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Kids’ Furniture – Classical or Modern?

23/07/2013 | Decorating tips, Decoration, Room to Grow | by Catherine Godiva

So you’re buying furniture for your kids and there’s just so much to choose from that it’s somewhat of a mindboggling exercise.  Obviously you will have set a budget on what you want to spend (or have some idea at least) so once you’ve decided on a price you’ll still be confronted with a huge array to choose from.  One of the main considerations will be whether to buy traditional looking furniture or something really contemporary that’s been designed to be big on kid-appeal – something pink and glitzy or bright and cartoony.  There are advantages with both choices and the final choice really is up to you.

Classical Furniture

Chances are that if you’re buying traditional wooden furniture it’s going to cost a bit more than modern stuff.  However, the purchase can be seen as an investment – the furniture will still be suitable in ten or twenty years’ time, unlike nursery style furniture which kids grow out of all too soon.

Classic wood furniture is built to last, especially traditional hardwoods – it’s designed to last and look good for years with minimum maintenance – just a polish now and again and then regular dusting.

Even in twenty years from now if your wood furniture is looking a bit the worse for wear and battered by life, it’s just a matter of a sand down and refinish to have it looking as good as new.

Contemporary Furniture

You can get kids’ bedroom furniture in some really dazzling colours and cool designs nowadays and a lot of this stuff won’t break the bank.  Although modern furniture looks as if it might cost a fortune, it’s very often made from MDF with a laminated or lacquered finish in a wide range of colours. 

Not only is MDF lighter and cheaper than furniture grade timber, it’s easier to cut into shapes, meaning that kid’s furniture can come in stunning shapes and styles.

Modern furniture needs no special treatment – just a wipe over with a damp cloth from time to time to keep it looking bright and sparkling.

A contemporary set of nursery furniture is usually durable enough to hand on to another baby in the family when you’re done with it, bringing added value.


Whether you choose classical furniture or contemporary designs for your child’s first room, make sure you buy from a reputable source.  If you’re buying online, take into consideration delivery options and whether or not the company offers a Home Assembly Service (unless you’re a DIY enthusiast).

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