When you’re settled in your home and not planning on making a move in the near future, a child’s bedroom can put you in an interesting predicament. You face the task of creating a room that will grow in functionality as your child gets older, without having to make too many major changes as that happens. Here, we’ll be looking at some of the biggest questions we hear regarding children, their bedrooms, and how to make them grow together easily and smoothly.
How do I design a timeless room? While no one expects your child to live with the same room design for 18 years, you do want to go into the design process with at least some sense of permanency in mind—in other words, you want to avoid a major bedroom overhaul every couple of years. You can achieve a sense of timelessness in your child’s room by choosing neutral walls (as opposed to murals and other childhood looks that your child may outgrow) and multipurpose, high-quality furniture. For example, you may pick out a storage unit that holds toys now… that, in a few years and with a little bit of modular readjustment, can serve as a study center or bookshelf.
How far do I go with themes? This ties in with our first question. Children love themed bedrooms—castles, racecars, and clubhouses are just a few long-time favorites. While these are great projects to take on, avoid designing the entire room around them. For example, a racecar bed is a piece that’s easy to remove when your child gets older… but a racetrack carpet and grandstand mural are bigger projects to overhaul later on. Use accents to instill a sense of theme in your child’s room and keep the majority of furniture, wall and floor choices less specific.
What if my kids share a bedroom? For parents of multiple children, having your kids share a bedroom can be a great way to foster togetherness, save space, and make playtime and childcare easier. But many parents worry about how to make the shared bedroom work for both kids as they grow older—if they’re in different age groups, that can seem like an even tougher task. But don’t worry! There are several solutions that make growing up while sharing a room easy and stress-free. A sliding room partition can offer personal time and space whenever one child asks for more independence from their younger sibling, or needs quiet study time for school projects. Investing in a “flexible” bunk bed, one that can be put together than taken apart whenever the kids crave more space is a smart move—and a high quality bed should be able to last through any design changes or rough-housing the room sees over the years.
What should I splurge on? When designing a child’s room, it’s important to avoid overspending on the smaller, less timeless decorations. Spend more money on the things that will last for years to come—well-made dressers, beds, storage units, lighting fixtures, and other “forever” pieces.