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Tips for Designing and Organizing Your Baby’s Nursery

Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace

Designing a nursery for your upcoming arrival is an exciting part of becoming a parent, but it can also be difficult to decide what you need. Shopping for nursery furniture and décor will depend on your lifestyle, budget and other factors, but most nurseries need a crib, mattress, dresser and changing area—along with some décor to add style. From essential furniture to adorable decorations, let’s take a look at some ideas and tips for setting up a nursery both you and your little one will love.

Naples Nantucket Gray Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Naples Nantucket Gray Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Convertible Crib

To ensure your baby’s bed will last for years and grow along with him or her, a convertible crib is an excellent investment. With the ability to transform from a crib to a toddler bed to a twin headboard/footboard all in one, convertible beds are money-saving and practical.

Hailey Full Bed from The RoomPlace
Image: Hailey Full Bed from The RoomPlace

If you already have a standard crib for your little one, he or she will still need to move to a larger bed at some point, often between the ages of 2 and 3. Then, you can upgrade to a toddler bed (which uses your existing crib mattress) or go straight to a twin or full bed your child can grow into and use for years. In any case, a side rail can help make the transition into a “big kid bed” a safe and easy one, especially if your child tends to sleep near the edge of the crib or against the crib rails.

Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace
Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace

Infant Mattress

Extra-firm mattresses are ideal for infants, as they help reduce the risk of SIDS by providing a firm sleep surface. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to buy a new mattress when your little one is ready to transition out of their crib, though. A reversible baby/toddler mattress features an extra-firm side for safe infant sleep, along with a medium-firm side that offers comfort for growing toddlers. Opting for a single mattress that will last through the toddler stage is a great way to save money when you’re setting up your baby’s nursery—and all you’ll have to do is flip the mattress when it’s time to make the switch!

BEDGEAR 6.0 Ver-Tex Crib Protector from The RoomPlace
Image: BEDGEAR 6.0 Ver-Tex Crib Protector from The RoomPlace

No matter what mattress you choose for your baby, make sure to keep it protected with a waterproof crib mattress protector. From diaper leaks to spit-up to potty training accidents, there are plenty of ways that infants and toddlers can make a mess overnight. A fitted mattress protector wicks moisture and heat away from your baby while they sleep, ensuring they stay comfortable and dry. It also ensures your mattress won’t absorb stains or odors so your child can enjoy a fresh mattress for years to come.

Grado Farmhouse Pine Dresser by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Grado Farmhouse Pine Dresser by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Dresser Kits & Changing Pads

A changing station is an essential component of any baby’s room, but that doesn’t mean you need to take up extra space with a cumbersome changing table. Most wide dressers can be safely converted into changing areas with a stylish dressing kit that creates a secure, dedicated space for your changing pad and diapering supplies.

Décor

Finding the perfect décor for your baby’s room is about striking a balance between what’s adorable and what your little one is likely to enjoy in the future. Unless you’re prepared to fully redecorate in a couple years when your child has different tastes and interests, it’s a good idea to choose at least a few pieces of versatile, stylish décor that your little one can grow with.

Linon Daisy Purple Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Daisy Purple Area Rug from The RoomPlace
  • Rug: An area rug is a great place to start. Choose a pattern or color that is timeless but coordinates with your nursery theme, and a material that is comfy and warm on little feet.
Perma Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Perma Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
  • Lighting: You can also choose lighting that your kid is unlikely to outgrow. Statement ceiling lamps or versatile yet colorful table lamps can coordinate with both nursery décor and older kids room décor. Until your little one is older, it’s probably better to avoid floor lamps that can tip over.
Smart Frog Wall Décor from The RoomPlace
Image: Smart Frog Wall Décor from The RoomPlace
  • Wall Décor: Add timeless style to your nursery walls with wall décor that you can use for years to come. Floral wall art, mirrors, geometric décor and whimsical pieces are great additions to a baby’s room—and since they’re on the wall, they’ll be safe from little hands!
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How to Choose a Mattress for Your Child

Simmons BeautySleep 8" Memory Foam Mattress In A Box from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Simmons BeautySleep 8″ Memory Foam Mattress In A Box from The RoomPlace

Whether you’re redesigning your kid’s bedroom or simply looking to upgrade their mattress to something a little bigger, there are a few things to consider before you buy. Since the goal is for your child to use their mattress for several years, it’s important to choose a mattress that is high-quality, safe and comfortable. From mattress type to size to firmness, keep these considerations in mind when shopping for a new mattress for a child of any age.

