Baby Rooms – Dressers and Armoires

When deciding on a dresser style, think not merely about how much space you have but additionally about what you will put in it and how a child will use it. It will be used much longer compared to the crib, so choose with an eye to the future. You may even need it this piece at an “adult” furniture store. You can even get an inexpensive dresser at an unfinished furniture store, then paint or stain it to fit your crib or other furniture you might already have chosen. Spend a little extra on unique knobs, and you’ll have a custom piece for a fraction of the purchase price.

A low, double-wide bureau is a wise choice, as all the drawers are easy-access by age three (using a little step stool), when most kids start wanting to dress themselves. A highboy makes sense only if you’re short on living area and want to store things out of your child’s reach; make sure any tall dresser is securely anchored to the wall.

Think about how the dresser will function in the foreseeable future. Some models are part of a set that allows one to add a hutch on top or a corner shelf unit (also known as a “radius shelf”‘) on either side. Your child’s storage needs will only grow, so plan accordingly.

Armoires are an extremely popular choice; in the baby years, the very best cupboard is outfitted with a pole to hang small dresses or jackets, as the lower drawers store all of those other clothes and blankets. Some parents start out with shelves in the top portion, leave the doors open, and use it as a display area for the baby’s treasures. Later, the cupboard can store collections, books, or perhaps a television.

Safety considerations are the obvious-is it sturdy and free from sharp edges? And the not obvious-are the drawer knobs or handles possible for small hands to have a grip on? Gliders or center guides can make drawers slide in and out more smoothly, making it easier for preschoolers to dress themselves and put away their clothes. Drawers which are heavy and quick to shut, however, are a recipe for pinched fingers. If your toddler is a climber, put safety locks on the drawers, or they may be used as steps (another reason to anchor the dresser to the wall). Finally, make sure that the drawers can’t be removed altogether, or perhaps a toddler may end up pulling one out on top of him.