Whatever the size or shape, creating a bedroom that your child will love and want to spend time in is so important. They may only sleep in this room, but you want it to be a space that they feel happy and relaxed in and inevitably as they grow older, they may gradually spend more time in there chilling out.
The first thing to consider is the size and shape of the room. If you can, clear the room out to really see what space you have to work with. It also makes it easier to work on the room if it is completely empty.
Consider how much natural light you have in the room before you decide on a colour for the walls, you want to keep things as light as possible. What type of flooring would be best?
Children do grow up really quickly and it is important to bear this in mind when choosing a colour scheme and theme for the room. There are some lovely themes for babies and toddlers but are you going to want to redecorate every few years?
Consider whether or not a simple colour scheme might be better as it will last longer and your child won’t grow out of the room too quickly. You can create some stunning décor with combinations of colours and fabrics and by keeping things simple, you can add accessories, pictures and even murals that add detail without tying you down to a certain theme.
If space is limited, there are huge ranges of cabin beds or high sleepers for older children which are not only great fun, they also offer an easy way of creating extra storage or a space to put extra furniture if needed.
If this is an option, always measure the space before you commit to buying as they can often take up more space than you think and you need to consider doors and windows when fitting them in.
What about storage? Whatever the age of the children, all bedrooms need storage. For younger children it might be somewhere to store their toys and as they grow older, it might be a space for clothes and accessories or somewhere to keep CDs, books or schoolwork.
Good storage for younger children can be a shelving unit with removable boxes, so that they can easily pull out their toys when they want to play with them and can put them back just as easily. These can double up too for books and special toys.
Making good storage choices can not only help to keep your child’s room tidy and well-organised, but it can also help you to teach them the importance of tidying up after themselves.
A set of wall hooks can also be space-saving and a handy place to hang up clothes and pyjamas, make sure that your child can reach them too so that you don’t have to tidy up after them.
A wardrobe is useful, especially as they get older, but they can take up a lot of room in a smaller bedroom. Shop around for something that will fit in with the size of the room and the colour scheme and think about how much shelving space is inside, it might be that the right wardrobe will avoid the need for a chest of drawers which will in turn leave more space in the room for other things.
Once the essential furniture is in place, look again at the space you have left to decide what else you could add. Maybe it would be nice to create a cosy nook for chilling out with a book or to listen to music.
A few personal touches at the end can also make all the difference. A photo of the family or a multi-photo frame with photos of family and friends can be nice or maybe get arty with a pop-art picture of the child in different colours. Something with the child’s name on such as a print, bunting or fabric letters.
Whatever choices you make, the perfect bedroom is achievable and making the right choices will make the perfect space for you child to enjoy for many years.