As children grow, their bedrooms go through a variety of functions. Babies may only need a crib and a changing table – but it won’t be long before your children are using their rooms for play and study. Children’s tastes and needs change rapidly and keeping up with what they want from their room can be tough.
Take a look at our guide to adapting children’s bedrooms – to keep them fresh, interesting and suitable for your child’s needs.
Having less space isn’t necessarily a disadvantage – and may even be a chance to create an unique look for your child’s room. Children grow rapidly, so it may be worth opting for a bigger mattress early rather than upgrading more than once down the line. Bunk beds are another space saving option – available in a huge range of styles they can be a fun alternative to normal beds and last children for several years. When your children grow out of them, lots of bunks can be separated into two separate beds – and moved into different rooms.
Stacked ‘shelf’ beds are another clever space-saver: normal size divans which include an extra, pull-out mattress in a shelf beneath which can be tucked away easily after use. Shelf beds are a great idea for sleepovers – turning quickly into two single beds!
Unfortunately, school will always bring homework – and having a quiet, private space in their bedroom helps children focus on their studies. Bunk beds offer another great solution: many models come with a study space built into the bottom level – with shelves, a desk and a computer cabinet.
Installing bookshelves is definitely a worthwhile endeavour – even if they’re not brimming with books, they’ll hold pictures, trophies or any other memorabilia accumulated- and compartmentalize the room nicely.
The bunk bed’s versatility never ceases to amaze: get more out of your child’s room by opting for a bunk with a built in sofa or TV space below. As a social space, the bedroom will play a constantly changing role in your child’s life: when they’re very young, they may not need it – but young teenagers will want to personalize it and, when they’re 16, they probably won’t spend much time outside it! When decorating, try to go for colours which will work for years… and won’t prove too embarrassing years down the line. Don’t forget to leave room for posters and other personal touches.
Drawers are also a must: when they’ve outgrown toys and games, be prepared for your child’s clothing collection to grow exponentially. You can save space by looking for wardrobes which fit the height of the room – and include stacked shelves for socks and other small items.
Work with what you have…
Perhaps the real key to keeping your child’s room suited to their needs is to talk to them. If nothing else, chatting about your child’s room will avoid arguments down the line if they suddenly decide they don’t like what you’ve done. Knowing what your child wants will also give you an idea of how to adapt to their interests – if they’re taking up a musical instrument, a playing space will prove very useful. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, considering the potential of your child’s room now will reap benefits years down the line.