Whether it’s kids table and chairs, bookshelves or bunk beds, the days of sharp-edged kids’ furniture is falling away, making way for soft, rounded lines and natural curves and textiles.
Perhaps it’s a reaction to the external world's uncertainty and the call for sustainability and climate action within early education these days. Maybe it’s in response to the NQS Quality Area 3 – Physical environment requirements, or our desire to be surrounded by more natural elements and shapes in a world increasingly disconnected from open-spaces and nature. Whatever the reason, there’s been a real shift in the interior and exterior design of our early learning and play space environments. Hard edges are falling away; rounded-edges/corners, circles, ovals, and warmer, more natural colour palettes and interiors are coming in.
Early childhood centre environments are now welcoming a softer, neutral hued, more “at home” style of interiors that our children can retreat to, play in and enjoy each day.
Curved and rounded children’s furniture and textiles are excellent options when needing to connect or associate elements in a space and facilitate inclusive and flexible learning environments. But the key to creating any well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing and harmonious interior (or exterior) environment, is incorporating those straight edged pieces in to contrast, balance and set off the curves.
Rounding up our kids furniture favourites
We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, that are well suited for homes and early childhood spaces alike.
Connect elements and facilitate conversations with full and ¾ circular tables. Use singularly for at home spaces, or connect the shapes for larger dynamic learning environments more suitable for early childhood centres.
Curved shelving and bookshelves; making things easily accessible and invite play.
Incorporate furniture pieces with softer palettes for a more natural “at home” look to your interior spaces.
Our Ed & Cate Soft Edge Toddler’s Table. Safe, soft edges; versatile and functional; purpose-built for toddlers.
Need help accomplishing your rounded learning space goals? Our specialist consultants are here to help you with all your early learning environment needs.