Choosing furniture for a kid room is the best part of having a kid. Okay, one of the best parts. It’s up there.
You totally get to impose your design sense on your child, shop for small furniture, and maybe even give your kids the room you always dreamed of as a wee one.
When you’re planning on buying furniture you should take some things into consideration besides how cute little Braden will look in his loft bed. Let’s just explore what to take into consideration when choosing the furniture for your kid’s room.
Will The Furniture Fit in the Room?
Don’t rely on your memory here. It’s easy to be standing in the middle of Ikea, tummy full of meatballs, when you spy the perfect set of shelves and snap them up immediately.
But those awesome shelves tend to look a lot smaller in the vast expanse of Ikea, and they may end up being too big for the space you were envisioning.
Take a few basic measurements of your kid’s room before you go shopping, snap a pic, and keep it in your phone to access whenever you’re furniture shopping.
This especially comes in handy when you’re wandering through Target for a mom break, and you find yourself ogling the new Pillowfort furniture and maybe sort of want to buy something.
Here. Go spend 6 hours on this site that lets you plan out your rooms. It’s so fun. Or you can download this handy little printable to jot down your kid’s room info and draw your ideas if that’s more your style.
Print out multiple copies of page 2 to play around with different furniture arrangements. Don’t forget to include window measurements for curtains or blinds!
Another fun thing to keep in mind is if the furniture will fit:
- through the doors
- up the stairs
- around any tough corners
Believe me when you want to figure this out ahead of time. SMH
You know those little plastic tabs that come with furniture so you can anchor it to the wall?
Here are some other things to think about when it comes to kid room furniture safety:
Ouchy Corners – think about babies walking and kids jumping and determine if you might need corner bumpers.
Changing Table sharp edges or no edge
Cribs – If your child is a climber, chewer, or naturally curious (what baby isn’t?), do your research on crib safety as far as materials, slat distance, and height from floor go.
Height of bed – Kids have an adorable way of falling out of bed when deep in slumber, so if they have a higher bed, use those side rails. We like this style because they are cozier and so much better looking than the other kind.
Something we did when moving from crib to big-kid bed was to just throw the mattress on the floor for a while until our son got used to the change. He felt safer, and we still used side guards on the mattress.
Things to trip over – double check the feet and legs of all the furniture you plan to buy for your kid’s room. There is some questionable furniture out there supposedly designed for kids that has weird sticky-outy parts.
Will The Furniture Grow With Your Kids?
This one will be different for different families. If you are all up for changing out your kid’s furniture and room decor every few years, then by all means cater to their current obsessions.
My son’s room would have been:
2014 Power Rangers
2015 Cute Puppies
2016 Star Wars
2018-2019 1/2 Five Nights at Freddy’s
2019 Star Wars
2020 Five Nights at Freddy’s
I’m totally impressed by people who go all out with murals and props and printed everything to make little fantasy dream worlds for their kids. Anything that promotes creativity = awesome.
If you don’t have the cash-money or the energy to go this route, make sure you aren’t buying elaborately themed furniture since it’s fairly certain that their taste will change in a few months or seconds.
Here’s a smarter way to celebrate whatever phase your kid is in:
Books – If you have a few book displays in their room, keep a few books based on one theme on display- this doubles as wall art!
Toys – They’ll probably have some princess or Minecraft, or whatever they’re into toys, so keep a few of them on display in their room. Get them on board with which toys to have on display when they aren’t being played with.
Wall art- posters are awesome, and so is wall art for kids. You can find some great, affordable themed art that you can easily switch out when they move on. (Check out vinyl clings as well.)
Bed sheets – Oh yeah, did I ever dig my Peanuts bed sheets. Until I didn’t. Bed sheets are a super fun way for kids to to snuggle up with their faves for a while and then you can switch them out for the next faves.
See more about Kid’s Room Decor here.
Is it Functional?
There are some pretty basic basics that all kids should have in their rooms, but you want to make sure each piece brings its A game to your kid’s room.
Bed – Definitely make sure your kid won’t be freaked out by climbing into a tall loft bed before you buy one. I don’t know exactly how to make sure this will work out, but my guess is that if they’re reluctant to climb up climbing walls or playground equipment, a loft bed won’t fly quite yet.
Dresser – Shorter dressers are better for kids, which may or may not be obvious. But if you have a smaller room, you’ll probably opt for a taller dresser.
If your kid is at “picking out their own clothes” age, but still a shortie shrimperton, keep the lower drawers full of the main clothes, and the boring things like undies and sweaters up top.
Night stand – Oh my goodness, just think storage. Book, flashlight, sound machine, glass of water, giant alarm clock, beautifully-arranged fresh flowers. You’ll need space on top of that bad boy for their stuff.
Drawers are quite helpful also, so they have somewhere to store secret items like :
- Sparkly rocks
- Notes from friends
- Dolla dolla bills
- The retainer they promise to wear at night and then don’t
Shelves – Just secure these to the wall. DO IT. Also, make sure you buy shelves you can actually manhandle first, to see if they are wibbly. Or read the reviews to see if they are quality.
Nothing worse than junky shelves. Also- think about books on shelves. Shelves have so many positives, but there is the pesky problem of books falling off the edges.
You can solve this horrible dilemma by stacking the end books flat, or putting something sturdy on the edge of your shelves to act as a bookend:
- Piggy bank
- Heavy toy
- Actual bookend
Chair – I mean, depending on the type of chair and whatever floors/walls you have, I would make sure the chair won’t totally ruin the floor or bang into walls.
Desk – Time to think about storage again, but also about what your kids will be doing at their desk. You’ll probably not need a desk for a little kid, but an activity table is a must.
For older kids, a desk is obviously an awesome place to do homework, but they may end up sitting there and drawing, reading, computing, writing cool stuff.
Give some thought to what your kid is into and choose their desk from there.
Carpet – Shhhhhhh, I know carpets aren’t technically furniture, but I have some good tips. Don’t put a white carpet in a kid’s room, the end.