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Decorating for Efficiency and Fun with Kids Room Furniture

Posted on 12/16/2011 in View All ,

Topics: furniture, childrens furniture, view all, organizing, dimensions

Parenting feels more like a maid service than anything else most of the time. Toys, spills, stains t-shirts find their way into every nook and cranny despite frequent cleaning, so a lot of parents try to localize messes by building a kids room. These spaces tend to be a win-win situation for everyone: children can play and romp around to their hearts’ content, and parents can enjoy (mostly) clean rooms in the rest of the home. There’s no set size or guidelines, but we do have a few decorating tips to get the most out of your space and kids room furniture.

Kids don’t stay tiny forever, which usually conjures up mixed emotions. Parents of toddlers can’t wait for the end of potty training, but a lot of mothers despair when their kids enter high school—when the end is, finally and undeniably in sight. A kids room can be used by children of any age, but it’s often created when they’re very young, so parents should go ahead and plan for the future. Some kids room furniture needs to conform to your child’s size. Chairs and tables need to be low to the ground, even if that means they won’t be not functional for adults or even ten-year-olds. Other pieces, though, can remain serviceable throughout childhood. A person of any stature can use standard shelves; toys and books will just sit lower during preschool years and gradually migrate up as your child grows.

The best kids room furniture will be rugged and suitable for many purposes. Children, especially boys, can be destructive, and accidents naturally occur. Be sure to buy tables and chairs made from hardy wood—not cheap pressboard from IKEA—if you don’t want to purchase replacement pieces every year. Additionally, tables should be suitable for any sort of project: whether as a place to sit and read or as an expansive desk to draw, color, and paint. Kids’ preferences and hobbies can change overnight, so even if they’re uninterested in art one day doesn’t mean they won’t feel passionate about it the next. To prepare for these shifts, purchase kids room furniture that can be used for anything.

Similarly, the actual décor of this room should be ready for change. Some parents commission artists to paint expensive murals of forests, dinosaurs, and rocket ships, but kids will consider them an embarrassment as soon as they enter elementary school. If your son promises he’ll love Batman forever, don’t believe him. Wallpaper and murals are too expensive to change every year, so paint with a neutral color. Whites, tans, and grays will make a room feel more expansive and put more emphasis on the kids room furniture. If kids want something more vibrant, wall clings are a cheap and disposable way to decorate; once your children grow out of one design or image, it can be easily replaced with something new. Additionally, preserving some wall space for their art, awards, and report cards can inspire them to continue creative endeavors. Decorating these rooms will vary with your kids’ interests, but by planning ahead from the start, you can save on decorating costs in the long run.

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