hose dealing with choosing furniture for a new kids’ room know that creating the perfect room can be an arduous task. This is due to the fact that while the project can be no less than our children’s “dream room”, in reality we must reconcile what they want with safety and functionality.
In order to create a welcoming space that is able to meet their needs, it is necessary to follow a few precise rules and try to best reflect their personalities. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid.
1. Overlooking the design. It is an illusion to think that by simply taking measurements and taking on pre-prepared compositions all your problems will be solved—even if you focus on well-organized and practical space-saving solutions. The kids’ room is one of the most difficult rooms in the home to furnish because it must include the child’s entire world in just a few meters, and each child is a world unto him or herself. It is therefore essential to custom design it and choose furniture that perfectly responds to the needs of each child. An essential trick is dividing the space into clearly distinct sections—for play, studying and resting—and choosing a single style (based on the child’s tastes). In this way the choice of furniture will be tailormade for each child and the final effect will be functional and harmonious.
2. Focusing everything on imagination and creativity. Placing the children into a fantasy world of castles, slides, bizarre furniture and spaces that can be created is surely a great way to stimulate their imagination and creativity. However, mask sure that the room is first and foremost a comfortable and functional place. It is fundamental for children to have a safe space where they can let their imaginations run wild; but it is also necessary to have a place where they can relax and concentrate on school and do their homework. So give free rein to creativity, personal decorations on the walls and colorful accessories, but do not go overboard and neglect tidiness. A rainbow with bright colors, an excess of imagination and too many objects on display risk creating a chaotic space that is less than comforting.
3. Thinking only about the present. When children are young they enjoy princesses, knights, heroes and fantasy characters. But let’s not forget that they quickly grow up and abruptly change their tastes and needs. The ideal kids’ room should therefore be able to “grow” with them in order to accommodate their changes. It is best to go for versatile or modular furniture that is not too childish, if you don’t always feel like changing the room’s style..
4. Filling up the corners. Even if our children already seem grown up, it’s a mistake to overlook a space where they can play and freely move around. As long as it is well-organized, the room must both provide distinct spaces and furniture that allow for easy cleaning up and also a free and empty area to be used and recreated according to the children’s needs.
5. Undervaluing safety. Buying low-quality products means putting our children at risk. It’s best to invest in something good and favor non-toxic paints, hypoallergenic materials and natural fabrics. At the same time, it is best to check, in addition to the safety certifications (like the Cosmob label for wood furniture or the Indoor Hi Quality brand for low emissions of formaldehyde, VOCs and aldehydes), for practicality in cleaning and up-keep, as resistant and easy-to-clean furniture also lasts longer.