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When parents are planning their baby nursery, their first instinct may be to obtain a crib for their newborn child. However, a small bassinet may be more suitable than a crib for the first few months of life. Besides a crib, nursery furniture may include a changing table, a chest with drawers, a comfortable chair or rocker, and a side table. Some cribs can convert to toddler beds, and some chests of drawers have removable changing table tops.
Around age 2 or when children can climb out of the crib by themselves, they are ready for a toddler bed. The Sleep Products Safety Council has recommended transitioning from a crib to a bed when a child is about 35 inches tall. Toddler furniture typically includes a toddler bed or twin size bed, a chest of drawers, a nightstand, a toy chest, and a small table with chairs. Some toddler beds can convert to standard twin size beds.
A teenager typically requires a bed, a large dresser or chest of drawers, a desk and desk chair, a nightstand, more storage shelving and perhaps a filing cabinet, and some form of casual seating.
When planning a room layout, measure the room carefully, including the size of all door and window openings as well as the size of any built-in furniture. Draw a floor plan to scale using 1/4 inch graph paper or room planning software. Be sure to allow adequate clearances to walk, access windows and closets, and open doors and drawers. Note the location of wall switches, light fixtures, electrical outlets, telephone jacks, cable jacks, air ducts, and radiators. Try to accommodate those wishes of the child that do not conflict with basic safety and design principles. In shared rooms, ensure that traffic patterns are well planned, and that every child has their own "space."
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