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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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