Decorating your child’s room can be a challenge, whether they are in their terrible twos or terrible teens. It’s important that you create a space for them that is functional as well as run, a place that they can really call their own.
Here’s a guide of the basic necessities to get you started.
Beds and Bedding
With the amount of stuff that kids accumulate, storage is going to be a huge issue for designing a room. An old but undeniably cool touch for any little one’s room is a bunk bed, essentially creating vertical storage for sleeping. There are many styles of bunk bed, from the traditional double bunk for siblings sharing, to those with sofa-beds beneath for sleepovers.
Alternatively, midsleeper bunks have a storage area beneath the bed, ideal for a wardrobe, study space, or toy storage. Let your little one have some fun and get involved with the design by letting them choose their own linens and pyjamas.
A kid’s desk is a versatile piece of equipment in a room: for younger children it serves as a perfect craft table (be sure to get a wipe-clean tablecloth to protect it) for aspiring artists, and once they begin school it creates a private yet accessible study nook for doing homework.
Be sure to place a bookshelf nearby for storing books, toys, videos, and stationery, that are easy to grab during moments of inspiration. Folding chairs are a great way to save space, and multiple chairs can easily be brought out for friends’ visits.
Creating a well-organised closet for your kids can involve a lot of initial effort, but it pays off. Your main piece should be a standard wardrobe with hanger and drawer space – and a collapsible footstool in case they can’t reach the hangers.
Out-of-season clothes and shoes can be stored in storage baskets or suitcases placed on top of the wardrobe and retrieved when needed, while spare bedding and pyjamas do well in baskets or on shelves near to the bed for easy access. Don’t forget a full-length mirror!
During the process of designing your child’s room, remember that compromise is a key part. It may be your house, but their room is their living space – and as they grow up their tastes will change and they will ask for different things.Together, agree on a colour scheme and let them choose their blankets or curtain colours.
If painting the walls isn’t an option for you, allow them to choose pieces of art or posters of their favourite band or television show to decorate their space with, or choose some family photographs to frame.