10 Tips for Designing Children’s Bedrooms
Designing a unique children’s bedroom can be as fun for you to do as it is for the kids to enjoy afterwards. Children’s rooms are a whole new ball game for colors, shapes, storage ideas, and furnishings. Coming up with creative ways to include the practical elements of a bedroom is a fun challenge for design professionals. You might even see how excited the children are when it’s finished, making the project rewarding. Here are ten tips for designing a room that has everything a kid could want, but also everything they need. The more innovatively you can combine fun and function, the better!
1. A happy place
A child’s bedroom should make them feel content. Think bright colors, icons from their favorite stories, and reminders that they are loved and cared for. Don’t go overboard on a character or color theme, especially because kids change their minds about what they like often. Including some colors and images that make kids happy, however, will make them feel comfortable and positive when they spend time in their room, making bedtimes and mornings easier.
2. A fun place
Kid’s bedrooms are for more than just bedtime! Their rooms should be fun as well. Turn the space itself into an exciting place to be, rather than just a room containing a few fun things. Set their mattresses in bed frames shaped like race cars, pirate ships, or princess carriages. Build an indoor tree house that they can climb a ladder to get into. Paint their desk with chalkboard paint so they can show off their art skills. Giving kids a creative space encourages them to be imaginative and think outside the box. Parents lives will also be much easier at night if the kids really enjoy being in their own rooms!
3. A practical place
A kids’ bedroom should be a fun place, but it should also be practical so it doesn’t turn into chaos. Toys and tree houses are great ideas, but include ways to keep the toys organized so the tree house doesn’t become a junk closet. Just because storage is a practical necessity, however, doesn’t mean that it can’t have a fun look. Colorful stacked bins, shelves of different shapes and sizes, and drawers placed in the stairs leading to a loft bed can look cool, reduce clutter, and increase space efficiency without taking away from the fun atmosphere. The easier kids can access storage, and the cooler the storage is, the more likely they are to use it. Coming up with creative places to put books, art supplies, clothes, and toys encourages kids to keep a tidier room.
4. A calming place
Sometimes kids need to de-stress, calm down, or rest. Balance colors and creative activities with curtains that give the room privacy or twinkly lights that make the room glow comfortably. Giving parents the option to transform the room into a calming place rather than an energetic one is helpful at bedtime, during afternoon naps, or at “time out.” Soothing elements in the room help kids think about the room as a safe place to go when they’re upset, angry, or tired.
5. A quiet place
Having a cozy spot to go to for down time outside of naps and time outs is also good for kids. Reading nooks filled with squishy pillows or built into walls and window seats, and movie corners with deep rocking chairs are great escapes for kids who are in the mood for a quiet afternoon. Parents will know that silence during the day doesn’t have to mean disaster and kids will learn the value of taking it easy and enjoying some alone time.
6. A safe place
Even with play areas that let kids climb the walls and sit up high near the ceiling, the room should still be safe. Make sure that weight bearing structures like ladders and lofts are built well and anchored solidly. Recommend that clients have things professionally installed rather than letting Dad do it. Don’t scare parents out of fun active ideas, but ensure that out-of-the-box designs won’t result in injury. Additionally, design a room that is age-appropriate. Is it very small and intended for toddlers? Maybe the rock climbing wall isn’t a good idea just yet.
7. A personal place
Kids will love the idea of having a place that is just for them. Customizing and personalizing their bedrooms makes them feel confident and gives them a sense of belonging. Brainstorm creative ways to include the kids’ names or initials in the décor. Consider chairs or pillows with embroidered names, wall murals featuring their initials, or erasable door hangings where kids can leave messages for visitors. Kids will be comforted by the thought of their own private place, but they’ll enjoy showing it off to friends and family too.
8. A clean place
Good storage might keep things neat and tidy, but you can also design with cleanliness in mind. You’re designing for kids, and kids make messes. Avoid fabrics that can’t be washed, light colors that stain, expensive rugs, or soft woods that mark easily. You want the space to look nice and be furnished well, but you don’t want to waste clients’ money and set kids up to ruin things just by being kids.
9. A friendly place
Even though a child’s bedroom is their own space, it’s also place for socializing. Kids invite friends and family to join them for movies, stories, and games, so they’ll need space for their guests. This doesn’t mean that a small bedroom won’t make a good children’s room. Consider where parents or grandparents might sit at story time or where a friend who sleeps over might stay for the night. Loft and bunk beds are space efficient and fun, and so is a reading corner with comfortable chairs, body pillows, or bean bags.
10. Make it versatile
Versatility is great when it comes to style and color, but it should be part of the room in other ways as well. Kids grow fast and two years from now they might not want the same princess themed door decals they were desperate for yesterday. Design a room that is age-appropriate but can change with their tastes over the years. Incorporating their favorite color is a safe choice, but they might not want super heroes painted across the wall when they’re 16. Consult parents about whether they’re willing to face redoing the entire room, or whether they’d prefer a design that evolves easily. The art corner with the chalkboard desk can be transformed into a study corner and computer desk for high school, and the tree house might make great extra storage for an expanding shoe collection.
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Creative options for designing children’s bedrooms are endless. They’re a fun opportunity to combine your classic design knowledge with your ability to think outside the box.