We’re thrilled to announce that Roz Weston of “Entertainment Tonight Canada” is joining our roster of experts and contributors to share his own discoveries and observations on design. Having designed an award-winning house while still in high school, he’s more than proved his chops as a go-to on groundbreaking design. First up: kid-size furniture!
Fact: No matter what it is, your kids will outgrow it way faster than you think. That’s the heartbreaking reality of “kid size”. That tiny car shaped bed, the mini dresser set, the cute nightstand. All of it will wear out its welcome in no time.
When it comes to your kids room, the best advice I ever got was: buy what you need when you need it—not before. I know this is tough. Almost impossible. The temptation is overwhelming, and the choices are vast. You’ve thrown yourself into the cutest corner of the decoration world, and you love it! But fight the temptation.
THE BED: Buy a bed that you both fit in. Bedtime stories, sleepovers, thunderstorms, the flu, or simply the 45-minute negotiation that goes on while trying to get a four-year-old to fall asleep. You’re going to spend way more time in their bed than you think. Go with a low profile bed with a padded headboard. Trust me. Some nights it’ll be one book before bed, some nights it’ll be five—your head is going to be spending a ton of time rammed against and propped up on whatever headboard you have, get something soft.
THE DRESSER: The only person in your house that is going to think that little, three shallow drawer “kid size” dresser is cute, is you. Before your kid is able to dress themselves they’re going to have more clothes than you do. This is where the impractical world of cute for the sake of cute will let you down. Much like your kid’s bed, buy a full size dresser. However, full size doesn’t mean “grown up.” This is a great way to incorporate a little style, a few skills and create something you’ll both love and use. We had this old pine dresser than had made its way into and out of three yard sales without any takers. We were stuck with it. However, $30 in IKEA hardware and one weekend of sanding, crackling and painting, and it fit right in to our little girl’s room. She calls it “old timey.” We call it smart. And cheap.
THE CHAIR: For me, the kids’ chair is the guilty pleasure in the world of “kid size.” There’s something about a tiny, highly stylized little chair for little people. Chairs aren’t like dressers or beds. They’re easy to store, easy to hide and unlike the tiny princess bed or cartoon dresser—they last. Longer than you’d think. No matter what your own personal style is, rustic chic, mid-century modern, ultra modern or art deco, I guarantee you someone has built an exact replica of any classic design you can think of into a kids chair. And they’re wonderful. We have three; our favorite is the Henry Bertoia wire chair replica from Morba in Toronto.
If you’re going to buy kid size, make sure it’s kid specific.
Although, if you do go for the chair, I recommend one that is strong enough to hold a last-minute, grown-up tea party guest.