So your baby’s moving up: How to choose the right kids bedroom furniture

Deciding how to furnish your child’s bedroom can be tricky. There are lots of issues to consider as far your child’s bedroom furniture is concerned. Your child’s bedroom should be a place where he or she can grow and learn but at the same time it needs to be a safe and relaxing space to fall asleep. There are plenty of options for kids bedroom furniture and decor, whether you want something themed, something plain or something in between.

colourful storage unit for kids bedrooms
This colourful kids bedroom storage unit can be used for clothes or toys

Clothing Storage
When choosing your kid’s bedroom furniture, keep in mind that anything vertical must be attached to the wall to be safe, so if you are buying a bookshelf or cupboard make sure this is an option for you. An alternate option for clothes storage is modular drawers or baskets that your child can more easily use herself – you can get children involved in caring for their own clothes at quite a young age if you make the furniture easy to use.

Bedroom for Two
If you are furnishing a bedroom for two children, bunk beds can be a handy option, though most manufacturers recommend not using bunk beds until your children are well past the preschool stage, some say they should be as old as eight or ten. One option for bunk beds for younger children is low-line bunks, where the top bunk is only a metre or so off the floor, but only sits over half the bottom bunk. The lower child’s head end of the bed cannot be under the low bunk, but much space is still saved, and the part of the top bed not over the lower bed can have a cupboard or drawers put under it.

Kids Bedroom Furniture and Bedding Themes
Creating a theme for the bedroom is a great idea and something most kids love. Themes can be timeless (princess, navel, fairy) or based on a favorite cartoon character. It’s probably a good idea to remember, though, that your kids will probably have another favorite cartoon character soon. For this reason you might consider using things like bed sheets that are easily replaceable to create the theme rather than actual bed or other furniture.

Involving Your Child
It is also a good idea to involve your child in the process of buying the furniture. Particularly if your child is moving into a new bedroom, either out of your room or perhaps to make way for a new baby in the nursery, you will want to keep him or her enthusiastic about your project. Your child should have the freedom to decide what he or she wants for her own personal space. However, being the parent you have to keep practicality in mind. While giving your kids a say, it is obviously best to buy something that will not lose their interest in a year or so. A bed shaped like a racing car may be your little son’s choice right now but as he grows he will likely want something else.

That being said, taking your child along to kids bedroom furniture stores to try out some beds can really help excite them about the project. When our then three year old was moving into his own room we took him to a couple of bedroom shops and he had a world of fun just lying down on beds and climbing ladders of bunk beds. At that stage he was too young for a bunk though, so we were very clear about what was and wasn’t an option. This could be a mistake with an older child though, unless you are prepared to give them a fair amount of control, as older children tend to have far more definite opinions than two and three year olds.

If you still have baby bedding that has sentimental value for your child it can be a good idea to keep some of it in their new room, even if it’s just a baby blanket that sits on the end of the bed. And if your are moving your child out of a baby crib to make way for a younger brother or sister, it is a good idea to do this early – before the new baby needs the crib – and give the new baby a different blanket set, allowing your toddler or preschooler to keep the baby blankets they are attached to. This way your child will be more likely to welcome the move to his or her new bedroom and embrace her new bedroom furniture, rather than pining for her old crib.

Kids Bedroom Furniture: Tips On Choosing Beds & Bunks For Kids

Attractive dark wooden bunk bed with staircase and trundle
Attractive dark wooden bunk bed with staircase and trundle
The Merlot Twin Staircase Bunk Bed with Trundle has a five star customer rating on Amazon

Sleep is such an important part of life for children. Many children suffer from a lack of good sleep and the results are not fun for anyone- cranky kids can be whiny or even hyper. They don’t perform as well in school as rested kids and they tend to leave their parents feeling frustrated and exhausted. For many kids, a new and exciting bed might be enough to make going to sleep a lot more appealing. Here are some tips on choosing good beds for kids.

One of the most exciting options is getting bunk beds for kids. Kids love to climb up on top and today’s bunk beds are a lot safer than they used to be, although you still have to follow the instructions and age guidelines set by the manufacturer. This is perfect for kids who share a room and it’s also a great way to save some space because you don’t have to place two beds side by side or use a double bed in the room. For this reason, bunk beds have maintained their popularity in kids bedroom furniture for many years. A captains bed provides a similar space saving function, with it’s drawers underneath.

One rendition of the bunk bed that can be adapted to rooms where only one child sleeps is the loft bed. The child still gets to enjoy all the fun of climbing up to the top bunk to go to sleep while you get the benefits of saving floor space in the room. Instead of having another bed in the bottom, a loft bed has a piece of furniture under it such as a desk or some drawers or cabinets. Sometimes kids with small rooms are forced to do their homework on the bed, which isn’t an ideal situation and not good for their backs either. With this type of kids bedroom furniture, the child has their own space to work that is separate from their bed.

Another variation on the bunk bed is the L shaped low-line bunk. In this case the top bunk is only around a 120cm (4 feet) off the ground, and the bottom bunk only has one end under the top bunk. This is the system we used when our three year old moved in with her older brother (aged 7). We felt that having a full size bunk bed was simply not safe with a three year old sharing the room, but couldn’t fit two beds in the room without removing all the other furniture. With this system not only could we manage the two beds, but the half of the top bunk not over the bottom bed had space under it for a good size set of drawers, and room at the back for a kid to hide!

On the down side, changing the sheets on the bottom bunk in this system was even harder than for a normal bunk bed, as the foot end of the bottom bunk only has about a one foot clearance under the top bunk! However, the two beds are completely structurally separate, so eventually we will be able to move the top bed into a separate room and use it as a loft bed, with lots of storage space under, making the set a good long term investment for our kid’s rooms.

Theme beds are popular with toddlers who are moving from the crib to their first “big kid” bed. This can be a scary and confusing time for your young one so getting a fun bed can really help make it something to look forward to. Princess beds are a lot of fun for girls. Boys can’t seem to get enough of the toddler beds shaped like cars and trains. These beds usually have removable sides that keep toddlers from rolling out until they are old enough to sleep in the bed without barriers.

Buying your kid the right bed will pay off for you and your family because you won’t be dealing with a tired kid and you will even get more sleep yourself! Take the time to choose a well-made bed that appeals to your child and you will be rewarded for your efforts. Choosing kids bedroom furniture that works for your house and your children can be time consuming, but in the end, it’s worth getting it right.