The key to designing a covet-worthy nursery is finding pieces that seamlessly integrate form and function. Finding practical, kid-friendly furniture that’s also stylish may sound too good to be true. But here are 8 pieces that put the fun in functional and that can transition seamlessly to other rooms in the house.
Level Up 2-Bin Stackable Toy Box
This modern charcoal-colored toy box from Crate & Barrel is as chic as it is practical. An artful hideaway for games, puzzles, toys and more, its distinctive architectural design cuts a striking silhouette and would elevate the any room in the house.
Available at crateandbarrel.com, $249.
The Nugget Play Couch
Part furniture, part toy—the Nugget play couch is just about the coolest thing to happen to playtime in forever! The infinitely configurable play couch made up of four foam pieces (base, cushion and two triangle pillows) offers years of fun, comfortable lounging and imaginative play (it's a fort, a pirate ship, a princess castle, a jungle...). The stylish design is an extra bonus that we'll happily take.
Available in a variety of colors at nuggetcomfort.com, $229.
Himalaya Faux Fur Storage Pouf
This adaptable piece is like a superhero of furniture. It has the power to be used in any room and is perfect for storing items you want to get out of site but still have in reach. It also doubles as a comfy seat for your little one to sit on—assuming your child actually stops moving long enough to take a seat. Either way, this multifunctional pouf checks all our boxes for form and function. If faux fur isn't your thing, Mimish has other options, from cotton to metallics, to fit your needs.
Available at mimishdesigns.com, $99.
Coclico Teo Bookshelf
Inspired by the Montessori method of learning, this bookshelf works well in a nursery, playroom or office. Made by natural materials (including oak wood and 100% wool felt) with different textures to help develop the sense of touch, it is a piece you'll want to keep for years to come.
Available at en.smallable.com, $450.
Authentic Mudcloth Boho Lounger
The pattern on this beanbag lounger is so modern, simple and playful, it can easily be moved around the house, depending on where your little lounger (or you!) want to be. We also love that it's a piece that can seamlessly transition from nursery to big-kid room.
Available at Etsy shop PillowsbyElissa on etsy.com, $144.
Skip Hop Playview Expandable Enclosure
It happens quickly: First your child rolls over, then pulls up to standing, next crawling, and before long it's challenging they don't stay in one spot for more than a hot minute. Skip Hop's Playview Expandable Enclosure gives parents peace of mind by keeping little ones out of harm's way. We love the printed mesh panels that offer a modern decor look and a functional way for parents and baby to have visibility.
Available at skiphop.com, $160.
Nursery Works Ami Rocker Double Seat Cushion
Nursery Works is known for stunning cribs and playful bedding, so it's no surprise that the company's double-seat rocker raises the bar on kids furniture. Reversible and easily interchangeable, the cushion set is upholstered with a polyester-polyfiber blend for the ultimate in comfort.
Available at nurseryworks.com, $299.
Lorena Canals Kids Vintage Style Rug
Transform your nursery or playroom with this beautiful rug that is both effortlessly sophisticated and thoughtfully playful. Each rug is handmade, making each one unique in its own right. They are made using eco-friendly techniques and materials and are even machine-washable—perfect for keeping them in pristine condition around your rug rats.
Available at lorenacanals.us, $215.
—Aimee Della Bitta