Until the age of 18, a child’s bedroom is everything to them. It’s their private space, somewhere they can retreat to and spend time alone, an area of the home that feels like it is entirely theirs. Any parent wants their child to feel truly comfortable and content in their bedroom, while also providing an environment that is conducive to good health, happiness, education, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, achieving these goals can sometimes be more difficult than one would expect. There are dozens of different theories as to what makes for a ‘good’ child’s bedroom, with conflicting arguments regarding the items that should and shouldn’t be included in the room. Below, we’ve tried to pull together all the different concepts behind what constitutes a good child’s bedroom, some of which you may want to consider implementing in the future.
Essentials To Consider For Your Kids’ Bedrooms
Furniture is, obviously, the most important consideration when designing a child’s bedroom. In terms of finding the right furniture, it’s usually best to shop online, as this provides the opportunity to explore a range of options to ensure you’re able to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Here are a few tips on the items of furniture you’ll want to consider, and what you need to look out for when buying them:
- The bed is obviously the most important piece of furniture you will buy, so it’s well worth setting aside an afternoon to explore the great kids beds from Cuckooland and similar retailers in depth. The choice of bed can greatly influence how well your child sleeps, so this is definitely the piece of furniture you’ll want to spend the most time considering.
- A wardrobe is an essential component of any child’s bedroom, though you should be cautious when choosing sizes. A closet may look large enough in pictures, but you’ll want to double-check the measurements prior to purchasing, as children’s furniture tends to be smaller than adult options.
- A bedside table is a common choice, but again, be cautious when purchasing. You will want to avoid any items that have sharp edges, as there’s always the chance your child will roll over in their sleep and knock a corner at some point.
- If your child is of school age, you may also want to consider a desk and a suitable chair to go with it. However, if space is at a premium – or your child prefers to do their homework at the kitchen table – then you can skip this.
- You’ll also need to find storage for the room, with toy boxes, sideboards, and shelving units all suitable options. As a general rule, the more storage you can fit into the room the better, and wherever possible choose “soft close” options to ensure little fingers are always protected.
- If you have the space available, you could also consider adding a secondary seating option. Bean bags are arguably the most common choice for this, and while they may not be the most stylish option, they are the most comfortable.
Colour has always been a somewhat difficult subject for children’s bedrooms. For many years, the accepted principle was “the brighter, the better,” with the most popular themes relying on vivid, rich colours. This tendency seemed to align with the fact that children are attracted to bright colours, so it made sense to use a rich palette in their own bedroom.
However, over recent years, this approach has changed somewhat. If you browse through galleries of modern children’s bedrooms, the bright colours of yesteryear have largely been completely replaced, and pastels and neutrals have taken their place.
This sudden change from bright shades to paler shades is rather confusing and seems to be based more on aesthetics and modern trends than anything more scientific. It may, therefore, be preferable to focus on the choice of the actual colour rather than the shade. For example, we know that colours influence the moods of adults, and the same is almost certainly true of children. So whether you opt for brights or pastels, choosing a colour that aligns with how you want the room to feel is likely to be the most important choice.
It’s fair to say that colour theory is rather disputed, and different studies tend to produce different results, so there’s no established fact about what the best choice is. However, as a general guide, you may want to consider the following when choosing your child’s bedroom colour scheme:
- Green is associated with productivity
- Blue is associated with calm
- Red is associated with anger or excitement
- Orange is associated with liveliness
- Yellow is associated with happiness
- Purple is associated with indulgence
In many ways, the artwork that you choose for your child’s bedroom is entirely subjective. It depends on what they like, what you like, and the overall look that you are trying to achieve. However, there are a few uniting factors about what constitutes a good use of artwork in a child’s bedroom:
It’s usually best to opt for artwork that is in frames in order to preserve the overall look of the room, and wherever possible, opt for lightweight plastic rather than glass.
As well as store-bought artwork, it’s also a good idea to ensure space is provided for your kids’ own artwork too. You could even designate a particular frame to be constantly in flux, swapping out different pictures as and when your child creates them.
As well as artwork hanging in frames, recent years have seen a surge in stencils and murals being used in children’s bedrooms, with trees and nature scenes particularly popular. There are plenty of options on the high street if you wish to include this element, though you could also make your own stencils for a more customised theme.
There are a few other components of a well-designed child’s bedroom that are well worth taking note of, the majority of which focus as much on the practical function the room is required to fulfil as the aesthetics of the overall space:
- Blackout curtains or blinds are an absolute essential for a children’s bedroom, and especially so during the summer, when your child’s bedtime may be before the sun has actually set. It’s also worth checking to see if the blinds or curtains you select have thermal protection, as this feature can make a huge difference to the comfort of the room in all seasons.
- It can also be helpful to consider the colour of the lighting that is available. Many modern bulbs, and particularly LED bulbs, emit blue light that can interfere with sleeping patterns. You may, therefore, want to consider a lighting option using a specialist bulb that can be used at night without disrupting sleep patterns.
- For most children, their bedroom is also their playroom, so you’ll want to keep this in mind when designing the room itself. The most important consideration in this regard is the flooring you use. While hardwood and laminate flooring may be in style, there is something to be said for old-fashioned carpet in terms of comfort, which is of particular concern if your child is going to sit on the floor to play. If you’re not keen on carpet, then a rug – complete with a non-slip back – can be a sensible compromise that offers the best of both worlds.
If you keep the options above in mind when designing your child’s bedroom, you should be able to create a fun, relaxed, and functional space that your kids are sure to love.