Your child’s bedroom is a really important room. Think back to your own childhood bedroom (hello rainbow wallpaper and cloud curtains!). It’s their own space and that’s really significant to a child. Obviously it needs to be a comfortable place to sleep but if you don’t have the luxury of a separate playroom, the space often doubles up as their dedicated play area too.
Our son is reaching an age where independent play is more possible, and I think it’s important for their development (and your sanity!) to be able to play on their own from time to time. How great would it be if they could play happily in their room while you’re getting dinner ready – or even better while you have a cheeky lie-in and some well-deserved me-time on a Sunday morning? (We can dream, can’t we?!)
As your child gets older, it becomes even more important that they have a place to call their own, away from the grown-ups.
We’ve recently reorganised our son’s room with independent play in mind, and it’s been a big hit. We’re hoping it means that toys will be kept in his room and not spread over the entire house. Fingers crossed.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your little one’s bedroom.
Make the furniture more exciting
The main piece of furniture is obviously the bed. Yes, it’s functional but it doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of cleverly-designed beds, like these cool bunk beds from Cuckooland, that your child will probably love.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even build the furniture around a theme your child likes. Make sure the theme has lasting power though – you don’t want to have to redesign the whole room if your child suddenly no longer likes pirates!
Decorate the room in a fun way
Our house is all white walls and we’re more about the minimalist look, which I appreciate is not necessarily the fun factor that children are after! We try to add personality to our son’s room through decor, accessories and toys.
It’s actually really fun to decorate your child’s room because you can be really creative, and braver and bolder with colours and patterns.
Make all their toys easily accessible
When you’re planning the layout of the room, make sure your child has easy access to all their favourite toys.
Look for low level storage solutions to ensure your child can reach everything. Toy boxes are great at keeping everything organised and make tidying up so much easier. Just make sure they close safely to lessen the chances of trapped fingers.
Involve your child in setting up the room
Ask your little one if they’d like to help design the room, choose colours, and set it up. Chances are they’ll love being involved and they’ll feel more ownership of the space. It needs to be a place where they’re happy to spend their time and feel comfortable.
If you’re feeling brave, maybe they can even help to paint the walls!
If you have any other tips to share, we’d love to hear them. Please feel free to post any comments below.
Disclaimer: This is a contributed post.