Preparing a bedroom for children

Preparing a bedroom for children

If you’re a new home owner with a family, we all know that sometimes, it can be tough to prepare a bedroom for children. Decorating a child’s room can prove to be a tough chore, as you need to make sure it’s both hard wearing and practical for children. There are also plenty of other points to consider, from the age of the child to the gender and colours you’ll be expected to use. A boys rooms will typically be required to be more durable than girls, although with accidents to be expected, it makes sense to be overly cautious and prepare the room for every eventuality.

To begin, simply take a look at the space you have. Obviously, a larger room will offer more potential, however it will take more time, effort and money to decorate to a high standard. Typically, you don’t want to have too big a space for a small child, as it’s unnecessary and can be wasteful. If you have no alternative smaller rooms, it makes sense to divide the room into a play area and rest area for sleeping. Smaller rooms are easier to decorate, will often require a little more imagination to make clever use of the space available. If you’re looking for inspiration, checking online is a good idea (for interior design ideas Room to Bloom and Gabrielle Blair have particularly informative decorating blogs) and if that fails, reach for magazines that might give you a few ideas. Once you’ve gained some insight and inspiration, head to a DIY or hardware store such as B&Q or Wickes, to make sure that your ideas are feasible and within a sensible budget.

The key to making a kids room which is easy to maintain is to try and keep it simple. Make sure you have walls that are easy to clean; special paints can be purchased, which make the surfaces easy to be wiped down. Try to avoid wallpaper, as it can easily be damaged and is then harder to replace. Paint is easy to touch up, but it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need a stock in reserve for when damages occur. Flooring needs to be practical, and often carpets can be tricky to keep clean – sensible colour selection is key to preventing them getting dirty quickly, however if you do have accidents with stains, there are products readily available for heavy duty cleaning.

When you have the basics sorted, it’s then time to invest in strong, durable furnishings. If your child is slightly older, and is ready to move into a bed, opting for something with underneath storage can be a great space saving solution. If a child is older, then you have the option of  higher level beds that have either a desk or wardrobe underneath. They’re not only great child friendly  options, but they’re also great for space utilisation.

If space is an issue and you’re after innovative storage solutions, stackable storage boxes are reasonably priced and easy to use. Toy boxes are the answer to easily storing toys and it is good to encourage children to tidy up after them. For messier items such as paints and play dough it may be good to keep them out of reach to prevent unsupervised play. It can take time forming the just right design. Try to choose bright and warm colours and involve your child, they will find it fun.

Storage can often be an issue when you’re trying to arrange your new home, and it’s often necessary to have a thorough clear out of all your clutter. Make sure that you aren’t hoarding, as if space is a precious commodity, you won’t want your cupboards to stay full of old keepsakes.

If you’ve recently redecorated a room for your children, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave us all your top tips in the comments section below!


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