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Design and furnish children's rooms
Design and furnish children's rooms

Would you like to design and furnish a children's room? Then you should give some thought to the planning. For each age range, the child needs a slightly different facility. Find out everything relevant to the sensible furnishing of a children's room here.

Designing and furnishing children's rooms for preschool children

Preschoolers are all creative, they learn through experimentation and role play. Instead of a lot of space, they need objects that stimulate their imagination. Since the days are full of incentives and excitement, many children have a pronounced need for rest and protection in the evenings.

Which facility is important now

At this age, the children's room is a kind of Fantasia land. It should be suitable as a playground that offers areas for romping, hiding, handicrafts and cuddling. The facility must be robust. If it is made of solid wood, it tolerates scratches and can easily be repainted if necessary. The color scheme is still of secondary importance, but furniture and objects that can be used in different ways are important. The bed must provide a safe retreat, but at the same time it should be big enough that cuddly toys can fit into it. Also important: A suitable floor for the children's room. It should be robust, free of pollutants and easy to clean. Place a robust carpet made of natural materials such as sisal or wool on it, as children of this age play a lot on the floor. The underside should be rubberized so that the carpet cannot slip, but in addition to all the amenities, educational elements should not be missing: You can already train to keep things tidy. However, high cupboards and shelves are not very suitable for this because the children have to access the storage space independently.


A shop today, a doll's bed tomorrow: The Cubi-Q consists of individual modules that can be combined in ten ways. From dwarf room. Photo: Cubi-Q

Extra tip

If you paint a wall, cupboard door or table surface with blackboard paint, then your child can let his imagination run wild there. They are available in many happy colors.

Designing and furnishing children's rooms for children from six to ten years

Children of this age significantly expand their radius of action through school. They are becoming increasingly independent and want to spend more time alone in their room. Friends are also becoming increasingly important, with boys and girls clearly differentiating themselves.

Which facility is important now

The older a child gets, the more they discover and enjoy their own realm. The space also plays a bigger role than before, because the kids have more and more books and toys. So that no chaos spreads in the children's room, well-organized storage space with more cupboards and shelves is now required. At the same time, the children need an open space, such as a long sideboard, on which they can present their self-designed works of art or collected treasures. For many children's rooms, it is also advisable to purchase a loft bed. Most children love it because they have an overview, and at the same time the space underneath can be used for other purposes - for example, for a second mattress, if friends come to spend the night more often, for a cozy corner during the day. Or - for example in tight living conditions - for the first own desk, which usually moves into the room with school. An important act: Although ABC shooters often like to do their homework close to their parents, they should have a place for independent learning and handicrafts.


Flower bed: There are small treasures in the pockets of the fabric flowers. There is a pull-out bed for overnight guests.

Photo: Haba

Extra tip

Children particularly enjoy it when the children's room is designed and furnished under a motto, for example "Fairyland" or "Space Station". Keep the furniture as neutral as possible and take up the topic with accessories and bed linen - this way everything can be easily exchanged if the preferences change again.

Design and furnish children's rooms for children from the age of eleven

Privacy and autonomy are becoming more and more important to adolescents. They are less oriented towards their parents and more towards their peers.

Which facility is important now

Even if the time varies from child to child: at some point, everyone has a desire for a more adult facility. Then sort out the old children's room together with your children to make room for new ones. In the course of self-discovery, your own room becomes a field of experimentation for your own individuality. The new furniture therefore usually does not have to be expensive, but above all unconventional and casual. Often less is even more - the cot, for example, gives way to a spacious mattress that invites you to loung with friends with a bedspread; in addition there is a beanbag into which you can plop and relax. The technical equipment is increasing - stereo systems, boxes, laptops or TVs are now often more important than the whole thing. In some cases, however, the kids also do creative furnishing experiments such as painting their room black. Because the inner chaos is usually transferred to the outside, it is difficult for them to keep order. Parents often experience discomfort when the youngsters radically throw everything they are used to - but this step is part of their personal development.


Meaningful: Young people express their opinions - and preferably loudly. With stick-on wall decals it's quieter - but still clear.

Photo: iStock / alashi

Extra tip

Young people find it difficult to keep things tidy: a pedestal provides a remedy - junk items can be stowed away in drawers. A carpenter makes the installation precisely.

Pay attention to safety and quality in children's furniture

Whether table or chair - children's furniture has to endure a lot. When buying wooden furniture, in addition to the quality of workmanship, care must also be taken to ensure that the furnishings are as free of harmful substances as possible. This is the only way to guarantee your child's safety. The TÜV Rheinland furniture testing institute carries out mechanical tests on children's room furniture. "But we are not a surveillance agency, " says Felix Scharnagl, furniture inspector at the Landesgewerbeanstalt in Nuremberg, "and there are always goods in the trade that would fail us." The qualified wood engineer and father of three explains what he looks for in furniture, before he admitted them to the nursery.

