You don't have to settle for mass-produced children's furniture, when these Irish options offer an investment that will last for years to come.
When kitting out a nursery for the first time, it can be hard to know where to spend your money. Do you really need a changing unit? What's the point of a moses basket? Many of these products marketed to parents will become obsolete in a matter of months, when the baby quickly outgrows them.
However, there are Irish brands offering a more sustainable and stylish alternative to these mass-produced products. Creating design-led investment pieces that can adapt to a variety of uses, rather than being shoved in the attic, they are intended to become a key part of furniture in your home for years to come. Here are a few of our favourites.
Bunny & Clyde
Founded by three friends who all fell pregnant around the same time, Bunny & Clyde produce nursery furniture by hand in Ireland that will last a lifetime. Their cots are designed to turn into toddler beds, and then day beds, ensuring they are useful long after your baby needs them.
Similarly, their changing units are really just stylish storage, that happens to be at the perfect height for changing a baby. They would look equally at home in a living room once your little one has grown up. These designs even won the company an Image Interiors & Living Design Award for Best Furniture in 2017.
Another company creating products that can migrate beyond the nursery, Gaia Baby's cots also convert to toddler beds, but we especially love their Serena rocker. It's comfortable enough for feeding yet wouldn't look out of place in your living room or bedroom with its neutral fabric, available in two shades.
The Hugg crib from Bababou is also ingeniously multifunctional. While functioning as a co-sleeper cot and standalone crib while your baby is little, it transforms into a mid-century style desk or bench once they outgrow it, meaning it will be a treasured piece for years to come. Another Image Interiors & Living Design Awards winner, this time in 2018, showing the range of quality design furniture available for new parents.
This year's Image Interiors & Living Design Awards are coming soon, and if you'd like to attend the event where the winners are announced, tickets are available here.
Featured image: Bunny & Clyde
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