The start of the year means New Year’s Resolutions and one that we hear all the time: a pledge to spruce up the kids’ rooms! If this was on your 2014 to-dos, we have some room-inspiration for you.
Upgrading to big-boy / big-girl bed: Moving from a crib to a toddler bed or a toddler bed to a twin (or if you jump step two, a crib to a twin) is a big rite of passage for a kid! If you decide to go the toddler bed route, first consider getting the conversion kit for your crib. Try to anticipate your need – these things go in and out of stock and you don’t want to order when your child has one leg over the rail of her crib!
Shown: the Eicho crib by Spot on Square with its toddler rail option.
If you’re crib is earmarked for child #2, then forget the toddler rail: You have to choose between a toddler bed & a twin.In the city, many take the toddler route for its small size and the fact that it’s built for a little one. Twin beds, as they serve everyone from kid to adult, aren’t usually made anticipating a two year old’s needs. So you’d have to look for one with curved edges or not-too-dangerous corners, that is low (ideally) and able to have a toddler rail. You want to think of one that can have a trundle – ideal for the inevitable sleepovers in your future. Note that for those who are moving from crib to twin, sometimes the twin bed you’ll buy for a two year old isn’t the same one you’d pick for your 5, 8 or 12 year old. Try to pick one with “staying power!”
The Monte Dorma (pictured) is a great choice with upholstery, trundle if you want – safe and totally staying power!] The Spot on Square Eicho Twin Bed and the Sparrow Twin by Oeuf are others fit the bill well, relatively low, the Eicho sleek & simple and the Oeuf more classic-modern with a sleigh bed-type styling; both have a trundle option.
Once you make your decision, make sure you also nab an organic mattress, ideally with two sides, one waterproof for when they are younger, and one quilted for later. Shop Twin Beds!
Taking the plunge to bunk? For city folk this is a popular solution. Urbanites are short on space and a stacked sleeping situation is ideal. But for kids, you have to be sure that they’re old enough and ready for the responsibility. If they are, then you want to decide on a model : we like models that offer the opportunity to split, just in case down the road you want to change your bedding configuration and would rather two twin beds or a lofted bed and a twin. Some of our faves: Oeuf Perch, Nurseryworks Duet and Duc Duc NY bunk system. Shop Bunk Beds!
If you decide to bunk, choose your organic mattresses and be sure the top bunk mattress fits the requirements of the bed – normally they have to be thinner than a normal mattress (“trundle” mattresses).
Storage, storage, storage. You can never have enough storage, especially if you’re a city dweller with kids (and no basement playroom). Choose some open shelving for easily accessible books and goodies. [We adore this Radcliffe shelving (below) by Jonathan Adler, a luxe addition to a kids room for board books and decor] And a closed storage for items that are intrinsically disorganized or are best put away (rainbow loom anyone?). Oeuf also makes the Toy Store which is a pretty cool storage unit that suits things that are in many pieces or are hard to store otherwise: make a section for Legos, Playmobil characters, Dunnys, whatever they are collecting and is in and out often and a bear to put away. Shop Storage!
Decor you both love! This is your time to let your child’s loves shine–unicorns, jungle, urban jungle, things that go – whatever they love, you want to go with, while keeping it tasteful, modern and clean. Check our faves Crowded Teeth and local artist Gregoire Gantor. Shop Art!
Want to shop some of our favorite youth furniture: Check out our selection of twin beds and bunk beds by Oeuf, Spot on Square, Duc Duc NYC and more, Storage by Jonathan Adler, Oeuf, Spot on Square, Nurseryworks and more; Playtables and Desks by Duc Duc NYC and Bloom Baby and Decor from a host of designers and artists like Gregoire Gantor and Crowded Teeth.