How to Build the Perfect Room for Your Growing Kid
Kids — they grow up fast, don’t they? One minute you’re driving them to their first day of preschool, and the next, they’re hastily waving to you after seeing their friends outside their college dorm. Life moves quickly. That’s why it’s important to create those great family memories while they’re still under your roof — and not too cool to hug you in public.
With that in mind, everyone remembers their childhood room. Whether it was a pink palace or Pokemon haven, there was something truly distinct about it that made it yours. It spoke to your personality and imagination in your younger years. Now, as a parent, you want to keep that same sense of wonder alive for your own kids.
Decorating a kid’s room can be tricky though. These are formative years and their style and personal tastes change as quickly as their hobbies and passions. It’s pretty much impossible to keep up with those rapid shifts, but you can do some things to make sure it stays true to them as individuals. Get your nostalgia hats handy as we take a look at how to decorate rooms for your growing kid.
Build Around The Bed
The bed is the focal point of any bedroom. For a growing kid, it’s life. They go there to relax. They go there when they’re mad. They go there when they need to think. It’s a crucial part of childhood in general — not to mention the health benefits of proper sleep.
A lot of people tend to go with a twin-size bed to start when their kids are young. While this is a good option and size appropriate for a younger child — your teenager may not be so thrilled. If that’s the case, as it often is, you’re going to be spending extra money replacing that twin with a double or queen-size mattress in a hurry. To avoid doing that, why not start bigger? Give your young ones a little more space and comfort so they can eventually grow into the bed.
Of course, that’s only one way of looking at things. You also want to make sure you’re not only considering utility. If your kid loves a certain theme or style, it’s important to try to facilitate that as much as possible.
Take Their Word for It
As much as we’d all love to be super-parents and give our little ones their dream bedroom — it’s not always possible.
What is feasible, however, is including them in the conversation. That may not work when your child is too young to talk, but you can ask them about their bedroom needs once they’re old enough to comment. And listen, we’re not talking about a full-on design consultant sitdown with your 8-year-old. Instead, ask them some simple questions like what colours do they like or who are their heroes? With that information, you can create the bedroom they want without going overboard. Add subtle hints of their favourite colour, so they feel comfortable and hang a poster or two of a beloved singer or superhero. Whatever it is, there’s always a way to incorporate their favourite things.
Make Room for Homework
Homework, the bane of every kid’s existence but, ultimately, necessary. If you’re setting up a bedroom for your child, you need to give them a proper work area where they can do their assignments in peace.
Building a nice desk space with proper lighting for your kids to do their homework is easy enough. All you have to do is stop by a couple of furniture stores and furniture liquidators to pick out the right desk and lamp combination, and you’re all set.
You can go bigger or smaller depending on the size of the room itself, but make sure it doesn’t occupy a massive amount of space. It’s homework, not Martha Stewart’s kitchen. The key is that it’s just enough to make them comfortable while working.
- Love Dodd