Choosing Cool Bedroom Furniture for Your Teenager

If you have decided to redecorate the bedroom of your teenager, then you will be well aware that this is the time in your child’s life where they begin to assert their independence. No longer can you just go out to the local home improvement store and purchase the kind of decoration that you think they would like.

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Most parents with teenage children will know that they typically complain that there bedroom décor is not cool and trendy enough for a teen. Those color schemes and decorations that they loved when they were 9 or 10 years old are now making them feel as though they are a small child, and that is something that no teenager wants, especially when they have friends over to visit.

Once your teenage son or daughter begins to complain about the childish looking décor in their bedroom, they will probably keep reminding you of it incessantly. So, if you want a quiet life, then you are going to have to make plans to refurbish their bedroom in order to keep them happy, and above all, quiet. Of course, it will not be just a new coat of paint that they will want; they will probably want to have brand new bedroom furniture to go with it.

Like buying most things for teenagers, more often than not, they will reject most of the options that you provide them with, as they start to assert their independence. So it is important that you can include them as much as possible in the process of buying their new bedroom furniture. This will go some way in making sure that they end up with the furniture that they want, rather than you changing everything whilst they are at school. This is risky, because they are less likely to love your choice of bedroom furniture, simply because it was chosen by you, rather than by them.

When the time finally comes to selecting the bedroom furniture, then what type of furniture you choose will depend largely on the size of the room in question. If there is enough room, then try and buy them a bigger bed. This will help in two ways, firstly they will feel more grown up and secondly, when the time comes for them to move out, they can take the bed with them, and it is one less item of furniture that they have to worry about buying in the future.

For smaller bedrooms, a double bed is probably best avoided, however, you may want to buy a bed that is raised like a bunk bed, but instead of having another bed underneath, there is room for a desk. That way you are getting two uses out of the same amount of floor space, plus you do not have to provide them with a desk in another part of the home.

Additional items of furniture that you need to consider are nightstands, tallboys, bookcases and other items that can be used for storage. Your teenager will have probably discarded their toys and moved on to other things such as books and CD’s and DVD’s, so it is a good idea to allow enough storage space for some of these items.

Choosing bedroom furniture for a teenager’s bedroom should not be too difficult so long as you include them within the selection process.

Decorating a Child’s Bedroom – From Baby to Young Adult

Childrens RoomDeciding on how to best decorate a child’s bedroom, whether they’re a baby or a young adult means fining some creative solutions over how to gradually update a room, while gradually giving children more control over their decoration choices. Depending on how much space you have available to play to play around with, and on whether you move house, a single space can be adapted in different ways, from adding and subtracting furniture, to putting in new storage solutions. Looking at some different age groups, what kinds of ways can you decorate a bedroom?

Babies

A baby’s room can involve a large crib and cot, as well as walls decorated with decals and stickers; having plenty of color in a room can create a stimulating environment, while having lots of soft furnishings and cushions can make it easier to avoid accidents. Blackout blinds can be a good idea if you want to completely shut out light during the day, while a good changing table and storage cupboard can be essential for storing packs of nappies and other equipment.

Toddlers

As small children become a bit more independent, you can invest in a low bed, which can be designed to feature racer designs and fire engines, and can be painted in bright colors to go with the rest of a room. Depending on your child, you can experiment with different fabrics, while ensuring that safety measures are taken, from avoiding low hanging cords on curtains, to having a soft floor and slip proof pads.

Young Children

For children that are about 3 to 7, it’s possible to start decorating a room more in keeping with their personalities; you will need to put together some storage ideas, though, as toys, clothes, and general clutter can start to take over. Shared rooms for young children can be furnished with bunk beds, or with low twin beds that are sturdy enough to stand up to some jumping up and down on.

Older Children

As children get older, from about 8 to 12, you can discuss with them what sort of theme they want to have for their rooms – this might involve a football theme and bed, or a simple pink theme, depending on the child; as children grow, investing in a slightly larger than needed bed can make it easier to keep up to them. A bed with a built in desk can be a good idea at this stage for homework.

Younger Teens

For younger teenagers, you may want to completely refurnish a room into neutral colors  or let them design their own wallpaper and color schemes, as well as selecting appropriate furniture. Keeping an eye on storage space, and considering ways in which you can keep practical items of furniture in a good condition is important, though, as is finding a decorating theme that can be easily adapted.

Older Teens

By the age of 16 to 18, young adults will mostly want to control their own space, and will often resist any efforts to redecorate – older teens that are away a lot, or preparing to move out to university or their own places, may want to gradually remove items, and you can consider replacing a large bed with a futon or divan to create more space for storage, while adding in new desks or furniture to eventually convert a room into a study or spare room.

