this furniture for more than a year or two. Infants and toddlers grow up way faster than you can imagine, so opting for the most expensive crib on the market won’t do you a whole lot of good. You really shouldn’t even be worrying about aesthetics at this point. Why would you pay extra for furniture that matches the room if it’s all going to be obsolete before you know it? Buy simple, practical furniture that won’t break. That is all you (and they) need.
- Up-size when Appropriate
If you’re still raising infants, then there’s no way around buying age-appropriate furniture due to the obvious safety concerns, but for the slightly older kids–consider buying furniture that they can grow into. You don’t want to be purchasing new beds every year until they’re in high school. Once the kids are sleeping by themselves in beds that don’t have bars, it’s time to start thinking in the long term. Sure, the racecar beds are cute, and they may be a perfect size…but the perfect size is going to be a foot too short next year. Start buying full-size beds as early as possible. A good mattress is important for good sleep.
- Safety First
Safety is a significant concern when buying furniture for the kids’ bedrooms, whether it’s a new crib for the baby or dressers for the preschoolers. Look into the safety warnings on each piece of furniture you buy. Most children’s furniture on the market goes through rigorous safety tests, but you can never be too sure–especially when this is where they’re going to sleep. As for other furniture, avoid anything that could easily be moved around or knocked over. No tall narrow armoires or dressers on wheels; they are accidents waiting to happen.
- Child-Proof Everything
If the furniture is designed for children, you’d think that it would be relatively safe for them out of the box. This is not always the case. Unlatched drawers can be pulled right out, causing chaos and injury. Sharp corners are everywhere. Shelves are easily detachable. Too much can go wrong. Invest in some child-proofing hardware; you can find latches to keep drawers shut, rubber covers to soften sharp corners, and plenty of others. The peace of mind will be worth it.
- Shop Online for Savings
The best deals are usually not in the department store. Shop around locally but also check online retailers for the best deals on the market. Buying online can mean big-time discounts, so don’t forget to check out the virtual stores before you make any decisions.