7 Tips to Make Your Kids’ Shared Room Design a Smashing Success
Shared rooms for kids have been a staple in American homes since, well, forever. For some families, doubling up on the number of children in a single bedroom is a necessity, for a myriad of reasons. Having a new baby, converting a bedroom into a home office, or even helping children with unique needs adjust to the challenges of sharing are just some the many factors that may prompt parents to encourage their children to embrace being both siblings and roommates.
Don’t Plan Your Trip to Home Décor Stores Just Yet
Whatever the reason for choosing a shared bedroom layout in your home, it’s essential to go into the project with a solid plan of action to before you begin visiting home décor stores in Loveland or local furniture shops to ensure you deliver a cohesive design that’s both exciting and functional for your little ones. Some mission-critical tips to make your shared room design a smashing success include:
Incorporate Bunk Beds
For generations, children of all ages have clamored for bunk beds in their rooms (even kids who aren’t sharing space with a sibling). Capitalize on the cool factor delivered with bunk beds to get your children excited about the redesign. Today’s bunk beds come in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs, making it easy to find a set that works with your interior vision. Not only do bunk beds instantly increase floor space to make the room look larger but some models come with added drawers for extra storage options.
Bonus: Want a fun way to save space and give your kids a little privacy (and endless imaginary fort opportunities)? Choose bunk beds that come with curtains.
Not thrilled about using bunk beds stacked on top of each other? That’s okay. Consider trying trundle beds in the rooms instead. The trundle portion of the bed rolls out only when it’s needed, so it’s not taking up unnecessary floor square footage when the kids aren’t asleep, making it an excellent solution for extra tight spaces, or even just a temporary room share.
Yes, your little ones are going to bring their own personal touch (and stuff!) to the space. However, less really is more. Integrating an overall minimalist design in the bedroom can streamline visual impact and establish a sense of balance, offsetting all the toys, stuffed animals, and garden variety clutter they may be bringing with them to room.
Just because they are sharing a room doesn’t mean they shouldn’t each have their own space. Consider using various furnishings to serve as a room divider to deliver esthetic appeal and even a little extra privacy into the room
Optimize Headboard Function
Worried that the shared space will be too small for bookshelves and dressers once you get the actual beds in the bedrooms? Not a problem. Maximize total functionality of the furniture you can fit in the room by purchasing beds that offer headboards with storage. Shelving and cabinets in the headboard allow kids to personalize their beds with some of their favorite items – and enable you to store clothes, toys, and other items out of sight.
Get Strategic With Furniture
Getting two sets of everything into a room can be challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. Strategically arranging your furniture is an easy way to help free up floor space and make the room feel bigger. Consider a standard “L” formation of your beds (with each bed lined up on adjacent walls) to set your furniture baseline and build out from there.
What is perhaps the best way to ensure your shared room design is a success? Encourage your children to express their own personalities and individual styles throughout their bedroom. Allow your little ones to select their own (aka non-matching) furnishings and accents, such as pillows, comforters, and wall hangings. You could also section off the room, so they each get to pick his or her favorite color. You can also let each child include furnishings that showcase their name or specific hobbies and interests, so the room instantly feels like their own personalized sanctuary…even if they do have to share it.
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