Size

Choosing the right size is the first thing to think about when picking out a kid’s mattress. If you’re shopping for a bed for a new baby, you might consider a convertible crib, which can be converted from a crib to a toddler bed and often to a twin headboard/footboard as your child grows. This will help you utilize your little one’s crib mattress for as long as possible, and save you the cost of buying a new bed frame for each stage.

Therapedic Medi-Pedic Firm Mattress from The RoomPlace
Image: Therapedic Medi-Pedic Firm Mattress from The RoomPlace

Most toddlers are ready to transition from their crib to a “big kid bed” when they’re two or three years old. It’s a well-known fact that kids grow up fast, so you may wish to upgrade immediately to a twin XL or full mattress at this stage. Factors like the size of the bedroom and whether your child will be sharing a room with their sibling will help determine what kids mattress size is right for you.

While smaller mattresses, such as twin size, take up less floor space, your little one may outgrow them sooner; and though larger mattresses take up more room, they can accommodate older kids, teenagers and even adults. With luck—and if you choose a durable, high-quality mattress—your child can enjoy their mattress for years to come.

Mattress Type

There are essentially three options when it comes to choosing a mattress type for your child: innerspring, memory foam and hybrid.

Moonlight Slumber Starlight Shimmer Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace
Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Shimmer Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace
  • Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses are rising in popularity. They tend to be relatively inexpensive, they offer a reliable level of firmness for good spine support, and they don’t sag over time like spring coils might. For infants, an extra-firm foam mattress is an excellent choice from a safety standpoint, as firm mattresses reduce the risk of SIDS. A reversible mattress that features an extra-firm side for babies and a medium-firm side for toddlers is a great idea.

One potential downside of memory foam mattresses is that they don’t offer great edge support, so if your young child tends to sleep on the edge of the bed, you may want to add a bed rail to make sure they don’t fall off.

  • Innerspring: Classic innerspring mattresses are common and generally quite durable, making them a good option for a kid’s bed. Their main benefit compared to memory foam is that a spring mattress features a reinforced edge lined with coils, meaning better edge support.

While coils—especially inexpensive open coils—can degrade and sag over time, it’s worth noting that this is less of an issue for a bed that only has to support the weight of a small child. As long as your child isn’t jumping on the bed, an innerspring mattress will likely last for years. Plus, if you invest in a pocketed coil mattress, which features individual coils, it will likely last longer and be more comfortable.

  • Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses, as the name implies, are an innovative blend of memory foam and coil designs. They offer the benefits of each type of mattress, but can be more expensive.

Firmness

The last thing to consider when shopping for the perfect kids mattress is the level of firmness your child needs in order to have a comfortable night’s sleep. Generally speaking, toddlers prefer the feeling of a firmer mattress (one that offers a similar level of support as their crib mattress), while older children usually like to sink into a plush or pillow-top mattress.

Mattress firmness is all about personal preference, but if your child is too young to express a preference, a medium-firm bed is a safe bet. If your kid tends to sleep on their stomach, a firm mattress will probably be more comfortable, while a softer mattress offers a little more “give” for side and back sleepers.

Image: BEDGEAR 2-Pack Dri-Tec Twin Mattress Protector from The RoomPlace
Image: BEDGEAR 2-Pack Dri-Tec Twin Mattress Protector from The RoomPlace

Finally, no matter what type of size of mattress you choose for your kid, there’s no doubt that a quality, waterproof mattress protector is a must. A mattress can be a big investment, and a mattress protector will ensure your child’s bed has a long life.

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Pint-Sized Furniture Your Kids Will Love

Izzy Bubble Gum Kids Grab-N-Go Chair from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Izzy Bubble Gum Kids Grab-N-Go Chair from The RoomPlace

When it comes to choosing the perfect furniture for a kid’s room, you don’t have to choose from adult-sized options. There are plenty of smaller furniture items—including chairs, beds and tables—that are designed to be a comfortable size for kids of all ages, from babies and toddlers to school-age children and tweens.

If you’re updating your kid’s bedroom or designing a new baby’s nursery, check out these ideas for pint-sized furniture your little ones are sure to love.

