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Kids furniture that was considered a waste after the kids grew up can now be used for various purposes.
Gone are the days of cute, white-painted cribs that barely make it into toddlerhood. New nursery furnishings are more sophisticated and can mature with a child from cradle to college and beyond.

Stores are selling cribs that become toddler beds and eventually full-size beds using conversion kits and different mattresses.

Nursery furniture is also changing in looks. Expectant parents are going for more modern, streamlined pieces that fit in with the rest of their decor.

Also, they are investing in pieces that can transition into other rooms. (A nice armoire can be used in the nursery and the living room.) And they're picking different palettes, going along with the ebonised wood trend in adult-size furniture, with black being the newest nursery colour. It's elegant and goes with girl-stuff or boy-stuff unlike white that doesn't grow well with children, especially boys."

The choices in this new era of nursery furniture can be overwhelming. But basically a nursery needs only a few furniture elements for-a baby and parents a crib, a place for one or two adults to sit, a place to change diapers and storage for clothes, blankets, toys and books.

Cribs
Convertible cribs are slightly more expensive than non convertible models. But despite their longevity, these cribs have drawbacks like expensive conversion kits. Also some don't look right when they transit into beds. Models with foot boards shorter than the headboards, instead of the same height, tend to look best.

If parents have more than one child, they'll have to buy another crib while the sibling sleeps in the converted toddler bed.

Experts feel those interested in convertible cribs should buy neutral colours like wood tone, rather than a trendy shade like black, that could date it. And white get too dirty.

Another factor to consider with a regular crib is the style. The trendy round cribs are cute, but they require a special mattress and bedding, which cost more than standard sizes.

Seating
Babies need feeding and soothing day and night, and parents need a comfortable place to sit while tending to those tasks. Look around the house, maybe there's a rocking chair or loveseat that could work in the nursery.

Gliders are another alternative, although they may have clunky designs or babyish fabrics that make them unsuitable for use elsewhere in the house. Go for upholstered chairs in neutral shades such as sage and camel.
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Posted on : 2/2/2006
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