How Should You Design A Children’s Bedroom?

Designing a bedroom for children who are just past the nursery stage can be something of a challenge! At this age, kids are starting to develop ideas of their own, but often parents prefer to keep the décor tastefully in line with the rest of the house. It is often a good idea at this stage to reach some compromises and keep everyone happy!


Get the big purchases right

If you make the right call on the big stuff, such as the furniture, flooring, and window dressings, then your child will have a functional room that they can grow into, and you can let them have a looser rein with some fun items that they help to select, or choose themselves.

Children’s bedrooms are often one of the smaller rooms in the house, and floor space can be at a premium. As they grow up and start school, they will need a desk and a bookcase to help them study effectively. A common solution in a small room is to install a raised bed with a desk and storage space underneath.

Plenty of storage will always come in useful, for those mountains of books, toys, games, shoes and clothes your kids will no doubt acquire over the years. There are plenty of creative ways to maximise storage, such as wall storage cubes, floating shelves, and making use of dead space in alcoves and corners for extra shelves.

Wardrobes in kid’s rooms can be fitted with double layers of rails, as smaller clothes need less hanging space. Underbed units, and plenty of baskets, bins, and boxes are all easy ways to stash toys and games clear of the floorspace.


Let them help choose the colour schemes

It might be tempting to stick with soft tasteful neutrals if that is how the rest of home is styled, but kid’s rooms should be fun places where they enjoy spending time. Let them have a say in the colour of the walls, curtains, bedding, rugs, and so on. These are all things that are relatively easy to change, if their tastes change later on.

Murals are a popular choice of wall decoration at the moment, to create a feature wall with a theme, such as animals, astronomy, birds, maps, and so on. For a less permanent solution, you could add some interest with wall stickers, which are designed to be easily removeable and leave little residue.


Don’t forget the lighting

Children’s rooms should have a range of lighting, to reflect the different functions of the room. It should have a general purpose overhead pendant light, bedside lighting, desk lighting, plus decorative lighting, such as fairy lights around the headboard or window.

As well as a bedside light that is strong enough to allow your child to read in bed without eyestrain, they should have a softer source of illumination, such as a ceramic star night light. This can be used to create a gentle glow if they awake in the night, to avoid the stimulation of a bright light, or left on all night if your child dislikes sleeping in the dark.

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