Tree houses and tents move stylishly indoors for your little campers' rooms.
With kids, you’re never entirely out of the woods. Happily, children’s furniture designers have found new ways to make napping and bedtime more of an adventure. Bunks that echo cabins from the great outdoors – and cleverly keep pace with your kids by incorporating storage and sleepover trundles – mix with animal-influenced modern furniture. And easy, versatile play tents now have a sophisticated sense of design and pattern. “Teepees bring a little fantasy to bedrooms,” says Jennifer Bloch of Heritage Mercantile in Costa Mesa, who has sold over 100 of her suede-accented canvas and denim teepees this year. “And they become quiet, sacred spaces.” Shhhh … no need to tell the kids that.
The whitewashed Silversparkle High Hut bed by Lifetime, left, around $2,190, is handcrafted from solid pine in Denmark and offers tree house style and sleepover versatility. The top cabin has open windows and skylights; the 28” high ground floor can be used as a play space and reading nook or fitted with a trundle mattress, from $310, for overnight guests. Available at Cuckooland, which is headquartered in London and now has a U.S. website. :: cuckooland.com
A Mod interpretation of tribal patterns enlivens The Land of Nod’s A Teepee to Call Your Own, below, $159, also available in a variety of striped, metallic and floral cotton canvas. The Land of Nod, South Coast Plaza
Lifetime’s Tree House Cabin Bed has a rugged look reminiscent of a boy’s built-it-ourselves clubhouse. Shown here with an under-the-bed storage unit comprised of cupboards, drawers and an open shelf, which can be removed and used separately or replaced with a trundle drawer for a spare bed. It sells for $3,100 :: cuckooland.com
No animals were harmed in the making of the Bambi Chair, $400, a kid-size chair with painted hoof feet, antler-shaped back and a faux fawn fur seat. Designed by Takeshi Sawada and produced in Copenhagen by Elements Optional, it is sold in the U.S. through Kinder Modern.
Russian architect and product designer Alexander Kanygin specializes in toys and furniture including this geometric walnut veneer Bear Table, $1,600. Woodsy, yet thoroughly modern, the 31-inch long design also doubles as a play surface and a bench. Available at Kinder Modern. :: kindermodern.com
Futuristic architecture meets patchwork craftiness in the Geodesic Playhouse, $299. Measuring 7 feet in diameter and 3.5 feet tall, it is roomy enough for mommy-and-me time and designed by the famed Finnish textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. It sells for $299 at The Land of Nod, South Coast Plaza
The 5-foot-tall Willow Green Pavilion Play Tent, $515, channels gazebo architecture with tea party flourishes including a tassel-embellished roof, detachable curtains and an appliqued floor quilt. Custom-made in England by Win Green, its light aluminum frame allows for easy set-up. Mommy Couture Designs
The Norwegian design firm Stokke has built its reputation on innovative children’s furniture and equipment that ages with your offspring. The Stokke Home Crib, $699, suitable for sleeping from infancy to age 5, doubles as a sofa for older kids and is shown here with a Stokke Home Crib Tent, $140, and Stokke Home Dresser, $529. Bel Bambini, Newport Beach, 949 650 2828
Sarah Jagger of Domestic Objects in Vancouver creates handmade teepees including this polka-dotted A-Frame Kids Play Tent, $150. Help set the scene with Jagger’s adorable felt campfire set complete with marshmallows on roasting sticks, $67.
Los Angeles textile and product designer Annabel Inganni of Wolfum gives tents a flower-power punch with the 6-foot-tall Floral Pop Teepee, $325, made of machine-washable organic cotton and solid maple poles. Dulcimer, $190, by Wolfum; chair, $375, by 100xbetter. :: wolfum.com
Rock the casbah look with Lifetime’s Morocco Chic Cabin Bed, $1,770, a four-poster bed made from solid, knot-free pine handcrafted in Denmark, with canopy and curtains as well as a pullout storage drawer that can also accommodate a trundle mattress.