Shared bedrooms for siblings is pretty common. It is, after all, the stomping grounds for where siblings will build their closest bonds. When it comes to creating a room for multiple children, trying to find a design that interests all of your children can be quite the task. From different genders, ages, and personalities, creating a fully functional safe place for your kids to sleep and play will require a bit of creativity.
Below are some tips to help you overcome those design challenges of creating a shared room.
Shared Bedroom for Boys and Girls
When you’re dealing with a son and a daughter, choosing the right design and layout for the shared room can be a bit complex. You want to make it a room that they both enjoy being in, but what options do you have for décor?
Here are some suggestions:
- Choose a gender-neutral color for the walls, furniture, and curtains. If your children are old enough to give an opinion, have them help choosing the color of the room. Greens, Blues, Grays, White, and Tans are all colors that can be incorporated into the room.
- When it comes to choosing bedding sets and other accessories in the room, allow the children to express their personalities through the selections. For instance, your daughter may prefer a blanket with flowers on it, while your son might be more into a wild safari theme. Be sure that whichever linens they choose for the beds, that they complement the colors you’ll be adding to the walls.
Shared Bedroom for Different Ages
For some parents, the issue isn’t creating a room for a son and a daughter, but designing a room for children of varying ages. Designing a room that will accommodate your 5 year old and your 12 year old daughters would obviously add a new level of confusion for parents.
Here’s how you can handle this:
- When you have children of varying ages sleeping in the same room, they’re obviously not going to have the same interests. Giving them enough space of their own to partake in activities they like and have their privacy when they want is ideal – especially if you have a child on the brink of becoming a teenager. Look at the spacing in the room and determine how you can maximize the space to give each child their own corner or area in the room.
- To minimize the chances of your children arguing over who is on who’s side, it’s probably a good idea to find a way to section off each child’s area of the room. Using room dividers, shelves, dressers, or even area rugs can be a great way to define each child’s area.
- Any community technology that might be left in the room for the kids to utilize should definitely be placed in a general area where all of your children can access it. For instance, a shared television can be displayed on the wall this way each of the kids can see the television without having to go into another sibling’s area.
Your kids will spend a great deal of time in their rooms laughing, playing, sleeping, and just having a great time. When it comes to designing a shared room for your children, don’t let obstacles like gender, style differences, or age to get in the way. With a bit of creativity, input from the kids, and the layout and color choices, you can create a sophisticated bedroom that your children will enjoy for years to come.
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