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How to create a cosy space to foster better reading habits for your child.

Children reading on Just4Kidz sofa

It can be a somewhat confusing concept thinking of our little ones starting to need their own space. From being tiny, they have been heavily reliant on us and have wanted to be in our company all the time – although we may love this and enjoy spending as much time as possible with our babies, as our children grow, it is natural for them to want to explore a little on their own too.

Without giving our children the space to be independent and play by themselves occasionally, we might actually be stifling their imaginations and their ability to grow and develop socially.

So, why do kids need their own space, and how can we foster and facilitate this for them inside our homes?

Create a space they can call their own

Children need a space to call their own within the family home. If you have a larger family, it may be difficult to give every one of your children their own bedroom, but the great news is that they don’t need to have their own bedroom to have their own space. While a private bedroom is ideal, a playroom, conservatory or just a part of the house they can go to with their toys alone to imaginatively play will work just as well.

Having a room or place of their own will give your child the ability to keep their precious belongings safe. Whether this is keeping a lego creation mid-build safe from the prying hands of a younger sibling or just looking after an object because it is loved, having space means that our children get used to their own company. This can help them develop listening skills and often make them more relaxed as they are comfortable managing their thoughts and feelings.

Privacy becomes more important the older our children get. When we facilitate time and space for our little ones, they can better express themselves without being constantly watched and monitored. When children are allowed to be alone, their imaginations can flourish, and all kinds of fascinating products can emerge.

Getting used to playing alone and being imaginative is essential for our children’s personal development, learning, self-discovery and cultivating a natural curiosity for exploration. So, try to create your child their own little sanctuary with their very own belongings can help to make the space really feel like theirs and theirs alone.

Give them a place to feel proud of

We’ve looked at why it’s important that children have space and privacy, but it’s also important that this place is one they can feel proud of.

When we are considering children’s bedroom ideas, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to colours and prints. It’s a brilliant idea to include your child in this process to give them some independence and to make them feel like the room really belongs to them. At Just4kidz we have a huge range of gorgeous designs your little one will love, and you can come to a decision about their bedroom decor together!

When our children love their bedrooms or personal space, it helps to foster good habits of cleaning up and keeping their area tidy. If you want to teach your child what responsibility is, one of the best ways is to give them their room and make sure that they take care of it, keep it tidy and help to clean it too.

Letting your children invite their friends round and allowing them some unsupervised play in this safe space is a great idea. Of course, we can be within a close distance in case of emergencies, but this time alone with their peers helps them learn how to be a good ‘host’ and to be courteous and kind and to share. Giving our children space they love to be in, and one they feel proud to have their friends around to play in will help to ensure that your child gets on with their peers – not just with you.  

Allow your child quiet time

If you have a child under 10, it’s fair to say you’ve probably lived through your fair share of temper-tantrums. While this behaviour is a totally normal phase for our children to go through, having a quiet place for them to retreat to is an excellent way of helping them to manage their behaviours. Especially if fights or arguments break out between siblings, a room to retreat to is a big benefit for your child to process their anger and calm down.

It’s not just important to have quiet time when our children are feeling angry or upset though. Invisible supervision and a more passive parental presence in the home gives our children the opportunity to enjoy some peace, quiet and alone time. This can be a brilliant way to foster healthy play and reading habits as our children enjoy their own company and are used to finding ways to keep themselves busy.

The reality is, growing up isn’t always easy for our children. No matter their age, our children are continually encountering new challenges. This might be at nursery, at school, or in the home. It’s a lot to take on when they are learning about the world around them and so having a quiet place to go to can be really helpful for them to process everything they are learning.

Giving our children a cosy space to relax in alone can really help too. We have a range of quality, handmade furniture that is designed specially, just for kids (as our name implies). From soft, comfy sofas, to bean bags, tub chairs and more you can give your child the gift of choosing their very own favourite print and furniture item to relax on when they are enjoying some much-needed space of their own.
To see our full range of unique prints, children’s furniture and children’s reading chairs, please visit our website.

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Do kids really need their ‘own space’?

Superhero child with cape

It can be a somewhat confusing concept thinking of our little ones starting to need their own space. From being tiny, they have been heavily reliant on us and have wanted to be in our company all the time – although we may love this and enjoy spending as much time as possible with our babies, as our children grow, it is natural for them to want to explore a little on their own too.

Without giving our children the space to be independent and play by themselves occasionally, we might actually be stifling their imaginations and their ability to grow and develop socially.

So, why do kids need their own space, and how can we foster and facilitate this for them inside our homes?

Create a space they can call their own

Children need a space to call their own within the family home. If you have a larger family, it may be difficult to give every one of your children their own bedroom, but the great news is that they don’t need to have their own bedroom to have their own space. While a private bedroom is ideal, a playroom, conservatory or just a part of the house they can go to with their toys alone to imaginatively play will work just as well.

Having a room or place of their own will give your child the ability to keep their precious belongings safe. Whether this is keeping a lego creation mid-build safe from the prying hands of a younger sibling or just looking after an object because it is loved, having space means that our children get used to their own company. This can help them develop listening skills and often make them more relaxed as they are comfortable managing their thoughts and feelings.

