How to choose children’s room furniture
In most family homes, it is common for children to have the smallest rooms. After all, they are the smallest people. But where adults can fill the rest of the house with their accumulated material wealth, children have the only freedom to choose what to do and where things go, in that one small space.
Learning about the world can be frustrating and quickly lead to misdiagnosed “bad” behavior. Therefore, creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable space where children can feel calm, loved, and protected while enjoying their independence and individuality is essential to a happy, healthy childhood. The design of children’s rooms therefore has more to do with open living than with simple bedrooms.
Working, resting and playing: the many faces of a child’s room
Literally designed for a growing family – the brief transition from a young couple to a family of six during the project – Nido II House architects Angelucci Architects have raised the cots off the floor and opened up the space below for more activity. And bunk beds for children like De Breuyn’s City high play bed create similar two-level environments where children can play during the day and sleep well at night.
Of course, growing children have drastically changing interests and needs. Letti A Castello is another example of a Zalf loft bed, this time reserving its lower space for a generous desk, shelving and storage space, perfect for school projects, writing, artwork and more. With more kids to fit in a small space, mihadesign’s house #1977 takes the loft bed concept and flips it on its bed. Two boxes on the lower level sleep the entire family of six, while the upper levels have low-height areas where the kids can sit, write, read, paint and play together.
Storage: put everything in its place
With stacks of books, clothes, toys and gadgets all needing to be stored and organized in children’s rooms, it’s no wonder staying organized can be difficult. Minimal but functional storage solutions are used in the True Home in Kyiv designed by the Bogdanova Bureau, where storage boxes store under windows and create comfortable reading areas in a room. While in another, a wide, focused desk area is hued in an alert antique rose and filled with natural light, separated from the calming gray of a sleeping and storage area opposite.
Systems like this that combine open and closed storage in chests, cupboards and shelves, along with sliding drawers and different sized trays and bins like De Breuyn’s closet combos, allow children to hide their private belongings from view, organize messy items, and position your most prized possessions, creations and other memorable objects for all to see.
Personal and physical growth
Children grow at an alarming rate, so functional furniture that stays functional even when expanded is a modern imperative. As babies transform from immobile bundles into young adults, adaptable beds like GAEAforms’ Casa e Crib can transform with them. The house-like frame of the bed houses a bassinet or cot and changing table, suitable from 0-3 years, before becoming a standard single bed.
Maintaining the correct sitting position is an important aspect of workplace health. So why do children who spend most of the day sitting at a desk and are constantly growing have a desk that stays the same? Acknowledging the injustice, Magis’ Little Big series consists of height-adjustable desks and chairs for small, then suddenly not-so-small bodies.
Individualism: alone but together
Childhood is about learning and accepting who you are, but also about fitting into others. Understanding this paradoxical desire — to become an individual, but not to do it alone, is critical to a child’s mental health.
PONY House in Brighton East, Australia by WOWOWA Architects offers children this space to be alone together and features a dedicated ‘kids wing’ in its redesign. To increase the feeling of togetherness and independence from the adults, the rooms – with the same size and layout but individual color scheme – share a connecting corridor with an inviting reading corner that opens onto the family pool and outdoor seating.
Alternatively, the acoustic children’s furniture SILA from timkid simply separates angular upholstered seats with felt partitions and lets individual children or groups of children escape the (adult) world for a while, and Adele-C’s baby chair Zarina gives children a foretaste of personal joy a seat just for her. So even if there is no space for a children’s grand piano, there may be room for a children’s grand piano chair instead.