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Metal Dressers for Kids: A Parent's Right or Wrong?

Updated on September 10, 2012

What You Need to Know About Metal Dressers For Kids

As parents, we are always trying to do what's best for our kids. We get them braces, bring them in for shots and make sure they brush their teeth every night (right?) At the same time, we are constantly on the look out for frugal ways to enhance their lives. We give them dance lessons, sign them up for little league, and help them find what to wear for the school dance. In short, 24-7, we're involved in the growth and betterment of these little (but quickly growing!) people.

In the home is no different. We sit down for homework sessions, make nutritious meals and keep their rooms well-stocked with activities and essentials. And, amidst the flurry, we try to save a buck or two when we can. This is okay in some areas, not okay in others. Buying a cheaper brand name cereal: OK. Skimping on toilet paper: NOT OK.

One area where we all want to save money is kids' bedroom furniture. At the rapid growth rate that our kids experience, spending a lot seems wasteful. (Remind me to talk about the benefit of quality nursery furniture that can actually grow with your kids another time.) In our search for quality kids' bedroom accessories and furniture items, though, we have to be sure that we are getting both quality and usability. Metal dressers for kids can be inexpensive and appealing. While these seem to be a great buy, let's take a closer look to see what we're getting for our money.

Metal Dressers for Kids
Metal Dressers for Kids

Pros of Metal Dressers

How do you feel about these important kids bedroom accessories?

Durability & Strength: There's no doubt as to the durability and strength of metal dressers for kids. Metal doesn't chip, fade or wear down as easily as wood (ask any parent who has walked in on their child carving his name into the side of their wooden bunk beds. True story!) And don't even get me started on plastic or rattan children's furniture (let's just take our money and burn it now!) Some parents worry about metal furniture rusting after a little while or when water comes in contact with the surface. Modern metal furniture is made with a protective powder coating, so it ensures longevity and stability of the furniture and safety for your kids.

Wider Variety of Styles: Let's face it. Getting kids to clean up after themselves is like squeezing water from a rock. Smart parents have to be as creative as possible to get the cooperation we need to get through the day. Having fun and funky dressers for kids will encourage them to pitch in around their rooms. Children's furniture designers need to focus on two things. Innovative designs include not just smart layouts and clever compartments, but fresh and inviting designs that kids want to see and will enjoy. Metal dressers have that fresh, exciting appeal that kids want and need to make usage a part of their everyday routine.

Cheaper: Because metal is easy to work with and available in abundance, these dressers are usually less expensive than the alternatives. You can obviously get plastic dressers for less, but that's the OTHER definition of cheap, and nobody wants that. The nice thing about metal dresses is that they are inexpensive but still give you a quality piece that you don't have to worry about falling apart after a short while.

Lighter: I couldn't decide if this was a benefit or not, but it is for me, so I decided to put it here. Some people would not appreciate a lighter weight furniture item, especially in the kids' room. Me, I'm a half full kinda gal, so I like to look at the positive in everything. One of my favorite things to do when I'm getting winter blues, mid-summer jitters or other cabin fever-like symptoms is to change things around in the house. Put the beds against a different wall; switch up rugs and other accessories; bring in an inexpensive (or free) new element. These alterations are minor, free, and make a world of difference to my headspace. Lighter furniture just means easier adjustments when those times come around, so that's a real benefit for me. Anyway, we're not talking about light-weight that kids can really move around; just light enough that it's not a burden if YOU want to move it.

The other reason I think that lightweight metal dressers are good is because this means that the shipping costs are usually less too. Unless you get a flat rate shipping company, most charge by weight. So less weight means less money, something we can all appreciate.

Environmentally Friendlier: While I don't profess that metal production doesn't take its toll on the environment, if you're a tree-hugging forestation concernist, you'll appreciate the fact that no trees are harmed in the production process.

Cons, Same Question

Safety? If your kids are "active", these could present a safety hazard, though I'm not quite sure how. I have the three most energetic boys on the face of the planet, and we've never had a problem, but I've heard stories about kids banging into the corners etc. I guess that could really happen with any furniture, though, so, again, I'm not sure I agree with this con.

Must Go With Quality: No shortcuts here. Poor quality metal dressers will rust just at the sight of water, not to mention peeling and fading. If you are going to opt for metal dressers for kids, babies or even yourself for that matter, only go with a quality brand that makes top quality products. Otherwise you'll be kicking yourself as you replace it in just a few months.

And the Winner Is

Unless you are looking for an entirely different look, metal dressers have my vote. Industrious, durable and stylish, metal dressers give a contemporary flair to your child's room as well. Solve your style and storage problems in one as you gain cooperation as well with a trendy, new metal dresser that you and your kids are going to love.

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After reading the pros and cons (or before!) are you for or against metal dressers for kids?

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I'm Just Not A Metal Head

If you just don't see metal dressers fitting in with your kids' bedroom accessories and furniture, I suggest wooden dressers. Wood is solid and durable too. You can create a softer atmosphere with wooden dressers because of the rustic, country nature, something I really like for a baby's room. Wood also has many benefits and if you buy from a good company like Rustic Natural Cedar or Atlantic Furniture, then you don't have to worry about quality or longevity.

What are your thoughts about metal dressers for kids? Are you pro or con? Why? Tell us about it!

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      IlanaMoore LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow! My boys think they're mighty morphin power rangers or something like that, but they've never broken their dresser. Either that's a good sign, or you get A LOT of credit! (Honestly, you get a lot of credit either way :)

      I can't make any promises, but if you've gone through 5 wooden ones already, I'd opt for the alternative. Let me know how it goes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Would they hold up to kids climbing on top or standing in the drawers? My boys are 3 & 2 and are brutal they have broken 5 wood dressers already!

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      IlanaMoore LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Carrie, from what I've seen, rusting and chipping aren't problems. Thanks to the heavy-duty powder coating, these guys can stand up to a lot (they use it on outdoor furniture, and that has to compete with rain and snow!) I would steer clear of plastic. It's usually the flimsiest and breaks so quickly. Perhaps some sort of rubbermaid type material? I've never seen dressers like that, though. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      that is a bit hard to say. because I have a child with autism and I want to get rid of much wood furniture in his room as possible. He likes to chew on anything wood. I am having difficulty trying to find a plasic dresser. Honestly I think the autism awareness people should consider making plastic furniture for children with autism. But rust can lead to lock jaw. and if the metal is painted could it possibly be bad when they try to chew on it and the paint comes off? I will also look at metal dresser just to get rid of the wood in my sons room.