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.