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I can’t believe it’s Friday already! This week has flown by for me…has it for you, too? Today’s post will be a fairly quick one, but worth the read, as I’m not only sharing a great Friday Family-Friendly Find – the Kids Larkin Nightstand from Crate & Kids, but also, along the way, my tips on shopping for nightstands for your big boy or girl’s bedroom, in general.

(And incidentally…you won’t see ‘Find a style that can grow with them’ on my tips list because that is a given! Unless you want to replace it in a few years with a different style, and that’s your call, not mine. You do you.)

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Kids Larkin Nightstand from Crate & Kids

Let’s start with dimensions – how big is this nightstand? The Kids Larkin Nightstand is 21″ wide x 16″ deep x 23″ high. I like that the width is kind of a happy medium – substantial but still compact (18″ always seems awfully tiny)…and will work well for twin, full, and even queen beds. The height, for me, is also ‘just right,’ – it of course depends upon your specific room plan/features and the height of the mattress, but this is in the typical range I am usually looking for, and often have difficulty finding!

Tip #1: The height of your nightstand should, generally speaking, be within a couple of inches of the height of the mattress (higher or lower), with the bedding on it.

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The format of this nightstand is what I am most typically seeking when designing a kids bedroom (and often grown-up bedrooms, too!). It has a drawer for concealed storage, plus ample shelf space for books, toys, bins/baskets, etc.

Tip #2: A nightstand with a shelf that has a closed back will make it easier for your child to keep their nightstand tidy, and will protect your walls from damage.

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The style and design quality of this nightstand is great – transitional, to work in both modern and more traditional kids’ rooms (and everywhere in-between). And it’s not really juvenile, so it can grow with your child. I am always on the lookout for nightstands (and casegoods, in general) with unique design features, and the Kids Larkin Nightstand has a few that I really love. First, the rounded, raised door panel – how cool is that? I think the base is also fantastic, with its unique tapering legs. With this nightstand, you can also choose between gold and black hardware. I personally love it with the contrasting black pull, but the gold is nice if you want the hardware to blend in more than stand out.

Tip #3: If you find a kids’ nightstand you love but you’re not a fan of the hardware, swap it out! Styles like this one will have a standard ‘center-to-center’ measurement on the pull so you can find another one you love and make a simple change to give it a totally different look.

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I really love the natural oak finish of the Kids Larkin Nightstand. We use a lot of painted or upholstered beds, and I always like to mix up the finishes. I also think that oak is more ‘timeless’ than other woods, and this natural finish will play well with others!

Tip #4: Be cautious and mindful of quality when looking at nightstands with a painted finish. These pieces will take a beating day-in and day-out, and cheaper models will get chippy and worn much faster than you would think.

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I am ALL about that base! It’s really cool, don’t you think? I didn’t mention yet that it is rendered in solid oak, making the Kids Larkin Nightstand super-sturdy.

Tip #5: Pay particular attention to the base when shopping for kids’ nightstands! Look for unique design detail, solid materials, and a height that will permit your vacuum cleaner to pass underneath.

Oops, I have one more really important tip and I’ve already used up my five!

Bonus Tip #6: Three words…metal drawer glides. Accept no substitutes!

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Have a fantastic Friday!! We are dodging raindrops here in the Boston area…stay dry, everyone…

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