629 Sixth Ave., near 18th St.
If you’re desperate to organize your kids’ room,
come here to find more than 10,000 multifunctional products
to organize virtually everything in the house including shelving
and bins and boxes in every shape and size—not just
clear plastic. Check out the elfa’s student’s
desk ($177.46) and the stackable folding crate ($12.99).
1775 south Ave., in the West Shore Plaza, Staten Island
8616 Fifth Ave., near 87th St., Bay Ridge Brooklyn
Specializing in baby and teen furniture, el Bambi offers an
in-house line of custom-made contemporary pieces. Other top
brands, sold mostly in solid wood, include Pali, Bonavita,
and Sorelle. Cribs range from $150 to $800, and the store
claims to “cater to everybody’s budget”—so
try your hand at haggling.
115 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Relatively new on the design-store scene, Future Perfect carries
work from local independent designers popular with aesthetes
looking to be the first with the latest creations. We can’t
resist mentioning the “Aquariass” fish-tank toilet
from Oliver Beckert ($1,200), or the hanging lamp that looks
like a yo-yo ($39.99) from Yayo Designs.
1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, N.Y.
Aside from its alluring Euro-simplicity and quirky, colorful
showrooms, budget-conscious families come here for inexpensive
cribs and beds (starting at $59), bright-colored lamps (from$6.99),
stools ($6.99), and changing tables (from $24.99). Rent a
car so you can load up.
83 Mercer St., near Spring St.
This small shop offers a brand for every bent: contemporary
(Hic-Cup), classic (Bonavita), romantic-rustic (Corsican),
Arts and Crafts (Pacific Rim), and fifties retro (Bratt Décor).
Favorites include solid maple cribs from Pacific Rim and practical
Bratt Décor cribs that convert to toddler beds. Cribs
are from $550 and beds from $400.
in the Cradle
2920 Ave. L, near 29th St., Midwood, Brooklyn
Not just an irresistible pun (imagine if he’d gone to
veterinary school), Neil Katz’s store offers practical
wooden cribs (from $145), dresses (from $100), and bumper
sets (from 495), plus armoires, bunk beds, and mattresses
of all sizes. Most of the furniture is discounted.
Kids Supply Co., Jr. and Homestore
1343 Madison Ave., at 94th St.
Think Vail ski cabin meets Nantucket summer cottage. This
purveyor of urbanely rugged furniture will customize bed linens
(from $195), furniture, lamp shades, and drawer knobs. Choose
from dozens of prints for upholstering desk chairs and small
sofas—from cowboys and ball players to florals. Quirky
lamps ($175-$575) punctuate the otherwise sturdy, all-American