Monthly Archives: July 2014

Regular Dressers VS Juvenile Dressers: What’s the Diff?

Ever wonder what the difference is between a regular dresser and one that is sold in the nursery section?  Are there any actual benefits to a dresser that is being marketed “for children”?  Indeed there are!  Storkcraft dressers are tested to meet specific safety standards in order to be sold as juvenile furniture.  This also includes the use of materials that are made to withstand the wear and tear that only little ones would bring.

 

1)      Sturdy Finishes: While the top of dressers usually become home to books, jewelry and small knick knacks in a master bedroom, dressers for babies tend to be places to balance drippy bottles, wet cloths, and even the odd dirty diaper.  Storkcraft dressers do not use paper-based laminates or materials that may “bubble” or melt upon contact with moisture.  Rather, the dressers are made of durable finishes that can be cleaned with a damp cloth and can hold up to everyday wear and tear with a baby.

 

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Aspen 3 Drawer Dresser

 

2)      Anti-tipping: Did you know that according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that “More than 25,000 of [tip-over] injuries are to children under the age of 18?”  Moreover, “falling furniture accounts for more than half (52 percent) of the injury reports” (Source).  The difference between a dresser made for juveniles vs a generic piece for the rest of the home is that several anti-tipping measures have been incorporated into each Storkcraft baby dresser.  These include

-Wall mounts to attach the furniture to the wall

-Reinforced bases to help distribute weight of the dresser closer to the floor and away from the top of a dresser

-Anti-tipping tests that are performed by placing weights on top drawers, etc. to determine if the overall construction and design of the dresser holds it balance

 

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Aspen Combo Dresser

 

3)      Drawer-stops and locks:  The stops prevent drawers from falling out of their tracks even if they are fully pulled open.  The locks keep a drawer from unintentionally slamming close into little fingers when a drawer is open and in use.

 

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Beatrice 3 Drawer Dresser

 

4)      Ergonomic measurements: Anyone who has ever had to change diapers or rummage in a drawer for something while wrestling a baby knows that it can be backbreaking work.  This is especially true for mothers who are still recovering from childbirth.  Storkcraft 3 drawer dressers, combos and 6 drawer dressers are designed to be at the optimum height of 34”.  This allows for easy access to items, and especially for changing diapers should customers choose to use a contoured changing pad on the top.

 

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5)      Avoiding choking hazards: Juvenile dresser knobs are selected to be too large to swallow, but yet small enough to not provide any easy climbing foothold.

 

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Beatrice Combo Dresser with Hutch sold separately (Right).

 

So while it may seem tempting to simply pick up the extra storage for your nursery at the home department, there are definitely many reasons why including a dresser that is compliant to health and safety codes for children’s furnishings is a wise decision.  All furniture geared for juveniles are required to be strictly tested and certified, so feel free to ask your nursery retailer for more information on how to select a dresser for your little one’s room.

 

 

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Crib Simplicity

There was a time when I used to think that I would have a nursery with the grand crib and all its matchy-matchy dressers.  I pictured my baby nestled soundly in a bed that would rival something out of a fairytale.  But years later, pregnant and armed with ideas from my Pinterest and Etsy accounts, I chose Storkcraft’s Bradford 4 in 1 crib in white for its simplicity and versatility.  A far cry from what I had pictured for my future nursery when I was growing up.

 

When it comes to furnishing a baby’s room, the crib used to be the central focus and the “piece de resistance”.  Headboards were ornate and hefty, there were carvings, layers of wooden molding, and colour even included options of “look-at-me” metallic finishes.  All other decor in the nursery took its cue from the crib.  The past few years, however, have seen a big shift in style to where the crib has become more subtle and streamlined.  Rather than dominating a room with a crib’s decorative detailing, the devil-in-the-details now lie in more simple sleep accommodations that can help showcase well-edited and meaningful accessories.

 

Below are some inspirational, modern rooms.  They have simple, white cribs in spaces that are nothing short of a whole lot of personality.

 

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^It’s all in the details with this soft pink, grey and turquoise room, from the paper crafts to the kitchy pillows and wall decal.  Image from Chole Fleury.

 

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^There’s nothing boring about a streamlined crib against dark walls and being surrounded by accessories with pops of colour and texture.  Image from Housetweeking.

 

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^We have featured this before from The Glitter Guide’s tour of baby Isla’s room.  The crib’s clean lines and white finish keep the focus on the paper flower installation.

 

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^The perfect combination of simple elegance with splashes of bold colour.  The crib acts as part of a canvas for the room’s unique architecture and fun decorations.  Image from Carousel Designs.

 

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^Bright, airy and serene, and filled with handmade details.  Image from On to Baby.

 

For a similar look as the above rooms, create your little one’s nursery with the Storkcraft Sheffield 3 in 1 Crib or Mission Ridge 3 in 1 Crib (as shown directly below) and personalize it with unique accessories, Etsy finds, and DIY projects.  The Sheffield and Mission Ridge are currently both under $100.00 at Walmart.com and are convertible to accommodate as your little one grows.

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Hello, Sorrento

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It’s a summer full of new products here at Storkcraft!  The Sorrento 3-in-1 Crib and its matching change table is one of the newest collections to join the Storkcraft family.  We heard our fans’ request for a crib with wider slats for extra sturdiness and visual impact, and combined this with a handsome silhouette.  Our favourite features are the swooping sides and the generous wooden mouldings that run along the rails because, after all, the devil is in the details!  It is a 3 in 1 crib that will transition into a daybed and full bed so it will also grow with your baby in the years to come.  Available in espresso, cherry or white finish, it is already available at Walmart for $249.99.

 

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Get Your Chevron On

Chevron Glider Giveaway

 

Our Tuscany and Hoop glider and ottoman sets have been mainstays in Storkcraft’s product lineup for years, so when it was time for a makeover, our designers figured what better way to spruce up our top sellers than with a punch of colour and infusion of pattern?  We are so excited to launch the gliders in a Chevron motif with the choice of five fabric colours.  They are available to pair with your choice of finish on the wooden base, and are available for purchase at our official retailers at the end of this month.  In the meantime, we are celebrating the launch with a giveaway of a chevron glider and ottoman set to one lucky reader, so head on over here to enter for your chance to win*!

 

*Contest is open to readers in the continental US and Canada, and closes at the end of July 11th, Friday.  Winner will be selected at random and be contacted directly by Storkcraft.