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Living in style in the children’s room

Individual design is in demand for children’s furniture – in addition to durability, natural materials and (multi) functionality.

Sonderschau: Designpark

No more plastic: the trend towards high-quality furniture has arrived in children’s rooms as well. And parents are willing to pay for individual and design-oriented furniture. In 2013, children’s furniture for 3.6 billion Euro was sold in Germany, equalling roundabout 20 percent of the entire German furniture industry turnover.

Design: high-grade and timeless  

When individually designing their kids’ haven, parents have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of styles, ranging from playful to puristic. Hugely popular right now are “theme rooms” where little princesses, pirates or knights can live and act out their phantasies. All in all though, German parents favour solid and rather timeless furniture for their offspring, often made of massive wood or MDF and preferably in white, light grey or a natural wooden finish.

And the reason for it? To parents, durable and easily combinable furniture is just as important as top-class design. It should be able to withstand kids’ roughhousing and maybe even be reused in another room after it has done its job in the nursery. This rather calls for furniture in an unobtrusive design than for one that is multi-coloured. In order for the children’s paradise not be too sombre, though, colourful door handles, drawers as well as textiles and wallpaper spice up the room.

A healthy climate in the nursery

No matter if it comes to furniture or accessories: the most important thing in the children’s room is a healthy climate. Parents attach great importance to materials that are natural, non-hazardous and tested for harmful substances. In addition, rounded edges, softly closing doors and cushioning provide for equally important safety and security.

Multifunctional furniture that can take just about anything

Functionality is another essential requirement for furniture in the nursery. Ideally, beds, chairs and other pieces of furniture flexibly adapt to the needs of kids and parents: diaper changing tables, for example, are not only preferred in an extra-wide version – thus eliminating the need for a closet in the nursery – but should also be adjustable in height in order for mom and dad to adapt it according to their individual needs.

The chair oUeat by nuun Kids is a truly versatile piece of furniture that grows along with the small ones: the high chair can very easily be turned into a table/chair combination with added storage space. The play bed by Isle of Dogs, awarded with the G+J | Family Consumer Award 2014 in the category “Design in the children’s room”, follows a similar concept. The bed for children from age 2 onward grows with them until their teenage years and not only serves as a place to sleep, but also as a playground.

You can read more about current trends in toys and furniture for playing in our next blog. But of course we’re also looking forward to hearing all about your personal experience: Which trends in the furniture design do you notice? What in particular do your customers prefer?

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