Whether you want to make quick-and-dirty painted furniture that will stand up to child use, or an heirloom piece that matches an adult table or chair, designing furniture for children carries its own set of rewards and challenges. There are many design considerations that revolve around how children see and interact with furniture, and a whole set of opportunities to incorporate fun and whimsy into your work. But kids’ furniture also requires a special emphasis on safety, whether you are building a dresser, a crib or cradle, a bunk bed, or a toy chest. Here are a tips on building furniture that will bring out the kid in you and inspire the kids around you.

From Fine Woodworking #194