When we created the kids wardrobe, we realized something stood out very starkly. Kids’ needs are very different from adult needs. The next logical question was – what were those needs? That’s where our design team stepped in and did an in-depth discussion with parents from urban cities. This is what emerged. Here are some unique kids’ needs – which adults don’t have:
- The need to start becoming more independent and organised
- Height adjustability for when the kid keeps growing
- Have a parent’s ‘secret’ stash place that kids cannot access!
- Add a zing of creativity and imagination!
Hence our design team looked at this one by one:
1.The need to start becoming more independent and organised:
Whilst doing research, we realised that kids wardrobes that are available in the market are very generic in their design. While they are of the appropriate scale, their internal layouts do not offer a solution that fosters independence.
But parents, starting at age 4, are constantly teaching their kids to be more organized. Any aid in doing that is most welcome! And ‘keeping stuff away’ is a key part of being this! Hence we carved out one of the bottom section with 4 safe, non-pinch drawers right at the base of the wardrobe – for kids learn organising.
They can keep all of their underwear, T-shirts, accessories, shorts, etc. in each drawer as they please – and safely access it whenever they need without the help of parents.
2. Height adjustability for when the child keeps growing:
The largest complaint we got from parents was that their kids could not access higher parts of the wardrobe until they reached a certain height (4.5 feet typically) Also, these wardrobes do not offer anything beyond the basic storage function. Also, ergonomic considerations have obviously taken a back seat in the design of these products. Ie., the sizes and heights of shelves have not been decided with ease of a child’s access in mind.
Hence came the design of the largest section of the wardrobe. This section has a hanging compartment on the left and height adjustable shelves on the right side. The height of both of these compartments has been fixed such that a child between the ages of 4 and 9 can reach them comfortably. – which facilitates easy access and encourages kids to take out and put back their clothes themselves.
This also ensures that children can easily pick and choose their clothes themselves – again fostering the ‘thinking’ mindset.
3.Have a parent’s ‘secret’ stash place that kids cannot access!:
Parents told us that they want to have a space in the wardrobe that only they can access – to keep away things which they DON’t want their child to reach, e.g., new clothes that they want to take out after some time has passed, medicines, etc.
Hence we created a section on the very top is meant primarily for parent access. It has two compartments. One compartment has a small shelf within as well.
4. Add a zing of creativity and imagination:
Kids told us that cupboards are so ‘boring’! So we said… challenge accepted! The shutters of this compartment have a blackboard finish! The two doors combine to create a large blackboard surface which kids can use to write on or draw on. This becomes a great surface for kids to express and explore their imaginations or for studying, and for parents to teach their children or help them study.
The added functionality of this section is that the two shutters of this sections are magnetic. Hence these can be used to display a child’s drawings or their school timetable. Hence this wardrobe not only solves a kids’ storage needs but also helps the child express his or her imagination and builds independence and organizing skills, which parents are on the lookout for.
It takes up the same space as a regular wardrobe but facilitates so many more functions.
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