The smallest members of the family are usually given the smallest bedrooms, and this makes sense. But just because children are small, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a disproportionally big need for good storage. Kids tend to have a lot of stuff!
So organising a child’s bedroom can be a challenge. One or two of these ideas might help.
Ideas for Small Bedroom Layout
When you’re trying to maximise room to play, getting the bed off the floor is a good idea, providing kids are old enough to climb safely. Underneath, there will be room for a desk, a playhouse or den, a closet or just a reading or lounging nook.
If you can’t lift the bed off the floor, clear floor space by using shelves as much as possible instead of cupboards. Have see-through tubs or baskets for toy storage, andposition the shelves at an age-appropriate height so little children can reach.
Keeping some toys out of reach when they’re not being used can help keep the room tidy. You could even go one step further and put out-of-favour items in a secure storage unit. This way, they’re not taking up valuable space but they’re also ‘out of sight out of mind’, and that works on kids too. After a few months those toys and games they haven’t seen for a while will feel new and fresh again.
Planning for the Future
Kids grow so fast it’s hard to keep up with them. Bearing in mind their changing needs as they grow can help you anticipate the changes and make them easier to deal with.
Future proofing ideas can include:
- Creating a crafting area for small kids that becomes a study area later.
- Having height adjustable furnishings, such as a desk or table, that kids won’t grow out of.
- Using under-bed storage for toys when children are little, then swapping storage for a trundle bed when they’re old enough for sleepovers.
- Using stickers or decals on walls instead of permanent painted decorations.
- Installing sound proofing.
- Using rugs and other soft furnishings as accents so they’re easy to change as kids’ tastes mature.
While we may be happy to have the same decorations in a living room for a few years, kids go through huge changes in the same time span. Always try and bear in mind the transient nature of decoration style and furniture in a child’s bedroom.
A self storage room is invaluable for future proofing. You can save nursery furnishings for future family additions as well as toys, or store grown up beds for when toddlers mature, desks or workstations they might need as they growup, or decorative items that don’t fit in with current trends or preferences.
Being prepared and flexible makes staying on top of kids’ needs much easier.
Incorporate Pattern and Texture in Child’s Bedroom
Kids love beautiful colors, patterns, and textures in their rooms. So, what is a better way to add texture than adding a wall art of flowers, animals, or other natural things? For example, you can decorate the bedroom with octopus wall art. This will not only add texture to kids’ rooms but will also encourage them to know more about the octopus.
Decorating with Colour in Small Rooms
If they’re old enough, it’s never a bad idea to let children have a say about how they want their room decorated. Even very small kids can have strong opinions about colours or ornamental items, and letting them take ownership over some elements can encourage them to keep it looking good.
When you’re choosing colours, a bit of colour psychologycan help you create a mood:
- Yellow for creative fun
- Green for harmony
- Blue for a calm atmosphere
- Orange for an optimistic outlook
- Red for passion and energy
Having a calming, relaxed mood in the bedroom can help some small children wind down and relax for sleep at bedtime.
There are a few décor tricks that can give an illusion of space in a small room and make it feel bigger than it is.
- Pale or neutral colours on walls push them out.
- Choose the same colour for walls and ceiling to give the feeling of a continuous space.
- Vertical stripes extend height.
- Horizontal stripes extend length.
Children can, naturally, be quite territorial over their bedrooms. It’s their only private space, and the only place in the house they have any control over. This can make it especially challenging in shared rooms.
Creating Personal Space in Shared Rooms
- Zoning can help, so each child has their area of personal ownership.
- Twin beds might be more effective than bunks if you have space.
- Make sure there is no shared clothes storage. Even in a shared wardrobe, divide the area so items belonging to each are kept separate.
- Place beds on opposite sides of the room to create a sense of personal space.
- Put the beds at different angles, maybe facing away from each other.
- Solve clashes of opinion over colours by blending both preferences as far as possible.
Some siblings, of course, want proof they’re both treated the same, in which case matching items are probably best. Do whatever works for your family, if it creates harmony and gives each child the space they need.
Hopefully we’ve given you a few ideas if you’re looking for ways to make a great child’s bedroom.