Keeping Costs Down When Designing a Kid’s Room

Keeping Costs DownWhen thinking of designing a kid’s room, break the monotony of conventional home decor and bring in a streak of adventurous fun. However, at the same time, give proper attention to functionality – the room should be livable for kids. Then, factor in the price which should be attractively low.

Ideas for Keeping Costs Down

Color Play

Play with colors, for that will raise the fun quotient of the kid’s room. Use pure white, sky blue, pale yellow and light pink as the main colors. Use these colors to paint the walls of each room, one color for each wall. Add a dash of bright fluorescent green or red, merely a splash on all walls.

Furniture to Live In

Low beds, benches and stools are remarkable design elements in a child’s room. A low wooden bed instantly brings to mind a relaxed feeling. And for a little child, reassuring security as there is no fear of falling down from a height. Pile up a heap of bright coloured cushions on the low bed for an inviting look. Do away with standard tables and chairs by using wood benches with tabletops. They are low on maintenance for kids and even pets as they are not covered with suede or any other fabric upholstery. They look unconventional and smart with adequate seating comfort.

Multipurpose designer stools in laminate finish work well in a kid’s room. They come in vibrant hues and even in various shapes such as the sun, moon or stars. They are smaller than the standard sizes thereby allowing only children to use them. They can double up as side tables when needed. They also offer storage space inside them. They are the perfect place to keep toys and so, avoid clutter in the room.

Fun with Shelves

Go in for open and easy shelving just about anywhere. Put up a few floating shelves with rounded edges, in different shapes and sizes, and line those books as well as accessories. Such floaters make effective use of space and add an interesting element.

Accessories Make a Creative Statement

There is no quicker way to enhance change in a room than to use accessories. Select quirky but creative ones to catch or rivet attention. How about a dancer telling the time on a clock face? Puppets, paintings and photo frames can complete the look of a room by filling up empty spaces like a secluded bare corner or a large wall.

Display Hidden Talent

Learn about the child’s talents and display them. For instance, if there is a good deal of bowling talent, suspend bright red colored cricket balls in the air. Pictures of bowling idols could be fixed on the balls. Or if a budding drum player, hang miniature cymbal plates like a wind chime in a corner and hear them jangle when the wind blows. Let the room speak of the child’s activities – those both loved and enjoyed. Hobby collections have all the potential for making a décor more attractive and interesting. What is more important is that they give a distinct personality to the room.

How to Maximize Space in Your Child’s Room

Bunk BedsParents always want to make a comfortable and special room for their kid’s room, no matter how small their house is. Most of the parents living in small houses cannot afford to allot huge space for their children’s room and they always try to find means to make the available space look bigger and better by the dint of hard work and creativity.

Children’s room is always over flowing with toys which makes the room look even smaller than it actually is. Though, you can try different deceptive techniques with lighting or paint colors to fool the eye. All that can work like a charm but if you won’t make any wise furniture or arrangement related decisions, you might end up messing the look of the entire room.

I am suggesting some tips to play with the furniture of your child’s room to make it look bigger.

Use multi-function furniture

Multi-functional furniture serves many purposes and occupies very less space. You can use a chest that serves the purpose of drawers, bed and sofa at the same time.     Chests can also be used as a tiny dining table. If your children need chairs in the room, then it is best to go with folding chairs which can be tucked away under the bed.

Prefer fixing bunk beds

A bunk bed is a special type of bed, in which one bed is stacked over another bed. A loft bed is also a type of bunk bed in which there is only one bunk at the top with an open space underneath allowing the space to be utilized by placing drawers, chest or study tables. Bunk beds leaves a lot of space and make the overall room look quite bigger.

Fix furniture away from walkways

Don’t block the walkways by placing furniture as it makes the room look cramped. Try to fix the furniture on the sides and along the walls leaving good space in the middle of the room. In this way, you will open up good space which makes the room look spacious. Always use small furniture in the kids’ room according to the size of the room and needs of your children.

Match furniture with the paint

Always match the furniture with the paint of the room. If you cannot match the entire furniture with the paint of walls, try to match at least some pieces. This creates a feeling of comfort and blends even the bigger furniture items into the room to make it look spacious. If you cannot match even a single furniture items with the walls, consider placing matching designs onto the furniture.

