A client once got in touch with MND customer service asking for some recommendations for children’s bedrooms. While she thought our inventory of bunk beds were reasonably priced and varied, she shared that she felt a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out how to get started. Like most moms who were not that much into interior decorating, she tried to find inspiration from magazines, DIY articles, and websites like Pinterest. The problem, she says, is that she was worried that the slick layouts she found were not necessarily sustainable on a daily basis, especially when you consider that not all households have paid help and that children will (naturally) make a mess of their rooms.
To help our client out, we asked some other moms for tried-and-tested tips on how they’ve decorated their kids’ bedrooms:
First of all, if the bedroom will be shared by more than one kid, make sure that they will each have their own territory, no matter how small. You can prevent a lot of fighting by planning the room layout while keeping this in mind. If the room is big enough, you can divide the room into left and right sides where each sibling can keep their own closets, shelves and beds. If it’s really a tight squeeze, at least provide each child with a shelf or closet where only she can put stuff in, and a corner or wall which can be decorated whichever way she likes. A mom of four packed two double-decked beds in one large room but around each child’s bunk were curtains which could be drawn close for a little bit of privacy as needed.
For artwork, why not frame some of your children’s best pieces? Aside from adding whimsical splashes of color on the kids’ walls, displaying their handicrafts lets them take pride in what they’ve made and communicates your pride in their accomplishments.
You can never have too much storage. By providing shelves, bins and racks for everything and anything your child brings into his room, you’ll find it easier to keep neat and clean. Train your child how to clean up as he goes.
Invest in well-made bedroom furniture. Children are notoriously hard on things. Beds, for example, are just too tempting not to jump on while cabinet doors are bound to take some not-so-gentle treatment. Some parents use this as an excuse for buying cheap stuff but on the contrary, it’s all the more reason to make sure that you get the best furniture that you can afford. Closets made from wood composites may cost a bargain but not if you have to replace them every couple of years. And avoid buying themed pieces that they will probably outgrow in a few years—that Winnie the Pooh cabinet might be so adorable for your preschooler but it’s almost guaranteed to be disliked once he or she reaches the preteen years.
Buy good bed linens, and have several sets in rotation too. Bed linens for children’s bedrooms are often an afterthought. Too often, parents get carried away with cutesy colors, prints or themes that they don’t usually scrutinize the actual fabric quality. Don’t underestimate the impact of a well-turned out bed—quality bed clothes are not only comfortable to sleep on, they could actually give the entire bedroom a nicer appearance with the least effort.
Remember that safety, comfort and convenience come first when decorating a child’s bedroom. Above all, it should be a space where they are free to touch, explore and relax to their contentment.