When it comes to DIY and decorating, no task is quite as thrilling as creating the perfect play and sleep space for a child; whether you’re starting from scratch or reimagining a nursery that has since been outgrown, few rooms are quite as, well, fun as a child’s bedroom – particularly when you’re faced with the task of overhauling its décor and repurposing every nook and cranny. While it’s certainly tempting to throw caution to the wind and redecorate every inch as imaginatively as you can, it’s important to remember that functionality lies at the heart of every child’s bedroom. Your little one must be able to use the space as they encounter and conquer every milestone.
Rest assured that it’s perfectly possible to create a fun and functional space for your children to enjoy at every stage of their development.
Consider clever storage and space-saving ideas
Kids come with a lot of stuff; it seems that the smaller a child is, the more accessories, toys, and belongings they accumulate. Your child’s bedroom should be a haven of quiet and calm, and this will be difficult to achieve if you’re forever tripping over tiny items. Similarly, your child should be able to reach and access a variety of their favorite toys for solo play. Choose clever storage solutions, such as floating shelves, fun and personalized toy boxes, hanging baskets for soft toys, and beneath-the-bed storage, to contain any clutter and ensure that everything that you need is always to hand.
Introduce bright, fun lighting
The ambience that you create in your child’s bedroom will go a long way towards their, and your, enjoyment of the space. A dimmer switch will enable you to create the ideal mood for work, rest, and play, while fairy lights and nightlights can gently introduce a terrified toddler to the idea of sleeping in a room by themselves. California Shutters are a great way to control the flow of natural light into a child’s bedroom, as well as helping to banish noises from the street below. Creating a blackout effect during light summer evenings and trapping warmth in a bedroom during the height of winter, shutters are a functional yet decorative addition to a child’s room.
Ask your child’s opinion
What does your child like? Which characters do they adore spending time with? Wherever possible, and appropriate, consult your child on the items, colors, and textures that they would most like to see in the bedroom. After all, this must be a place in which your child wishes to spend extended periods of time; comfort and enjoyment are paramount. Designing your child’s room will require compromise, but listening to your little one’s opinions will ensure that the resulting bedroom is both fun and functional, with a touch of magic.
Introduce quirky touches
Consider the ways that your child will use the new bedroom. Play is integral for development, so encourage your child to use their imagination to capacity by creating a space in which such talents and passions can blossom. A cabin bed or mid-sleeper that doubles as a sleeping spot and workstation will nurture crafting, creativity, and rest, while a reading nook will ensure that your little one is transported to numerous destinations and upon a myriad of adventures every day. Choose multiple play stations so that your child can choose between activities; a dressing up corner, chalkboard wall, a crafting space, and soft toy den will be appreciated and used with love.
Create a room that will grow with your child
Unless you’ve been blessed with an unlimited budget and a home that keeps growing as your family flourishes, there’s a chance that your child’s bedroom will need to survive several chapters of their life. How can you ensure that the room remains fun for a child at every stage, and functional for their needs? Choose furniture that can be adapted for use, such as a table and chairs that convert a craft and reading corner into a homework station, or a reading nook that quickly becomes a place in which friends can hang out and socialize. Start by decorate the room in neutral colors, and then add color and character via wall decals, borders, and soft furnishings; these can be changed very quickly, slashing your redecoration bills.
You see, it is perfectly possible to create a functional space for your child without removing an ounce of the fun that they likely crave. In fact, your quest to create such a space is likely to enhance your own imagination; you’ll no doubt have a blast creating a new bedroom for your kid to enjoy. Your child is undergoing a myriad of changes and meeting milestone after milestone as they grow up. Having a room that nurtures their talents, passions, and creativity is going to be integral to each and every step that your child takes in this journey towards adulthood.