If you’ve got kids and you’re thinking about renovating, no doubt the idea of updating their bedrooms has crossed your mind. But what exactly does a great kid’s room look like? It’s a question that has vexed many parents.
Here we’re going to investigate all the ways in which you might update the existing space depending on the age of your children and the size of their room. There are all sorts of interesting ways to do this, from better toy storage to enclosed work spaces to indestructible decor.
Create A Hidden Hideaway
In general, kids love places to hide away. Younger children do it for the feeling of security it gives them while older children do it to get some privacy. With the rise in the popularity of “nooks” – small reading areas sectioned off from the rest of a room – it was only a matter of time before we started seeing a similar trend in kids’ bedrooms. Hanging a curtain across the side of a bunk bed is an excellent way to create a unique space for reading and other cosy activities.
Add Hidden Storage
Many modern beds, like those at Cuckooland, come with divan storage. But this kind of storage isn’t just great for adults, it’s indispensable for children as well, especially if your kids’ room lacks the space for a regular-sized chest of drawers. If you don’t have divan storage, then consider putting drawers on rollers that can be pulled out from underneath the bed when needed. We keep the Bobsy’s changing supplies in a pull out drawer under her cot.
Make Bold Colour Choices
Many parents are tempted to go with sky blue bedrooms for boys and Barbie pink for girls. But this decor will only last a couple of years at best before their tastes change. Ideally, what you want is a bedroom that will last all the way from the toddler to teenage years. As a result, it’s a good idea to pick a sophisticated shade that they can be proud of for years to come. Try picking a bold colour paired with graphics or a pattern to create something artistic that will stand the test of time.
Go For Wall Panelling
Childrens’ bedroom walls take a lot of punishment both from toddlers who get hold of marker pens and teenagers using Blue Tack to put their favourite posters up. Over time, this punishment will take its toll on the paintwork, making a bedroom feel tired and drab.
Many parents, however, are wising up to the problem and looking for ways to increase the longevity of the decor. One solution is wooden wall panelling resists Blue Tack and can add to the aesthetic of a room, especially if painted in a subtle green or orange.
Create A Work Zone
In general, kids don’t like studying. But with school putting more pressure on them all the time to do well in their exams, many don’t have a choice other than to use their bedrooms as home offices.
It’s easy to set up a home office in a kid’s room. If a bedroom already has a natural alcove, find a desk that fills the space and add a couple of bright chairs. Also, make sure that there’s plenty of lighting to prevent your little ones from getting eye strain.
We’re just at the stage where The Boy wants to do more with his room and The Bobsy is starting to need a proper toddler room instead of just a cot and storage so throw some more ideas at me!
*This is a collaborated Post