First published: 19 January 2021 @ 1:55 pm
How to design the Ultimate Kids Room
Kids’ rooms have their own unique design challenges. Here are some tips for creating a room that your kids will love to hang out in and that you’ll love to look at.
Add a reading nook
The bed is the focal point of most kids’ rooms, but it doesn’t have to be the only focus. A reading nook or “den” can be a great addition to your child’s room, especially if you can squeeze it into an alcove.
It doesn’t need to be elaborate, just big enough for a comfortable chair and a good light source, whether it’s a floor lamp or overhead light fixture.
If your child has any interest in reading or art, you might even consider including a small desk with plenty of storage space for books and supplies.
Treat yourself to some fun furnishings
When furnishing kids’ rooms, think about how you want them to feel when they come into the room. You want them to feel excited about what they see — happy colors that make them smile and excited shapes that get their imagination going are perfect!
Even if you are on a budget, there are plenty of affordable pieces out there that will work well in your kids’ room. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, take a look at your own home for inspiration.
Think about what colors and shapes you like to see in your own space and how they make you feel.
Have fun with color
The more vibrant the colors, the more playful the room will feel. Try using brighter shades of blues, greens, reds and yellows for walls and furniture pieces. Bright colors can help kids stay focused when they are learning, so don’t be afraid to use them throughout the room.
Design for sharing and playing
If you have more than one child, you’ll want to make sure that their rooms can be shared comfortably without creating a “mine-and-yours” situation. This means that all of their furniture should be able to fit together without creating visual or physical barriers between them.
You might also consider adding a TV console that can be used by both children or a loft bed so that each child has their own space but they can still play together on the same floor. Remember to keep storage areas easily accessible so kids can store toys and games without creating a mess.
Think about safety
Children are at a higher risk for injury than adults, so you need to make sure that their rooms are safe and free of potential hazards. Avoid loose cords and other dangling objects, secure furniture to the wall, and use stair gates or cabinets with childproof locks on any drawers or cabinets that they can reach. Keep a fire extinguisher in the room just in case, too.