It’s interesting to note just how influential our childhood bedrooms can be in our lives. Most people clearly recall their childhood bedroom and the memories created in that space.
Children’s bedrooms are a place where little people sleep, dream, read, and play; it’s their own little place of independence. It’s where they keep their treasured possessions and hopefully it’s where they feel safe and comfortable. That’s a large load for one room to carry, so it’s up to us to ensure we design the perfect bedroom for our little people.
Today, with the threat of COVID around every corner, children are spending a lot more time at home, which means that their bedroom’s are getting a great workout! Perhaps it’s time to reinvent their room by creating a space that feels and looks great and where everything has its place.
Designing a children’s bedroom can be a great challenge, and if you include your children in the planning process it can also be lots of fun. Of course there are some practicalities that must be taken into consideration, but overall you can let your imagination run riot.
Remember, this is your child’s room so we suggest they be allowed to put their own stamp on the space. You may not like their choice of colour palette, but your child should have the opportunity to display their own personality and individuality.
Let’s start by going through some practical aspects of designing a children’s bedroom –
No. 1: What is The Age Of The Child?
Your child’s age will determine how the space is styled and what you include in that space. For a baby’s room you’ll need space for a change table, nappy bin, and other accessories. You must ensure all curtain and blind cords are safely tucked away.
However, if you’re designing an older child’s bedroom you need to consider their needs – perhaps space for a desk, a TV set or a games console. Frame the design around your child’s likes and needs.
No. 2: What Will Your Child Be Using The Room For?
For many children, their bedroom is also where they love to play, especially if their home is quite small. This means their bedroom needs to fulfill two functions – to provide a calming bedtime environment at the same time providing a space for free play and stimulation.
Designing a workable child’s bedroom all comes down to storage. Our children should be allowed to have fun and be creative during the day and be able to put everything away in its rightful spot at the end of the day. This provides a peaceful atmosphere for the child and of course it’s what parents need too.
No. 3: Your Child Needs To Grow With Their Bedroom
Keep in mind that your child is going to grow – they’re not always going to be three or four years old, so it’s not practical to fill your child’s bedroom with permanent, age-specific items like a climbing wall or a swing. If you do this, make sure they’re not permanent fixtures. When your child has moved on from this phase those items should be easily removed and replaced with more appropriate fun inclusions.
No. 4: Ensure The Bedroom Evokes a Relaxed Feeling
This is where introducing the right colour scheme can make a huge difference. While we understand your child make prefer a bold, bright, primary colour for their bedroom, these colours don’t promote a relaxed, restful space. Ideally, the colour palette for this room will be mainly neutral tones, with a pop of colour being introduced through murals or interesting artworks. We like wall decals in children’s bedrooms because they can be swapped out as your child grows.
No. 5: Allow Enough Room For Practical Items
It’s important that children have a fun space to play, but make sure you allow sufficient room for the basics. Even babies have a lot of clothes and these clothes require storage space. Ensure your child’s room includes a built-in robe or chest of drawers (preferably both) because no matter how large these items may seem on the building plans there will always be enough ‘stuff’ to fill them. There must be sufficient storage space to allow for all play items and all clothing to be put away at the end of the day.
No. 6: Plan for Sleepovers
Children love sleepovers, and you may be thinking that’s a long, long way off when your child is still a toddler. Unfortunately, times passes quickly and it won’t be long before you’ll be entertaining another little person in your home. We suggest allowing for a trundle bed that can be stored underneath the bed, or alternatively consider installing bunk beds. Primary-aged children love bunk beds and they can be altered later by removing the bed below to create a study nook or computer area.
Further Tips For Creating a Great Children’s Bedroom
Discuss The Plans With Your Child: Ask your child how they see their bedroom. What do they want it to look like? Even very small children can point to pictures to show what they would like included in their room.
Keep Artwork On Walls: Your child’s drawings and other artwork should be framed and put on a wall. If you’ve seen a movie together, find a picture of that movie, frame it, and put it on the wall. This will create great memories for your child. These little touches will promote a very personal space for your child and are certainly more important than the colour of the wall or doona on the bed.
Listen To What Your Child Has To Say:You want your child’s bedroom to reflect their own personality so their bedroom tells them ‘this is your room to enjoy’. Give your child as much leeway as possible when designing their bedroom. Also, allow them to help out when decorating or painting their room.
Children Love Having Their Own Space:Allow your little one to have their own little cubby house space. It might be a small teepee or tent, or you can create a cubby out of a small table, a rug, some pillows, and a storage box for toys. Use your imagination (and theirs) to create a fun space specifically for them. We want them to enjoy their bedroom and create some very special memories!
Keep It Simple:Less is more when designing a child’s bedroom. Keep the furnishings to a minimum to allow more play space.
Let The Magic Happen! Children don’t see the world the way we do. Add some magic to your child’s bedroom to infuse magic and imagination into every day. Fairy lights and glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars will turn their bedroom into an enchanting fairy palace. Again, use your imagination and consider what you had, or would have loved to have, in your own bedroom to create a galaxy of adventure.
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