Girl's Bedroom Tips

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What are some guidelines I can use when looking for items to put into a girl's bedroom?

Functionality, Durability and Safety For Girls

Your child will be using her room when she is most vulnerable – when she is asleep – and when she's most energetic – when she is at play. To keep her safe in all these circumstances, make sure that the furniture you choose is sturdy: look for toy boxes with hinges that stay open and won't fall on little fingers; look for rounded edges on items like night stands, desks, and dressers, so that chances of her cutting herself if she bumps her head are minimized.

For younger children, put breakable or small decorative accessories well out of reach, and avoid lamps and other items that children could pull down onto themselves. In terms of bedding and other textiles, make sure that they are flame-retardant – and for your ease, it probably is a good idea for them to be stain-resistant as well!

   
What should I consider when planning the décor for a girl's bedroom?

Whose Room is it? HERS!

When planning how you want to decorate and equip your girl's (or girls') bedroom, the first thing you need to consider is who will be using the room. Will the room be shared, and by whom? Do the girls have similar tastes, or will you have to find a way to strike a balance between the different things they want? Discussing these questions with your daughters - if they want a theme and can agree on it, you're off to a great start.

If they want different themes, consider choosing some basic bedding and décor elements, and using each child's favorite accessories to build a theme in his part of the room. Next, make sure that you have areas dedicated and tailored to each activity that will take place in the room.

Setting up a desk area for studying, and make sure there is plenty of storage for both toys and clothes so that the room has the best chance of staying neat and comfortable to sleep in. If the room is going to have a theme, try to incorporate elements of the theme into each area of the room so that it feels unified.

   
How can I help my girl keep her room neat and organized?

Furniture and Storage

Dolls, dress-up clothes, tea sets: it's unbelievable how much “stuff” can accumulate in girls' bedrooms. Especially if your girl's room multi-tasks for sleep, study and play, it will be important for you to provide your child with plenty of places to put things away.

Some neat storage furniture for girls' rooms includes platform beds with drawers in the platform – excellent for storing clothes and toys, and eliminating the need for a box spring or a bedskirt – and storage benches, which act as toy boxes and can be fun places for a child to sit and read, or a platform on which she can play with his figurines.

Storage cubes, wooden or upholstered, are good options for books, blankets, and toys, and double as seats for your child, her guests, or you at story time. You can also find storage pieces that will liven up the theme for your girl's room, such as dollhouse-shaped bookcases.

   
How should I go about choosing what furniture to purchase for my girl's bedroom?

Timeless Pieces for Girls

Try to choose furniture that will grow with your child and his changing tastes. Sturdy oak or cherry furniture with classic lines will blend in with almost any décor and will last for years. White furniture will provide a similar blank-slate background against which you can change your bedding, rugs, wall coverings and window treatments, and white is a favorite color for many girls' bedroom sets.

If you are planning a room for an infant or small child, you have an opportunity to consider furniture that will really be flexible, as there are now cribs that convert to toddler beds and finally to adult beds. Choosing such a convertible piece in a durable material and classic style will save you money, enabling you to possibly splurge on smaller, fun items for the many different rooms your child will want over the years.

   
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