Your child’s safety is the most important thing you have to take into consideration when buying furniture for his room. Before purchasing kids furniture, you should know a couple of things regarding safety, information provided in the following guide.
1. General Instructions
- The US Consumer Safety Commission has established certain standards that furniture should respect in order to be safe. You have to read each product’s label and make sure it meets these standards.
- The furniture must be appropriate for your child, depending on his age, size and weight.
- Sharp edges must be avoided, but when that is not possible, some corner guards should fix the problem.
2. Furniture must be well fixed
- Furniture must be anchored to the floor or wall in order to avoid it tipping over the child.
- If your child’s toys are on one of the top shelves of the bookcase, he will surely try to climb it to get them. Avoid that by placing them somewhere where he can easily reach them. Heavy things, like a TV, should also be placed in lower positions.
3. Toy Chests and closets
- If you have a child, you know that he requires a lot of toys and it is not that pleasant to have them spread all over the room. A toy chest is the best idea for that. But be careful, try to get one that opens horizontally, like a pirate chest. Vertical ones can be dangerous if not properly secured.
- Avoid laminates for your child’s closet; in time, it wears out and becomes dangerous. Also, put a lock to the closets to prevent any other accidents.
4. Bunk Beds – multiple safety
- If you have more than one child and their room is not that big, bunk beds are a good option. But they can also be quite dangerous. There are many cases of accidents caused by bunk beds (falling or suffocation), and that is why you have to take some preventive measures.
- You have to thoroughly check the guardrail: its position and reliability, the way it is fixed. Pay attention to all details!
- There must not be any spaces between the bed and the wall.
- The upper bed must be even more secured.
- Mattress matters! Its size should exactly match the bed’s frame. A mattress too small will create an empty spot and your child could get many injuries from that.
Children are dynamic, they always want to play, climb and run around. That is why their room should be the safest place in the house. Protect your child from all the dangers that can result from his play and buy him safe furniture.