What is the weight limit on Bunk Beds?

Bunk beds are not only practical and space saving but also very fun. Kids love bunk beds not only because they are unique but also because they create amazing unforgettable memories. Bunk beds come in many different configurations such as twin over twin, twin over full, or even full over full and they also come in variety of different finishes such as natural, cherry, white, espresso, grey and other custom colors. However, the most important part about a bunk bed is its quality. Bunk bed manufacturers use different types of wood to make their product and the quality of the bunk bed depends mainly on what type of wood is used. We at Kids Only Furniture carry the largest selection of solid wood bunk beds Los Angeles and more so specialize in bunks made of solid hardwoods. Every bunk bed has different weight limitation dependent on the material it is made out of. It can range from 80 lbs. to 450 lbs. In general, bunk beds that are made from soft woods like pine or cedar usually would not support anything more than 150-200 lbs. in combined weight (including the mattress) where as hardwood bunks can go as high as 400-500 lbs. Manufacturers of children’s’ furniture are not required to certify their bunk beds for weight limitation however many of more reputable brands such as Mushroom Furniture, NE Kids, Legacy Kids and Bolton Furniture test their bunk beds for the highest weigh limits to insure that their product is safe and long lasting. In closing, we at Kids Only Furniture suggest and prefer bunk beds made out of hardwoods such as birch, maple or poplar wood which will give you the highest weight capacity on both top and bottom and also insure the longevity of  your bunk bed. Contact us at 818-841-5544 for more information or to purchase any of our beautiful bunk beds.

February 4, 2015

How to Create the Best Child’s Bedroom Design

Budget-conscious Child Decor and Room Decorating Ideas

Designing and planning child room decor can be fun and parents can still be budget conscious. Great designs should also provide maximum child safety. The simplest way to design child decor and room decorations is to begin by focusing on the child’s age. There’s a big difference between room decors for toddlers and teens.

Next, choose colors the child favors most for walls, ceilings and decorative accessories like coverlets, curtains and carpeting. It is okay to make sizes and colors in child decor dramatic. This helps capture the child’s imagination.

Three Cheapest and Sophisticated Ways to Decorate Your Child’s Room

If a new coat of paint isn’t necessary, consider murals, fanciful sconces and whimsical lamp shades.

  1. Murals are easiest to create using a few children’s appliqués.

  1. Sconces are a second cheap and sophisticated way to add atmosphere to a child’s room. Search dollar stores for colorful pom poms. Attach these to a single plastic rod and glue or staple pretty beads, bows or fans for a girl’s room and favorite miniature figures for a boy’s room. For older children, look for images or photos of their favorite celebrity to add to the pom poms.

  1. Decorating lamp shades is a third way to create interest in a child’s room. Make certain decorations added to lamp shades are fireproof. Add strings of plastic beads or shells to borders. Glue laminated sports trading cards to lamp shades for a unique look. Add personalized accessories like a child’s name plate to walls or doors.

For more ideas, contact us online and we can help get you started or call us at (818) 841-5544.

October 30, 2014

A Lean, Mean Sleep/Study Machine

Loft Bed

Are you decorating your child’s bedroom with an eye to maximizing a limited amount of space? Do you want your child to have a room that is both comfortable and functional? Do you think that simple, clean lines are the only way to go when it comes to interior décor? Then say hello to the Full Metal Loft Bed, the ultimate marriage of form and function when it comes to children’s furniture. It’s available now at our store in Burbank, so come in today to see it for yourself.

This bed has everything you could ask for from a single piece of kid’s furniture. With its lofted design and simple functionality, it’s the perfect piece to prepare your little one for the eventualities of dorm life. And if you’ve ever been inside a college dorm room, then you know that those places are the kings of economizing space. With a full workstation – complete with keyboard tray and bookshelf – housed snugly underneath a lofted twin bed, your child will have the space she needs to tackle her homework and get a good night’s rest, with plenty of floor space left over for play.

The clean lines and simple grey finish make the Full Metal Loft Bed easy to clean. And the construction is easy to clean under, always a plus when it comes to any piece of furniture. The ladders on either side of the frame make for easy access when it’s time for bed, and the guard rails extend around all four sides to keep your little one safe at night.

Kids Only Furniture carries a wide variety of lofted beds for the kids, which make a great addition to most any room. For the latest styles and deals, visit us at our Burbank location today.

