Kids’ Furniture Is the Best-Kept Secret of Decorating

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It’s come to our attention that when shopping online for home décor and furniture, it’s always a good idea to check out the kids’ section. Not only are the offerings sometimes surprisingly super chic, they also often have some key advantages over their adult counterparts: color (delightful pops of it), size (slimmer profiles that work well in small spaces such as a New York City apartment), and price (sometimes just cheaper, for taxonomical reasons only). Here’s a roundup of some of the best stuff for kiddos that you’ll want for yourself.

Floor bins and baskets are not just for toys — these vibrant, handwoven vessels are perfect for throws or shoes or anything else you need off the floor.

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Land of Nod Nile Floor Basket $99, Spring

This one from French kids’ line Deuz is also quite wonderful.

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Deuz Dotty Basket $41, Smallable

Is it crazy to cozy up on the couch with a Burberry baby blanket? Maybe, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than its adult counterpart, and not that much smaller. (This Gucci baby blanket would make a nice/ridiculous throw, too.)

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Burberry Lightweight Wool Check Blanket $295, Neiman Marcus

A very traditional-looking, hand-tufted black-and-white geometric wool rug gets a playful, stylish bump from just a few well-placed pops of pale pink.

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Sadie Rug From $149, Pottery Barn Kids

There’s nothing traditional about these ‘70s-inspired rugs, designed for Land of Nod by the Kansas City–based studio Ampersand Design, but they’re fun and cheerful, and abstract enough to be versatile.

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Land of Nod Roller Rink Rug $599, Spring

This minty metal desk is sleek and stylish, plus perfectly sized for making a work space in a bedroom or living room.

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Land of Nod Mint Metalwork Desk $250, Land of Nod

You could pair the desk with a handsome stool from the Rotterdam-based design studio Rafa Kids, which doubles as a nightstand or end table. (It comes in white, too.)

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Rafa Kids X Stool $188, Smallable

Frankly, this pillow is sort of a weird choice for a child, but could look very cool on a design-forward adult’s living-room couch or bed.

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Oeuf Mouth-Shaped Pillow $61, Spring

A more straightforward trompe-l’oeil pillow from the Brooklyn-based ATELIiER ATSUYO ET AKiKO.

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ATSUYO ET AKiKO Geometric Shapes Pillow $87, Spring

An unexpected end table that doubles as a magazine stand.

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Hexagon Accent Table $279, Pottery Barn Kids

This very cool shower curtain from Target’s kids’ line shows the phases of the moon against a pleasing pastel background.

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Pillowfort Moon Phase Shower Curtain $17, Target

A bathmat with a cheerful morning message.

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Pillowfort Hello Bathmat $15, Target

A wire shelf that would look great in the bathroom or could even work as a spice rack.

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Pillowfort Circle Shelf $29, Target

Get in on the Joshua Tree vibe with a cactus lamp.

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Pillowfort Cactus Lamp $23, Target

And keep it going with this cactus-shaped hook from H&M Kids.

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H&M Wooden Hook $6, H&M

Keep this fringed pineapple bath towel around for houseguests.

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H&M Pineapple Towel $13, H&M

Make your bed or favorite comfy chair into a cabana with an all-cotton canopy designed by the singer-songwriter sisters Lennon and Maisy (of Nashville fame) for PB Teen.

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Lennon & Maisy Free Spirit Canopy $199, PB Teen

One child’s building blocks are another adult’s coffee-table tchotchke.

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Hay “Twins” Building Blocks $66, Amara

This “baby” version of the classic Acapulco chair is actually big enough for a grown-up, costs about $100 less, and is a great option for a room on the smaller side.

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Innit Baby Acapulco Chair $270, Yliving

A stylish solution for when you have so many people over to watch the Oscars that someone has to sit on the floor, from the Spanish kids’ brand Nobodinoz.

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Nobodinoz Essaouira Scale-Pattern Cotton Bean Bag $140, Barneys

An trinket or candy dish that’s just on the right side of kitsch — and wholly adorable.

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Porcelain Trinket Box $13, H&M

The child-size version of Maya Lin’s famous Stones seat could work as a low-profile stool or a plant stand.

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Maya Lin Stones Child’s Seat $284, Hive Modern

A stool (inspired by the Eiffel Tower) that would make a great side table.

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RS Barcelona & Shigeki Fujishiro Eiffel Kids Stool $165, A+R Store

Wall shelves from the French children’s line Rose in April would add a pop to any room, and they come in a wide range of interesting colors.

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Rose in April Shelves $107, Smallable

An understated New Zealand–wool rug inspired by sea glass from (of all people) the surfer Kelly Slater’s line for PB Teen.

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Kelly Slater Scattered Seaglass Rug From $199, PB Teen

A great gift for that friend who’s obsessed with his Frenchie.

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Hey Mr. Dog Wall Art by Minted From $21, Minted

These polka-dotted curtains would be a nice addition to an otherwise dreary bathroom.

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Regency Heights Curtains From $20, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Just over two feet tall, this friendly bear-patterned drawstring bag could be a laundry hamper, linen holder, or sundries vessel.

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Canvas Storage Bag Bear Pattern Organizer $11, Amazon

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Kids’ Furniture Is the Best-Kept Secret of Decorating