Making the Most of Bedroom Space for Kids
Space is definitely at a premium these days! Modern domestic life seems to be a constant struggle to find space and tidy away clutter, especially if you have kids. Kids’ bedrooms are especially tricky, as they are generally on the small side, and kids seem to have a lot of ‘stuff’.
But even if your child has the box room or an attic room or it doubles up as the spare room, there are plenty of ways you can make the most of the space.
Minimising the amount of furniture is your first step. A cabin bed is probably the most obvious solution, and there are many available on the market, from bunk beds to high-sleepers or mid-sleeper cabin beds with built-in storage.
You may only need a bed with storage drawers underneath, but if you are really pushed for space, why not go for a cabin bed with built-in cupboards and shelves like the Stompa Rondo 6?
Other space-saving features include pull-out desks and bookshelves or built-in wardrobes and drawers. There are some really ingenious designs available online and on the high street, with prices to suit all budgets, and they’re not just limited to small bedrooms or young children either.
Older children might prefer a high-sleeper or platform bed with desk or chair bed underneath. If you don’t have a spare room, you can get bunk beds with a double bed on the bottom or pull-out trundle beds – perfect for when you do have overnight guests without compromising on comfort.
You’ve got the bed sorted and maybe most of your clothes storage now, but where to put the other bit and pieces? Wall-mounted shelving is another space-saving idea, as it clears floor space and you can put up as many shelves or cupboards as you can fit on the wall.
You can buy very narrow shelves for books if space is extra-tight. Fix hooks to the wall for bags or coats or PE kits, making sure they’re at the right height for your child.
Maximise ‘Empty’ Space
Tops of wardrobes, under and around beds and above doors are great places to sneak in some more storage space. If you don’t have a cabin bed or a divan base with drawers, use the space for lidded storage boxes, which will keep out the dust.
Fitting a cupboard or desk space into an alcove or shelves and cupboards around the bed will make use of an otherwise awkward space. Storage built into eaves makes good use of unusable space in loft conversions.
Light colours maximise natural light and can open up a space, but you don’t have to limit yourself to plain colours. Your child might relish a small cosy den-like space, so don’t be afraid to use patterns or darker colours.
Do keep to a fairly limited colour palette, though, and if you’ve chosen a patterned wallpaper, don’t hang up lots of pictures, as this will look cluttered; choose one big picture or wall sticker instead.
Blinds look neater and sleeker than big bulky curtains, and you can buy them in all sorts of patterns, textures and fabrics. If you do have curtains, avoid floor-length ones as they just get in the way.
Good functional lighting will help illuminate gloomy corners, and go for down lighters or wall-mounted light fittings rather than pendant lamps. Mirrors have been used for centuries to create the illusion of more space and light. Fix mirrored glass to the wall or have mirrored wardrobe doors.
Which helpful tips from Children’s Bed Shop would you use to improve your child’s bedroom?