December 2004 | Vol. III - No. 12
Tweens and teenagers continue to be the target of this industry, a population estimated at 31 million according to the American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA). Both age segments have a huge desire to express their individuality.
Kids’ bedrooms are the perfect canvas to showcase their creativity and mark their independence, as they become young adults. The AFMA reports that a major factor with teenagers is they want to create their own identity in their rooms.
Manufacturers are meeting the challenge of providing teenagers with hip, cool and trendy products that offer plenty of design options and colors, while at the same time, pleasing parents who are footing the bill with quality and storage.
This season is full of innovative design solutions that address changing teenagers needs, wants and tastes as they go through their different life stages. This season’s options are sure to please with an array of color and style for everyone’s taste.
Fun Furnishings (Gift Guide), puts the emphasis on pizzazz with colorful options for sitting around and having fun. A beanbag chair of a child’s very own! Who wouldn’t want his or her own beanbag? Personalized Beanbags by Fun Furnishings adds fun to any room. Personalize it with the child’s name to make it a very special gift. Beanbag covers are removable and washable. It has a handy pocket for holding fun stuff. The inner bag with over-locked seams locks beans safely inside. Beans are refillable. Circumference measures 84". Beanbags come in a variety of colors. Personalize up to 11 characters.
The Pink Poodle Cloud Chair, Ottoman and Daisy Pillow is pink, purple and pretty! The perfect chair for little divas in the makings! Our Poodle fabric is soft and cuddly and this chair with ottoman is a comfy seat for girls to sit in, to read, relax or just chat on the phone. Chair measures 24"H x 22"W x 30"D, Ottoman: 14"H x 22" x 18"D. The pillow is so soft and pretty it makes a great accent accessory. Pillow measures 20"H x 20"W x 4"D. Colors available include pink, fuchsia and purple.
Pinto Pony is more than a chair; he is also a toy that stimulates the imagination and brings loads of fun. When you look into those soft brown eyes he’ll be your best friend too! Chair measures 42"H x 23"W x 26"D. Head is removable and ships in one box. Chair cover is removable for machine-washing, delicate cycle. Head is reversible so the chair grows with the child.
The Rosy Posey Sofa Sleeper is the perfect seat for little girls, but also available in fabrics that make it the perfect seat for little brothers too! Folds out to bed 47"L x 30"W for sleepovers, naps or just relaxing in front of the TV. The sofa measures 20"H x 39"W x 25"D. Fun Furnishings offer a variety of fabrics to complement any decor. Sofa sleepers are constructed of high-density foam and furniture grade fabric to bring years of enjoyment.
Kids will have loads of fun with products from Levels of Discovery (Gift Guide). Rock-A-Builder Toy Box can take a little rough stuff! This toy box bench is ready for fixin’, poundin’, screw-turnin’ and hours of hands on fun! Design includes a pegboard back and front and armrests with holes to insert wooden nails or screws.
As functional as it is fun, the All Star Sports Table has inset spinning balls on the corners and a soccer game with inset soccer nets so little “All Stars” can shoot and score! Rock-A-My-Baby Rocker is the perfect way for “mommies” to rock their little bundles to sleep! Hand-painted in pastel pink, cream and green with a classic stencil design and heart-shaped cut-outs, this rocker with its attached cradle is “just right” for “mommy” and her little one! Pull the heart on the seat to hear the tune, “Rock a Bye Baby!”
Little princesses will be able to get ready for “royal appearances” with the Princess Vanity Table & Chair set. Hand-painted in lavender, pink and white with gold accents, the vanity table includes a heart-shaped mirror complete with “crown” and special message, “Always a Princess.”