Buying furniture for kids can be a challenge. Besides having to plow through a boatload of brands, high emotions make you want to purchase everything you see. Save money and take home goods that last by preplanning – setting up parameters that help you navigate through the stores.
Before you leave the house:
- Set a budget. What (realistically) can you spend? Children need less than you think. Get a number. Then, tailor your shopping toward your budget.
- Draw a floor plan. Figure out where you want to place the furniture. Sketch out the arrangement, so you aren’t tempted to purchase a piece of furniture too big or too small for the space.
- Create a list. Decide what you need, not what you want. The stylish crib recently previewed on E! Hollywood might be great for an a-list celebrity, but unpractical for you. Besides being too expensive, the same item without all of the bells and whistles is available (and functional) at a lower end store.
- Plan a shopping trip. Based on your budget, pick three reputable stores to visit. For shoestring shoppers, add a thrift shop in an upscale neighborhood to your stop (rich people get rid of the most amazing things). For shoppers with more money, think the top three department stores.
At the store, look for STURDY furniture with:
- Expandability. Tables, chairs, and beds that can be adjusted to large sizes are cost-effective. They can take a middle-school aged child into his or her teen years.
- Storage options. Beds with built in drawers are excellent. They are storehouses for baby accessories, blankets and toys. These areas offer another option and aid in organization.
- Classic ageless cuts. Armoires, dressers and even chairs (with stools) can be adult-size. If you also buy them in classic cuts, they can be styled to fit any trend and remain in the family for generations.
After you return home:
- Save your receipts. In the event you have a change of heart, you want to maintain the ability to return the item. Keep your receipts for at least 30 days.
- Make set up a family affair. Turn this event into a memory by asking family over. Take before and after photo shots and place them into an album.
Use these tips for buying furniture for kids to fill up your son or daughter’s room. Keep more of your hard-earned bucks while selecting pieces that are study and long lasting.
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