Privacy becomes more important the older our children get. When we facilitate time and space for our little ones, they can better express themselves without being constantly watched and monitored. When children are allowed to be alone, their imaginations can flourish, and all kinds of fascinating products can emerge.

Getting used to playing alone and being imaginative is essential for our children’s personal development, learning, self-discovery and cultivating a natural curiosity for exploration. So, try to create your child their own little sanctuary with their very own belongings can help to make the space really feel like theirs and theirs alone.

Give them a place to feel proud of

We’ve looked at why it’s important that children have space and privacy, but it’s also important that this place is one they can feel proud of.

When we are considering children’s bedroom ideas, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to colours and prints. It’s a brilliant idea to include your child in this process to give them some independence and to make them feel like the room really belongs to them. At Just4kidz we have a huge range of gorgeous designs your little one will love, and you can come to a decision about their bedroom decor together!

When our children love their bedrooms or personal space, it helps to foster good habits of cleaning up and keeping their area tidy. If you want to teach your child what responsibility is, one of the best ways is to give them their room and make sure that they take care of it, keep it tidy and help to clean it too.

Letting your children invite their friends round and allowing them some unsupervised play in this safe space is a great idea. Of course, we can be within a close distance in case of emergencies, but this time alone with their peers helps them learn how to be a good ‘host’ and to be courteous and kind and to share. Giving our children space they love to be in, and one they feel proud to have their friends around to play in will help to ensure that your child gets on with their peers – not just with you.  

Allow your child quiet time

If you have a child under 10, it’s fair to say you’ve probably lived through your fair share of temper-tantrums. While this behaviour is a totally normal phase for our children to go through, having a quiet place for them to retreat to is an excellent way of helping them to manage their behaviours. Especially if fights or arguments break out between siblings, a room to retreat to is a big benefit for your child to process their anger and calm down.

It’s not just important to have quiet time when our children are feeling angry or upset though. Invisible supervision and a more passive parental presence in the home gives our children the opportunity to enjoy some peace, quiet and alone time. This can be a brilliant way to foster healthy play and reading habits as our children enjoy their own company and are used to finding ways to keep themselves busy.

The reality is, growing up isn’t always easy for our children. No matter their age, our children are continually encountering new challenges. This might be at nursery, at school, or in the home. It’s a lot to take on when they are learning about the world around them and so having a quiet place to go to can be really helpful for them to process everything they are learning.

Giving our children a cosy space to relax in alone can really help too. We have a range of quality, handmade furniture that is designed specially, just for kids (as our name implies). From soft, comfy sofas, to bean bags, tub chairs and more you can give your child the gift of choosing their very own favourite print and furniture item to relax on when they are enjoying some much-needed space of their own.
To see our full range of unique prints, children’s furniture and children’s reading chairs, please visit our website.

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3 New Fabrics added to the range

In addition to the 4 new fabrics recently launched; Just4kidz are pleased to announce the introduction of 3 more new fabric ranges – Into the Wild, Llamas and Animal Camp.   The new fabric designs  are exclusive to Just4kidz and can only be bought direct from us.  Available across all our range of children’s furniture they work incredibly well on every item we manufacture from a bean bag to a loose cover chair.

Into the Wild is a great fabric for a boys bedroom and is bang on trend with its grey colour scheme.  Similarly Into the Wild is designed to fit into any contemporary boys  bedroom, playroom or den.  The Llamas fabric offers something a little different to the other designs and can work equally as well in a girls or boys room.  The pattern has been sized to fit onto children’s furniture and works particularly well on the Bed in a Bag or on a Headboard

Animal Camp

Into The Wild

Llamas

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Fabric Samples

At Just4kidz we know that you want your brand new piece of children’s furniture to be perfect, and that everything you buy for your child’s bedroom is  an important investment. So why not make sure that you have chosen the exact fabric you want by taking advantage of our free swatch service.

Simply choose up to 3 fabrics that you are interested in and we will post your swatches free of charge. Once you have chosen the correct fabric place your order as normal on the www.just4kidz.co.uk website, confident that you will be getting the item you want in exactly the right choice of fabric.

To order your swatches email your selections to marketing@blackdogupholstery.co.uk with your postal address and we will do the rest.

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When “Made in Britain” really is “Made in Britain”

Many websites, shops and manufacturers state that the products they sell are British made. They buy from UK based companies and pass on their suppliers products and promises, but do they know everything about the product and its component parts?

Here at Just4kidz when we say our products are British Made it’s a claim that we can make with 100% certainty. This is because every item that we sell on the Just4kidz website is made by us in our 2 UK factories. Based in Staffordshire and Cheshire our factories design and manufacture the Just4kidz range from start to finish.

We make the frame, cut, sew and upholster and finally despatch your new piece of furniture.  We source our raw materials, such as wood, fibre and foam from Britain and have our own range of exclusively designed fabrics.

So when you buy from Just4kidz you can be confident that the lovely new piece of furniture you have invested in will be built with British quality that will last.

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4 Brand New Fabric Ranges

Just4kidz are pleased to announce the introduction of 4 brand new fabric ranges – Fairies, Ponies, Woodland Grey and Forest Friends Purple.  All of the new fabric designs  are exclusive to Just4kidz and can only be bought direct from us.  So whether you are after one of our beautiful pieces of children’s furniture or wish to buy some fabric we have the perfect fabric for you.