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Kids' Furniture continued

The Container Store
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).

El Bambi
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.

The Future Perfect
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.

Just for Tykes
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.

Katz 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 furniture collection.dusk.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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