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Safety should be your most important consideration when decorating your kid's bedroom. Look for items that are sturdily constructed and have either the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission label or the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association label on whatever you purchase.
All bunk beds should have guardrails, with the mattress on the top bunk at least five inches below the guardrail. Also, make sure the space between the guardrail and the bed is too narrow for a child's head to get caught.
Slats should be no more than 2 1/8 inches apart, so that your little cutie pie cannot get his or her head stuck between the slats. Most cribs made before 1990 will need to have additional slats inserted.
It is safest to store diapering supplies and spare clothes in an open storage compartment within arm's reach of the changing table, so that you are not tempted to leave junior unattended on the change table. Also, make sure your changing table has guardrails and a safety strap to keep junior safe.
Blue-violet, blue and blue-green create a relaxing and cool atmosphere. The yellows, on the opposite side of the color wheel, create an energetic atmosphere, while beige, brown, gray and white are neutral colors.
Generally, the lightest or coolest color should be used in the largest amount, the medium color in the next largest amount and the darkest color used just as an accent.
Paint the room in lighter versions of their chosen colors, and purchase furniture and accessories in the dramatic colors they like. This will also make it easier to change the room's décor when they outgrow their current outlandish taste.
Paint or wallpaper the narrow end walls with horizontal stripes. This will make the walls appear wider.
Experts contend that you should replace a mattress every 10 years, so if you need to choose between purchasing a new mattress or a bed frame, go for the mattress.
A captain's bed is a trundle bed that has storage drawers underneath. If properly designed, it should have high sides to prevent the child sleeping in it from going "overboard."
Make it as easy as possible for them to straighten up. Have open storage spaces, instead of closed closets and draws. Use hooks and pegs instead of hanging rails -- hangers can be difficult to handle.
Ergonomics is important for children, too. Provide them with a computer armoire that features a lower work surface and a wrist rest. A supportive office chair is also important.
It is considered safest to paint over lead base paint rather than to strip it off, but check with your local public health office first.
A flat brush is best for painting woodwork and other rough textured surfaces. It gives you more control and spreads the paint more efficiently.
Fill the roller with 1/2 an inch of paint, so that the roller is full, without being too full that it drips.
When painting, always follow the grain and paint horizontally in horizontal sections and vertically in vertical sections.
A decoupage mixture is made out of one part water to one part glue. Don't forget to brush the mixture over the images you have glued down to seal them.
To ensure a smooth cut when cutting wallpaper, use a utility knife, and cut with the broad part of the instrument as a guide, making sure to avoid lifting the knife blade as you cut.
Ideally, two people should wallpaper a wall, with one person cutting and preparing the paper and the other hanging it.
Nylon, olefin, wool or cotton are the ideal materials for a rug in a child's room. Sisal is scratchy and difficult to clean.