While cribs and tiny furniture look cute and are functional for babies and small toddlers, they are also expensive and not very practical as kids will quickly outgrow them. If you want to get the most out of your budget and your furniture, you’ll have to think long-term and make choices that will last for years. Here’s a few tips to help you get started.
Plan, Plan, Plan
The most important strategy for designing a kids bedroom that will last is good planning. Start by taking careful measurements of the room’s dimensions including closet space. The San Francisco Gate recommends drawing a diagram of the room using lined graph paper making sure to note where doors swing open and how much clearance each door needs. This will make it easy to try different arrangements as you shop for furniture to see what will fit and how it can be rearranged.
Choosing the Furniture
Take the time to first choose the most important items, such as the bed and dresser. The experts at HGTV recommend spending the money to get good pieces the first time around so you’ll have pieces that last. Consider items that will serve multiple purposes so they can have long-term value. For example, for quality kids bed sets, some cribs can convert to a toddler bed and then to a twin-size bed by rearranging the pieces and switching out the mattresses. Bunk beds that are perfect for little kids should be easy to separate so they can be individual beds or separately lofted for mature kids. Stay away from cute but short-term pieces like race car beds or princess beds.
Layouts that Work
Now that you have the big pieces out of the way, it’s time to think about the rest of the pieces and have a little fun. A changing table is great to have in a baby’s room but the pros at Parents Magazine point out that you may not need a changing tablefor long – if at all. Don’t spend too much of your budget on this piece if you really want one, and choose a location for it that leaves enough room for a desk to take its place in later years.
A simple set of shelves is another versatile piece that can be customized to last through the years. It can be a place to store diapers and other baby gear, then gain a few bins to hold small toys, and eventually hold books and treasures that older kids collect.
The key to creating a room that lasts is smart shopping. Plan on spending several days making your choices and do plenty of research before you buy so you won’t be tempted to make any impulse decisions. And, lastly, don’t be afraid to get help if you’re feeling lost. Professional designers work with these situations every day and can help you come up with just the right room that you and your child will love for years to come.