Kids’ rooms

THE kids’ room … what can I say? It’s definitely a tricky one! We have to  come to terms with the fact that, no matter how much we try and take every square foot into consideration to create a tidy and organised space, it will never be the perfect picture we were intent on achieving.

The simple reason is that where there’s kids, there’s chaos! The goal that parents want to aim for is that the bedroom is uncluttered, and, more importantly, easy to keep tidy. If you provide a space that’s easy to maintain, that’s one less excuse they can use on you!

For this, you need hard-wearing furniture. Kids don’t have the patience for flimsy drawers, and they pull them out carelessly, breaking anything that is breakable. So, for a child’s bedroom, I choose good-quality furniture over fashionable, occasional pieces, every time.

The fact they grow so quickly is something else to consider. It is all very exciting becoming a parent for the first time, and you want everything to be so special, but forking out on a Winnie the Pooh bedroom set is not very practical.

In a couple of years’ time, you will need to change it. If you want to go with a theme, work with the soft furnishings – curtains, blinds and bed covers – because these sorts of things are easily changed.

When it comes to the nursery, having things to hand is a good tip. I didn’t go mad buying all the baby gadgets, because most of it is unnecessary, and takes up too much precious space. The one thing I do recommend for a baby, furniture-wise, is a changing/bathing table. Your back will definitely thank you for it!

From babies, they go on to become toddlers, which is challenging, to say the least! At this stage, you want to create a fun play-space, always bearing safety in mind.

This is when your child is learning to explore, and doing things by him/herself. They mostly do what they aren’t supposed to, like climbing up on pieces of furniture, and pulling on anything in their reach. They say a good way to check any safety hazards is by getting down on all fours, and seeing things from their height and perspective.

At this stage, you should also play on the fact that you can influence your child with what you surround them. For instance, you can encourage them to read by creating a reading area, or just by having their books on show, rather than hidden in a cupboard.

Do it while you can, because, as the years go by, they will soon want to have more input as to how they would like their own bedroom. And so they should, as it should reflect one’s personality, kids included!

Then, after kids, it’s teenagers. As a parent, I haven’t got to this stage yet, and, as much as I’m dreading it, I was once an awkward teenager myself, and remember my bedroom being my sacred place.

Teenagers spend a lot of hours in their rooms, especially during these times of technology in which we live. I would say that most teenagers spend an unhealthy amount of time locked away in their rooms, so this is a great time to revamp, and make a space in which they can grow.

Make the most of the area, and take into consideration their needs. A good work/study area is essential, as well as storage, and make the most of the wardrobe, by making every inch count.

But my key tip on this stage is not to make it too comfortable, as adulthood is just around the corner; making it too good may encourage them to never move out!


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