FUR­NI­TURE

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When se­lect­ing fur­ni­ture for your kids bed­room, it is es­sen­tial to make sure you buy safe, sus­tain­able and high-qual­ity prod­ucts. Choose fur­ni­ture that will grow with your baby. Mum­baibased in­de­pen­dent in­te­rior de­signer, Ayushi Kan­odia, says, “Func­tion­al­ity as well as longevity when se­lect­ing the fur­ni­ture should be a pri­or­ity. El­e­ments of imag­i­na­tion and fun should be a part of their room. Par­ents also con­stantly worry about the kids grow­ing out of the fur­ni­ture. Hence, hav­ing the right bal­ance be­tween fan­tasy and func­tion­al­ity is what is trend­ing these days.” Se­lect fur­ni­ture based on the theme of your kid’s bed­room. Founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor, Stu­dioCREO, Parushni Ag­gar­wal, says, “Do you wish to keep the room play­ful or want to give it a dreamy out­look? For ev­ery theme, an ar­ray of fur­ni­ture is avail­able for chil­dren. And they are avail­able in bold and con­trast­ing colour choices. A bed bunk is an all-time kid’s favourite. Cou­ple that with com­fort­able bed­ding and a mono­grammed or striped head­board and you’re good to go.”

Safety

No par­ents would ever want to com­pro­mise on their child’s safety. Chil­dren of­ten run around the house and are ac­tive through­out the day. They tend to spend qual­ity time in their room, hence, it is im­por­tant that the fur­ni­ture is not sharp-edged. Ayushi says, “This is a first pri­or­ity when de­sign­ing a kid’s room. Hav­ing fur­ni­ture edges rounded and smoothened should be the way to go. Be­sides that, con­sider us­ing wa­ter-re­sis­tant wood and in­flammable lam­i­nates.”

Bud­get

In­vest wisely! As your chil­dren grow, their un­der­stand­ing and de­mands will in­crease. They will start mak­ing a call as to what they would like in their own room. So while they are young, make their room child-friendly as well as bud­get-friendly. De­signer and di­rec­tor, Peek-a-boo Pat­terns, Garima Agar­wal, says, “With the DIY trend tak­ing up a big place in in­te­ri­ors, par­ents have be­come cre­ative. This has en­abled them to go easy on the pock­ets too. The over­all ex­pen­di­ture has been vari­ant as there is de­mand for both pre­mium and ba­sics. At the same time, the range has been wide enough so de­sign­ers are care­fully se­lect­ing some ac­ces­sories that are fun but not ex­pen­sive along with high-priced units, for ex­am­ple, wardrobes.”

Keep In Mind

Fur­ni­ture should be func­tional and er­gonom­i­cally de­signed. For ex­am­ple, a study ta­ble should be at the right height. For stor­age pieces, prac­ti­cal­ity plays an im­por­tant role. This would make the room clut­ter free. Parushni says, “Make sure your in­te­rior de­signer has met your kids and have spent con­sid­er­able time with them to un­der­stand their needs. It’s fore­most to in­te­grate kid’s room with the in­te­ri­ors com­men­su­rate to their per­son­al­ity.” A fun piece of add-on fur­ni­ture is a rock­ing chair per­son­alised with your lit­tle one’s ini­tials.

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