Three Desks That Make the Perfect Homework Station

Back to school means back to homework, and you can set up your child for success by decking out a part of their room with a desk. Here are three stylish options that are not only affordable; they ship right to your home for free!

The Pescara White Cubby Desk provides plenty of space for a laptop or books, and it includes four cubbies that keep supplies and reference materials handy and organized.


An L-shaped desk offers lots of workspace, and the Calabria White Nested Desks conveniently nest together if space is an issue. The sleek white finish is crisp and clean, creating a chic corner study nook.


Combine a desk with a nightstand with the Interface White Desk. The two levels look architectural, while three drawers offer plenty of room for supplies.

How to Shop for a Bunk Bed


Twin Over Twin

Kids rooms are made for gatherings. Whether they’re being shared by siblings or a group of friends who want to hang out, most could benefit from finding ways to maximize square footage. Why not take advantage of vertical space by using a bunk bed?

A practical piece of furniture, today’s bunk beds are stylish, and feature materials and designs that look like their single bed counterparts. They’re also versatile and can be used stacked or separated when multiple sleeping spaces are no longer needed.

Standard bunk beds come with two twin-sized mattresses. Some even include a trundle option on the bed below that makes sleepovers a breeze – simply pull out the third mattress like a drawer and you’ve got room for one more. When it’s not needed, it’s easily tucked away.


Twin Over Full


Another option is a bunk bed that features a twin mattress above and a full mattress on the lower bunk. This provides room for three, or a little extra space for the child below. A twin/full combination is a great choice for larger rooms as the configuration takes up more space than a standard bunk bed.


Bunk and Desk

Some bunk beds maximize space even further by incorporating other furnishings into the base. For example, a bunk bed might hide a desk below, which is a great fit for tweens and teens who can conveniently store their studies nearby. Others include a wardrobe where kids can store their clothing, eliminating the need for a dresser or chest of drawers to occupy space in the room.

Whatever style is best for you, rest assured that the bunk beds sold at Art Van Furniture meet guidelines put in place by the Consumer Product Safety Council. To properly use bunk beds, know that the Council recommends that kids be six or older to use the top bunk. Don’t allow more than one person at a time on the top bunk and a ladder should always be used for access. Guardrails must be present on both sides of the top bunk, even if the bed is pushed against the wall. And the top of the top guardrail should be approximately 5″ above the top of the mattress.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Fierce Furniture

Teenagers live in their own little world, and sometimes that feels like it’s another planet. While we can’t help you decipher the inner workings of their complex teen lives, we can help you create a bedroom that they’ll totally think is an EPIC WIN.

Here are three ways to transform your child’s juvenile bedroom into a teen retreat:

So Fierce Furniture: If your teen’s still sleeping in the bed they had in elementary school, it’s time for an upgrade. For a more sophisticated, transitional look, choose items with clean lines that will suit teens’ almost grown-up tastes. Add flexibility with a bed that offers an additional sleep space for those all-important sleepovers. And don’t forget storage pieces like dressers and chests for their endlessly expanding wardrobes. Our youth bedroom selection has some fun items they won’t roll their eyes at. Plus, they’ll work well in a guest room when the kids head off to college.


Teen Bedding


Cover Up: Most teens would be mortified by the Pokémon sheets they had when they were eight, so shop with them to settle on something a little more adult. Instead of choosing another passing trend, opt for something more basic, and dress it up with fun pillows or a duvet cover—like trendy whales!—that you can switch out later.


Teen Art 

Wall the Rage: Let their creative side shine here. Have a budding artist-in-residence? Let them paint a mural instead of a boring eggshell white wall. For the film buff, help them frame movie posters or life-size cut-outs. If your teen is a musician, try mounting their guitars on pegs on the wall—which will also open up floor space for that drum set they asked for. Or choose a piece of art that reflects their favorite pastime—like surfing!


However you and your teen decide to decorate their, like, totally awesome room, have fun with it. You’ll get tons of points for being the “cool parents.”

Five Lamps Your Kids Will Light Up Over

Task lighting is meant to serve a purpose in your room, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We think every child should have a fun lamp in their bedroom that will help them do homework, read, solve Sudoku puzzles or just daydream. Take a look at these five lamps that will not only shine in your child’s room, but will grow with them from toddler to teen and beyond.


Bulldog Lamp
This serious little bulldog makes for a playful and sophisticated lamp. The white-on-white style is classic, and will go with any color palette. At 21” high, it’s great for a desk or nightstand, and the 13” white shade is modern classic.


Blue Stripe Lamp
A simple stripe is chic and striking, and this lamp does it well in blue. The 25.5? height is perfect for a nightstand or desk, and the 10” white and turquoise shade works well for a boy or girl.


kids tripod lamp
Give an architectural touch to your child’s room when you add this 25″ Wood Tri-pod Table Lamp. Its golden wood finish and 13″ white drum shade have a Midcentury Modern feel.


lavendar kids lamp
The color experts at Pantone chose Radiant Orchid for its 2014 Color of the Year. Bring the striking but subtle tone into your child’s room with this 24″ Brushed Metal Table Lamp. The 9″ fabric lampshade is pleated for an element of soft sophistication.


kids blue chrome lamp
Finally, add task lighting to a desk or nightstand with the eye-catching lines of this 18.5″ Curved Table Lamp. Both the base and the 8” domed lampshade are in rich navy, which provides a contemporary contrast to its chrome, curved stem.