Interiors // Creating the ultimate bedroom for your child
Children’s bedrooms are a very important personal space. And, as they learn to settle and sleep through the night, they will need a space that feels welcoming and comforting to encourage them to stay in bed. As they grow and develop, children need a space where they can display their individuality, entertain friends and generally unwind at the end of a long day.
For these reasons it is important that parents think carefully when designing and creating their children’s bedroom space. Safety and functionality should be at the forefront of the process, while the child’s own habits and preferences should always be catered for.
Paying attention to a few key areas can help parents design and create a child’s bedroom space that fulfils all of these requirements, and is inviting and exciting to the child itself:
While parents can find it tempting to opt for a hard floor in a child’s bedroom in order to eliminate the possibility of mess and staining to carpets as a child plays, it is important to think of the impact this kind of flooring has on the home environment. Hard floors can be cold and uninviting (especially in winter), and while many families consider adding rugs to reduce the impact, these can present a trip hazard for youngsters. Consider instead a fitted carpet specially designed for these kinds of spaces – modern floorcoverings come with stain protection and fire resistance making them a cosy and safe choice for a child’s bedroom.
Windows are an important source of light that can help to regulate mood and affect sleep patterns; however, the dressing of windows in children’s bedrooms needs to be carefully considered. Curtains are a popular option as they can be used to highlight a design theme or favourite character and are easily changed as a child’s tastes evolve.
However, parents should also consider health and safety aspects of window dressing. Choosing a blackout blind can be a good move in the early years when sunlight can prevent little ones from settling at bedtime, however, all blinds should be pole operated as cords can present a strangulation hazard to children.
Alternatively, parents may wish to opt for the addition of solid interior shutters, as these can be used as a light blocker and prevent access to glass panels when children are playing.
One thing that is hugely important in the design of a child’s bedroom is storage. With clothes, toys books and collectibles being a staple of every childhood, parents need to ensure they incorporate enough storage into their bedroom design to meet the future needs of their child.
Consider a selection of close storage and open displays. Children collect treasured items (leaves, sticks, old coins) and open shelving is a great place for them to display their precious finds, while toys and clothes can be easily hidden away in cupboards and drawers during play dates with friends.
Younger children will need space to play and stretch in their bedroom space, while older offspring will appreciate parents’ efforts to incorporate their favourite tech into their bedroom design. Consider the layout of the space and how it will work for the way your child’s age group interacts. Having a lockable cabinet to house consoles can be a good way to regulate use and ensure that children are not ignoring the set boundaries.
If your child is of school age when you design their bedroom space, it can be helpful to incorporate an area where they will be able to carry out homework tasks in peace and quiet away from potential interruptions by other members of the family. If space is a problem, there are a number of fold and slide-away desk solutions that can be brought into your child’s bedroom design.
It is important, when creating the ultimate bedroom space for your child, to remember that the primary function of the area is to facilitate restful sleep, leaving them ready and well prepared to face the demands of each day. Choose a bed that is comfortable, accessible and inviting, and make sure that after-dark distractions are minimised.
Parents should remember that the perfect bedroom will differ from child to child – and to chat to your children about what they’d like in their room too, to create a lovely collaborative space that will be appreciated and enjoyed.