Smart ways to upgrade your child's bedroom furniture, from toddler to tween
Switch the so-so drawer pulls on that nursery bureau with these colorful Dresserz knobs when your kid is ready to pick out his own attire (and, with any luck, put it away, too). Sweet illustrations of shirts, pants, jammies, socks, and underwear in both boy and girl color schemes make getting ready for the day easier and much more fun. $7.99 each or $14.99 for two, or $44.99 for six, olivekids.com. Available for boys and girls
Your kid will beg to be tucked in if she can spend the night with a fave Nick character. This new furniture line by Lea includes beds, dressers, mirrors, desks, and chairs and has interchangeable panels so you can swap from Dora to SpongeBob to a fun graphic to plain white. For retailer information, visit nickelodeonrooms.com.
Little ones love to play school, scribble self-portraits, and hang up their "art"; when it's time to get serious, they'll jot down to-dos (soccer practice, math homework, piano lessons), as well as tick off the days until the next school break. The Primary Schoolhouse Corkboard, Chalkboard, and Dry Erase Board can be used individually or as a set. $129 each, potterybarnkids.com
Copies of Where the Wild Things Are, Curious George, and Goodnight Moon can find a home in this floor book bin from The Land of Nod. And, of course, when your son or daughter graduates to comic books, magazines, or the latest YA novel, this will keep them off the floor. Available in several colors. $199, landofnod.com
Removable wall art gives a room an instant (and cheap!) makeover, no paintbrush or drop cloths required. Your kid can choose from several collections, including funky flowers, darling animals or racing cars. Chalkboard and whiteboard decals are also available. Use several sets together or just a few; they're a snap to put up and peel off easily, so they can be arranged over and over. From $6, wallcandyarts.com