Here's the deal... when it comes to kid's furniture, I have 2 different principles:
Believe me, I have made some good and some bad purchases from Ikea in the past. In certain instances and circumstances, it's hard not to be swayed by the allure of cheap furniture...
Before I had Leighton, I thought I'd be buying a Pottery Barn Kids or Restoration Hardware Baby table and chair set for the play room. However, knowing how much those items cost and how kids treat their stuff (regardless of how well-behaved), kids will be kids, and any furniture purchased for a play space will inevitably be loved but abused. Knowing myself and how I'm a cry-over-spilled-milk kind of parent, I knew that if I invested a great deal of money in expensive playroom furniture, I would get unnecessarily angry if my child was pounding on it or trying to destroy it (he is a little boy, for heaven's sake!).
As you can see, image 1 (above) is the TROFAST frame ($39.99) from Ikea along with 9 (sold-separately) TROFAST storage boxes in white ($3.00 each). I decided on this piece because Leighton's play food for his kitchen had been sitting out in open-topped containers and were getting dumped out onto the floor multiple times a day, making me instantly irritated. This new storage unit works almost like a peninsula for his kitchen - an added work space, if you will (lucky boy has already had a kitchen makeover!). No longer do I have the issue of plastic food flying all over my play room! Love it.
Image 2 is the play kitchen area. That black table is a custom piece that Mark made to put under an old TV and has since been shortened and re-purposed for the playroom. The chairs are from Ikea: KRITTER Children's Chairs ($12.99 each). By the way, they stopped selling the black and yellow ones and are only selling blue, red, and white (as of today, even though the other colors are still pictured on the website).
Image 3 shows Leighton's play space in my kitchen. 2 KRITTER chairs and a SANSAD Children's Table ($49.99 - pictured right). This table came with 4 plastic adjusters that go onto the base of the legs so the table height can be adjusted. We tried putting those on when we got it, but one got stuck and created issues (and a lot of 4-letter words, and we had to break it to get it off) so we decided not to use them... that, and the legs were hideous shades of bright red and blue - ick - SO didn't go with my kitchen color scheme. I like this piece because it has a durable laminate top that is great for play-doh and other messy play, and it won't get as easily indented like a wood topped table.
The takeaway here is that kids grow and change so rapidly, and their play rooms will evolve along with them. Don't add stress to your life by buying high-end kid's play furniture - save your daily allotted yelling for something more important... like yelling at your spouse to help with the dishes!
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