How to Furnish Rooms for Your Active Toddler

When your kid is in the active, explorative stage, it pays to keep a few things in mind about fixing up his or her room.

Updated on January 08, 2018 12:01 pm

Camille Besinga

When you or your partner were still pregnant with your child, you may have created a nursery that held all things cute and cuddly and comforting for your soon-to-pop-out infant.

As every parent will know and attest to, toddlers are different animals—so to speak—altogether. Unlike their infant counterparts, active tots will be keen on exploring their surroundings, practicing their developing muscles, reaching and grasping everything that’s within their reach and grasping distance. As such, you may find yourself needing to change some things in the nursery, your bedroom, or perhaps, even the entire house.

Below are some ideas you may use on how to furnish spaces where your active toddler may wish to explore.


Toddlers don’t really need a lot of furniture; if the nursery once had changing tables and rocking chairs, you might find the need to remove them once your child starts walking or crawling. Little fingers might get in the way of rocking chairs, and nappy changes with a fussy tot might not be as easy to do on adult waist level. Keep everything low and level with your child’s height.

Girls’ bedroom by Hugo Design

Furnishings with soft, rounded corners are recommended for toddlers. This will be the stage where they will be exploring, but also when their muscles or balance won’t yet be as fully developed as we’d like. Your child will be running and falling over more times than you can imagine. Do away with sharp corners and objects that may cause injury, and try to cushion their falls with plushy rugs or bean bags.


If you will be buying beds before your child is born, invest in a crib that may be converted into a toddler’s bed, and if possible, into a junior bed. These will be cribs with adjustable and/or removable railings, and which your child may use well into his or her early tween years.


Apart from the overhead light, provide a night lamp for your child. Depending on his or her sleeping habits from infancy, your toddler may already have emotions associated with daytime and nighttime. Make sleeping time less frightening by switching on a night lamp.


A canopy over the bed is also another great way to make sleeping time more inviting for your toddler. By closing up the canopy at night, you can cocoon your child into staying still for storytime with you.


If you are renting or cannot yet adorn your nursery walls with wallpaper or paint, add colour to your child’s space via fabrics (window treatments, throw pillows, bed linen, even rugs), artwork, and your toddler’s own things (books and toys).


Sometimes, space is limited, and rooms occupied by adults also do double-duty as play areas. Carve out a corner for your kids by furnishing accordingly (don’t forget applying child-proofing safety measures, here and here).




Packing away is an important skill to teach your tiny tots, and is also very useful in limited or shared spaces. Lockers make great cabinets for common areas, while baskets and cubby shelves also provide more storage.

Cover photo courtesy of Pop Sugar


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