July 16, 2014

Prepare for Summer Sleepovers with a New Futon

Futon

The kids are out of school for the summer, so now is the perfect time to take them furniture shopping. And while they may not be thrilled to take a trip to the furniture store, the summer might be the best time to fit it into your busy schedule. And if you want to make the trip a little more exciting, consider shopping for a new futon. These convertible couches are perfect for a kid’s bedroom, especially if they plan to have friends over for sleepovers during the summer.

Great pieces of furniture like the Brentwood Collection Futon in Oak are the perfect addition to your child’s bedroom. Not only are they super functional, but they also look great. The Brentwood Collection Futon features simple styling and construction, making it easy to match with your existing décor. The plain finish and upholstery are easy to clean, a must-have feature for anything you keep in a kid’s room. And it converts from a sofa to a bed with ease, meaning your kids can play host to their guests all by themselves.

A futon can also be a great addition to a playroom. During the day, the kids can watch TV and play games on the couch, and they can convert it anytime for a much-needed nap. The bed is 80 inches long, so you can sneak a quick nap on it, too, as long as you’re under 6’ 6”.

At Kids Only Furniture, we have a whole range of futons to choose from. Other models come with leather upholstery or metal frames, plush cushions and fancier styles. If you are in the market for a futon, we have you covered. Most models are big enough for adults, meaning you can pick one up for your recent high school grad before he or she heads off to college.

June 11, 2014

Upgrade the Kids’ Room with a Twin/Full Bunk Bed

Twin Over Full Bunk Bed

Looking for a way to maximize the floor space in the kids’ bedroom? If you have two young kids sharing a room, our Division Collection Twin over Full Bunk Bed is the perfect way to meet most of their furniture needs while leaving them plenty of space to play. The frame is metal, with a cool graphite finish, making it durable and stylish, especially for a boys’ bedroom.

This twin over full bunk bed is actually three pieces of furniture in one. The bottom of the bed features a full size mattress, as well as a child’s desk, and the top has a twin bed. If you have a school-age child with a younger brother, this setup is perfect for them. The built-in kid’s desk gives them a place to do their homework without the need for a separate piece of furniture. And the loft bed design will prepare them for the dorm-rooms they may one day share with others.

As an all-in-one furniture piece, this twin over full bunk bed clears the way for more play space. It’s little wonder that cramped dorm rooms often feature beds with a similar design. Keeping two separate beds in a kids’ room leaves little space for anything else. Add in a desk, and you’re lucky if you can fit a dresser in the room too. But with this bed, you don’t have to worry about running out of floor space.

As a piece of kids’ furniture, this bed is stylish and sensible. The metal frame, with its light graphite finish, looks great with most modern interior designs. The finish is easy to clean, and you can rest easy knowing that the frame can stand up to punishment. Of course, the most important thing is what your kids think of this bed. To let them take it for a test drive, stop by our Burbank store any time.

May 14, 2014

Add Some Fun with Whimsical Animal Furniture

Here at Kids Only Furniture, we are proud to feature a new product line of mobile bookcases and closets that feature animal shapes for end pieces. These fun, whimsical furniture pieces can add a charming character to your child’s room and are sure to be a big hit with the kids. And because of their sturdy construction and easy-to-clean surfaces, they make the perfect addition to any kid’s room.

Bear Mobile Closet

The most charming feature of these closets and bookcases is the design, particularly the animal-shaped end pieces. Both the bookcases and closets are available with bear, lion, or rabbit designs. If your kid has a favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal, these pieces can create a continuity of style and provide a more comforting environment for your child. With both furniture pieces in place, your kid’s room can become more fanciful and, well, childlike.

There are five available colors for both furniture pieces:

  • Black
  • White
  • Espresso Wenge
  • Cherry
  • Natural maple

The high selection of colors means you can match these pieces to your kid’s existing furniture with ease. That means you don’t have to get a new bed, dresser, nightstand, or desk just to match the bookcase and mobile closet. And even if the existing furniture is made with more metal than wood, neutral finishes like black and white can blend into the décor seamlessly.

Although these pieces have animal-shaped pieces, they still feature clean lines and smooth surfaces. This makes them easy to clean, an important feature for anything you put in a child’s room. The finishes are sealed tightly and can be wiped down and sanitized. And, because both pieces are mounted on smooth-rolling casters, they can be moved around to rearrange the floor plan as you like.

