by Karen Bates
(last updated November 14, 2016)
Getting furniture for a room can be both stressful and exciting. Dreaming and planning how you'll decorate and looking at potential furnishings can be fun, but making the decision when there are so many possibilities can be difficult.
If you are putting together a bedroom, the furnishings you choose will probably be influenced by whoever will be living in that room. Colors, decorations, and furniture style may all be inspired by the personality of the room's inhabitant.
Kids' bedrooms can be a lot of fun to set up. Kids love to take part in planning and choosing furniture, and there are plenty of furniture options that your child might enjoy.
To get started, figure out if there will be a theme or a particular color scheme in the room. What color are the walls and carpet? Do you already have bedding and window treatments picked out? If so, plan to buy furniture that will match the themes and colors you already have, or ones that your child decides on to furnish his or her room.
One of the most important considerations when looking for furniture for children is the price. Of course, if you have a budget that you need to stick to, that will narrow down your options. You can look at high-end kids' furnishings, or get something that is less expensive. Although quality is important, you should remember that this is kids' furniture and it will probably take a beating over time. You won't be as upset about ruined furniture when you didn't spend a lot of money on it in the first place. Unless you are looking for something to hand down to other children or use for a long time, you shouldn't need to spend much.
You will need a few basic furniture pieces, and maybe more if there is enough space in the bedroom. You will need a bed that is the right size for your child, and if more than one child stays in that room, you can consider bunk beds or a trundle (pull-out) bed setup. Shelves and drawers are important as well for organizing books, toys, clothes, and other items. A toy box or bins for housing smaller toys can be very useful when it comes to keeping the room tidy. Other items you may need include a bedside table, a lamp, a rug, and decorative accessories.
To start looking for kids' furniture, do an online search or look through furniture company catalogs. You might also want to take your child to a store where he or she can see the furniture set up and ready to try out.
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