Planning a Great Kid’s Room12 Aug 2016
First, consider the room’s function. In particular, think about how it will be used in the years to come. As yourself how your child’s needs will change, as well as how quickly the design will date. Also consider if the room could eventually need to house other siblings.
It’s important that your plans allow room for the function of the space to change. Toddlers, for example, often need open floor space for playing. Older kids need a desk or a play table as the playroom becomes more of a study when they enter school age.
With functionality comes practicality. Consider the room from a child’s height when planning shelving units or storage boxes, making sure that their favourite toys and books are easily reachable. Place toys and games that they use daily on these lower surfaces, whilst placing more decorative items on the upper shelves.
Practicality and organisation come hand in hand when it comes to kids. Set up an organised system for storage by using colour-coded boxes or buckets for small items such as blocks, that make it easy for both you and the child to find, move about, sort, or clear away. Such portability comes in very handy when taking toys and games to table surfaces or other rooms.
When it comes to furnishings and accessories, let your child’s favourite activities guide you in your choices. Noting your child’s needs, interests and daily activities should help you choose furniture that is a balance of function, safety and style.
It’s always a good idea to map out furniture placement on a floor plan. Consider using multi-purpose furniture, especially if space is an issue. Furniture with built-in storage could be especially useful in this regard. When choosing which pieces to bring into your child’s room, it could be a good idea to make a note of the activities they tend to do elsewhere in the home. Is it worth bringing in a large table when they much prefer using the kitchen table for their colouring, for instance?
Always be aware that the function of the room will change and evolve as the child or your family grows. It might seem silly to decide on bunk beds now, but what about when they are older and want a friend to sleep over? What if they have a sibling join them in the room in a few years? Plan for future possibilities, which will keep you all happy!