Decorating ideas for kids’ bedrooms usually involve a series of compromises. This is true for many reasons. One is that these rooms typically serve as multi-purpose spaces, with areas for study and play as well as rest. Another is that children’s ideas and attitudes about the décor may clash with what parents think is appropriate. Finally, in many homes, the same bedroom must accommodate two or more kids, each with his or her own ideas about how the space should look.

Despite these challenges, it’s still possible to have nicely decorated kids’ bedrooms that each family member will be happy with. Here are some tips to help you along.

  • Try to balance design elements such as style, safety, and function. Begin by thinking about the purposes the room will serve. Will it be used purely for sleeping, or will it also serve as a place to do homework, work on hobbies and crafts, or engage in play? Will the child have friends or overnight guests over frequently? Will the room stay the exclusive domain of one child, or will it need to accommodate two or more children at some point?
  • Once you’ve thought these things through, make a list of decorating ideas for kids’ bedrooms. This will give you a framework within which to make design choices. Next, start drawing. Start with the basic shape of the room, then decide what furnishings to add, such as a desk, activity table, dresser, and of course the bed. Don’t forget that bunk beds can solve a host of space problems, provided they’re safe and well designed. Also, keep in mind that closet and cabinet doors need enough room to swing outward. If the area is especially tight, then you can install sliding or folding doors to make it more space-efficient.
  • Use care in choosing where to place the bed. For example, if a wall of the bedroom is adjacent to an area in which there will be noise after the kids go to sleep (such as a living or TV room for adults), then place the bed away from that wall.
  • Storage space is usually in short supply in kid’s bedrooms, so make the most of what you can. Try placing dressers near the closet, or, if possible, even inside the closet. Nearby wall-mounted hooks are fine for jackets, sweatshirts, bags, etc. Bins and racks make perfect spots for children to put their sneakers, school supplies, sports equipment, board games, art supplies, etc. Have the kids labels the bins for organizational purposes.
  • Place bookcases and shelving units away from windows, both to allow sunlight and to permit views of the outdoors. Avoid tall bookcases if possible, both for safety reasons (so they won’t tip) and also to allow as much open wall space as possible to hang pictures, posters, mirrors, etc.
  • If you have the space, then place both a desk (for studying) and a table (for crafts and games) in the room. If you don’t have that much area, then a table can serve nicely for both purposes with the addition of nearby bins, baskets, or shelves to keep specific items in. Study requires basic office supplies and a bright lamp. Task lamps have adjustable arms and shades that focus their light on a limited area, making them preferable to traditional table lamps for reading and other activities that require focus.
  • Above all, encourage your kids to share their own design ideas. If you have to veto any of their suggestions, then explain to them why you did so.

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