As your child grows up, so does their desire for their own independence from their parents. One of the key spaces in their home that they can make ‘their own’ is their bedroom.
However, as the parent, it’s up to you to make all the tough decisions such as which kids bed to buy, where to put the storage units and how to decorate the room.
Let’s start at the basics on how to set up your kids bedroom.
1. Create a Floorplan
Depending on what your child’s previous living arrangements were when they were a baby and toddler, they may already have a designated bedroom. Otherwise, if they’ve been sharing your room, it may be time to give them their own space.
Once a room has been chosen, it’s time to create a rough floorplan on how the room will be laid out.
This can be done with either a piece of paper or on a computer using Paint or another program.
First, draw the outside walls, doors and windows in the room.
If the room has any powerpoints, mark them on your floorplan next.
Once the walls, windows and doors are drawn, start by choosing a location for the bed.
Then choose where any storage units will go, including bedside tables, bookshelves or drawers.
Now that the floorplan is taking shape, it’s time to add in any play equipment they may have, such as their drawing table.
Complete the rough floorplan by choosing spots where you may want to hang art, add some decor and lighting to the room.
Note: If you can draw the room to scale, it’ll make your floorplan more accurate.
A single bed will probably be more than enough for your little one.
2. Buying a Bed
The centrepiece to most kids bedrooms, the bed will be where your child will (hopefully) be spending most of their time sleeping and relaxing after a long day playing. With so many different kids beds on the market, it’s best to start by finding out what the little person using it wants or needs in a bed.
Is your child afraid of heights? Perhaps buying them a loft bed isn’t the best idea
If you have two children staying in the same room, will they need separate beds or are they happy with a bunk bed?
Kids bed size
Once the the type of bed is chosen, next comes how big should it be. For most children, a single bed will be plenty spacious for them for years to come. If you’re really looking to spoil your kid, you may want to choose a king single or double bed to save money on upgrading the bed in a few years time.
Kids bed style
Being the centrepiece of the room, whatever style you choose for the bed will likely dictate the style for the rest of the room’s furniture. For example, if you choose a dark hardwood frame, if you want to keep the room consistent, you’ll need to find drawers, storage units and other furniture pieces in the same or similar style.
Kick the clutter with a handy set of drawers.
3. Get Organised with Storage Units
As your kid grows up, they’ll want new and exciting toys to entertain themselves. That’s all well and good, but where are you going to put them? Now it’s time to come up with some clever storage solutions.
If your kid's bedroom doesn’t have a wardrobe attached it, then you’ll need a way to keep all their clothes organised. Some suitable furniture pieces include:
When selecting your storage unit, it is worth considering shopping around for furniture that features soft-closure mechanisms. This prevents doors and drawers from being slammed closed and hurting little fingers in the way.
Storing toys and making it easily accessible to them go hand-in-hand.
Select storage units with open shelves for all their favourite and most played-with toys
If using drawers, keep them close to the ground so they can be easily pulled open and looked through
Avoid putting shelves or storage above their head height which is hard to access (unless you don’t want them taking those items freely)
For example, a good system is to have a single layer of drawers below an open-shelf storage unit.
Other great storage solutions include:
”Organised chaos” – the definition of a kid’s bedroom…
3. Play Equipment & Extra Furniture
Now that the essentials are all sorted, it’s time to add in any extra furniture and larger toys that have to stay out of their storage units.
Other furniture pieces you may want to include in your kid's bedroom include:
You could theme their bedroom to their favourite colour.
4. Time to Decorate
Once all the furniture is in place or at least you know where it’s going to go, it’s time for the best part – decorating it. Depending what the flavour of the month is right now, there’s a good chance your kid will be obsessed with a cartoon character, sport or pretend job right now.
It’s up to you how you style it, whether it’s just minimalistic style cues such as a few pieces of art around the room, or a full-on takeover of their favourite thing. Whatever option you choose, make sure it is easy to remove any decor you put up for when they mature, and start obsessing over the next thing.
Another option is to create a ‘theme’ for the room, such as jungle, beach or army. This allows your decor choice to be broader and easier to modify when their tastes change.
Some kids bedroom decor ideas include:
Wall art that adds to the ‘theme’
Ornaments for the room
Now that you’ve got a fully kitted-out, bedroom for your child, all your hard work is ready for the ultimate test, your kid. If you’ve been consulting them along the way they’ll be itching to get into their new room by now.
For the first week of their new room, see how they are using all the furniture.
Are they struggling to get in their bed? Perhaps it could be lowered for them.
Are they having a hard time opening any drawers? You could take some heavy items out to lighten them up, making it easier to open.
Are they struggling to find their favourite toys? Try putting them on open shelves at the child’s eye level so they can clearly find them when looking.
After they’ve used the room for a while, make some small tweaks to the furniture arrangement and you’re done.