When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom, there are a few things that parents always ask themselves:
How long is this going to take me?
They can’t be serious about wanting a slide in here…
How mad can I go with the bright yellow paint?
Is this safe for them?
The last one, I feel, is often the voice that nags the most and, as such, is the one we’re going to chat about today Headboard specific of course…
Children’s headboards are 90% of the time miniature versions of adult ones. There are metal worked ones, leather ones, wooden ones, chenille ones, etc.
But when we’re looking for a headboard for our bedroom, we don’t stop to think ‘hey, will this paint flake easily?’ ‘Is this fabric hypoallergenic?’ ‘Will the wood splinter me if I bash my head against it at night?’.
With kids we need to allow for the fact that they may in fact take to licking, biting, hitting, scratching and generally seeing how far they can push the limits of their possessions. So here is a rundown of the pros and cons of the kid’s headboards which Wedo-Headboards has to offer you:
This little number is the Serene Soccer Headboard and as you can see, it’s aimed towards strapping young boys. It’s a metal headboard finished in a white gloss paint and as such, with time and wear and tear it may flake a little here and there. This would take some considerable effort though and your young’un will, in all likeliness, be grown out of this before they can do some real damage!
The good thing about this though is that it is simple to clean, so if your little monsters love to get their mucky hands over everything, just give it a wipe and viola. That’s the good thing about metal: come paint, nail varnish, crayons or Play-Doh, there is always a way of revealing what it once was underneath.
Faux Leather Headboards
This little winner, the Shire Half Moon Headboard, isn’t classed as a ‘kid’s headboard’ per say. But with it being available in a single size and it’s curvaceous and bright red nature, for arguments sake, let’s say it is!
Faux leather is a great textile to put to use in your child’s bedroom. Not only is it soft and durable, but it won’t lose its colour and is simple to clean. Ideal! Besides, this lucky fabric has a huge variety of colours for you and your little’un to choose from, allowing them to have their first taste of creative freedom over their space.
Also, because faux leather isn’t porous you don’t have to worry about it retaining any allergens if your child suffers from allergies meaning an easier night’s sleep for the both of you
As we can see above from the Classics Furniture Brent Headboard, wood is a great material for headboards, though they do come with their share of hazards: splinters, cracking, flaking, sharp edges, the list goes on!
But I don’t think I’m wrong in saying the beauty of natural wood outweighs the cons here. They bring warmth, the outdoors indoors, and can be used in hundreds of bedroom designs.
You can paint them, stain them, leave them alone, add onto them (a bookcase would be a great addition for a kid’s room!) and generally make them your own, something your child may relish the though of
Of course you can take preventative measures, by ensuring any wooden headboard piece you purchase has been sanded thoroughly and stained/lacquered with a non toxic product. It’s always the little things that make the biggest difference, especially when it comes to your children’s safety.
Lastly, this Just4Kidz Kidz Headboard demonstrates the beauty of fabric headboards. Available in a wide range of brightly designed fabrics, patterned and plain alike, fabric is amongst one of the easiest ways to upholster a headboard. With enough padding, lining and a strong base pretty much anyone can make their own or embellish an existing piece.
The one thing that gets me about fabric headboards is the upkeep. You can spill NOTHING on them, else they’ll stain and wreck the whole design so this is probably not the best material to use in your child’s room. The pros to fabric upholstering though range from brightly coloured designs, to soft feel for you little one’s soft head, though they may not be hypoallergenic so you should always check before you make a purchase as allergens love to make these warm tightly packed places their homes.
So there we have it! There are so many options to choose from when it comes to headboards, and you and your child can have some lovely quality bonding time when decorating their space. Just ensure that all the materials and surfaces you include in their decorating scheme are child friendly and non-toxic.
Other than that, you and your kiddiwinks are going to have an ace time painting up a storm together