There’s a lot to consider when setting up a shared kid’s bedroom. You’ll need to make the most of the space available, whilst still giving each child their own space. You’ll want the room to look coordinated but still give each child the chance to express themselves with their own tastes. Done wrong, a shared kid’s bedroom can quickly descend into arguments and sulks. But done right, your children will be able to share a room happily and live in harmony – for a while at least!
Save Space with Fitted Furniture
No matter the size of the room, you’ll want to maximise the space available, so neither child feels cramped. The best way to do that is with made-to-measure wardrobes and fitted storage solutions. With bespoke storage, you can make the most of every inch of available space, allowing the room to be kept tidy and organised whilst still leaving plenty of space for activities.
Think ahead to what they might need in a few years’ time – consider wardrobes with movable shelves that can be adjusted. Vertical storage will have a smaller footprint, but younger kids won’t be able to reach the top shelves, So, organise their toys and clothes so items they need to access are lower down, and use the higher shelves for the things they don’t need to get to. When they’re older, they’ll be able to make full use of the wardrobes and organise them how they prefer.
Add a Divider for Privacy
Adding some sort of divider to the room can really help each child to feel a sense of privacy and have a space that feels more like their own. The size of the room will affect what type of divider you can use. It might be that you can just get a screen partition that can be put up when privacy is needed and then stored away when they want to share the room again. Or you could put up a voile curtain which will still allow light to spread around the room but can give a sense of individual space for each child.
You could even use a piece of furniture to separate the room, such as a bookshelf that’s accessible from both sides. This can be an easy way of creating separate spaces whilst still being of practical use.
Mix and Match Styles
Whilst it can be tempting to make sure everything matches in a shared bedroom, your children will likely have different tastes and personalities – so you should let them express themselves! Getting them involved in decorating their room will help them to feel part of it and feel more comfortable. So let them pick their own bedding, soft furnishings, and accessories. You could even let them pick out their own beds and furniture so they can be completely distinct from one another.
It might be that you end up with two halves of the room which are decorated differently, even down to the colour on the walls. But see if you can find one colour that both children can agree on. You can then use this as an accent colour to use on both sides and tie everything together. This can help to make things look a little more coordinated.
Consider the Layout
Traditionally in a shared bedroom, you’ll have two twin beds next to each other. But you could consider shaking up the layout to find what works best for your kids. Placing the beds in an L-shape can help to create a sense of privacy for each child when they’re not looking directly at each other. This can also free up floor space for activities.
Bunk beds are a great way of saving space in a shared bedroom but think about what will be best for your kids. You can get traditional bunk beds, with one on top of the other, or bunk beds with a larger bottom bed, placed in an L-shape – this can be great if you have a larger age gap between your children and the older child needs a bigger bed. You could also get each child a bunk bed with a desk underneath, to further save space and give each child their own individual section.
If you’re setting up a shared kid’s bedroom, Kingswood at Home can help with everything from bespoke storage solutions to blinds, and flooring. We have a huge range of colour and design combinations so you can find exactly the right interiors for your children. Contact us to find out more or book a free home appointment today.