April 24, 2014

Upgrade Your Nursery with a Sleigh Glider Rocking Chair

Sleigh Glider Chair in Espresso

Crying infants and their sleep-deprived parents can both benefit from a nursery decorated with a piece of furniture straight out of your grandparents’ collection: the sleigh glider rocking chair. This comfortable piece provides the perfect place to nurse a crying baby and rock her back to sleep, all while letting mom or dad get some much needed rest and relaxation. When paired with a rocking ottoman (which we sell with the chair as a set), you can put your feet up while attending to the newest member of your family.

Rocking chairs have been a fixture in the nursery for generations. Experienced parents have long known that the best way to get a fussy baby back to sleep is with the gentle swaying motion of these chairs. The smooth gliding motion is sure to have you and your baby get the restful sleep you both need in a matter of minutes. And the fine woodworking on these pieces of furniture makes them a beautiful accent piece for pretty much any nursery, bedroom, office, or living room.

Here at Kids Only Furniture, we have sleigh glider chairs and ottomans in a wide variety of natural and painted finishes. They feature a solid construction that is sure to last for years to come, with comfortable cushions that are easy to remove. This comes in handy for new parents, since the fabric in any nursery is sure to need regular cleanings.

If you are attending a baby shower and need to find the perfect gift, you should consider this useful and stylish piece of furniture. Sleigh glider rocking chairs and ottomans are sure to be highly appreciated by any parents to be. And even if you don’t have kids, these chairs are great for just kicking back and watching TV.

March 19, 2014

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Child’s Bed?

Knowing when to transition your child from a crib to a regular bed is usually an easy call. As soon as he or she is around age 3, it’s usually time to transition them into a twin bed (although you may have to make the change sooner if your child simply outgrows the crib). But at what age do you move your child from a twin bed to a full, or even a queen-size bed? It really depends on the size of your child, although it’s better to make the transition before he or she outgrows the twin.

Both twin and full-size mattresses are 6 foot 3 inches long. The only difference is that the full mattress is 15 inches wider than the twin. In many cases, it makes more sense to simply move your child to a full bed and skip the twin altogether, provided the child’s bedroom has enough space. If you are bunking two kids side by side, you might have to use two twin beds. But if you really want to maximize your floor space and give your children room to grow, a full over full bunk bed might be the best way to go.

Full-size beds are 4 and a half feet wide, more than enough space for most children. A queen mattress can provide even more space for taller kids, although these usually aren’t available in bunk beds. In the long run, though, full-size mattresses are usually enough. The important thing is knowing when to make the switch.

Twin-size beds are great for smaller children and can come in a variety of fun styles. As your child makes the transition to middle school, it is usually best to start thinking about getting him or her a full bed. This is usually when kids begin to outgrow the more playful children’s beds , both physically and mentally. But on the bright side, every time you switch your child’s bed there’s the opportunity to try out a whole new decorating style.

February 13, 2014

What are GREENGUARD and JPMA Certification’s and what do they mean for our baby?

Expectant mothers paint, carpet and buy everything under the sun they can think of in hopes of creating the most perfectly beautiful little space for their precious new baby. What they usually don’t know is that most of the products that they are using contain harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to be carcinogenic, and as we sleep through the night we are breathing in the off-gassing of these poisons. Now think of this…what is toxic to us is about FIFTEEN times more toxic to our itty bitty baby!

As a culture we are moving toward healthier life standards. As the consumers demand for more sustainable, durable and healthier products continues to grow, suppliers must change to remain relevant. JPMA and GREENGUARD are both certifications that a product receives which shows the product has gone through specific rigorous testing that ensures a higher standard of product safety.

 

GREENGUARD:

In simple terms, a certification from GREENGUARD means the product in question has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to health, and is therefore recognized as an important concern in homes, schools, healthcare environments and commercial spaces. Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings are a major source of indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Certification has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting products. In fact, more than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurements policies, and rating systems give credit for GREENGUARD Certified products (GREENGUARD, 2013). The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California’s Department of Public Health “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)” (also known as California Section 01350) (GREENGUARD, 2013).

 

JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Association):

JPMA is a Certification Seal on a product which tells the consumers the product has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer’s production line. The JPMA currently sponsors 20 certification programs for juvenile products such as cribs, strollers, car seats, bedding and a wide range of accessories and decorative items (Intertek, 2013). As a national trade organization, it represents 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool market, translating to 250 companies across the United States, Canada and Mexico (Intertek, 2013).

