Safety and comfort are two vital issues to look into when designing and decorating your kids’ bedrooms. It’s important to use safe kids furniture and bedroom accessories that don’t contain any toxins and if this seems like a daunting task to you fret not, we’re here to help you.
From selecting the right kind of storage to understanding which types of safe, non-toxic materials you should look out for, we’ll dive into 4 key factors you should consider for your kids’ bedrooms.
It’s important to ensure that all your kids’ furniture such as kids beds, study desks and wardrobes don’t contain any toxins. We’d also advise to avoid fibreboard or foam materials as this would then eliminate the need for flame retardants to be added to these materials. When you go shopping for your kids furniture, it’s also prudent that you inquire on all the materials that were used to produce the furniture.
To stick on the safe side, it’s best to get un-upholstered, solid wood furniture pieces; and solid wood is ideal for furniture such as bed frames and study desks. Ensure that not only the paint but that the glues, product coatings and finishes used are natural, water-based and contain absolutely no toxins.
If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask staff in-store for the product safety certification. Click here to see an example of an online safety certification. Any retailer selling safe kids products would be able to provide this.
A good storage solution is key to any well organised bedroom, and this is especially more so in the context of your kids’ bedroom. The right storage would also ensure that your kids’ toys and other belongings are kept tidy, reducing the chance of them tripping over clutter in their bedroom.
A flexible and modular storage system is an ideal solution for growing kids as their needs change throughout the years. Modular storage is adaptable and can be easily moved around and built upon. If your kids bedroom is particularly short on space, you could also look into getting a modular bed frame that can be fitted with a storage space. The Cabin bed by Lifetime Kidsroom provides the option for ample storage space under your kids’ bed. A true definition of design meets function.
When selecting wall paint for your kids’ bedroom, you should get paint that’s water-based and it should contain very low or even zero volatile organic compounds (VOC). Note that zero VOC emission paints have less than 5 grams per litre of organic compounds. This is compared to 50 grams per litre (or less) in low VOC paints. This might sound a tad confusing but just check in-store and staff should be able to pick out the paint that’s safe for your kids. If you have had mould issues in your home in the past, there are also safe paints that come with antimicrobial agents that help keep mould and mildew at bay.
Curtains and blind cords present a choking risk to all children, especially younger ones. Depending on the types of curtains or blinds that you have in your home, there are various kits and devices available that can help you to make these safer. And this can be easily purchased from your curtains and blinds retailer.
You should ensure that furniture such as cots, beds, highchairs, playpens, couches, chairs, tables or bookshelves are not positioned near a window where children can readily reach a blind or curtain cord. It is also best to avoid cushions and pillows with any attachments or finishes that can be easily removed by prying little fingers, as these could present a choking hazard.
As parents, we only want the best for our kids and to keep them safe. When you shop for your kids’ products, it’s important to check in-store on the types of materials used for all types of furniture, soft furnishings, paint and other bedroom accessories. With the tips above, it’ll be that much easier for you to design and create the perfect safe haven for your children.
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