3 Kids Bedroom Trends

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A child’s independence is often his or her most precious asset, and the one place where children always have full reign is in their own bedrooms. 

That’s why furniture designers are increasingly paying attention to what young people say about their bedrooms. More companies are getting in on this “fast-growing category” by debuting new products tailored to kids’ ever-changing needs, according to a report by trade magazine Furniture Today.

These new offerings appeal to youthful desires as well as parents’ discerning eyes in order to balance durability and functionality with taste.

For the Tech Whiz

More youth are plugged in, and furniture designers are taking note. Many new bedroom collections feature additions such as built-in charging stations and wire organizers. Consider where the child will want to use electronics when designing the room. For example, manufacturers offer nightstands or headboards with outlets, useful for nighttime cell phone charging.

Also think about how many video gamers might be in the room, says Kerry Lebensburger, president of sales and marketing at Ashley Furniture, Arcadia, Wis. They may need more seating or extra storage for games and consoles.

Parents should think, “Can two kids get into this room and enjoy being in the house?” he says.

For the Fashionista

Popular fashion-forward bedding follows runway trends, says Stephen Cardino, fashion director of the home store for Macy’s department stores, headquartered in New York. Decorative zip closures, colored snakeskin, and colored furs are trends that add an edgy or rocker feel to a fashionista’s bedroom.

Another big trend is making the old new. Pillows and bedspreads with vintage photo-real prints of everything from flowers to cityscapes have been popping up, and neon color accents will make a showing soon, Cardino says.

“Photo-real, digitalized print and neon color is now coming on very, very strong,” he says. “These are takedowns from fashion.”

For the Fast Grower

But the fashion world changes its mind quickly, just like kids do. Cardino advises parents to buy high-quality, simple basics, and then play with trends with trimmings such as decorative pillows. This will combine value with quickly changing aesthetic tastes.

Gone, also, are the days of twin beds for children. Queen or full-sized bedroom furniture lasts through the teens and even to adulthood, Ledensburger says.

“The beauty is that they can take this new contemporary stuff to their [future] apartment,” he says. It can also become guest room furniture. Dave Gingrich, senior vice president of multichannel sales at furniture designer Powell Company, Culver City, Calif., says he’s been seeing families purchase full-sized bunk beds to serve as extra room for guests. “Today’s consumer is very practical,” he says.

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