Boys Bedroom Furniture
Help: How do I furnish a boys bedroom?
Boys' bedroom furniture has come a long way since the days when every child with a Y-chromosome had trains, cars or aero planes on his wallpaper. There was really no such thing as boys' furniture in those days; just scaled-down versions of adult furniture, and plenty of warning not to break it. But now there is furniture created specifically with boys and their needs in mind.
Of course, the planes and trains are still around in some form. Our page on alternative kids' furniture explains the trend for beds shaped like cars and other vehicles. But there are plenty of other fun options for boys' bedroom furniture. Is a car too slow for the space age? If so, My Moondrops stocks kids bunk beds in the shape of a space shuttle - perfect for getting two boys off to bed without any complaints.
Other unique beds in the My Moondrops collection include an army-themed bed with a camouflaged play tent (the Commando Loft Bed), as well as one shaped like a fire station and one with a sports theme. They're all quite expensive (prices for the beds mentioned start at $600) and unashamedly masculine. Your son will probably love them all, so don't let him see the website unless you're prepared to give up a sizeable chunk of your cash along with those plans you had to turn him into a sensitive artist.
Still, there is some more traditional bedroom furniture out there for boys. Most boys won't complain about a traditional wooden bed if you allow them to have some say in the bed-linen, so be prepared to grit your teeth and buy duvets decorated with cartoon characters. It's worth the concession if it means they stop demanding a robot-shaped bed.
Other furniture can be traditional too, but choose boys' bedroom furniture for its robustness, rather than for its design. For example, plastic chairs don't look as good as wooden ones, but they're harder to break. You should give boys plenty of storage space, but avoid open shelves unless your son has a genius for arranging items neatly. It's far better to let them throw things into a cupboard, so you can shut a door on the mess.