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Buying Safe Furniture For Children

Aug 17, 2007
Today, the available selection of furniture for children is innovative and unique and goes far beyond the basic beds and dressers that have filled children's rooms in the past. When you decorate your child's room, consider his personality and his interests as you choose the best pieces. If possible, allow your child to help pick out the furniture he will have in his room.

First, decide on a theme or color scheme for decorating. Beds and other furnishings for children can be found to match a number of designs. Some beds are even available as race cars, fire trucks, or princess castles. You may opt for a bed that fits the theme you've chosen or you can buy a simple bed and match the rooms design with a children's bedding set in a similar theme or color.

To ensure a good night's sleep for both you and your little one, choose a bed and bedding set that your child likes. Also make sure the bed is comfortable, sturdy, and appropriately sized. Small children who have just graduated from a crib or cot may feel safer in a small bed that is low to the floor. Optional bed rails are a good idea until your little one gets used to sleeping in her new room.

A dresser or small chest of drawers is typically a useful piece of children's furniture for storing clothing and accessories. Look for a dresser that is sturdy and made of a quality material like wood. Drawers that sit low to the ground are best for young children who may try to climb on the furniture and a model that is not easy to tip over will be safer. Many dressers can be found in a matching set of furniture for your child's bedroom, including the bed and often end tables.

Children usually have a large collection of books. Find a short bookcase in a colorful design to hold his treasured books, as well as other toys and figures. A desk or small table with chairs can provide a good, solid surface for your child to play and work on. Child-sized chairs and surfaces are great for art activities, homework, or playing with puzzles. Many tables and desks are designed around themes that may fit your child's bedroom decor, like primary colored animals or soft, pastel flowers.

Every child's bedroom needs plenty of sturdy storage for toys. Today's toy boxes are just as varied and unique as children's beds. Deep, wooden toy bins are perfect for storing large toys, while toy boxes with multiple bins of various sizes are good for smaller toys. Some toy boxes offer shelved storage as well for toys like puzzles or to display a favorite collection of cars or horses. Find a toy box that will make it simple for your child to clean his room and to find a particular toy after it is put away.

Consider your child and his activity level when you purchase furniture. Children often climb, so furniture that is low to the ground will minimize injuries. Many children can be rough on furniture as well. Look for quality built furniture designed specifically for children to stand up to a child's wear and tear. Most importantly, decorate your child's room with furniture he likes.
About the Author
Gary Clay is an authority on Childrens Furniture and owner of Nursery Furniture shop, MonkeyShine.
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