6 Cool Features Every Kid’s Room Should Have!
Baby nurseries get tons of decorating attention. But once those little ones are not so little anymore, what’s the best approach for bigger kids?
Think beyond a basic bed, dresser, and desk, and imagine a personal retreat that’s whimsical, creative, and bursting with color.
Think neutral colors with ‘touches’ they love, including curtains, carpet, and accessories that are not a major project—or expensive—to change out. Stick-on decals and removable wallpaper are two smart examples for a room that’ll grow with your potentially fickle child.
1. Install bunks—with stairs
Every kid whines for a set of bunk beds, so if you can swing the price tag, it’s a great addition to the room. Stairs rather than a ladder are better for changing the sheets, because you can access the back wall to tuck them in, she points out. Plus, they’re safer for nighttime bathroom trips.
And while we’re on the topic of safety, always use a rail on the upper bunk to prevent kids from tumbling down—and hold off on this type of bed until your tot is coordinated enough to climb in and out—usually at around age 6, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
2. Debate the desk
Think your kid will sit up properly at a desk to do his math homework? In the real world, he’ll flop on the floor to scribble, and older kids prefer to lounge in bed with their books or laptops. Some homeowners will want to maximize the space with a built-in desk underneath the top bunk bed, but if the seat goes unused, it may not be worth it.
- Add a statement wall
Take advantage of one wall and make it a focal point. A pop of bright paint, funky wallpaper, or a piece of oversize kid-friendly artwork are two possibilities.
But think twice about a hand-painted mural filled with monkeys or Noah and his ark. Or skip a wall treatment that might become dated and just install accent lighting.
- Use built-ins with (lots of) storage
Another smart addition for kids’ rooms? Built-in furniture that’s anchored to the wall.
No one ever complained of too much storage in any area at home—and kids’ rooms are no exception. As a step beyond the usual baskets and bins, consider a wall-hung hex box as a cool sculptural element for holding books.
- Look to the ceiling
Don’t forget the “fifth wall,” otherwise known as the ceiling, when you’re putting together a kid’s room. Some fun ideas – floating clouds, the constellations, or a design that makes it look as if you’re in a rainforest, looking up through the canopy of trees and leaves.
- Make a book nook
Continue the theme of blanket tents and pillow forts with a cozy nest for reading. Put jumbo pillows and light in a cleared-out closet, erect a teepee, install a hanging chair from the ceiling, or drape curtains under a bunk bed and add a bean bag.
See if the room has an architectural detail that might accommodate a window seat.
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