Practicality rules with kids’ rooms

WHEN it comes to designing younger children’s rooms, there’s little need for designer touches– chances are they will want them replaced in a couple of years as their tastes change. What young children really need is a practical space that allows them to easily access their toys, books and clothes.

Unless the child has a separate play room, their bedroom is likely to be the place where they spend a lot of their play time, so the room layout needs to maximise floor space, too.

Bed: As the child progresses from the nursery to a “proper” bedroom, try to buy furniture that grows with them. A high bed isn’t appropriate, so look for one that expands lengthways from cot bed to a full-size single. Use bed rails to prevent the child rolling out.

Painted walls: There is no need for fancy wall coverings for this age group – paint works best as it is easily touched up.If you have wallpaper, make sure there are no corners or edges sticking out – they are perfect tearing fodder. A room border of the child’s favourite character is an easy way to add some fun and colour and is easily replaced with a different theme as the child gets older.

Bunting is such a happy accessory and a great way to “bring down” a high ceiling. If the room doesn’t have this issue, you can string it along book shelves and window sills.

Book shelves and baskets: Include lots of low shelving or small baskets, which are ideal for holding books and they can be moved around too.

Bed: If the child is old enough to manage a ladder, then a cabin-style bed makes bedtime fun and is great way to create extra floor space. The space underneath the bed is great for constructing train sets, marble runs, car races or shops without the worry of Mum tripping over them. As the child gets older, they will also appreciate the space as a “quiet” area for reading.

Dens or tents: Hang fabric to create a “den” or invest in an indoor play tent. Kids this age love hiding places where they can let their imagination carry them away, so anything that creates a secret place is ideal.

Wall art: Use the wall area for stimulating pictures but you don’t need to splash out on expensive art. Consider getting some of the children’s own work framed and mounted or create a collage of photos.

Minimal theming: Most children love having their heroes or favourite characters in their bedroom, but if you’re not a fan of garish duvet covers or wallpaper, opt for a border or frieze and restrict Buzz Lightyear and Fireman Sam to pictures or stickers. Don’t cover the entire walls in a character theme – children soon grow out of favourite characters.

Toy Storage: A really important consideration for a kids’ room is toy storage. Use brightly coloured containers as open “drawers” in an open-fronted unit that are easy to reach and means that toys can be quickly scooped away. A clutter-free room promotes good sleep practice for younger children, as there’s nothing to distract them. I believe toy boxes are fine for slightly older kids but my experience is that youngsters don’t choose to play with toys they can’t see.

Fun lighting: Lighting in a kids’ room is where you can have some fun and let your creative juices run. You can buy LED lights that change colour automatically, so consider making a funky light fitting as a point of interest. Finally, many young children like a night light. The Tooli Night Lights from Oxo are ideal as they are cool to touch and can be picked up and moved around. They last long all night and are simply recharged by placing back on their stand.

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