Children’s furniture—like children’s clothing—is, by its very nature, meant to be outgrown. This makes it difficult to justify spending a lot of money on items that are essential, but only useful for a specific, finite period of time.
Still, dressing up a nursery (if you’re lucky enough to have the extra space), or carving out a nook for your little one is something of a rite of passage. To help you get started, here are our picks for the best online resources that offer adorable, well-designed goods for baby and child.
Parents love stalwarts like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Buy Buy Baby for their affordability and general convenience, but if you’re looking for something a little more inspired—if only for “window shopping” purposes—we’ve got you covered.
The Land of Nod
Now part of the Crate & Barrel family, The Land of Nod is the one-stop shop for stylish and high-quality furniture that works well with adult-sized pieces already in your home. Putting safety first, the Illinois-based company also champions classic vintage design—but with a contemporary twist.
Ouef (French for “egg”) began in Brooklyn, and was founded by real-life couple Michael Ryan and Sophie Demenge when their first child was born. With a focus on sustainably manufactured products, Oeuf offers sleek yet playful pieces that are built to last.
This is not your average children’s furniture company. Just check out that stunning (not to mention expensive) crib. Nursery Works: When they say they are a “purveyor of cutting-edge” pieces made for the “ultra-chic” with an aim to bring “high design” into the nursery, you’d better believe ’em.
Pottery Barn’s line for the younger generation is just as classic and sturdy as the grown-up version.
New York City-based Kinder Modern is, according to its website, the only gallery that specializes in vintage children’s design of the 20th century as well as contemporary pieces from emerging talent. Though the furniture—mostly chairs and a few tables—is more objet than wholly functional, anything you pick up here is certain to be one of a kind. Also a way to start your kids early on collecting art. (That was a joke. Please don’t do this.)
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
Everything you love about Restoration Hardware’s California Resort-inspired goods, but shrunken, for your sun-kissed tots.