The light for the children's room must also meet certain requirements: Avoid floodlights, floor and other floor lamps, as these easily fall over when romping and struggling. At least glass screens and domes are taboo with such lighting. Ceiling or wall lights with indirect light are ideal. Bedside lamps should also be fixed to the wall above the bed. In this case, swiveling spots as a bright reading light in the children's room are a good choice. It goes without saying that all lights have to meet the current safety standards. Make sure that they bear the GS seal

Desks for children

The legroom under the desk plays a major role here so that the child sits relaxed and does not touch the shin. Tables with keyboard pull-out and swiveling monitor holder are practical compromise solutions for a few hours. Anyone who sits at such a combi table for a long time will get a stiff neck: because if the table height is set for writing, the keyboard is necessarily too low. If the height of the keyboard fits, the writing surface is too high. Parents should best offer two tables to learning-minded children: one for arithmetic and writing and one for the computer. In order for a student's desk to meet the requirements for the GS mark, it has to endure a lot: Among other things, it is loaded with 50 kg in the middle in accordance with DIN EN 1729 and then horizontally with 300 Newtons (~ 30 kg) 10, 000 times in all four directions on the table top postponed.

Schreibisch mit Stuhl im Kinderzimmer
Schreibisch mit Stuhl im Kinderzimmer

An ergonomically designed desk made of natural wood.

Photo: Team7

Tables with keyboard pull-out and swiveling monitor holder are practical compromise solutions for a few hours. Anyone who sits at such a combi table for a long time will get a stiff neck: because if the table height is set for writing, the keyboard is necessarily too low. If the height of the keyboard fits, the writing surface is too high. Parents should best offer two tables to learning-minded children: one for arithmetic and writing and one for the computer. In order for a student's desk to meet the requirements for the GS mark, it has to endure a lot: Among other things, it is loaded with 50 kg in the middle in accordance with DIN EN 1729 and then horizontally with 300 Newtons (~ 30 kg) 10, 000 times in all four directions on the table top postponed.

Children's swivel chairs

With the swivel chair, it is important to pay attention to this sticking point: If the star base is too small, a chair tilts backwards slightly, especially with a reclining backrest. The tilting edge, in this case the point at which the castors of the chair touch the floor, should lie outside the seat in the plan view. Look at the seat from above: Do the rollers look out from under it? Well. If you don't see them, the base is too small and the chair is not stable. Many chairs are adjustable with a gas spring. "At LGA we are increasingly seeing imports from Asia with unchecked or incorrectly declared gas springs, " says Scharnagl. "So ask the dealer for test marks. Since children like to let themselves fall on their desk chair with momentum, we also test chairs in accordance with DIN EN 1729, for example with a “seat impactor”: A specially sprung test specimen of 25 kg falls ten times from a height of 1.8 meters free on the seat”.


Pay attention to a large turnstile when buying a desk-chair.

Photo: ikea

Corpus furniture

A shelf is a shelf and not a ladder. Children have to accept that. But high, narrow shelves and cupboards should be mounted on the wall. Caution should also be exercised with all folding furniture: bed boxes, chests and chest benches should be fitted with a safety catch, especially when there are small children in the house. "Because a child rummages in the chest, and if the lid falls onto his head with force, the neck can hit the edge so that the accident can be fatal, " warns Felix Scharnagl. Good brake flap holders keep the lid open in every position, and against this resistance the lid can only be closed with force.

Paper edges, also called thin edges, which are less than one millimeter thick, are critical for chipboard furniture. You can grind them down a bit so that they no longer cut, but not round off. It is best to leave furniture with sharp edges and corners in the shop

Play beds

Bunk beds and loft beds are often play equipment. “And playing in the children's room like this is always critical,” says Scharnagl. Because around the bed, children can injure themselves on the walls, window ledges or on the ceiling. Make sure that the bed is so far away from the window that it cannot fall into or through the window if it falls. Also avoid that the slide on the bed slide ends in the opening area of ​​the door. The LGA expert knows that a play bed can slip on a smooth laminate floor while romping: a gap forms in the wall into which, in the worst case, the child slides and gets stuck with the head. Follow the assembly instructions and warnings very carefully!