 

 

So what does all of this mean for us?

Lung Disease and breathing problems are the number one cause of infant deaths who are under the age of one, according to the American Lung Association.  The reason for this is pretty simple.  The airways of babies are small and can easily shut down when inflamed.  They also breathe more times per minute than adults do which in turn means that they breathe in more toxins then adults do.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air. VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. They include both human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Most scents or odors are of VOCs.  Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment.  Since people today spend most of their time at home or in an office, long-term exposure to VOCs in the indoor environment can contribute to Sick Building Syndrome (Wang, et al., 2007).  Studies also show that relative leukemia and lymphoma can increase through prolonged exposure of VOCs in the indoor environment (Irigaray, et al., 2007).

Aside from giving them all the love and care in the world- the next best thing we can do for our children is to provide a safe and healthy environment in which they can grow. Creating a healthy nursery and maintaining a healthier space for our baby requires some research and taking a good hard look at our indoor environment. What all of this means is that when we are building and furnishing the living areas for our children, we need to pay extra attention to keeping out chemical and biological pollutants.

 

 

Here are some easy and helpful tips from Kids Only Furniture.

 

  1. The best choice for children’s furniture is solid wood with a low-VOC finish. Some good brands to look for are Natart, Baby Appleseed, New Port Cottages, and Romina.  However, if your budget is limiting you to pressed-wood products, do not worry! You can contain most of the VOC’s by sealing any of the exposed edges.  The same idea goes for your baby’s closets and shelves, seal what you can.
  2. Try your best to avoid window treatments or blinds made with PVC. When picking things for your children that are made of plastic use common sense and trust your nose.  If it smells like plastic, then it probably shouldn’t be around your child.  The harder the plastic the better it is, as the softer ones are more likely to contain harmful chemicals.
  3. Any paint, paintings, decorations or adhesives should be checked to make sure they have low VOC’s.  Try to avoid using vinyl. When covering your walls try your best to use paper materials and check the adhesive for low VOC’s.  If low VOC’s can’t be avoided in the adhesive, make sure it is thoroughly dry and the room has been aired out before the baby sleeps in the room.

As far as flooring, try not to use synthetic wall-to-wall carpets.  They can gather dust mites and mold and they emit VOC’s.  Linoleum, wood and tile are better choices.  You can make them more comfortable and child friendly by using washable wool or cotton throw rugs.

 

January 14, 2014

Making Beautiful Memories with Your Own Nursery

Parents start preparing for the arrival of their babies the soonest time they learn that they are expecting or once the ultrasound results are out, indicating the gender of the little one. From clothes to accessories down to the bedding, parents want to have the best for their beloved child. Most parents like you even allot that special place called nursery in your home that you consider as your child’s own sanctuary.

Creating a nursery can be challenging and rewarding. A number of details have to be considered for you to provide a comfortable little nook for your child.

Proximity

This is the most important factor that you have to consider in putting up a nursery. Since you have to attend to the needs of your baby immediately most of the time, it is best to have a nursery close to your room.

Cleanliness

Keep your baby’s nursery clean all the time by using washable or inexpensive materials that you can easily clean when things go messy. Make the area as sterile as possible by leaving your footwear outside the nursery. Also, use baby and environment friendly disinfectants to maintain the room’s cleanliness.

Furniture

Since you will be handling these delicate little human beings, it’s good for you and your little one to sit or lie in furnitures that provide utmost comfort and safety. You wouldn’t want to see your baby hit hard surfaces, don’t you?

Storage Space

Having a new baby means buying a lot of baby clothes and accessories. Since your baby stays in his/her nursery, it is best if the nursery has enough room to hold storage containers instead of travelling to and from the nursery just for you to get whatever stuff your baby needs.

Have a Floor Plan

Before converting a room into your baby’s nursery, make a floor plan. This helps you to have a visual image and an estimate on the space that can be used for furniture and storage containers that will be placed once your baby arrives.

Power Plug

Since you will be using a number of appliances in the nursery, it is important for you to set up a number of plug points that you can conveniently use while catering to your baby. The last thing you want to experience is to handle a crying or an unattended baby while you plug an electronic device.

In addition, as most babies wake up in the middle of the night, it is important to have a light source in order for you to attend to your baby the moment he gets hungry or needs a diaper change in the middle of his sleep.

January 10, 2014

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