It’s an exciting moment for your young one when they transition from a nursery to their own (or a shared) bedroom, and you might also be eager to change things up. Bunk beds or no bunk beds? That is the ultimate decision that your youngster may have some input on! When it comes to furnishing your child’s room, there are many other factors to take into account, both aesthetically and practically. Read our Kids’ Room Design Guide for some expert advice on this fun project.
Choosing Strategic Storage Methods
Children are messy and they have a lot of things, let’s face it. They must also develop neatness, though. Your storage solutions, therefore, need a plan. You should have both locked and open storage. Toys, books, and school supplies should all be within your child’s reach because they are frequently used. We advise getting a matching pair of bins to store toys. He or she will benefit from using standardized wicker baskets or fabric bins for a while. So that kids can put their stuff away every day, keep them on a bookshelf at your child’s eye level. You prevent tipping, make sure to anchor standing bookcases, dressers, and cabinets to your walls. So that clothing is simple to find for both you and your child, store clothing in a closet and/or dresser with separate drawers for each type of clothing.
No of the room, our advice is always to “Buy what you love” when choosing art. Choose your child’s favorite things for their room as well! We adore seeing children’s artwork framed; any piece will look significantly more professional if it is displayed behind acrylic or in a plain white frame. Another surefire solution is a gallery wall filled with pictures of family and friends and children’s artwork! If your child is getting close to adulthood, they could enjoy having a memory board where they can attach quotes, memories, and other artifacts like paper airplanes.
Setting up the Bedside
Early bedtime rituals are important, so make sure your child has everything they need in their room to get a good night’s sleep. Pick a nightstand with a shelf or drawer for storage so you can keep one or two of your most recent favorite books on it. Keep a table light within reach, and make sure your child can easily reach the on/off switch or pull. For small trinkets like jewelry, hair ties, and other small items that kids prefer to gather, a small box or container on the nightstand is useful.
Lighting Your Children’s Space
Your child’s room has to be lit with a combination of task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. To guarantee that your youngster can walk around properly and safely at night, you’ll need overhead lighting. The bedroom door should be in close proximity to the switch. For reading and in case your child wakes up in the middle of the night, a bedside lamp is necessary. Installing a desk for your child when they are old enough to do their schoolwork may be a good idea. If so, get a task lamp to make sure the desk is well-lit while your child is working.
Window coverings are also essential since, if bedtime is before sunset, they’ll aid in putting your youngster to sleep and provide privacy. With the exception of sheers, any window coverings, including blinds and curtains, will be excellent at blocking light from entering your child’s room.
Setting Up for Visitors
When decorating your child’s room, keep in mind that sleepovers and playdates are frequent occurrences for kids. If your home frequently hosts sleepovers, bunk beds, trundle beds, or even full or queen-size beds are great options. However, if you only have space for a twin, you will surely be able to get by. We advise getting a sleeping pad and keeping additional blankets or sheets on hand in case your child has an overnight.
Creation of Activities
Children’s rooms frequently serve multiple purposes, including sleeping, playing, doing homework, and even taking the occasional timeout. If your home has a designated playroom, you can set aside that area for play tables and most toys, but you’ll still need to provide storage for toys in your child’s bedroom. Depending on your child’s hobbies, you might want to furnish their playroom with things like a piano or drum set, cozy lounge chairs for video games, a drafting table for art projects, etc. Avoid using breakable decor, such as ceramic items or mirrored or glass furniture, especially in playrooms—kids will be kids!
Choosing Fabrics and Linens
Laundry day is every day when you’re a parent, so you’ll probably find yourself spot-cleaning furniture and washing bed linens more frequently than you’d want. Look for performance textiles that are strong, stain-resistant, and washable when choosing fabric or upholstered items like headboards or chairs to make your life easier.
A mix-and-match strategy is usually advisable when choosing bed linens since it gives you options in case anything becomes ruined or ripped. Pick a few different sheet sets that go well together. For kids’ rooms, duvets are preferable than quilts since duvet covers are simple to wash.