Peter Carbajal owns two furniture stores in Paso Robles: Paso Robles Furniture and Home Elegance Fine Furnishings. So why open a third?
“Nobody in the area was carrying kids furniture — just a piece or two,” said Josey Williams, sales and design consultant for The Kids Furniture and Mattress Warehouse, which opened last July.
Williams noted that most customers in the market for children’s furniture would reluctantly resort to ordering online.
“People like to actually see what they’re buying,” she said.
The new shop carries items for the nursery such as cribs and changing tables. It also offers toddler beds, bunk beds, futons, trundle beds, daybeds, dressers, toddler chairs and some bedding. Its mattress department sells mattresses in all sizes, as well as more adult-oriented beds including canopy beds, platform beds, and custom-made headboards.
The showroom is essentially a warehouse — short on frills, but generously stocked. According to Carbajal, the low overhead helps to keep prices down. The store carries a range of price points, from bargain furniture to the very high end. Special orders allow it to provide a large variety of pieces, most offering a choice of several different finishes.
Williams recommends that customers bring in as much information as possible, such as room measurements (don’t forget the size and placement of windows), color chips and fabric swatches. She can use this information to help design a room layout or narrow down furniture choices.
She noted that many customers these days are interested in making the most of smaller spaces, due to smaller homes and room-sharing among kids. Her top solution is finding multi-purpose furniture. If you don’t have room for a dresser, consider a captain’s bed with storage drawers beneath. Can’t fit a bookcase? Try a headboard that incorporates shelving. If seating is an issue, especially in a teen room, consider a futon or an oversized chair that unfolds into a twin bed.
Finding a good value is also high on customers’ lists. To this end, Williams recommends that, instead of buying a cheaply made item, it’s more cost-effective in the long-run to invest in quality furniture that will be useful for a longer period of time.
Choose a crib that converts into a toddler bed, then a full sized headboard. If you’re buying a bed for a young child, you could skip the toddler and twin sizes in favor of a full-sized bed that will last into their teen years. Or, if you’re buying for a teen, a loft bed with desk space beneath can later be useful in a college dorm room or apartment. Trundle beds, great for sleepovers, can also work in a guest room down the line. Some bunk beds can separate later into two regular twin beds for the same purpose.
Purchasing furniture in sets usually offers better pricing than buying pieces separately. So if you like a piece, Williams recommends asking to see other items in the same set. Finally, bringing a truck and taking your own items home is a cost-saver recommended by Carbajal — although the store does offer delivery anywhere within the county for a fee.
The Kids Furniture and Mattress Warehouse is located at 1228-11th Street in Paso Robles, 239-0145.