While it might not grant them a passage to Narnia, your new kids armoire can be an essential and magical addition to their room. Offering storage space for both clothes and toys, it'll be an opportunity to teach them to tidy up after play-time and start taking responsibility for their possessions.
Buying a kids armoire is different from picking its adult equivalent: while the second choice is mainly based on décor and size, for kids it also needs to be practical, safe and, potentially, to grow with them.
Here's what you should consider if you want to choose a kids armoire that you won't regret in a couple of years---or, worse, months!
How To Choose the Style of Your Kids Armoire?
Have you already got other pieces of furniture in there or are you buying everything in one go? Either way, make sure you determine the décor style and color palette of their room first if you want it to look cohesive.
- A traditional rectangular wooden armoire with one or two doors is perfect for a classic look;
- For a fairy tale-like feel, choose the first type but look for ornate shapes and decorations on its roof;
- Light woods such as pine and maple add a natural feel and can help make the room look airy and spacious; darker woods like mahogany or walnut are more adequate if you're striving for a grandiose look;
- Mirrors on the doors can also help make the room feel bigger than it is. However, mirrors are a questionable addition to a kids room. If you have rambunctious, quarrelsome twins who tumble on the floor and „walk on walls", think twice.
- Brighter color schemes give their bedroom a modern feel and might make it more appealing to your kids: why not choose their favorite color?
What Are the Safety Concerns When Choosing a Kids Armoire?
Don't forget that your kids will be playing in this room, so you need your wardrobe to help make it into a safe space, not more dangerous!
Check if the armoire comes with an anti-tip kit, especially if it's got traditional hinged doors;
Avoid sharp corners or decorations;
Avoid mirrors if your kids are still very young.
Too much to remember? Don't worry! Here are the most important things to keep in mind when you choose a kids armoire:
- Single or double armoires should do, but, if it's for two or more kids, go for triple or larger wardrobes that can be divided equally;
- To choose the correct size, consider if you need some extra storage room and if you're planning on replacing it in a few years or not (in the second case, stay on the large side);
- While hinged doors are practical and popular, sliding or bi-fold options can help you save space;
- Consider the existing color palette of the room and what style you want to create before choosing the design and color of your new kids armoire;
- Keep safety in mind: anti-tip kits are highly recommended if your kids are very young!