It’s often the case that the smallest members of the family are given the smallest rooms in the house. However, children and clutter come hand in hand, and their toys can be big and clunky, taking up lots of space. Taking the time to carefully design your child’s room is wise; there are space-saving solutions and hints and tips out there that will help to clear some floor space, perfect for learning and play, without having to compromise on style!
Here are six tips to help you design your child’s room when space is tight.
1. Invest in a multi-functional bed
When floor space is a premium, get creative and consider multi-functional beds. Taking space-saving one step further, stylish and functional children’s bunk beds from Room to Grow are a great option, whether you have two children sharing a room or want the added bonus of a spare bed for sleepovers! If a bunk bed is not for you and you need the extra storage space, consider a cabin bed – it’s amazing what you can fit underneath: play tents, dens, shelves, drawers and even a pull-out desk are features of many cabin beds.
2. Make the most of hidden under bed storage
Storage is key in keeping small rooms organised and appearing larger; keep this in mind when selecting furniture and look for designs that you can squeeze that little bit extra in. When selecting a bed for your child look to see whether there’s room for underbed storage – you may even come across some designs with built in drawers! These are perfect for keeping last season’s wardrobe, bed linens and towels and less frequently used games and toys, hidden away.
3. Shelves aren’t just for books
Ideal for toys, crafts and more, look to vertical shelves. It may be handy to find a design that comes with pull out baskets or drawers, to keep things neatly organised away and minimise clutter. This will give the illusion of a bigger room.
4. Look to the ceiling
Floor lamps take up space, and table lamps make bedside tables mandatory. Instead, use a pendant light and or look to wall mounted lights. You can add pops of colour with bright lampshades in keeping with the rooms colour scheme, or if you’re looking for the wow factor, there are many themed lights that are shaped or decorated like anything from clouds to boats.
5. Creative play areas
Space isn’t a requirement for interactive and imaginative play, there are plenty of ways to encourage learning and play in your child’s room. Installing a chalkboard, whiteboard or metal sheet on their wall will keep children entertained for hours. Chalkboards and whiteboards will encourage their inner artist to shine out as they create a new master piece each day, and metal sheets will allow them to play and order magnets of various colours, shapes and letters until their heart is content.
6. Hang it on a rail
Wardrobes can be unnecessarily big, especially when children’s clothes are so small! As an alternative to a wardrobe, consider simply hanging their garments on a clothing rail. In addition to drawer space, clothes rails are a stylish, space-saving way to home your little one’s clothes. What’s more, they’re really good for helping you to know exactly what outfits your child owns, and perhaps identify anything new they need.
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