Decorating Ideas For Very Small Children's Bedroom
Not all bedrooms are large and sometimes the 3rd bedroom - or second child's bedroom - is so small it's hard to find space for furniture.
I have stayed in plenty of houses where the 3rd bedroom was so pokey and compact that there wasn't enough space for much in the way of additional furniture. When you have a second child, you are either going to double up in a shared bedroom or look for ideas to make the smaller bedroom work. With this in mind, and knowing how difficult it can be to squeeze everything into the room, I tried to find some practical ideas that would work.
LOCATE THE BEST PLACE FOR THE BED
Before you start looking at where to put assorted furniture, empty the room and locate the perfect spot for the bed. This will either be a single or perhaps slightly shorter junior bed or, at a squeeze, a three-quarter size bed. You will need to make sure that there is enough space on one or both sides of the bed to move around, but keep in mind that, if pushed against one wall, you won't need any space at the top or the bottom of the bed.
In a room where the bed fits tightly into a particular space, consider the options for a fitted bed or a custom bed that is designed to fit into the available space. The guys at Design-A-Bed.co.za manufacture beds in any size, with a matching mattress, which means you can find the best place for the bed and have it made to fit... perfectly.
When there are few places to put a bed in a small room, don't overlook the space in front of or alongside a window, especially if the child is a few years older.
I'm not a fan for placing a children's bed in front of a window, but when there's nowhere else for the bed to fit, you can apply a safety film onto the glass or make a DIY frame that offers a decorative protective screen without blocking out the light.
• Consider a dual-purpose bed
If the room restricts how much furniture can go in there, looking at a dual-purpose bed is the best way to go. Something along the lines of a sofa bed or day bed, where the bed also serves as a place to sit and have underbed storage or a pullout bed for when friends want to sleepover. You can usually pick up a day bed at the same cost as a conventional bed, so you're not going to have to spend money yet it's a great piece of furniture for a small bedroom.
• Consider the size
If the room is extremely small and cramped, considering a smaller bed might be a better option if you still want to add extra furniture such as a bedside table and perhaps a chest of drawers. A junior bed has a length of 1700mm as opposed to a full length of 1880mm for a conventional bed. It might not seem like a lot of extra space, but in a small room, even a few centimetres can make a difference.
Consider that an infant or toddler doesn't need a lot of bed space until they get a few years older and you will have probably moved to a larger home by then. They won't notice the difference of a smaller bed lengthwise at that age and you can have a bed made to fit the room until they need a larger bed. If you are interested in having a custom bed made, get in touch with the guys at Design-A-Bed.co.za.
MAKE USE OF WALLS
In any small room, not just a small bedroom, the best way to leave more floor space to move around is by using the walls for mounting storage. Wall-mounted storage can be open or closed shelves, small cupboards or racks and rails with baskets or boxes, whatever works best to blend in with the decorating style of the room.
Whatever wall-mounted storage solution you decide upon, make sure that it is securely mounted into the wall and not likely to fall off.
• Mounting off the floor
A raised bed or loft bed, or even bunk beds, are great space-savers for small bedrooms, but perhaps it's because I had two young boys and knew what they got up to, from a safety point of view it's not I would choose. In our first townhouse, my two boys slept in beds that were mounted onto the wall. Only now, 20 years on, do they tell me of the things they got up to. I'm surprised they are even alive today!