Twice as nice: How to design a child’s room to share

Twice as nice: How to design a child’s room to share – words Alexa Wang

If your children share a bedroom, whether it be out of the necessity of a smaller home or because they genuinely like each other’s company (unlike most), it’s a bit difficult to try and cater to everyone’s tastes – especially considering how different they both probably are!

Kids room design for two kids is a nightmare in and of itself, we can imagine what it was like trying to design your home with your partner and you’re both mature adults… most of the time.

We’re going to help alleviate the stress when it comes to negotiating designing your child’s room to share by helping answer the three main questions we always see pop up when it comes to this topic!

 

Where can I put everything?

Storage is the number one bugbear for any parent, so imagine having to cope with storage in a child’s room filled with double the children – we shudder at the thought. With a bit of know-how and an eye for detail you can navigate this tricky hurdle though, just be smart with your design.

Furniture that doubles as storage is always essential, like beds with underside storage or chairs that have hidden nooks that can store all their books, everything in that room should have a purpose – or sometimes three!

Children’s bunk beds are always a stereotype for a shared bedroom, but there’s a good reason for it – think of all the space you’ll have to play with when you don’t have to fit two beds into the space. Wouldn’t it be great if you could stack EVERYTHING on top of each other?

What if I have a boy and a girl?

While it may seem like a real hard slog to try and please both a boy and a girl with what they want their bedroom to look like, it’s probably not as hard as you believe it to be. Get your kids involved in the process and you’ll be surprised at how much they agree – most of the time!

Picking neutral colours is a sure-fire winner to not overpower a room to a certain gender – light palates are always a winner, with pastel colours giving that much needed colour injection that children love.

The room shouldn’t be themed, so no Disney princess or teenage mutant ninja turtles bedding – unless they both are happy to agree come to a compromise on that! Keep furniture nice and timeless and you’ll find you can get it around longer as their room adorning’s will suit any age.

What if my children aren’t the same age?

Trying to figure out what furniture to put into a room can be a real pain when it comes to varying size requirements, so putting two children of different ages in a room together can prove to be a nuisance.

If you’re dealing with a toddler and a baby, then be sure to put the baby’s toys lower down on the floor and the toddler’s in a storage container out of reach from small infants – this will reduce the amount of arguments they have and the amount of migraines you have!

Giving them both separate ‘areas’ of the room which are rightfully theirs is a great way to achieve them being allowed their own space. Though incorporating a shared play area will also help them to bond, too, which is what everyone wants!

Twice as nice: How to design a child’s room to share – words Alexa Wang

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