It’s difficult to decorate any room. It’s even more difficult to do it for someone else. And even more, for a child, who is so much different in their thinking than adults. This article will offer advice on how to make a kid’s bedroom functional and fun.
1. How does your child use the room?
Just as you think about your habits when you plan your office, you need to think about your child’s habits. Most likely, you want the room to be easy to maintain, functional, and planned for a few years in advance. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, don’t underestimate the space for play. That’s the biggest part of childhood. Think of how your children like to spend their time and make space for it. Pro-tip: most children like to hoard toys and objects. Plan an excessive amount of storage. You cannot overestimate it. Last but not least, the room should have a comfortable studying and sleeping place. But, we think you’re not likely to forget about it.
2. Should your child be involved in decision-making?
We’ve heard from parents who asked their children what they want in their rooms. Children have imagination. The wrong question may lead you to endless hours of persuading your child that the door needs to be rectangular and start on the floor, or that a black floor with painted stars on it collects dust. However, we do recommend you ask plenty of questions.
- Do you prefer a white desk or a wooden one?
- Do you want to have a bed next to the window or next to the door?
- Do you want a carpet or a small sofa?
- Which ceiling pendant do you like the most?
You get the idea.
3. Make the most of your space
Somehow, you need to manage the difficult art of fitting a bed, a desk, a rest, and a play area into the space that you have. No matter the size of the room, it’s good to get creative and use the space to the fullest.
Place the storage compartments above the child’s reach. They may come in handy. Alternatively, consider storage beds with compartments built-in under the bed.
Additionally, consider trundle beds if your child invites friends for sleepovers or they would like to do so. A bed with a spare bed that can roll out from under the first one is a tricky idea and can be combined with a storage bed.
Another good option is loft beds, an interpretation of a bunk bed when the bed is on the top, and you can place a desk underneath.
4. Create a three feet tall person friendly room
…or however tall your little one is. Make sure the key spaces are accessible for them. A drawer they can open, a bed they can climb, chairs and desks adjusted to their height. Sockets and light switches they can reach and so on.
5. Bedroom lighting is fun
Lighting can provide perfect conditions to study and focus, relax, play, sleep, and add some magic to the room. Consider lighting for different purposes. Don’t forget about a bright ambient ceiling pendant and a desk light. But also, add a night lamp to stay on while your child sleeps or some colorful garlands to make the room cosy and playful. A warmer, darker light bulb would be great to switch on before bedtime to help your child to fall asleep.
And one more tip: kids need a bit less light than adults, look for around 450 to 900 lumens.