How To Design A Fun Kids’ Bedroom
Giving your kids a fun, individualized, and age-appropriate space can help them to feel settled, secure, and creative. However, balancing the need for dedicated, purpose-built space for play, study, and a good night’s sleep with a design direction that both parents and kids can agree on can be a challenge. Here are five steps to designing a fun kids’ bedroom that meets their needs and stirs creativity.
- Assess the space
Start by measuring your child’s bedroom from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Note structural features such as nooks, doors, windows, and built-in closets. Most parents aren’t looking to start a major renovation when it comes to a kids’ room, so it’s always important to understand your space constraints before you dive into a design project. You’ll take these details into the next steps to help you plan how much and what kind of furnishings to get.
- Involve your child
Talk to your child about the upcoming design. Involving them is the best way to get them excited about the project, and to ensure that the outcome is a space that suits them. Keep chats open-ended; you’re not committing to include every idea they have. At the same time, kids may come up with things that surprise you or that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.
If the room redesign is meant to be a special surprise, you can keep chats more general. Pay attention to likes, dislikes, and style. A favorite book, movie, or TV show could provide inspiration. Your child may show a preference for certain colors or styles in other areas such as fashion or toys.
- Reflect creativity
A fun space is whimsical, creative, flexible, and unique. You might go all-out with slides and tree houses, or keep design elements lighter. Primary colors with bright pops of yellow and red could reference a Paddington Bear or Curious George theme for a toddler’s room. Wall decals are an easy way to transform a simple space into outer space, the depths of the jungle, or an undersea Atlantis. Cute drawer pulls add a touch of whimsy to an otherwise basic dresser.
While it can be tempting to create an intricate, fully themed wonderland, kids’ tastes and needs shift as they age, so consider leaving space for them to create, adapt, and fill the space on their own. Err on the side of open floor space for drawing, building, dancing, and playing, rather than overfilling the space.
- Everything in its place
Defined spaces and features can help keep kids on track. For older kids, set aside a homework space where they can spread out their books and papers. Get a strong light to illuminate the space at night, and situate it near natural light for daytime studies. Help them practice good sleep hygiene by making sure that the bed doesn’t need to do double duty as toy storage and play space, and install appropriate window dressings for the design and their needs. Shutters are a good option for limiting nighttime light, and you can easily find a DIY shutter guide to install them yourself. Toy storage is just as important as dress storage. Make it cute and easy to use so that you can insist on no excuses when they need to clean up their rooms.
- Plan for growth
Kids grow, and their interests and needs change very quickly. As much as possible, plan to accommodate that growth. Look for design features that can be swapped out or stretched easily. Wall decals are a great way to adjust the look easily. Lampshades, drawer pulls, rugs, linens, and wall-mounted artwork can be changed when their interests do.
Interactive features are another way to make the space fun for kids at every stage of their development. Pin boards, art walls, chalk or dry-erase walls, and magnet boards let kids make their own art and designs and backdrops, feature posters, or pictures, and adjust the space themselves.
Designing a fun kids’ bedroom can be as big or small a project as you want. Start by understanding the space and your child’s taste and needs. Decide on the scale and budget with which you’re prepared to work. An elaborate, exciting, and integrated space could be great for your child but will take more work, more investment, and have less longevity. An alternate approach would be taking care of basic furnishings, lighting, and window treatments, and then customizing the space and making it fun with design features that you can swap out, or that your kids can help to create and change.