Whoever said that children are life’s great joy never had to design a kids bedroom. Between their grand ideas and your fixed budget, it can seem impossible to make everyone happy. And with the way kids grow, how do you pick a scheme that’s flexible to their changing interests? Luckily, our senior designers have these tips for designing a bedroom that grows with your child.
Their Room, Their Art
If you find that your child’s aesthetic sensibility clashes with your own, then consider hanging up their art, in their space. Create a gallery wall—either in a haphazard arrangement or in a grid pattern—with matching frames, so that their pieces look curated and meticulous.
Accessorize Instead of Remodel
It can be tempting to give you kids bedroom a decorative theme. But choose wisely: going whole hog on a theme can be costly. For a cost-saving solution, deck out your kids bedroom with accessories that can be swapped out as they get older, and as their interests inevitably change. In this bold TriBeCa apartment, we sourced colorful accesories, including a Star Wars poster, which can be easily swapped out as our client’s kid gets older.
If getting your kids to clean up after themselves is a constant back and forth, consider ways to integrate cleanliness into their bedroom. With ample storage, your kids will have no excuse to not clean up after themselves. The kids who live in this colorful, modern Connecticut home are huge comic book fans. And so we gave them plenty of options for storing away their vast collection.
If your kids room is short on space, then consider ways to add a bit of square footage. A lofted bed, or a bunk bed, is a great way to do this. Our clients wanted to give their child ample floorspace to play, and so we lofted the bed, and installed drawers in each of the steps, for additional storage.
Set your kids up for success and make sure their space has enough room for a desk. And if two of your kids share the same space, then make sure they both have their own seperate workspaces. Our clients in this colorful mid-century apartment faced this exact predicament. So we placed one desk in the corner, and installed a floating desk between the two beds, which also doubles as a nightstand.
Pieces that Grow with Your Child
When designing a kids bedroom, it’s important to consider how your children are growing. So when sourcing furniture, pick pieces that will work for this phase, their next phase and anything that might come after. In this Upper East Side home, the cribs can be easily swapped out with twin-sized beds, transforming this nursery into a chic, stylish kids bedroom.