Determine your budget for kid’s furniture: Like any furniture, children’s room furniture ranges in price from inexpensive to expensive. The range is wide spread but so is the quality and the versatility aspect. Decide how much you are willing to spend, and then factor in more or less if you find furniture online for shipping and handling. Higher priced furniture stores may throw in shipping, but you are paying more already.
Get your child’s opinion: Unless you are decorating a nursery, children age 3 and up can tell you what they like and don’t like. This doesn’t mean you let them pick the wall color, window treatments and flooring! It does mean that this will be their room, and they will enjoy it more if they had a say in how it looks. For ease of conversation, pick themes, colors and ideas beforehand and present a few options. Then have them choose from your options. If you are stuck as to where to start, look to furniture manufacturer magazines and online resources for inspiration.
Versatility for longevity: The mindset behind buying children furniture is slightly different than adult furniture, for the mere fact that children grow. Along with your budget, you need to decide if you’d rather pay a higher amount for furniture that can take a child from a crib into pre-teen years. The other alternative is to buy furniture at each stage in your child’s growth. This option may be better if you plan on changing décor, moving homes, etc… and want the furniture to change with the current time.
Make it fun: Children’s rooms are one room in the house that it’s ok to not play by “decorative” rules. If your child likes bright colors, infuse them into decorative bedding, area rugs and matching lighting fixtures. If your child loves a color that you aren’t crazy about – consider painting the room in a neutral tone, then adding your child’s color to a piece of furniture or their bedding. If you want to save money, consider online classifieds or garage sales to paint or fix-up furniture. There is no limit, so be creative!