Top tips for creating fun, but practical children’s bedrooms
Think about the location of the bedroom in the house
If you have the choice, avoid locating children’s bedrooms directly over (or adjacent to) areas such as the living room or kitchen which may be used for entertaining. You are likely to have guests who stay after your children have gone to bed, so think carefully about how noise will travel around the home and may disrupt sleeping little ones.
At the same time, you need to plan where the room is in relation to your own bedroom. If you have a baby or toddler, you want their room to be nearby for peace of mind and midnight feeds. However, older children (and their parents) benefit from a degree of separation as they are perhaps likely to have noisy instruments, games consoles and visiting friends. Factoring in all of these considerations can leave you with few options for room location, so soundproofing is a good idea. Special soundproofing plasterboard is available, and acoustic insulation should be used between floors.
Include as much floor space as possible
Room to play is important for a a child’s development, and if you don’t have a dedicated playroom or play area in your home, you will need to enhance any space you do have in your kid’s own bedrooms. Raised beds with built-in storage are a great way to reduce the need for additional furniture, and use wall shelving to keep floor clutter to a minimum. Storage benches are great in a child’s room too — they are accessible so tidying up is easy, and provide additional seating.
Versatile décor and furnishings are best
Buy furniture that can be adapted to suit your child as they grow. Cots that morph into beds and modular storage that can be changed/moved for a child’s changing needs are great choices. It is tempting to buy fun colourful furniture designed specifically for children, but your child will not outgrow timeless white or wooden pieces.
When it comes to decorating, pick a colour scheme that can be easily updated as tastes change. Use a neutral colour scheme as a base (perhaps with a feature wallpaper in a fun geometric print) and use accessories and toys to add colour to the room.
Zone the room
A child’s bedroom has to serve lots of functions at once, so it helps to zone the space. Of course, they need a place to sleep and a bed with ambient lighting, and a lamp for reading before bed are essential. A creative work space is also a good idea, giving your child their own quiet place for homework or drawing. The whole room will probably be used for play, but it helps to create a dedicated area for toy storage and a fun book nook to encourage reading.