Furniture made for children is not a recent invention. Examples of children’s furniture have survived from earlier historical periods. The most varied of these tend to be chairs, with the oldest preserved chairs dating from the late 16th century or early 17th century. The oldest known example of a low chair dates from the Viking age.
Special furniture for children is thought to have been made at a very early stage in the history of furniture. Children’s furniture was mostly distinguished from that of grown-ups by their scale. Some children’s furniture is built at a sitting height below that of grown-ups so that a child can use it themselves, and some are at the sitting height equal to that of grown-ups at a table so that the children can learn how to behave there.
Types of children’s furniture
Children’s furniture can be for babies, toddlers, children or teenagers. Available types of children’s furniture include furniture for both boys’ and girls’ bedrooms, nursery furniture, outdoor furniture, furniture for playrooms, furniture for schools and day care, furniture for teenage bedrooms and furniture for waiting rooms. Furniture UK sells a range of children’s furniture. A wide range of items can be purchased, including activity tables, armchairs, beds, bedside cabinets, bookcases, bunk beds, cabin beds, chairs, chests of drawers, cots and cot beds, desks, dressing tables, shelves, sofas, storage, tables and chairs, toy boxes, wardrobes and many, many more.
How to choose your new children’s furniture
If you are a parent, you will probably know all about the importance of clever furniture if you are to use them in your child’s bedroom or another child-friendly setting. You want to avoid, for example, tripping over toys or boxes full of mess in your child’s bedroom when trying to find puzzle pieces that have gone missing. The last thing you want is to be tripping over toys or sorting through boxes full of mess in search of missing puzzle pieces. If they have the right furniture, however, they are better able to keep their rooms tidy and be able to more easily find their toys.
You should take the time to discuss the room with your child, asking them what they would like to have in their room. Remember to see the world through your child’s eyes, for example by making sure that you use high shelves that children cannot reach for storing complex toys or those that should only be used with a parent’s supervision. On the other hand, keep items such as coat hooks at a height that they can reach, and give them plenty of storage and a place to them to play.
Remember to make a list of the furniture that you need for your child’s exact room that also suits your individual budget and circumstances. Draw up a floor-plan and organise your space well with smaller numbers of the most suitable items of furniture. The furniture will need to be sturdy, so that it does not become a hazard and have to be rapidly replaced, and also safe for your child to be around. Also check whether it comes pre-assembled, and make sure that the furniture matches the décor style of your child’s room.
How to look after your children’s furniture
It is important to find children’s furniture that you can affordably maintain. It will need to be cleaned, for example, when it gets scuffmarks, is covered in greasy fingerprints or simply becomes dusty. Different types of furniture have different needs. Some children’s furniture may include such features as removable covers so that they can be easily cleaned.