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Your Child's Bedroom Furniture: Planning For the Future

Your Child's Bedroom Furniture: Planning For the Future By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

What do you do with your child's bedroom when they outgrow Winnie the Pooh? Furniture can be replaced and walls can be painted, but you might not want to repeat this chore as your child grows older. As you plan your child or teen's bedroom, consider furniture or décor that will be suitable for years to come.

Bedroom décor for infants is usually a matter of choosing a theme as there are many good options for young children's bedroom furniture and matching decorations. As children grow older, however, the choices can become more difficult, changes more frequent, and costs too formidable. Unless you plan to afford expensive changes every few years as your young child or teen grows, consider functional bedroom furniture they will still appreciate years down the road.

Child-Friendly Bedroom Décor

The most expensive part of your child's bedroom décor is usually the furniture. So rather than using the furniture itself to express an age-appropriate theme, use the linen, pictures, and paint instead. Replacing bedding or applying a new coat of paint is much easier and cost effective than changing your child's bedroom furniture. Consider giving your teen some flexibility for decorating their bedroom and they might be content with "boring" and merely functional furniture.

Your Teen's Bedroom and Moving Out

Whether you anticipate or dread it, the time will come when your teenager moves out of your home for college, work, or simply independence. If you plan wisely now, your teen's bedroom furniture can be simple décor now but easily move with them later. A bunk bed that can be separated into two single beds is a good way to plan ahead. Small dressers and mirrors adapt easily into a dormitory or apartment. Some dressers can also be used as desks although storage space is the necessary sacrifice.

If you do purchase your child's bedroom furniture to last for many years, shop for solid construction and durable surfaces that will stand the test of time.

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About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.



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