Building a Room That Will Grow with a Child
Building a room that will grow with a child from birth through the teenage years is a great way to save money and time over the course of 18 years.
When thinking about creating such a versatile space there are some things to keep in mind.Use the ideas below to get started planning a room that will carry a child from infancy through the late teenage years.
When furnishing a nursery it may be tempting to choose pieces that are not as costly, as the sheer amount of money spent on infant accessories can be staggering.However, if building a room that will grow with a child from birth through 18, furniture is the cornerstone of the space.Instead of choosing a simple crib, choose a convertible crib that transforms into a toddler bed and then a twin or full size bed.Look for a changing table that is also a dresser or bookcase that can have life well beyond the diaper changing years.Dressers should be sturdy with ample drawer storage space to house infant wear, as well as, a teenage wardrobe.With all the furniture pieces, be sure that they are well made.High-quality craftsmanship will last a span of 18 or more years, but cheap pieces will probably fall apart before the child turns five.Although the initial cost may seem staggering, the durability of the pieces will pay for itself when no other furniture pieces need to be purchased during the child’s growing years.
It may be comforting to think that a generic decor will last from birth through college, but in reality, children like to redecorate their bedrooms.The teenage years are an especially popular time as a child is figuring out who she is and what she likes.It is, however, possible to decorate a nursery in a theme that should happily carry the child through nine or ten years.Instead of cute baby farm animals or teddy bears, opt for a more elegant look with neutral colors.Pale rose color walls with a dainty Victorian wallpaper border or stencil would work well for a girl, while a muted grey wall with white accents would carry a boy through his early childhood years.Choose the colors wisely and the room may not need to be repainted for a decade or more.
If possible, opt for high-end carpet with built in stain resistant properties.Again, choosing a color for the carpet that is neutral will make it last much longer than a trendy color would.Colors that are not too light also work well, because they hide stains and wear better than whites or light beiges.
When building a room that will grow with a child, the key is to invest in high-quality pieces that are not too trendy or contemporary.Modern styles will always be replaced by the next modern trend, whereas, classic styles and lines in furniture are timeless and always a sound choice.Plan ahead and work within a budget to create the perfect bedroom to grow with a child.
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