With American Girl dolls and other high quality dolls becoming the most desired dolls on the market, parents are spending more on dolls than ever before. The problem with spending so much money on dolls that are meant to be played with and dolls that young children use, is that it is hard for children to understand the importance of taking care of their dolls. Parents can use doll furniture as a way to keep their children entertained, while at the same time teaching the children to take care of their dolls and keep the accessories from damage. The best way to teach this lesson is with storage furniture for dolls.
The most simplistic design in doll furniture is the chest. A chest can be anything from little more than a box, to more intricate designs that have removable trays. Chests are a great place for children to store all of the accessories that go with their dolls. Shoes, purses, hats and more all fit within a chest without the risk of damaging the items. That being said, chests are not ideal for all storage; clothing is something that should not be store in a doll chest. Clothing in a doll chest will get wrinkled, and wrinkles in doll clothes are very difficult to get out and will make the doll look bad. Children that have a lot of non-clothing accessories will find that a chest is a good way to keep their items organized.
Where a chest is great for storing non-clothing items, a wardrobe is the best place to store clothes, especially hanging clothes like dresses. Most doll clothes come with hangers of some kind, and a wardrobe allows the child to keep all of the clothes on those hangers and protect the clothing from wrinkles. Wardrobes also allow the child to see all of the clothing that the doll has available, without the need to pull every item out of a box or chest of drawers. The problem with a wardrobe is that it does not have a lot of space to store non-clothing items, so it is often used in conjunction with other storage furniture options, but for clothes storage, a wardrobe fills the need easily.
The most elegant choice for doll clothing and accessory storage is an armoire. Most armoires come in the classic rounded corner design, so the furniture looks terrific, even as it is providing storage space for the child’s dolls. They offer the hanging clothing storage of a wardrobe, with much of the extra non-clothing storage found in a chest of drawers or a chest. Armoires can be closed, making them easy to transport from room to room or over to a friend’s house. Overall an armoire is the best choice for doll accessory storage of any kind and should be considered as part of a doll care package for parents.
Children often want expensive dolls and toys, but keeping those items free from damage is a difficult task. Parents have to find creative ways to motivate their children to keep their doll accessories from getting lost or damaged, and storage furniture is the best way to accomplish that objective.
I am Brandi Morgan and I have written this article as a way to show parents how doll furniture can be an asset in teaching their children about responsibility and caring for their dolls. Parents can find examples of storage furniture and other doll furniture at http://www.laurentdoll.com/18-inch-doll-furniture/.