Your Child's Bedroom


Bedrooms should grow with the children, reflecting their personality and meeting their particular needs.

By FamilyTime

 

Where your children sleep is their sanctuary. Whether they have their own room or share it with one or two siblings, it should be a place of calm and refuge, where they are as comfortable quietly reading or doing homework as playing with friends.

As the place where children sleep, dress, play, read, study and entertain, try to organize their room according to their personality and interests. The extent to which you can do this will depend on your time, creativity, and budget. It also depends on the cooperation of your offspring!

Primary Considerations
Bedrooms should be functional and organized, comfortable and fun. They should be safe, age appropriate and adaptable to growth, too. This means safe windows, no sharp edges or faulty electrical outlets, and doors that do not lock.

Keep in mind that most children want their room to age with them. Adjustments can be simple or elaborate, but expect your kids to want change at the following ages: two-to-five year olds; six-to-eight year olds; nine-to-twelve year olds; and teenagers. As much as room size and time allow, modify the furnishings and storage units to suit these ages.

A Place for Everything, and Everything In It's Place.
Teaching your children to pick up after themselves and put things away develops a sense of independence. They have control over the room, its space, and its functionality. This also lays the groundwork for logical housekeeping when they grow up.

Outfitting their bedrooms with storage bins, shelves, cupboards, and hooks will help them learn to organize their belongings. Some kids will be more haphazard about how they store things, but all will appreciate the opportunity to create order out of chaos. 

Organizing Tools and Tips
Make sure storage systems are reachable, accessible, easy to use and colorful. As children get older their storage demands increase.

Stackable drawers, plastic storage crates, vinyl-coated wire bins, baskets, or toy chests are best for storing toys, crafts and games. Unless the containers are clear, label them with bold letters or bright pictures.

Use built-in bookcases or shelves secured to the wall for storing books, toys, and games.

Furniture
Convertible furniture accommodates growth. For example, some cribs convert to small beds; some toddler beds convert to adult-size beds.

Modular furnishings come in grouped sets, which can be configured for changing needs.

Bunk beds are suitable for children older than six or seven. A safety bar and a piece of plywood inserted between the mattress and slats on the top bunk are both good ideas for safety.

If using standard-size chests of drawers, put the child's clothes in the lower drawers and use the top drawers for off-season storage.

As Children Grow
As they mature, give children more and more say in how they want to arrange their bedrooms. The room reflects their personalities while still maintaining a general sense of organization.

You many not like the bed in the middle of the room, or black curtains over the windows, but your child will feel great if you let him arrange his small corner of the world. And most kids tire of dark colors with time!