The baby is growing, or your daughter is transitioning from Princess to a teenager, and it’s time to check the budget for the trip purchasing kid’s furniture.
If there’s one kind of purchase that a lot of us make with the long-term in mind, it’s probably furniture. Unlike things such as clothes or accessories, we usually don’t walk into a store to get a couch and think, “This will be really nice for the next season.”
No, we want to buy things that will last for quite some time.
There might be one exception to this rule, though, and that’s when it comes to our kids.
That’s mostly because as they grow, so do their furniture needs.
Also, as we get to know them as individuals, we are able to see what their personal tastes and preferences are when it comes to colors, themes, and styles.
This means that a lot of other things have to be taken into consideration when you’re out shopping for children’s furniture because it’s not just about what you like to look at, but also what’s going to be physically safe, visually appropriate (long-term) and financially wise.
So, If you’re preparing to go shopping for a bed, bookshelf, or purchasing kid’s furniture, be sure to keep these five purchasing tips in mind.
Above all else, the most important thing to remember is to get safe furniture.
One way to do this is to make sure that you buy items that are strong and sturdy.
Another is to do a bit of surfing online to read reviews on various kinds of manufacturers (especially if you’re shopping for a baby’s crib).
If it’s going to be a piece that you’re going to assemble yourself, also make sure to speak with a customer service representative to ensure that you are clear on the steps that are required to put the item thoroughly together (some companies even have online videos that you can be referred to).
You can find some pretty cheap furniture that’s made out of materials that, for instance, look like wood, but it really is worth it in the long run to buy the real thing.
That’s because if you make smart purchases by buying things that “grow with your child,” they can last for years to come.
For instance, a cherry wood day bed is something that’s appropriate for a 6-year-old, but as your child becomes a teenager, it can also serve as an extra bed for when they have sleepovers.
Make it multi-task.
Until a child is an elementary-school-age, their furniture tends to be on the petite side.
This can actually be a good thing because it gives them more room…in their room.
So, rather than trying to fill up that space with more furniture, how about purchasing some that “doubles up” as something else?
For instance, some beds have bookshelves that serve as the headboard or toy chests or ottomans that can also serve as a seat in the corner of the room.
Don’t be trendy.
What is suitable for a newborn is not the same as what will be ideal for a 10-year-old.
Therefore, try not to pick items that are “cute” so much as they are “smart-looking.”
If you want to be able to switch up the look, you can do that with accessories, window treatments, and lighting fixtures.
Used is always an option.
Finally, don’t forget that one of the best tips for making any kind of purchase is to shop around for the best deal.
If you’re shopping online, go to websites like RetailMeNot.com for promotional codes on websites like sofasandsectionals.com.
If you plan on going to a physical store, get on their mailing list for sales flyers.
And, don’t forget about checking out some local thrift stores and yard sales too.
You might be pleasantly surprised about what you can find there that only needs a coat of paint or a bit of sanding.