Children’s rooms are such fun to decorate and it’s great to involve them. Let them use their imagination and create a space for playing and studying, inviting friends over and of course, sleeping. Children’s furniture, if carefully considered can evolve and adapt as your children grow.
There are things to take into consideration of course, making sure everything is the right size, useable and the essential part – storage. Here are some ideas from Go Modern who distribute the Italian range, Battistella Nidi – a range of colourful, stylish and innovative furniture that can be adapted to suit kids’ rooms of all ages, from young children to teenagers.
1. Bunk beds are a staple for kids rooms, they are such a versatile piece of furniture. If two children are sleeping in the same room, whether they are siblings or when their friends come for a sleepover, it’s a great use of space. The Battistella Nidi range is modular so you can choose the pieces you need to create the ideal set-up for the room. This image shows how you can pack in everything you need using this imaginative furniture. An elevated bed on a platform with large steps up to it, and even better the steps are storage drawers. There is a wardrobe beneath and double homework desks – look at that clever swing-out drawer! More storage for books and larger cupboards above for toy storage and a more grown-up bed for an older child, tucked into an alcove for a bit of privacy.
2. For younger children, these low-level bunk beds are a better option – easier to get in and out of for littlies and they tuck neatly into a corner. Wardrobes are positioned on the back wall out of the way with a desk beneath. Open shelving is easy to reach with closed cupboards for smaller items. Upholstered stools can be seats or tables and can take the rough and tumble of small children.
3. Equipped or platform beds make the best use of the space in a small room. With drawers beneath for storage or for keeping a trundle bed. Every bit of space is used with wardrobes fitted into the corner and high-level shelves for books and toys.
4. A range of fitted wardrobes in the corner offers plenty of space. Which means there is room for a window seat with storage beneath and clever fabric pockets on the side panel for small toys and books. A desk under the window is the best option to make the best use of natural light with the bed next to it, also an equipped bed with a trundle bed or drawers beneath. It’s the ideal self-contained space for a child.
5. For older children and if you are really tight on space, a wall bed is a genius idea. A full-sized single bed with a good quality mattress that pulls down at night using a metal handle and folds up during the day to make room for that drum kit! When the bed is down, there is shelving behind so the entire room is utilised. It would also make a great guest bed.
6. Accessories are well thought through, like this re-writable wall panel for drawing and colouring with a display panel including easy to navigate elastic ropes. It’s like their own mini gallery.
7. Portable storage furniture is a useful addition. Inside cupboards large storage boxes on wheels hold oodles of stuff and can be wheeled in and out
8. Charging lamps are dual purpose and an easy way to keep everything tidy or charging bedside tables (below) are also available so there are no wires to think about.
9. Removable safety features can be added including guard rails for beds.
10. Avoid themed or fantasy furniture or the latest new trend. These may seem like a great idea at the time but children’s interests change quickly and those large expensive pieces will soon need replacing as they become too childish.
Battistella’s neat shelving unit can be dressed with age appropriate toys or books.
11. Consider what your child needs in the way of furniture now and what you can add later. You may now only need a cot and a changing table, or a toddler bed and a chest of drawers, but may later want to add a wardrobe, so look at children’s furniture collections that are flexible.
12. Look for kids’ furniture which is practical, yet bright and lively in appearance. Aim for making a timeless choice, establish the quality of the product when it comes to the key furniture pieces to ensure they last.
A simple desk for toddler arts and crafts can become a homework corner once a child starts school.
13. Make certain your child’s room is a safe place. Tall and heavy items should be fixed to a wall with safety straps to avoid tip-over incidents, and where possible choose items with no sharp edges.
14. Consider beds with trundle beds underneath for when friends stay the night.
A neat example of a trundle bed, also with under-bed storage.
15. Some manufacturers of children’s furniture have extending beds in their range, which can be increased from 138 cm to 208 cm in length.
16. Beds, including bunk beds, which have integrated chests of drawers, or desks or simply a storage drawer underneath are space savers.
This clever solution from Battistella, seamlessly transforms from desk to bed, perfect for when space is tight.
17. Capture the age of your child by changing wall art, lamps, bed linen, area rugs, books in a bookcase and paint colours or wallpaper in the room.
These colourful shelves can display toys and art projects for younger children and later become useful book storage.
18. If you are completely renovating your home, don’t forget to wire in for advancing technology.
To see more of the modern and versatile Battistella children’s furniture range, visit Go Modern.
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7731 9540
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