Design a Children's Bedroom that Grows with Them
Any parent knows that you need to have a firm hand when decorating a child's bedroom, especially if both of you need to like it!
Nothing is easy when it comes to decorating a child's bedroom and every parent knows that a firm hand is required when both parents and child need to agree on the theme or style. What is more important than meeting immediate demands is to design a bedroom that will grow with your child or children. With this in mind, we look at essential elements for a bedroom that is versatile and will meet immediate wants and needs but also take into consideration future needs as well.
A loft bed with a bed at the bottom is a practical solution for a toddler. As they get older, they can move to the top bed and underneath can be used for play or as a study space.
1. Keep Changes to a Minimum
One area that parents tend to go overboard to satisfy their kids is to overdo the bedroom. It isn't necessary to spend a fortune on a specific theme bedroom when children's likes and dislikes change as much as their underwear. Resist the temptation to go with a theme and rather decorate with a style that can be quickly and affordably updated simply by swapping out accessories or paint colours.
Having custom wall stickers printed for a child's bedroom is a far simpler method of decorating and one that can be easily changed when the time comes.
If you do decide to go with a theme, choose one that is not childish and one that will still be appreciated as they grow up. For example, Marvel and DC Comic heroes are more grown-up than Disney princesses and cute jungle animals. Keep this in mind when negotiating with your child and what he or she wants for the room. If you are unable to agree on specifics, offer to hang pictures or posters on the walls that display the theme.
Storage of any kind is a good idea for a children's bedroom so long as it doesn't intrude on floor space and leaves plenty of room for play.
Rather than install space-hogging built-in cupboards, storage was designed under the bed for clothing.
2. Well-Organised Storage
Storage is a necessary element for any child's bedroom - no matter their age. Young children need space for toys and books, school-going children will need space for all their school supplies, and older children will want to have enough storage to meet their growing needs as well as a place to study. Before you tackle anything else in the room make sure to plan for enough storage.
Where possible, design clever storage that serves more than one purpose such as a wall of storage that is also a study and play area.
Having plenty of practical storage solutions is also an easy way to show your child how to keep his or her room tidy. Being able to easily pack away their toys and supplies shouldn't be a difficult process and if you plan right, you can incorporate child-friendly storage solutions for them.
For built-in furniture, you may need to hone your DIY skills and power tool collection unless you plan on hiring a handyman-carpenter to do the job for you.
3. Space to Grow
Not all bedrooms are spacious, and you should keep this in mind when purchasing furniture for a toddler who will eventually become a teenager. Too often, parents start with a three-quarter or double bed for a young child when a toddler bed would take up far less floor space and still leave room for play. Even as they get older, you can look at an option such as a loft bed that is raised off the floor to offer more space for play or to fit a desk and chair underneath the loft bed.
Safety should always be a top consideration and children's furniture must be fastened to the wall.
When purchasing a loft bed, no matter the design, ensure that it is constructed with safety in mind with frames around the bed to prevent accidents and a sturdy ladder and that it is securely fastened to the wall. It is not safe for any bed to be freestanding, and children are adventurous at any age. Don't lose sight of safety for aesthetics.
4. Keep it Simple
There is no need to complicate the process when decorating a bedroom that needs to grow with your child. Less is best, dual-purpose furniture is practical, storage is essential and once all this is covered, you can look at adding cosmetic details here and there to dress the room.
Going to the trouble of painting a mural on a wall is great, but you can achieve exactly the same effect with custom printed stickers, and these are not permanent. They will last a few years, at least until your child gets bored and wants something different - more grown-up - for the room. Permanent means harder to change and until your child becomes a teenager, change is one constant that doesn't, well... change!
The only way to truly design a children's bedroom to grow is to plan for the future as part of the process.