If your house is small, it may necessitate the need for kids to share a room. Or perhaps you just want your kids to bunk up in the same room, so they can bond more. Either way, getting the right ideas for making a shared bedroom work can be a very challenging task.
When kids share a room, it is typically for two. How do you ensure both kids have their own personal space, while at the same time respecting their own individual color tastes and other preferences? With proper creative planning, you can absolutely design a bedroom that would have both parties excited and contented with. How you can achieve that would be revealed to you in this article, read on.
Beds are the most important part of the room; it is where your kids have to sleep. It is the most intimate part of the room. It is where they cry, laugh, cuddle and sometimes play. It has to be inviting and comfortable. On that note, it is therefore critical that you get this part right. An awesome way to save space when a room is used by more than one child is to use bunk beds. Bunks beds are a smart solution to utilizing the room’s height instead of the space on the floor, and they provide this fun summer camp feel all the time. Younger kids love bunk beds, and it would be excellent because it would provide them with enough space on the ground to play.
Using matching twin beds can also be good. It gives the room that cohesive look while at the same time clearly demarcating the room into two halves, with both kids having their own corner. Bunk beds do not have to be the traditional one-up, one-down fashion; there are a whole lot of split level and perpendicular bunk bed designs. These give the room a new dimension and takes out the wearisome issue of who sleeps up bunk and who goes down. Loft beds also save space and allow room for each child’s private retreat. Be sure to pick out the best bed sheets so that kids want to snuggle up in their own bed.
Divide and Conquer
Most kids do not enjoy the idea of sharing a space, especially if their age difference is much. A great way to go about making a shared bedroom work, in this case, is to divide the room into halves and giving each kid their own section. A less expensive way to achieve this is to hang a curtain from the ceiling to the floor. A folding screen can also work, but not for younger children as they are used to toppling over things. You can also use shelves as a divider between each party. Either way, dividing the room would provide completely private spaces and you can uniquely design each space to please both participants.
Celebrate Their Differences
Especially for a room shared with kids of the opposite sexes, gender neutral colors and items are the way to go. Gender themed furniture like neutral colored lamps, for example, are a good start because you can accessorize when you want to suit their individual tastes. Using neutral colors shows no clear allegiance to one kid’s taste more so than the other. The children need to understand that the room is shared, but they also need to feel that they have their own space in it. So for those parts that are exclusive to a child, like the beddings, for instance, bring in some color coordination and customize it with their names or initials.
With kids sharing a room, all their stuff can be quite overwhelming. Mounting shelves is one of the simplest ways to keep things from the floor and creating more space. You can use the shelves to store books and mark out individual belongings. Items kept on the shelve should be organized and clutter free. This changes the perception of space and makes the room seem bigger than it really is.
Under-the-bed baskets are also good storage choices. You can use canvas bins or vintage lockers to store up the toys and manage clutter.
Children grow up quickly and would not share a room forever, true. However, it is important that you understand how the furniture and designs you choose to use would grow with them. Choosing colors that would work for them up to their high school years would be optimal. The dresser that you decide to pick out, can it be used anywhere else? While you do not have to ensure that everything makes the transition, it would be wise to choose items that would stand the test of time. And also ensure that your kids would not be begging you to change them 6 months later.