Set furniture along diagonal line

When you place the furniture along the longest straight line of the room, it makes people notice the longest straight line without considering the short walls of the room at first glance. The longest straight line of every room is always its diagonal so set the furniture diagonally. Not only it makes the room look bigger but it also leaves good space on the corners behind the items.
Prefer furniture which leaves free space
Your choice of furniture should be such that it leaves good space in the room. Don’t select tall furniture as it makes the ceiling look lower than it actually is. Kid’s room must have a study table. Try to choose the one with heavy glass which allows light to pass under the table and makes the room look brighter and wider. Moreover, try to fix the chairs with exposed legs that cover minimum space.

Play with the furniture by following above tips and make your children’s room heaven in very limited space.

Sustainable Children’s Rooms

Eco-Friendly Bedroom

Organic Crib Bedding

Organic Crib Bedding

Whether you’re living in a luxurious New York City Condo or a ranch out in the middle of Colorado, it’s important to remember the rules of sustainability. Although your child may not fully understand what it means to reduce his/her carbon footprint, there are a few ways in which you can do that for them. It can start with simple bedroom design.

To begin with, you can remodel their entire bedroom to meet LEED standards specific to lighting. LED and energy efficient light bulbs are sold everywhere, and although they are initially more expensive, they’ll save you energy in the long run, while eliminating waste. Using reclaimed materials in design are extremely beneficial. This would include any of the following:

  • Hardwoods
  • Dry Wall
  • Décor
  • Rugs
  • Dressers

Everything from your child’s bed frame to his or her dresser drawers can be made from recycled materials. And it doesn’t stop right there! There are even choices for organic latex and foam beds. Sheets, clothes and carpets can all be made from 100% organic cotton. Pretty much anything labeled organic, recycled or reclaimed is what ideally should be used to create a more earth-friendly space for your child.

With so many cases of asthma and overall susceptibility to disease, parents want the best breathing situation for their children. Investing in an ionizer or dehumidifier is one solution, but the most natural way to do so would be to improve window design and airflow. Also, any paints, stains or finishes should have non-volatile properties, so when it becomes humid, your children won’t be inhaling toxic fumes.

It’s recommended to purchase windows that are recycled, and can capture a natural draft. This means positioning them on opposite sides of the room.  Likewise, larger windows permit more natural light, saving you energy as well.

And the fact that your windows recycled doesn’t imply health; but by investing in new windows, you’re more likely to trap heat, all the while keeping your child free from the chill.

For most families with two or more children, it’s better to share bedroom space. Bunking up, or rooming with a sibling is one such solution to saving energy.

Going green generally implies spending more up front, but saving a bundle in the long haul. Take your furnace for example – A 95% efficient home furnace will certainly break the bank, but it will reduce your monthly bill immensely. Over the course of twenty to thirty years, this could be a huge sum of money. The same principles should be applied to every room in your house, including your children’s.  Even if you have to undergo complete redesign, it’s worthwhile.

And upon completion, you’ll leave your child bewildered at the illuminating, 21st century fortress that once was a castle with a dull glow. As we progress further into the age of sustainability, these green “suggestions” will soon start to become standards. Although it will take a while, if met, these standards will eventually help us create a healthier earth.

Sleigh Beds

Sleigh bed

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Sleigh beds are a popular style of bed not only for adult bedrooms, but for children’s rooms and nurseries as well. Sleigh beds are characterized by a heavy stature, with solid headboards and footboards that curve upward and feature a styled roll, or scroll, that faces outward at the top. The name comes from the resemblance of the bed to a horse-drawn sleigh.

Sleigh beds date back to the early 19th century and were inspired by Napoleon’s court in France. During this time, which is known in design as the Empire period, mankind was finding inspiration from Roman artifacts and archealogy.

Sleigh beds are now offered in many styles, from traditional mahogany sleigh beds to more romantic and modern designs. A Victorian-inspired piece in whitewash works beautifully in a girl’s bedroom, while a beadboard design gives a child’s room a cottage flair. There are so many options available for sleigh beds that you can probably find one to fit almost any style of decor.

Madeline Milano Sleigh Bed

Madeline Milano Sleigh Bed

Sleigh beds are also a popular design for cribs, cradles, and co-sleepers. These feature the same curved ends as the larger bed’s headboard and footboard, but on the shorter ends of the crib instead. Sleigh cribs are a popular choice because of their classic beauty never goes out of style, making it a perfect choice for siblings as it can be reused for a second or third baby. The design works equally well for both baby boys and baby girls.

Bronze Sleigh Bed

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Of course, sleigh beds have always been a favorite for adult bedrooms, as they lend both structure and romance to a room’s design.

Sleigh beds are very practical because it is so versatile. A basic sleigh bed can survive many room transformations, as your child grows and her tastes change and mature. Sleigh beds as convertible cribs also work well, providing a clean design for the nursery and later in your toddler’s room.