Choosing Nursery Furniture

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing nursery furniture. First, there is the style or theme that you will decorate the child’s nursery in. There are many ideas, styles, and d├ęcor choices readily available to ensure that every nursery has the finished look desired. However, it is also common for many nurseries to undergo a series of changes throughout the years. When choosing nursery furniture it is often best to choose styles that will easily blend and compliment a variety of themes. For instance, if you were decorating with a classic childhood character theme, it is better to choose furniture that is a solid color and use decorations to bring out the theme, rather than selecting nursery furniture that may be painted or permanently decorated with a specific theme. When you represent the style or theme of the nursery through items that are easily changed, and select nursery furniture that is solid, and in neutral colors, you can rest assured that if you decide to change the theme, your nursery furniture will fit right in.

In addition to choosing nursery furniture that will not become outdated due to its style, it’s also important to make certain that the nursery furniture that you select is safe. There is no doubt about it. When it comes to any item in the nursery, safety comes first. Choose nursery furniture that was crafted or manufactured with safety issues in mind. Children must be safe in every environment and the nursery should be one of the safest rooms for children. This means that you should ensure that the manufacturer has taken extra precautions in the design and construction of the nursery furniture to ensure its safety. Some features that you should look for include sturdy bases that help the nursery furniture to be resistant to falls, hinges that are slow to close, and breathable spaces to ensure that children cannot become trapped inside of furniture. Making sure that the furniture you select is safe is the number one priority when choosing nursery furniture.

Just as safety is of key importance, it’s also a good idea to select pieces that are versatile. This ensures that as your child grows, the nursery furniture that you’ve selected will grow with your child. There are many pieces that are convertible and can be adjusted or transformed into different pieces of furniture that your child will use as he or she grows. By choosing these pieces of furniture in beautiful neutral tones, you won’t have to worry about the furniture looking too babyish as your child grows.

Wooden furniture is often an investment that will reward you with many years of enjoyment. Wooden cribs come in a variety of tones and many manufacturers craft these cribs to transform to a toddler bed, even a twin-sized bead with head and footboard. Cris and cots are one of the most important pieces of nursery furniture that you will own. When you choose a crib or cot that will grow with your child, you are investing in a high quality piece of nursery furniture that will last for many years to come.

Baby Nursery Furniture a Booming Market!

Baby nursery furniture and baby crib sets are a growing category, representing $1.1 billion at retail last year, and expected to grow to $1.4 billion by 2009. Today’s baby furniture varies quite a bit in style, price and selection, and at over a billion dollars, there is room for a wide range of manufacturers in the nursery furniture field.

There are many top manufacturers in the nursery furniture category. The baby furniture category includes nursery furniture for children from birth through 2 years, including painted baby furniture, nursery crib furniture, bassinets, a baby table for changing diapers, glider rockers, rocking chairs, dressers, chests, armoires and bookcases. Basically anything you would purchase at a baby store while furniture shopping.

Although most of the parents claimed that they mostly shopped at discount stores they admittedly would make more extravagant purchases at a specialty baby store if there was something they really wanted. A Gen X mom talked about children strollers. She paid $300 for a stroller because she liked the features. So if a parent is willing to spend $300 on a stroller which is typically a smaller ticket item in comparison to nursery furniture what are they willing to spend on a nursery crib, an item that’s use is far more than the use of a stroller.

Things like blankets, strollers, a nursery crib mattress, a toddler bed and accessories or items that would be bought for nursery gifts or baby gifts, or furniture for children over the age of 2 are not included in the category being discussed as leading infant bedroom furniture manufacturers. This is primarily nursery furniture for babies 2 and under in the strictest sense of the word.

According to Kids Today’s exclusive Buying Trends Survey, 2.2% of U.S. households bought a nursery crib in 2004, and 2.7% bought other baby furniture. The median price point for a nursery crib in 2004 was $150, with those consumers planning to buy a nursery crib in 2005 saying they planned to spend a median of $200. Even still, 18% of consumers who bought a nursery crib in 2004 paid $500 or more.

What this tells me is that although 18% of parents purchasing a nursery crib probably planned to purchase practically but when push came to shove they were willing to spend on average and extra $300 above and beyond what they initially planned to spend. Why is this? Is it because we are seduced by all the new-fangled cribs such as the newer style of the round crib and the BRAND-NEW Corner cribs (shaped to fit in a corner)? It is common knowledge that the median prices of these specialty cribs cost much more than the traditional rectangle cribs. As far as infant furniture goes round baby cribs are a fairly new concept. I do not even remember them being available when I had my first child. Since a separate room for a baby nursery is not always an option some parents feel that the round baby cribs and corner cribs which is a new concept is the way to go, they are both big space savers.