Grado Farmhouse Pine Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Grado Farmhouse Pine Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Convertible Beds

Opt for a convertible crib if you’re about to welcome a new arrival in your family. These versatile and innovative beds transform from a cozy baby crib to a safe toddler bed to a headboard and footboard for a twin-size bed as your child grows. They’re practical, they’ll save you money and they’ll be just the right size for your little one at each stage of childhood.

Kid Chairs

From soft grab-and-go loungers to recliners, desk chairs and mini accent chairs, there are plenty of ways to make your kid’s room, playroom or family room more comfortable for your children. Kid-sized chairs are the perfect size and height for kids of various ages, giving them a cozy spot to relax, read a book, do their homework or watch a movie.

Sundance 7 Pc. Loft Bunk Bed from The RoomPlace
Image: Sundance 7 Pc. Loft Bunk Bed from The RoomPlace

Bunk Beds

Bunk beds are not only excellent space-savers, they’re also ideal for providing adequate bed space to siblings who share a room. If you have two kids of different ages who share a bedroom, a twin/full bunk bed is the perfect solution to ensure each kid has a bed that’s suited to their size. The younger sibling can take the smaller top bunk and the older child can enjoy additional space on the lower bunk. This is a practical, comfortable compromise that’s sure to make everyone happy—while preserving bedroom floor space to boot!

Image: Tandie White Kids Computer Desk from The RoomPlace
Image: Tandie White Kids Computer Desk from The RoomPlace

Little Desks

A desk is an essential addition to almost any kid’s room, whether she needs a place to make crayon art or study. With stylish desks that are sized just for kids, you can give your child their own space for crafts, playing games, doing homework and everything in between.

With these ideas for kid-sized furniture, you can make sure your little tots and big kids alike are comfortable in every room of the home. For all your baby and toddler furniture needs, don’t forget to check out our new collection of stylish yet affordable baby cribs and nursery furniture.

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Oh Baby! The RoomPlace Has Baby & Toddler Furniture

Lucca Sea Shell White Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Lucca Sea Shell White Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

At The RoomPlace, we’re excited to announce the addition of a whole new product line designed for the little ones in your life. We’re now selling quality baby and toddler furniture at affordable prices!

The RoomPlace Baby & Toddler Collection features durable, beautiful, contemporary furniture and accents designed to grow with your child. Let’s take a look at just a few of our newest products perfect for your baby’s nursery.

Lucca Weathered Gray Full Panel Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Lucca Weathered Gray Full Panel Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Convertible Cribs

Your baby’s crib will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of his or her bedroom. Whether you want a crib in classic white, a warm wood finish or a contemporary gray color, The RoomPlace Baby & Toddler Collection offers a variety of convertible crib designs. Choose from standard crib styles and 4-in-1 convertible styles that transform to toddler bed, daybed and full-size headboard.

Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace
Image: Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace

Toddler Beds

If you’re looking for a bed that’s the perfect size for your growing tot, you’ll find a range of  toddler bed styles in our new collection. With affordable, high-quality beds like these, there’s no reason to skimp on style when transitioning your child into a “big kid” bed. Extended guardrails on each side keep your little one snug and safe, making for an easier transition from the crib.

Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from the RoomPlace
Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from the RoomPlace

Mattresses

Our selection of mattresses, along with essentials like mattress protectors and crib sheets, are designed with comfort and safety in mind. From extra-firm mattresses for infants to softer toddler mattresses, you’ll find a variety of options that offer comfort, affordability and stain-resistance.

Lucca Weathered Gray Dressing Kit By Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Lucca Weathered Gray Dressing Kit By Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Dressing Kits

Turning a dresser into a changing table is a great way to save both money and space when setting up your baby’s nursery. As a new parent, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of having all of baby’s changing essentials and clothes in one convenient place. Our offer a variety of styles, colors and finishes so you can coordinate with your nursery furniture in a chic way. Pair with a cozy changing pad to create a space you and your baby will both love.

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How to Design a Kid-Friendly Yet Stylish Bedroom

Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace

When it comes to designing and decorating a child’s bedroom, the process is somewhat of a balancing act for many parents. You want your kid to enjoy their bedroom and have some say in its design, but you also want the end result to be stylish, practical and complementary to the rest of your home. So how do you compromise?

To take some of the difficulty out of the process, we’ve come up with a few tips. Here are a few creative ways you can ensure your child’s bedroom design is both kid-friendly and objectively stylish:

Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace
Image: Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace

Choosing the Right Bed

If you’re looking for a practical, space-saving bed solution and your kids want to keep their room fun, bunk beds are the clear answer. Kids bunk bed sets are perfect for siblings who share a room, and they help preserve limited floor space in smaller rooms. A daybed with trundle offers similar functionality, with kid-friendly comfort and adult-approved style.

Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace
Image: Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace

If your kid has their own room, contemporary bedroom sets with coordinating furniture will keep the room looking stylish and modern. Loft beds are another option that older kids and teenagers are sure to appreciate, too.

Compromising on Wall Colors

Sometimes, kids want to paint their bedroom walls in colors that aren’t so easy on the eyes. And few children are likely to ask for a trendy hue like “greige.” To keep their room stylish and to avoid re-painting every year when their tastes change, here are a few suggestions on how to compromise:

  • Alternative Shades: Find a few still-colorful paints that are toned-down versions of what your child wants. If your little one requests neon pink walls, suggest light coral or blush.
  • Accent Wall: If you want white walls and your kid wants yellow, consider using the colorful hue on just one of the room’s walls. This can help tone down the boldness, keep kiddo happy and make it much easier to re-paint in the future.
  • Creative Décor: You choose the wall color, while giving your child creative freedom over temporary décor like wall decals and art.
 Daisy Doodle Kid's Recliner From The RoomPlace
Image: Daisy Doodle Kid’s Recliner From The RoomPlace

Adding a Touch of Fun

Opting for stylish, practical wall colors and bed sets doesn’t mean your kid can’t enjoy their bedroom and make it theirs. Keep it kid-friendly by including design elements that infuse the space with personality and fun. From kid-size recliners and chairs to brightly colored nightstands, let your little one, tween or teen have some creative direction over the furniture and décor in their bedroom. Let them show their personality with bedding, wall art and decorations that they’ve picked out themselves.

With these tips and ideas, you can be well on your way to designing a bedroom that’s as stylish as it is kid-friendly.

 

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5 Ingenious Storage Tips for Kids’ Bedrooms

Catalina Chestnut Twin Roomsaver Bed From the RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Roomsaver Bed From the RoomPlace

When it comes to keeping a kid’s room organized, it sounds like no easy task. To create a stylish and practical storage system your kids will stick to, follow our tips for fool-proof organization for toys, clothes, and more in your kids’ bedrooms.

Catalina Black Full Bunk Bed From The RoomPlace
Image: Catalina Black Full Bunk Bed From The RoomPlace

#1: Switch to Bunk Beds

For the ultimate space saver in a shared kids’ bedroom, bunk beds are the answer. Bunk and loft beds take up less space than separate beds, and they offer built-in storage options to maximize floor space even further. Add-ons like stairway chests and hanging caddies provide additional space to store toys, clothes, and more. As a bonus, kids love bunk beds! For teens and tweens, a loft bed provides ample space underneath for a desk area, which is perfect for small bedrooms.

#2: Utilize the Space Under the Bed

Under-bed storage is an essential way to preserve a room’s floor space and keeps items organized. Use rolling storage bins to make easily accessible drawers that are the perfect size for holding clothes, books, toys, shoes, and bedding. Utilizing the empty space under your kids’ beds can be a practical alternative to buying another dresser or trying to fit everything in the closet. It also gives kids an easy place to put things away, ensuring they keep their room clutter-free.

Captain’s beds are another way to save space—these unique, space-conscious bed frames feature built-in drawers and shelves for added functionality.

#3: Make the Most of Wall Space

If your kids’ bedroom is on the small side or they have lots of toys to store, it’s best to utilize wall space as much as possible. Use shelves, hanging baskets, wall cubes, and crates to give your walls a purpose and move items off the floor. For the boy or girl with a large stuffed animal collection, install a hammock in the corner of the room. Add a hanging organizer over the door, too, to keep items like shoes and small toys in their place.

#4: Give Everything a Home

Clothes go in the closet. Books go on the shelves. Toys go in the storage bins under the bed. No matter how you keep your kids’ bedroom organized, making sure every item has a dedicated “home” makes it easy to keep things clean and put away at the end of the day.

#5: Keep Track of Small Toys

Whether your kid is a fan of LEGO, likes to draw, or has an extensive collection of other tiny toys, small items need their own storage system. Use clear storage bins the size of shoe boxes and label each one to keep related items together. Sort by relevant characteristics such as color or category. Cube storage or closet shelves are great places to keep those tiny items organized.