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Designing & Planning A child’s Bedroom


I’ve just embarked upon the task of re-designing/ re-furnishing my 5 year old daughter’s bedroom and thought I would try and give you some tips about what to consider when planning a space for a child.


siblings share a bedroom with twin or bunk beds and then use the room that may have been the other’s bedroom as a play space.


Storage is essential, but it’s also important not to put all toys and games away up high or in


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all the space underneath for storage and even other furniture items. Window seats with storage underneath and hanging storage on the back of the door are also worth considering.


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First and foremost,


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consideration should be what a child is going to use their bedroom for? It is generally much more to them than just a place to sleep. As a child grows it needs to be everything from a quiet hideaway and a playroom to a study area as well as an ‘all too precious’ space for the storage of all their many and varied ‘bits and bobs’. It could also be worth considering giving them a larger room rather than the rest of the house getting filled up with toy storage. On the same note it could be worth having


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they can’t be seen. They then don’t get played with, and the massive investment you’ve made in all those action figures, dolls, cuddly toys and various assorted plastic items is wasted! Leaving as much floor space as possible is necessary for play or for a lounging beanbag as they get older and want to just chill out or listen to music in their room. Try to use space that might otherwise be wasted - under the bed is an obvious one and having a mid- sleeper or a high bunk frees up


When designing your child’s bedroom try and consider their changing taste. They may be a ‘full on girlie girl’ now but need something a little more sophisticated than fairies and princesses in a year or two. And equally will they really want Spiderman wallpaper when they’re 10 and into pop music? Make the basics as neutral as possible - plain walls and furniture - and then you can add a bit of character to a room with wall stickers, cushions, bed linen and pictures; all of which can be changed easily and at relatively little cost. If they want a BEN 10 or DISNEY duvet cover get


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