Tips For Choosing Kid Bedding
Whether it's for the baby's room, the kid's room, or for a teen's bedroom, they all have special needs.
Nursery Baby Bedding:
Babies need a lot of stuff and you can generally get many baby room theme items to match the crib set. But what do you really need?
Crib sheets of course, a bumper pad and a comforter are the basics. If you've got the money you can get the coordinating bedskirt, diaper stacker, diaper bag, toy organizer, matching valance and on and on.
The quality and price will depend on basically two things.
1. If the bedding will also be used in a toddler bed or until you're ready to put the toddler into a twin bed, you just as well purchase a quality set that will withstand the use. They do take a lot of wear and tear being washed all the time! On the other hand if you want to get a new bedding set for the toddler bed, the baby will only be using it a little over a year so quality isn't quite as big an issue.
2. Sometimes you'll only find the design you want at one of the higher priced merchants. So be it. They're only babies once you know. But by being selective in purchasing your theme items , you can get less expensive coordinating items elsewhere and still get "the look".
Most often you'll find that you can only get the quilt or comforter in the set. So if the theme you want to buy is a little pricey, why not get the bumper pad, diaper stacker and maybe something for wall decor. Then you can add a less expensive coordinating comforter, bed skirt and accessories
And of course you already have a basic foundation for your room including the paint and window treatments right? If not, do not pass go, do not collect $200 and go back to the baby room decorating introduction!
Once they're past the toddler bedding stage, they're ready for big kid's beds. This may be any size from twin on up. But if you look around, you'll see that most kids bedding sets comes in twin and full sizes.
I don't really see any point in buying a full size bed or bedding. Chances are when they hit the teen stage, they'll want a queen bed anyway. But that choice is yours, and will have a lot to do with budget and space considerations.
They're getting old enough now to tell you what they like and want in their rooms. If you can't get a straight answer just look around their room and see what toys they favor or pay attention to what programs they watch the most.
- Take them shopping either online or around town and give them two or three kid bedding styles to choose from. When they're young they may have a hard time making a decision. This way you get first choice to narrow it down, and they get to make the final choice.
- Many of the kids bedding in a bag packages include kids sheets and are priced reasonably and make it easy to decorate in a theme. Kid's are going to change their minds more than you'd like, so you need to decide up front if you are willing to buy a new theme set every few years, or whether you want some basic items that can mix and match with up and coming moods and themes.
- Things like bed skirts, window treatments, lamps, wall decor and miscellaneous accessories that don't take as much wear and tear, can be purchased in colors and patterns (like solids, stripes and plaids) that will go with many themes. And since you will keep them around longer than theme items, purchase the best quality you can afford so they will last.
Sewing and Crafting Using Kid Bedding:
Kids Bedding is actually pretty handy to use when decorating your child's bedroom. But if you are considering it, read the article below before getting started.
- Sheets are relatively indestructible
- Easy to clean
- Inexpensive when compared to most home decor fabrics
- It will generally match your kids room theme, because you are already using some of the other matching kids bedding!
Granted kid bedding won't have the feel and quality that you expect from home decor fabrics. But on the other hand, it's no big deal to update the room either, when your child changes his or her mind!
Most kids aren't going to want to 'live' in a room that they are afraid to do anything in, for fear of the wrath of Mom for ruining expensive decorative treatments.
Bedspreads, comforters, kids sheets & pillowcases can be used to:
- Cover big floor pillows
- Cover bolster pillows
- Make custom pillow shams
- Create your own duvet
- Use to cover a cornice board
- Depending on the weight, use for a valance
- Use kid bedding to make curtain panels, draperies, tie backs, window scarves, roman shades
- Use iron on fusibles to make a matching roller shade
- Chair and bench cushions
- A throw or nap blanket with contrasting fabrics on either side and blanket or quilt batting in between
- Cover or slipcover the headboard
- Pad and cover panels to hang on the wall
- Make matching closet accessories (clothing bags, shoe storage, cover hangers etc.)
- Sheets make great shower curtains when used with plastic liners.
- You can make other bathroom accessories as well. Remember sheets are easy care!
- And don't forget to use them to make contrasting trims, such as pillow flanges, gathered ruffles, pleated ruffles and piping.
Don't forget the matching bed skirts too. You can use them to make a 'slipcover' for the box spring if you don't want a bedskirt that hangs down to the floor, or they are just the right length to use as a basic valance.
CAUTION! - Keep this in mind when shopping for and using kid bedding for decorating projects:
If you are using sheets that are a print or pattern that will require matching, be very careful.
Sheets aren't printed like sewing fabric, with even repeats on the edges so you can easily match and have near invisible seams.
You might have to go 12" or more in from the edge to get your pattern to match. You could even have to drop down 12" or more.
And to make it even more fun, the pattern may only match for part of the seam. As you progress down the sheet it goes completely out of line.
That is one of the advantages of sheets being so large. Minimal seams.
If you do have to seam, you need to decide if you can live with the pattern not matching completely.
If you are making full draperies or curtains, you can usually hide the mismatch in the folds. But be sure that when you stand back, you don't see a noticeable pattern fault, like the pattern making a gradual drop from the left side of the treatment to the right side.
If the mismatch is minimal, you can fake it by putting trim over the seam, or inserting trim, fringe or piping/cording in the seam.
Along the same line when using kid bedding, hemming is often a problem when the pattern drifts. So be forewarned, and look at what you are buying. Closeout or "seconds" as they're often called are cheap because of these flaws. But buying expensive quality sheets still makes for a good buy if you use it for fabric.