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childrens room Well-designed children's furniture can often meet the needs of growing children through several stages of their development.  Broadly speaking, children's furniture includes nursery furniture, toddler furniture, youth furniture, and teen furniture.

When parents are planning their baby nursery, their first instinct may be to obtain a crib for their newborn child.  However, a small bassinet may be more suitable than a crib for the first few months of life.  Besides a crib, nursery furniture may include a changing table, a chest with drawers, a comfortable chair or rocker, and a side table.  Some cribs can convert to toddler beds, and some chests of drawers have removable changing table tops.

toddler bed - youth bed Around age 2 or when children can climb out of the crib by themselves, they are ready for a toddler bed.  The Sleep Products Safety Council has recommended transitioning from a crib to a bed when a child is about 35 inches tall.  Toddler furniture typically includes a toddler bed or twin size bed, a chest of drawers, a nightstand, a toy chest, and a small table with chairs.  Some toddler beds can convert to standard twin size beds.

bunk beds An elementary school-age youth typically requires a bed, a chest of drawers, a student desk and chair, a nightstand, storage shelving, and some sort of storage cabinet.

A teenager typically requires a bed, a large dresser or chest of drawers, a desk and desk chair, a nightstand, more storage shelving and perhaps a filing cabinet, and some form of casual seating.

girl's room furniture When planning a room layout, measure the room carefully, including the size of all door and window openings as well as the size of any built-in furniture.  Draw a floor plan to scale using 1/4 inch graph paper or room planning software.  Be sure to allow adequate clearances to walk, access windows and closets, and open doors and drawers.  Note the location of wall switches, light fixtures, electrical outlets, telephone jacks, cable jacks, air ducts, and radiators.  Try to accommodate those wishes of the child that do not conflict with basic safety and design principles.  In shared rooms, ensure that traffic patterns are well planned, and that every child has their own "space."

In addition to the actual furniture items, be sure to consider flooring, window treatments, lighting requirements, built-ins and accessories such as mirrors, wall art, bulletin boards and marker boards.

ChildrensFurniture.us features a directory of selected kids' furniture stores and children's furniture manufacturers where you can compare prices and specifications and shop online for a wide selection of home furnishings for children.

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Children's Furniture Safety

  • The Safe Nursery
    Nursery furniture safety tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    www.CPSC.gov

Children's Furniture Manufacturers

  • Ashley Furniture
    Ashley manufactures a broad line of youth bedroom furniture.  The company markets its furniture primarily through its Furniture HomeStore locations.
    www.AshleyFurniture.com
  • Young America
    Youth furniture manufacturer.  From the crib to college and beyond, Young America® focuses on developing innovative furniture offering great design, function, safety, and quality for today's kids.
    www.YoungAmerica.com
  • Child Craft
    While catering to the needs of new parents for over 80 years, Child Craft has earned parents' trust with cribs and nursery furniture offering hand-selected materials, solid construction and meticulous craftsmanship.
    www.ChildCraftBaby.com
  • Bellini Juvenile Furniture
    Quality furniture and accessories for infants, preteens, and teenagers.
    www.Bellini.com
  • Berg Furniture
    Designs and manufactures quality furnishings for children from infancy to toddler to teen years.  Find a wide range of space-saving wood and painted furniture.
    www.BergFurniture.com

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