Choosing the design of your little one’s bedroom is one of the most enjoyable home projects there is. Your child’s room needs to be a fun and inviting place where your little one loves to play and spend time. At the same time, it also needs to be a space where your child can relax, enjoy naps and get a restful night’s sleep.
Unlike most interior design projects, the unique challenge of designing a kid’s room is predicting how space can evolve as your child grows up. Here are four tips on how to design a bedroom that grows with your child.
Invest in Classic Furniture
While your preschooler might love a bed that’s shaped like a race car, chances are they won’t want to invite friends for sleepovers if they still have the same race car bed in middle school. It’s definitely tempting to buy a bed designed specifically for kids, but the truth is that it’s not practical when you consider how many years it will be used before needing to upgrade. Instead of buying a twin-size bed, if space allows it, purchase a high-quality double bed or a queen size bed your kid can use for years to come.
Buy Budget-Friendly Art
As anyone with a little one knows, what your kid loves today might not necessarily be what they’ll be passionate about tomorrow. Thankfully, incorporating your kid’s favorite things into their bedroom doesn’t have to be costly. Refreshing the art in a room is one of the easiest ways to elevate any space and is a fun way to get your child involved in the design process.
Instead of investing in expensive art for your kid’s room, decorate with removable wall decals. Decals are a fun and easy way to personalize a space and showcase your child’s personality. Another great way to decorate affordably is by shopping for budget-friendly prints online. Many online shops will let you print out a high-res file of an art print at home, which keeps costs low and gives you the opportunity to switch up your kid’s art as frequently as their passions change.
It’s important to create a space that a child feels is truly their own. An easy way to do this is to showcase your kid’s name somewhere in the bedroom. Designing your kid’s room with custom stickers or vinyl lettering of your child’s name can be a fun project to do together. Not only is this a great way for younger kids to familiarize themselves with reading and spelling their name, but it also boosts kids’ confidence when they know that they have a place in the family home that belongs to them.
Kids of all ages have one thing in common: they have a lot of stuff. For this reason, keep organization and storage solutions top of mind when designing your kid’s room. Brainstorm the best ways you and your child can organize clothes, toys, books, art supplies and school work. Keep in mind that some storage spaces, like cubbies or toy chests, should be at your child’s level so that they can easily access their things without asking for help. Encourage your child to help with cleanup by creating labels for toy chests or storage baskets so they know where to return their things when they’re finished with them. If your child can’t read yet, creating photo labels is a great alternative to lettering.