Buying furniture is always fun. Furniture plays a vital role in deciding the overall aesthetics of a room. In simple words, furniture could make or break your room. Things become a bit complicated when it comes to nursery design, because in the case of kids' furniture, the function always takes precedence over the form.
However, that does not mean that you cannot play with aesthetics as well. For modern parents, nursery furniture shopping could be an adventure where they pick the most functional and aesthetically appealing options from a vast variety of choices – from kids chair to loft beds. Well, we are here to make things simpler for you. Here are some of the top trends for modern parents looking to buy furniture for their nursery.
Furniture That Grows With You.
Perhaps the biggest trend in the nursery space is convertibility. You are probably already aware of it – convertible furniture is a type of furniture that could be converted into other forms to serve multiple purposes. Given the huge number of benefits of convertible furniture, it is not hard to understand why it is the top trend among modern parents.
First, convertible furniture is space-effective. Instead of buying separate furniture for separate purposes, you only need to buy one. This avoids clutter and leaves more space for your child. Convertible furniture is also wallet-friendly; since you are buying one furniture item instead of many, you save a lot of money.
There are a lot of convertible options in the market right now. The most popular ones are convertible cribs. Cribs are the most essential furniture you could buy for a nursery; they are also short-lived, as babies outgrow them in just 18-24 months. Convertible cribs come with the ability to turn into toddler beds, bunk beds for adults, sofas, and so on. Depending on your needs and planning, you could go with two-in-one, three-in-one, or four-in-one convertible beds. Another popular option is storage cabinets that could function as diaper-changing stations. Convertible furniture is a growing market, and modern parents would find a lot of exciting options there.
Gender-Neutral Everything !
Genderism is rapidly becoming an obsolete concept. Gone are the days when “everything blue” was for the boys and “everything pink” was for the girls. The modern generation of kids and teens is showing that they don’t believe in such genderism; the modern generation of parents must listen as well. Giving action figures to sons and dolls to daughters can do more harm than good. It is better to forget gender roles and instead focus on what your child actually likes. Start with colors and go with neutral, calming shades instead of the stereotypical pinks and blues for nursery furniture like kids bookshelf and cabinets.
Everybody can agree now that plastic is bad. So why does it continue to be so common everywhere, including kids table, chairs, strollers etc.? The simple answer is cost. Plastic furniture is quite cheap, which usually entices parents to pick it over better materials. But this trend is rapidly on the decline, and for good reason.
For starters, plastic is bad for the environment. Even if you don’t care about the environment, remember that plastic contains a variety of toxic chemicals like phthalates, which could cause hormonal imbalance in humans over long exposure. Vinyl and foam belong to the same category and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, opt for furniture made from wood and natural fabrics. There is a growing demand for organic, sustainable products from parents.
Furniture For The Parents.
Most parents design a nursery while only keeping the kid and the aesthetics in mind. While your child takes precedence over everything else, that does not mean you should confirm something very important: You. A recent parenting trend suggests that parents should also look after their comfort in the nursery. After all, it's you who is going to take care of the baby; who’s going to take care of you?
Owing to this trend, gliders have become increasingly popular among parents. They look like regular sofa chairs, except much more comfortable. Oh, and they can also glide to-and-fro, and around! Gliders are designed to allow comfort to mothers as they nurse their little ones. But over the years, they can simply serve as a comfortable chair to the parents. It can also be accompanied by a comfortable footstool - because your feet deserve some rest after all the hard work you do.
Get used to Assembling.
Modularity has been the rising trend in homemaking for many years, and nurseries are not untouched by it. But a side-effect of this trend is that furniture items are now delivered unassembled to you, all IKEA-style. So don’t be surprised when you order a bunk bed with desk and have to assemble it from scratch.
There are some obvious benefits to it. It is simply more cost-effective for the manufacturer, which means that it turns out to be cheaper for the consumers. It also makes the furniture quite portable if you ever decide to move to a different home. But, on the flip side, it adds the headache of assembling the pieces – which could get complicated sometimes – to build the nursery furniture. For better or worse, this trend seems to continue for quite some time.
Minimalism, all the Way.
Minimalism has been in and out of interior decoration for the last decade now. At this point, it is safe to assume it will remain a part of home styling in some way or the other – be it furniture, kids wardrobe, accessories, or some other aspect of décor. In the case of nursery furniture, minimalism is certainly is rising trend.
While you don’t have to go the Marie Kondo way, the core idea is to avoid clutter in the nursery – especially since growing kids need plenty of space to crawl around without hitting stuff. Instead of going overboard with buying every kind of furniture parenting websites recommend, go with only the necessary ones. Adopting the convertible way will also help you to be minimalistic with your nursery furniture without compromising on utility.
Furniture is one of the core building blocks that turn a house into a home. Kids deserve that as much as adults – but that doesn’t mean adults can’t have fun with it. As modern-age parents, you have an exciting prospect of staying ahead of the curve in front of you. Safety, space, and money are all important factors, but trends add an extra sense of adventure. Remember this when you go out to buy the coolest furniture for your darling baby.