Friday, November 22, 2013

Design tips for a shared kids' bedroom

One of the toughest challenges in home design is a shared bedroom for siblings, especially if you’re the parent. There is the matter of fitting bedroom necessities for two in a single room, but more than that, it’s also creating a cohesive space with the interests and personalities of two kids in mind. 

Remember that the bedroom is still a personal space, and it’s important for each kid to have something he can call his own, even in a shared space.

If you have feisty kids, dividing space and choosing a style may become a bit of a headache. Follow these simple tips to help you overcome these challenges and create the perfect bedroom for your kids. 

Dividing space

The first step is to establish a separate area for each child occupying the bedroom. These areas should be roughly the same size and have the same amenities. A popular and effective layout for shared bedrooms is twin beds flanking a shared night table. A long built-in desk and storage against one wall of the room can have two chairs to accommodate their study needs. If you have younger kids, you may opt for a play area with built-in storage for toys and a low table for four. 

Space saving techniques

If you’re battling a small space problem though, dividing the space of the bedroom may mean going for bunk beds. You can further maximize the space by going for custom-made bunk beds with some storage or shelving at the foot or side of the bed. This could be a great space for storing books or other knick-knacks your kids have. 

Color

Choosing the color and style of the room may well be the biggest challenge in designing a shared bedroom for your kids. Listen to each child to know his or her preferences, and find a common ground. If your kids have different color choices, think of a way to use these colors harmoniously together. Use a color scheme guide to define your options. You may also opt for a neutral color and use your kids’ favorite colors as accent colors so the colors won’t be too overwhelming. 

Personal touches

Remember that the bedroom is still a personal space, and it’s important for each kid to have something he can call his own, even in a shared space. Have your kids pick out accessories they can add to their personal areas. Incorporate matching accessories in their own favorite colors. Add personalized items and features, such as wood-block initials of their names or stylish frames with their names in calligraphy. 

While it can be a daunting challenge, creating a shared bedroom for your kids can also bring your kids closer together. - Aislinn Kee 


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