Designing and decorating a room for our loved ones can sometimes be stressful. Each room comes with its own difficulties and challenges, with many factors to consider, whether if it's a room for a boy or a girl, your child's personality, their age and interests, your budget, and many more.
Our children are a ray of sunshine and the meaning of life to us. When designing a room for them, choosing the right children's bedroom furniture is crucial -- we need to make sure that the choices we make supports their personal development and has a positive impact into their imaginary world.
Key Points to Consider
Kid's bedrooms should be entertaining and cheerful, and more importantly be safe and comfortable. We therefore recommend parents to consider the following key points:
- Does the bedroom furniture adhere to health, safety and quality standards?
- Whether the surface of the furniture is painted or laser (UV) printed, and
- Is it of high quality, sustainable, modern and stylish?
Heath, Safety and Quality Standards
There are a number of ways you could check health, safety and quality standards. For instance, does the manufacturer have all the necessary certifications, included but not limited to ISO9001 and ISO10002 certification, E1 Quality Standards guarantee, GS Quality Certificate, and TSE European Norms certificate.
An important safety feature to consider is to purchase kids bedroom furniture with drawers and cupboards that features a smooth action metal, possibly made of galvanized steel, to ensure they shut softly and silently using integrated braking system to avoid trapped fingers and noisy door slamming.
Furthermore, make sure the furniture is safe against accidents, for example if a wardrobe, a bookcase or a bunk bed is constructed with chunky panels (e.g. MDF), there is no chance of falling over. Always check the weight of the furniture -- we recommend a 3 door wardrobe to weigh a minimum of 175kg, a bunk bed should weigh no less than 150kg.
The Importance of Laser Technology on Children's Furniture
Many children's bedroom furniture units in the UK including cots, children's beds and wardrobes and chest of drawers emit toxic fumes called Volatile Organic Compounds?(VOC's), which can affect lungs and respiratory systems. To a fully grown adult these VOC's do not cause damage but to a baby or child, with smaller more delicate lungs that breathe more frequently the VOC's can cause damage. The younger the child the more damaging the VOC's can be. It should also be recognised that pregnant mothers should also stay away from any material which could emit VOC's.
We therefore recommend parents to consider bedroom furniture's that are manufactured with techniques that applies coating (or finishing) with laser technology (also known as UV printing technology). This results in a finish, which is 100% non-toxic. The cost of furniture's with this type of finishing is slightly higher than the norm, but don't you think it's worth that extra amount for your child's healthy development? In addition, furniture's with this type of finishing has a life span in excess of over 10 years, so an additional investment up front is outweighed by the long term value and reliability of your child's bed, wardrobe, study desk, chest of drawers, or a bookcase.
Laser printing does not only ensure that your furniture is of high quality, modern, bold, vibrant, durable and sustainable, but it is easy to clean and does not fade or deteriorate when household cleaning products are applied to it.
A creative design for children's bedroom
We need to bear in mind that children's rooms are living spaces that needs to be designed with features contributing to your child's personal and mental development.
First thing to make sure is that your child's room have plenty of natural sunlight to ensure maximum brightness and more importantly prevent from straining their eyes. We all want to create a space that we love, with lots of practical solutions as well as fun touches, beautiful colour schemes and inspiration for growing imaginations, but we sometimes forget that a child has varying interest, hence their opinion in the design and selection of their bed, wardrobe, bookcase, and desk matters.
It's always important to remember that children spend a lot of time in their rooms and although bright vivid colours may work well during the day to stimulate their imaginations - at night-time, when they need to wind down, an over use of colour can be counterproductive. There is a general misconception that boys will prefer the colour blue and that girls pink, but research carried out here in the UK and elsewhere around the world suggests otherwise, where there is very little evidence that this is true.
With this in mind it's probably a good idea to avoid bold colours and maybe start off with neutral shades, such as light-coloured and pastel tones for furniture and walls. For example, soft whites such as cream and ivory can be very effective and provide the perfect blank canvas for colourful accessories and wall art later on.
It is also necessary to integrate actions of playing and learning facilities in your child's room, and present them with alternatives. For instance, use a section of the room to accommodate a study desk and a chair, and where space is an issue think about a bunk bed with a flip-down desk underneath. Storage is also a must as children now a days have books, magazines, and many other essentials to store. Additional seating in a room can be helpful to socialise with friends and family.
What happens when you have a sleepover, and no other bed/space is available? Have you ever considered a trundle bed, where a bed underneath is nested within your main bed? It's a great addition, which can be used for a variety of purposes, a bed for another child, a bed for a visitor or a bed for a sleep over.
So, here are the key points to consider to create a magnificent children's bedroom
- Kids bedroom furniture must adhere to health, safety and quality standards (check certifications)
- Consider bedroom furniture with drawers and cupboards that features a smooth action metal to avoid trapped fingers and noisy door slamming.
- Consider purchasing kid's furniture where the surface is laser (UV) printed as opposed to conventional paint (always ask relevant staff and see if this is the case). This might be a pricey option but the health benefits will outweigh the cost.
- Make sure the bedroom has plenty of natural sunlight to ensure maximum brightness
- Ensure your child is part of the design and furniture selection process - they might (and inevitably will) have a different taste to yours.
- Avoid bold colours and maybe start off with neutral shades, such as light-coloured and pastel tones
- Accommodate a study desk and a chair (possibly two) to encourage learning and socialising with friends and family
- An underside bed can be very useful (and a cheaper option) for sleepovers
- The furniture must be water and moisture resistant, so that it is long lasting and easy to clean providing a bacteria free surface.
- Make sure the furniture is safe against accidents