Kids’ Rooms with Split Personalities
February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Many families do not have enough bedrooms in their homes for each of their children to have their own. If this describes the situation at your house, you can use some creativity to make the experience fun and enjoyable for your children.
Depending on how you approach the situation, your children’s attitude about sharing a room with a sibling can be positive or negative. If possible, make them feel like it’s a privilege to share a room, instead of pointing out that they have no other choice. You can also point out how lucky they are to have siblings they can share a room with, a fun experience some kids don’t get to have.
Allow the children to collectively make their own choices about decorating and the placement of furniture and make sure to admire their decisions. When making their own selections is not feasible because of age or financial constraints, give them several options from which to choose.
As children grow, their personalities may naturally develop in different directions. Use your ingenuity to decorate the kids’ bedroom to reflect their individual personalities and devise ways to give each child some privacy and a sense of identity.
When the shared bedroom is small, bunk beds can make it seem less cramped. Children who are determined to have their own space may like the beds placed in the center of the room. This will section off the room so each child can have their own private area.
When you place bunk beds or twin beds against the wall, you can give each child a private nook to enjoy. Attach a wall lamp, a book rack and several shelves on the wall above each bed. A curtain surrounding each bed can create a more cozy area and enhance the effect of privacy.
Some families need rooms that accommodate three kids. The perfect sleeping solution for that situation is a combination bunk bed, with a full bed on the bottom and a twin bed on the top. Kids who do not mind sharing a bed can use a traditional, full bed and work to create their own spaces in other areas of the room.
Drawers under the beds can store many items without using any extra floor space. If you choose to buy beds without drawers, substitute some inexpensive storage boxes that fit under the beds.
Dressers, Chests, and Bookcases
A strategically placed dresser or chest for each child can help divide the room. The chests can sit back-to-back, but if you put them side-by-side and facing in opposite directions, they will make a wider divider. When you place bookcases in the same manner, they can serve a similar function as that provided by the chests. Place bookcases perpendicular to the wall, and secure them to studs to prevent tipping.
Choose vertical storage options when possible if space is at a premium in the bedroom. Chests use less floor space than dressers use, but a tall chest can hold more items than a wide dresser can hold.
Cardi’s Furniture stores in MA and RI have a wide selection of beds, dressers, bookcases, desks and chairs that will compliment your kids’ bedroom and make it more functional as well.
A room divider can act as a wall, with each side of the divider reflecting the personality of that side’s occupant. You can make a simple divider by stretching fabric over a wooden frame and securing the cloth with staples. Your children can pin their artwork or other lightweight decorations to the divider to personalize their individual sides. You may want to be more innovative and design something unique to define the separate spaces. For instance, if one of your children collects license plates, attach the plates to two lightweight chains hung from the ceiling to create a unique divider. When your other child does not share the same interest, adorn the opposite side of the divider with items that suit his or her individual tastes.
When a boy and a girl share a room, decorating can be more challenging. Try to choose paint or wallpaper colors and patterns that are suitable for either gender when you do not plan to make obviously separate details in the room. Neutral decorating can include animal posters or pictures, painted shapes, maps and abstract designs that include the children’s names or initials. Let each child have a large bulletin board to display his or her individual artwork and crafts.
If you choose to divide the room into two distinct sections, you can forget about neutrality and use feminine embellishments for one side and masculine décor on the other. You may even want to paint or paper the room with two separate themes. Gradually transition the walls from one theme to the other with some neutral décor in the middle or use a vertical border to make the change abrupt.
Peel-and-stick borders are easy to apply on dresser drawers, lampshades, doors or just about anything else. You can buy new borders to change the room’s décor as the children mature.
It is possible to fashion a room that both of your children will appreciate if you blend their personalities creatively. When they each get to help with the planning and decorating of their individual areas, they will enjoy their room much more.