Once you have a kid you want to arrange his or her personal space the best possible way, spending many hours contemplating the kid’s room design and most appropriate accessories and decorative items you can use there. Every detail of a kid’s room is important. Furthermore, everything you have in a kid’s room must be safe for your child, otherwise there’s no need to have it there. Alongside such important choices as best furniture, wall color and design you should also consider choosing the right curtains for the kid’s room.
Best Curtains For A Kid’s Room
While choosing curtains for the children’s room, you should pay attention to the following factors.
Age and Gender
If all of your children have their own rooms then you should consider your child’s age and gender while choosing curtains for each one of them. What is good for a 2-year old toddler is not appropriate and desirable for a 5 year old kid, all the more a school going child or a teen.
Small kids love bright colors and patterns, as they get older they prefer cartoon or toy themed curtains. As to teens, well you’d better ask your child for his/her opinion before choosing anything for the room.
The same thing is your kid’s gender. As they get older boys and girls tend to like different things, so picking scarlet red curtains with a delicate flower pattern for your boy’s room is an obvious No, and it doesn’t matter how much you personally like scarlet red curtains with a delicate flower pattern.
When your kids share the same room, try gender-neutral colors or solid colors and patterns that will appeal to different genders and ages.
Regardless of the age and gender, it’s advisable to change curtains every few years to somehow renew the design of the room. Besides, buying new curtains is much cheaper than painting the walls anew, or changing the furniture in your kid’s room.
One of the first things you should consider when choosing the right material for your kid’s room curtains is how much light the room gets during the day. Thicker fabrics can be used in brightly lit rooms, especially when we talk about small kids going to bed when it’s still early and there’s a lot of light in the room, or about teens who like to create an atmosphere of intimacy and mystery in their rooms. Likewise, don’t use very bright colors and delicate fabrics in brightly lit rooms as the light will make colors fade and fabrics wear out faster.
Generally, it’s most advisable to have your curtains made of natural fabrics. But some such fabrics (for example, natural silk) are very delicate and not suitable for often wash. So when choosing the fabric make sure it’s easy to clean, preferably lightweight and able to hide dirt.
Lightweight curtains are better than heavy draperies for kids allergic to dust mites, dyes or chemicals, simply because they have less fabric.
However, if your kid’s room gets a lot of light, having both transparent and heavy curtains is advisable to protect the room from excessive light, or you can just opt for blinds and shutters, combining with more or less transparent curtains.
Safety is the most important criterion for choosing anything for a kid’s room. In case of curtains, lightweight ones are obviously safer for children than heavy ones because small kids tend to pull them while trying to stand or walk, older kids hide behind them or use them as tents while playing.
Similarly, curtains are more preferable than heavy draperies as the later go with long cords and rods that are not safe for kids due to strangulation hazard. Plus, make sure the curtains don’t have any small bright detailing that kids can swallow.
The size of the kid’s room curtains depends on the general design of the room as well as your intentions as the designer. However, the longer the curtains, the higher the risk your toddler will pull them. And again, draperies don’t come in shortened sizes.
It’s the last but surely one of the most important factors. You buy curtains for your child/children, so make sure the curtains make them happy.