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Choosing Furniture for a Child's Bedroom

Nearly every bedroom needs a bed, a bedside table and a dresser. Beyond the basics, take a look at your child's daily activities in the bedroom and decide what they need from there. Bookshelves, a play table or a desk can all be highly useful, depending on your child's interests and which of their activities they tend to do elsewhere in the home.

Consider your goals for the room's function, theme and style when choosing furniture. For a child who is just getting used to a big-kid bed, a platform frame can be a great choice since it's easier to get in and out of. If you're designing a room for one child that they may eventually need to share, you may want to consider a trundle bed or bunk bed. When closet space is minimal, an armoire can help keep clothes organized, or can be used for media storage. Before you purchase, make sure your furniture will fit neatly in your space. Map out furniture placement on a floor plan.

Multipurpose furniture – especially pieces with built-in storage – makes efficient use of space. A bed with built-in headboard shelves or under-bed drawers does double duty. A shelf beneath a nightstand is a great place to store a stack of favorite books, or can hold a basket full of toys and stuffed animals.

If you have plenty of space, setting up a play table in your child's room is a great way to encourage them to initiate crafts, puzzles and building projects.

Finishes can also set the tone for the room. Wood has a warm, natural look, hides fingerprints and is available in a wide range of shades. Painted furniture tends to look more playful, and is often available with rustic finishes that give the furniture the character of a vintage find. White furniture works well with brightly colored walls and accessories. You'll want low-maintenance wipe-off surfaces on activity pieces like tables and desks.