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“It’s time for bed. Turn the light out – go to sleep!”
“Will you get out of bed? It’s time for school.”
“Have you tidied your room? … this place looks like a bomb’s hit it…”
We’re desperate to get them in there.
We’re desperate to get them out.
And the constant mess means either a lot of pleading, shouting or realization that the job’s best done by you. Again.
But, can we design our children’s rooms to help our children? Help them to become responsible for their environment. To be proud of their surroundings. To respect their belongings.
Oh, believe me, I’m well aware of how I sound. I sound like a parent of young children. Not teenagers (I haven’t given up yet, nor am I banned from the premises) and not babies (because I’m optimistic they’ll contribute to the chores).
Whether you are with me, have been there and done it, or have it all to come, here are some thoughts on how to design a child’s bedroom.
As with all rooms, it’s worth pulling a “brief” together. Do this by answering the following fundamental questions.
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Knowing the personality of the owner is a fundamental part of any design brief.
Tasteful children’s spaces
The problem is that we have a tendency to ask our children what they like. Now, I’m all for getting them involved but I also know what will happen if they take full control.
The classic mistakes:
Yes, we should let them learn by their own mistakes, but realise, it’s at your expense. And while decorating needn’t be expensive, it is time-consuming, and I don’t think you want to spend more than one weekend knee-deep in self-assembly furniture.
A bedroom has zones (be it a teenager’s, a baby’s or a bachelor’s bedroom) so ensure your child’s room has the following:
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One last point about communication
One day (quite soon) they won’t want to be with you as much as they once did. Don’t encourage this behavior by creating a mini-home for them upstairs/in the garage. Make sure they eat with you regularly and hang out often – so they can share their day with you and ask for your help – with homework, friend problems, or makeup application. A kid zone might seem a cool idea but don’t exclude yourself too early!