The strength of the fall protection for bunk beds is tested according to DIN EN 747 at various points ten times with a horizontally acting force of 500 Newtons (~ 50 kg). According to the Euro standard, their height must be at least 16 centimeters (measured from the top edge of the mattress). "This only applies to sleep mode, " says Felix Scharnagl. When playing in bed, the fall protection should be higher. A general specification in centimeters is difficult; it always depends on the size of the child and the height of the room. If the parapet is very high, the child feels safe, rages stronger and may injure himself on the ceiling. As a rule of thumb, the parapet of a bunk or loft bed should be high enough so that a child cannot tip out while sitting. Accidents also happen when children sleep in a sleeping bag, get up at night or in the morning, do not realize that they are in the sleeping bag and slip on the ladder when they get out. In general, the recommendation applies that bunk beds are only used for children from the age of six


The loft bed - an amusement park.

Photo: iStock / Joseph Helfenberger

Hochbett im Kinderzimmer
Hochbett im Kinderzimmer

Imaginative and stable: a loft bed made of natural wood with an integrated play cave.

Photo: Team7

Private TÜV

“With the choice of furniture, parents can provide basic security. But they have to assess their children correctly to know what they can do in the nursery. Of course you can't count on everything. There is also a play bed in our children's room,”says Felix Scharnagl. "But we only fully build it up when our children are big enough."

Furnish the children's room with furniture from a specialist dealer

At first glance, cheap copycat products look like their high-quality role models. At first they cost the customer less, but in the end he pays for it. Because they often fail to comply with even minimal safety regulations when the material and workmanship quality is significantly poorer and are less stable than good dollhouse furniture. You play it safe in a specialty shop. There you can choose between good brands and find contacts for important questions such as:

  • What about the material thickness and quality of the furniture?
  • Is it pollution free?
  • Does the manufacturer comply with safety standards?
  • What service and what guarantees does it offer?
  • Does the furniture grow with it, can it be converted or added?

Sick rooms

Children spend the whole night in their room and stay there during the day. No problem, as long as they don't sleep and play between outgassing or toxic materials. Because their fast metabolism is particularly sensitive to living poisons. If someone often wakes up with puffy eyes or a headache, has an unexplained cough, skin irritation or sleep disorders, this can have biological causes (dust mites, germs and fungal spores), physical (noise, electromagnetic radiation) or chemical: toxins are mainly found in imported cheap products. Fortunately, there are healthy alternatives that are worth the price.

Blauer Engel
Blauer Engel

The Blue Angel guarantees that the products and services meet high demands in terms of environmental, health and usage properties.

Photo: Blue Angel

Design and furnish children's rooms free of harmful substances

You can often smell whether the piece of furniture is low in pollutants or not. Pollutants are often contained in adhesives, paints or coatings. They include aldehydes and terpenes made from wood, plasticizers made from lacquers and solvents from waxes. Uncoated chipboard, for example, vaporizes the environmental toxin formaldehyde and, like cheap PVC furniture, has lost nothing in children's rooms. The consequences of these poisons can be: malaise, vomiting, headache, difficulty concentrating, irritation of the mucous membranes and respiratory diseases. Formaldehyde is even carcinogenic.

Healthy furniture does not release any pollutants and is made from solid natural materials. Even if natural wooden furniture is comparatively more expensive, the investment is definitely worth it. So that you are on the safe side, there are various eco-labels, the low-pollution furniture mark reliably. The Blue Angel guarantees that the products and services meet high demands in terms of environmental, health and usage properties. The FSC trademarks on wood and wood products stand for transparency and credibility worldwide. They ensure that people and nature are treated fairly and responsibly. Furniture that bears the ÖkoControl symbol is made from renewable raw materials. The surfaces are treated with glazes, natural resin oils and waxes on a natural basis. The resulting open-pored surface can make a positive contribution to the indoor climate (filter effect of pollutants, regulation of air humidity). The International Association of the Natural Textile Industry awards the quality label IVN certified - natural textile. Textiles are checked by independent scientists based on health, ecological, technical and social criteria.

Children's furniture professionals

Some people think you have to, and especially children, have to be considerate of furniture. Heinrich and Thomas Steinkamp see it the other way around: Furniture should be considerate of people. In their home studio in Hamburg, father and son sell products that are manufactured according to this creed. The children's furniture comes from a select group of manufacturers and is not just for looking at: small customers are allowed to test beds, chairs and the like with full physical effort. Why not? The play beds, for example, stand freely in the room and prove their stability. If loft or bunk beds are screwed to the wall in a furniture store and are prohibited from climbing, you basically know enough about their construction.

Chaos im Kinderzimmer
Chaos im Kinderzimmer

Children's furniture has to endure a lot over time.

Photo: fotolia / Joseph Helfenberger

Experience through security

“Before we take products from a new manufacturer, let's send them here and build them up. The quality is already evident during assembly,”says Thomas Steinkamp. In his company, everyone is a "convince", trained interior decorator and carpenter. And when someone picks up the corner post of a bed frame, they immediately recognize whether it is made of quickly or slowly growing pine. Solid wood is not just solid wood. Thanks to decades of experience, employees can see the difference at a glance or at a glance. And of course they also wiggle the furniture and climb on it.

