Kids’ bedrooms are a lot more than just a place for them to sleep. Done right, they can also double as playrooms, study rooms and even hideouts. Aside from the obvious bed, what else do you need to make a kid’s room just perfect?
A couch or armchair. May sound a little pretentious if your kids is just five years old, but he will grow up, won’t he? Besides, armchairs are more comfortable for reading and lunging around. And the next time your child has a fever and you need to sleep in his room, you’ll definitively be happy to have a place to sit.
Entertainment options. TVs, DVD players or Playstations are usually at the top of the list when it comes to keeping kids busy, but don’t forget to create a small library (set it up in a corner, with a bean chair or a few comfy pillows nearby to encourage reading). Depending on the age and preferences of your kids, you can add some inflatable toys or building toys, as well as small musical instruments or make-believe toys, such as kitchen sets or basketball hoops.
Decoration. Don’t go overboard here. Sure, your kid may love cowboys today, but he may feel the same way about astronauts a month from now and you don’t want to be stuck with a room that looks like the Wild West when that happens. To personalize a room, opt for details, rather than a general theme. For example, you can indulge your kid’s love of sports by choosing a bedspread or curtains featuring sport topics, or by adding a few items around the room that support the decoration but are also practical (Does your kid play hockey? Strategically hang the hockey stick on the inside of the bedroom door as a nice decoration). You can always add a rug to match as well.
Whatever you decide to do with the room, always allow some room for spontaneity. You want your kids to add their personal touch to the place. Give them a few empty shelves or drawers so they can use them any way they please, and don’t get upset if furniture is moved around or toys suddenly find a new favorite spot. Letting your kid’s personality show through is what it’s all about.