Finding the perfect furniture for the nursery or big kids’ room can quite challenging. Either they don’t like your suggestions, or you don’t agree with their choices. Also, the children may outgrow the selected pieces in record time, leaving you both dissatisfied with the set-up.
The last few years have brought a change in the marketing game of major furniture manufacturers, since they seem to have switched their focus significantly towards kids’ room items. Their offer has now expanded to accommodate a wide range of needs, from nursery pieces, over teen-style to furniture for young adults.
The best things is, the chances are now bigger you’ll find something that strikes your fancy.
Here are some useful tips on how to make the whole venture enjoyable, decorative and fun.
You must be wondering, “where to begin?” For starters, take into account that the room should match the child’s personality, and possibly, aspirations. Also, your lifestyle and funds will determine the furniture shopping budget and the longevity you can aim for.
Some people look for expendable pieces to fill in the free space and serve the temporary purpose, while others prefer to invest in future generations and high quality furniture. Lastly, think about the functionality of the chosen furniture.
Draft the budget
After you finish reviewing the main points of your shopping task, you should proceed by drawing up realistic budget. Much like with furniture types, designs and shapes, the price range can be quite broad, covering some fairly cheap items to rather expensive pieces. Decide on the maximum sum you’re willing to set aside and surf the appropriate range.
While inexpensive items may seem tempting cost wise, their sturdiness and quality is sometimes not satisfactory. On the other hand, if you’ve set your eyes on a pricy item, it might be worthwhile to look at options that provide a free delivery service.
Finally, whatever the price, it’s best to go local, shortlist the manufacturers that provide free extras and only make exceptions for the fancy pieces that are sure to pay off in the decades to come.
Ask your child for an opinion
By hearing and respecting your kids’ opinion, you’ll make them more involved in the process. Subsequently, they’ll appreciate the room more and see it as their real sanctuary, and not some place decorated for their parents. Although this doesn’t apply to babies and nursery remodelling ventures, children above 3 years of age can easily state their likes and dislikes.
Work on the colour palette, themes and other ideas together, and present them with a few options to choose from (instead of going through one item at a time). Check the internet and magazines for inspiration and interesting layouts. Still, leave the decision making about major elements to yourself (flooring solutions, window treatments, etc.).
Longevity and change
On one hand, there are versatile options that are designed to last for many generations to come. If you’re looking to invest in some classic pieces that can last from crib to pre-teen years, natural timber furniture is a good way to start.
On the other, we have to be prepared for some changes. The kids are bound to get taller and mature, and they’ll eventually need their own room, in which case the bunk beds will become and annoying obstacle.
At the end of the day, do remember that you’re furnishing a child’s room, so think about the ways to incorporate a fun factor into it. The one thing that immediately makes nurseries and teen rooms stand out is the use of unusual colour schemes and patterns.
This is a space where playing by the rules is not obligatory, so allow your kids to pick some bold tint for the accents, such as beddings and rugs. Easy DIY lamps are also a way to include the kids directly into the furnishing process.
Let your kids have their say when picking the furniture for their room, and they will love their private living space. Draw up a realistic budget and narrow the list of favourites with your children’s help.
There are so many options out there to create a space for your kids to grow and change without breaking the budget for a redesign every time they change their interests. Put the time into decorating at the beginning and, chances are, you won’t have to do it again for a while. If you aim to provide accents that can easily be changed as they grow, like sheet sets, lamps and wall decorations, you’ll save yourself a few headaches along the way.
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