Child’s Room – Image Courtesy: Grant Avenue Baptist Church
If you are in the process of kitting out a child’s bedroom, then you may well be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things you think they’ll need. You’re not wrong – children do need a lot, but perhaps not as much as you think. A child’s bedroom needs to have everything that they will need – this way they will be far more likely to spend loads of time playing in it, thereby giving you some much-needed peace and quiet.
There are plenty of things that you don’t need in a kid’s bedroom, despite what the advertisers may tell you, but here are the things that you certainly DO need:
The bed is perhaps the most important piece of furniture that you’ll buy for your child’s bedroom. What you need will depend on their age, but once they are past the cot stage, we recommend you get them a single bed. Once they are a little older, they can have a bunk bed which is a great space-saving solution and also loads of fun for them!
Whatever you choose, make sure that the mattress is brand new – you should never buy second hand mattresses for children because of the potential health risks. It should also be hypoallergenic for their comfort, and covered with a wet sheet until they learn how to control their bladder. This will protect the mattress so that you get a lot more life out of it.
A Toy Chest
Get your child a toy chest for their room – not only will it store all of their many toys, but it will also double as a little place for them to sit and play when the lid is down. Toy chests come in many shapes and sizes, but we recommend you choose the biggest one you can find – the more space in it, the better. Some parents even challenge themselves to make their own – or ask a friend that’s handy with a hammer to do it.
Children’s rooms always benefit from carpet as it provides a nice soft area for the child to play upon. If the carpet is very old and you can’t afford to replace it, you could always consider throwing a large comfortable rug over the top of it. Make sure the carpet is regularly cleaned and shampooed – children and dirt don’t mix!
A Chest of Drawers
Children go through an awful lot of clothes, so each child should have their own chest of drawers. Keep underwear, tops and bottoms separate, and save one drawer for seasonal items that you can throw in there when they are not in use. If you have room, you could always use a drawer for baby accessories such as diapers, baby wipes and change mats. The drawers will always come in useful, so choose a chest with as many drawers as possible!
Getting a child’s bedroom set up is pretty easy when you know how, and it doesn’t have to cost you a load of money either. You will always be able to find second hand items in your local classified ads so don’t feel forced into buying everything new.
Karen Fernandes, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who often writes for Bunk House Kids, leaders in children’s furniture in Toronto. She takes keen interest in outdoor sports, especially trekking and camping.