Think Beyond the Nursery Days With These 11 Hardworking Pieces For Your Kid’s Room
The following 10 furnishings will bring character and function to their first space, without having to be swapped out as their needs grow and adapt.
Though these two pieces were clearly designed with young souls in mind, they do double-duty as both decorative items and seating options. Vitra's Eames Elephant—designed by Charles and Ray Eames—and the Magis Puppy—designed by Eero Aarnio—are iconic pieces that are both whimsical and functional. Even if your kid gets sick of it, its iconic design will fit right into any other room of your home.
The Cabin Daybed, designed by Roberto Gil for Casa Kids, is a versatile and sophisticated design that can be used as a sofa, daybed, or bed. With an optional trundle bed feature for sleepovers, it can used differently for whichever sleeping stage your child is in.
3. Innovative Storage
This child's room shows multiple types of storage that helps keep everything organized, clean, and displayed playfully. Most notably, the Uten.Silo wall Organizer by Dorothee Becker for Vitra features containers in multiple shapes and sizes with metal hooks and clips. Designed in 1969/1970, it can be used to keep your kid’s small belongings organized—or can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, home office, or creative studio. Its durable plastic design makes it perfect for your child's school or craft supplies.
If you don’t find a rug that you feel will last for years, consider FLOR’s modular carpet squares, which allows you to customize your child’s flooring with easy-to-install tiles that are eco-friendly, recyclable, and are easy to clean.
Every nursery needs some type of rocking chair. Whether you choose to include an heirloom from your grandmother, a plush upholstered rocker, or a more modern version—like the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker—don't forget to consider how the chair will fit in the room as your child gets older.
Though it's sometimes necessary, certain pieces of furniture you choose for your child's room doesn't have to be specifically designed for kids. Case in point, Eastvold Furniture of Minneapolis creates well-made furnishings that are designed to be passed down to future generations. The Elko series includes small credenzas with pops of color that blend modern construction with midcentury form. It'll play multiple roles throughout its life.
Inspired by a traditional trunk from the 19th century, The Trunk is a streamlined, modern, two-box construction from designer Gesa Hansen of The Hansen Family. It opens up to reveal dresser drawers, cupboard shelving, and so much more.
These fun, sculptural Throwing Stones from Iglooplay are covered in 100-percent wool and encourage lounging, stacking, and playing. Inspired by river stones, they'll be enjoyed way past early childhood.
Eventually, most kids need a designated spot to do their homework. Designed by Lithuanian designer Inesa Malafej, My writing Desk (MWD) for Emko features storage space around the edge of the desktop so that necessary objects can always be tidy, in sight, and easily accessible.
The Los Angeles-based company Bend Goods focuses on functional and sculptural furniture that's playful in color and shape. Lucy, the brand's most popular wire chair, is crafted from hot-dip galvanized iron to prevent rust and topped with a powder-coated finish. It can act as a place for visitors to prop while they spend time with your child, which can be made softer with a pillow, throw, or cushion. It'll be a piece that your child will end up loving as they get older.
Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo and Manila. She is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, OR. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferlagdameo