Updated: Dec 11, 2022
If you are a parent to two or more children, you know that nothing would give you more peace of heart and mind than your little ones getting along and not wanting to tear each other’s hair off for a moment.
The sibling relationship is a peculiar one- while they may butt heads with each other more often than they coexist peacefully, it is probably the only relationship strong and robust enough to take the brunt of it all. At the end of the day, they are each other’s very first and closest friends.
When it comes to bedroom distribution, there are not many kids in the world who wouldn't want their own individual and private room. But if you are short on space, you may need to ask your kids to bunk together for a while. Or you may even have them share a room so they can learn to behave nicely with each other and have them earn their separate rooms once they are old enough! Regardless, designing a room that is to be shared by two or three children, each of whom has their own likes, dislikes, and interests, can be quite an intimidating idea.
Fortunately for you, we are here to help you out with some tried and tested tips to come up with the perfect interior design plan for your kids’ shared bedroom that will keep them happy:
1. BUNK BEDS
The first thing that should come to your mind when preparing an interior design plan for your kids are bunk beds and we are sure it will excite your little ones just as much. Bunk beds help you save so much horizontal space. Not only do they make for a fun bedtime for your kids, but they also give them their privacy whenever they need o be alone. It is better to use bunk beds for relatively older kids and take the necessary safety precautions, such as side railings, to ensure that your child does not try to climb over.
2. BINS FOR STORAGE
Storage is one of the more pressing issues in a shared kids bedroom as you want to save space in an already small room. Individual storage bins that can be moved around as needed are a great way to divide up storage space between the kids from toys and learning accessories, and still make it look stylish. You can repurpose old cans and containers for this purpose or get some wicker baskets for a nice, retro touch.
The other route you can go in regards to storage is to go for on the wall shelving- lots of them. Dividing a wall up into a medley of shelves saves you a lot of floorspace and gives both the kids plenty of space to place or display their items the way they want to without having to fight for limited spots. It also makes for a colorful decor piece that reflects your kids’ interests and hobbies.
The key to making a shared room work, if you do not want to divide it and maintain a consistent look, is to combine the interests and likes of both of your kids to make one design. This is a great opportunity to get your kids involved in the process and figure out what colors they like and what images or patterns they want to put on the walls. Make it colorful and get innovative with the way you can incorporate their favorite cartoon characters or interests into the decor with the help of decals and accessories.
When it comes to arranging casual seating for your kids’ shared bedroom, you can opt for loose floor cushions that can be moved around by the children where needed. Not only do these colorful cushions look amazing as decor items for the room, but they also give your children the room to move around and hang out as they please.
Try to keep the floor as empty as possible so your kids have ample space to run around, play, and be creative. A little teepee would be an inspired addition as it adds a lot of intrigue and personality to the kids’ room and also gives some away time when one of them simply cannot stand the other at playtime!
7. DIVIDER BEDS
Another way to go in regards to the bedding system is to get a bed set with a divider down the middle, separating it into two private spaces. It establishes boundaries and allows you to teach your kids to respect each other’s privacy.
On the other hand, you can create two similar but personalized spaces within the same room with twin beds placed at a distance. Either of the two halves of the room can be decorated based on that child’s likes and taste. You can even hang up the kids’ names or initials by the headboard to signify their place in the room.
9. NEUTRAL PALETTE
In regards to the color scheme, it is best to go for a neutral palette and then use various accents and accessories to personalize the place and add individual color. This is especially applicable for brother and sister sibling duos as they can have polarizing opinions on colors and decor.
10. HOMEMADE ART GALLERY
To add a personal touch to the room by each of the kids, have them hang up their own artwork and creations to form a beautiful homemade gallery that is equal parts colorful as it is wholesome. You can either hang up some empty frames to attach the artwork within or hang the pictures by thread over a designated wall.
11. SPLIT IT UP
At the end of the day, you are decorating a children's room- so why not get fun and funky with it? Split the room down the middle or diagonally and take the bold step of designing either of the halves completely different from the other. You can use different colored and patterned wallpaper and employ the use of different themes. As long as it makes your little ones happy, do not hesitate to experiment!
About the Author:
Ben Miller, an expert in professional interior design and home decor which something he is passionate about.
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