Quality in wood and other materials

When buying children's furniture, pay attention to solid materials and fittings. "Solid wood is the most stable, " says the junior manager. "We highly recommend woods such as alder, beech, birch and even pine - if they are well made - for furnishing children's rooms." Wood is breathable and improves the microclimate. Solid wood furniture treated only with wax or oil is solvent-free and its surfaces can be repaired more easily than others.

You can recognize good workmanship by solid fittings made of metal instead of plastic, by screw connections that can be tightened and by the stability of a cupboard or raised bed. An important quality feature is also rounded edges: the impact is much smoother than when a child falls on a sharp edge.


When buying children's furniture, it is important that you pay attention to the quality of the wood and other materials.

Photo: Green Earth

Children's furniture that grows with your child

For younger students, a plastic plate may be advantageous because you can easily wipe off traces of felt pen. "But tables made of hard solid wood like beech are of course more valuable, " says Thomas Steinkamp. And if there is a dent, you can dampen it with an iron and a damp cloth. Desks must in any case be height adjustable and their tabletop tiltable. Tables are also practical, which can be expanded later for a PC, or which can provide space for roll containers.

The desk chairs in Steinkamp's home studio are also flexible: all models are height-adjustable, their seats can tilt forward thanks to runners, foot plates or special technology - so that the pelvis can also tilt forward and the spine can adopt the correct posture. Sitting does not mean sitting still: a good, dynamic chair follows the movements of the person sitting.

Ideal children's furniture not only grows with you, it can also be converted. Who wants to be princess forever? When buying, keep in mind that children like to move their furniture around, especially if the children's room matures into a youth room. Bunk beds and bunk beds in particular should be flexible and should be “dismantled”. "It is better not to buy shelves, chests of drawers and cupboards as a fixed solution, " Steinkamps advise. You remain flexible with individual elements that can be purchased, regardless of whether they come from a furniture program for children or adults.

Eleven questions for the living expert

Living expert Sarah Menz knows both professionally and privately how to furnish children's rooms: She is an interior designer, works as a living editor and book author and has two small daughters herself.

The perfect children's room - does it even exist?

“This is only possible for a short time because the children's needs change very quickly. It is important that the children's room can adapt to changing requirements. For example, children often want to play Lego for days, and then they start tinkering again."

Can you reveal the three ultimate setup rules?

"I only know two: First, the space has to be used well. On the other hand, children - especially when they are small - need a lot of security."

How can I do both?

“Security convey things that the child loves. For example, hang up photos of the family or your favorite animals. I can use the space well by putting furniture well. Of course, the size of the room also plays a role. If you have little space, you should forego everything that is superfluous - such as an armchair - and instead set up the bed so that there is a cozy corner.”

What should you avoid when setting up a children's room?

“Don't overload the room with too many cute motifs. A teddy bear wallpaper does not have to be. A neutral environment is better for children because children's creativity can develop more freely there."

How often should you redesign the nursery?

“It depends on the parents' enthusiasm. In general, crucial stages of development, such as schooling or the start of puberty, are a good opportunity to change things."

Do children want a change at all?

"It depends on the type. On the one hand, children usually feel like new things; on the other hand, they often want to keep the familiar. My older daughter, for example, is now actually too big for her baby bed. But she doesn't want to give it up yet because it symbolizes security for her. The whole thing should be well dosed, then children can have fun with it.”

What role do colors play?

"An important, but also here, the classic principle applies: less is more. A children's room is home to so many colorful things - self-painted pictures, toys - it is good for the environment to be calm. But nothing speaks against a single colored wall."

How much order must there be?

"A certain order is important for feeling good - in the event of chaos in your own room, children quickly switch to the other rooms."

How can children learn to keep order?

“Everything needs a fixed place for this: Lego comes in the box, games on the shelf. We have introduced a Krusch box. All things come in that cannot be assigned correctly - small characters and the like. It is sorted out regularly so that we can keep an overview."

What is important when two children share a room?

“Make sure that everyone has their own area, which they can divide by curtain if necessary. Two headphones are also a good idea. This allows the two to separate optically and acoustically."

What to do if children have their own design wishes during puberty?

“Trying out is part of the development process. With teenagers you are more of a money than a counselor. In this way, the parents can also practice letting go of the children.”

Book tip For designing and furnishing children's rooms

Family with style: Sarah Menz shows how you can live casually but with a sense of style in spite of and with children in her book "Our Nest".

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