Although they are the tiniest members of the family, kids undoubtedly take up the most space in our homes and our hearts! Having a separate room for kids has become an essential more than a luxury today.
Things have changed a lot from the past and these days having just a kids room is not enough. The pandemic compelled the kids to stay at home. School, play dates, everything moved online, which meant that most of the time was going to be spent at home. This is what gave rise to having a proper kids room, with the ambience, the elements of play that would keep their spirits high and make them feel less disheartened about being at home.
Today, parents have become extra cautious about providing the same ambience by designing their rooms as per their liking to ensure they feel great at home. Here are some top ideas that will give you the right inspo to design your kids bedroom, one that they are sure to love!
10 Tips for Kids Room Design for a Modern Kids Bedroom
Have extra storage- maybe even double:
Kids have a lot of ‘stuff’ that needs storage. The endless toys, books and crayons can pile on to be a huge clutter if they are not stored well. This is only possible if enough storage is planned to keep their things away in an organized manner.
Use the space below the bed to store the lesser used things. Build bookshelves on the walls in a way that they can have easy access to them. If you don’t have enough space to build a still storage, you can organize them in large storage boxes that can be stacked and stored in the room.
Make rooms study friendly to keep them motivated:
Having a keen interest in academics is the wish of every parent. This can be encouraged by making a study friendly room for kids. Install a nice, colorful study table with their favorite cartoon printed on it. You can make a ‘homework corner’ which houses the study table and make some cabinets that have the space to store their school books and other materials that are in easy reach of them. These small steps will give them that extra interest and incentive to pack their bags for school and do their homework everyday, thus keeping them motivated.
Keep the flooring friendly:
With kids comes a huge amount of pilferage, stains and mess. It is very important that the room is designed in a way that combats these aspects. Carpeted flooring is a great choice for homes that have smaller kids as the cushioned flooring will prevent them from getting hurt. But there is a setback too- too much spillage will spoil them as they will absorb the liquids and will be difficult to clean.
If not for carpets, then good floor tiles that have anti skid properties are also a great option. They are super easy to clean and maintain, which is a huge bonus when it comes to kids.
Have different toys and colorful objects:
Kids keep themselves busy with different toys and playing objects at home. Pick toys that are engaging, colorful, age friendly and safe to play. It is important to have a mix of toys that they like and ones that add value to their development. This way, they can keep themselves busy and playful throughout the day.
Paint the walls with waterproof paints or wall tiles:
The notoriety of kids is not shy from any one of us. There must seldom be a home that may have clean walls without a stroke of crayon on it. No matter how hard we try to keep our walls from staining and our kids from scribbling, at one point it may seem impossible to stop them. In this case, it is best to have the walls painted with paint that is stain proof and easy to clean.
If cleaning is something that seems like a huge task, the best option then would be to install walls tiles. This is a permanent solution that would shoo away your woes of cleaning and staining for good!
Leave a light on in the kids room:
We see that most of the kids are not friends with the dark. They like to be in spaces that are bright and well lit for them to be able to see and play well. It is important and healthy for them to have the exposure of as much natural light as possible.
It is not advised for the kids to have a single light in the room. Customize light fixtures in the kids room based on the use; a good white light for their study area, subtle yellow light around their bedside and a night light for snooze time.
The secret, personalize:
For the children, their room is also their safe haven. So it is important to design the room as an extension of their personality. If your child is quite the Picasso, install some drawing boards around the room. If your child loves colors, give your child’s room a color boost. Try two color combinations for their bedroom walls to create a colorful space of their dreams.
If your child loves to read, hang in some bookshelves around the room that is within their reach for them to access their books by themselves. If your child loves a particular cartoon character, get wall stickers of that character or have bedsheets in that print. Also have a pin up board for your child to pin their favorites, their pictures from school or drawing assignments. This will make the room more lively.
There is no dearth of choice when it comes to choosing a bedding for your child. Convertible, bunk beds, four posters, canopy, choose one that you think your child would love the most. For school goers, having a scheduled bedtime forms the crux and having an interesting bedding will encourage them to follow their bedtime schedules well as it would be something that they would be looking forward to.
Have a kid friendly bathroom:
A kid-friendly bathroom is one is the most important for two reasons:
- Kids should be able to have comfortable access to all the areas in the bathroom.
- It needs to be designed to adhere to maximum safety.
We all want our kids to be independent at some point, but it will be pointless if we are not able to provide means that would allow them to be so. Make sure that the counters, cabinets and basins are placed in a way that is convenient for the child to have access to. Extra care must be taken to have safe and anti-slip flooring for kids. The flooring needs to be sound and slip resistant, yet interesting at the same time to make bath time fun for them. You can have a theme in the bathroom that can be seen through wall tiles, shower curtains and fittings.
If it is a kid’s room, childproofing the room has to be top priority. Childproofing has to be done with great vigilance so that there are no loose ends. Right from eco-friendly paints that are baby safe to using natural linens for blankets and bedsheets, take care in even using things in the kid’s room that are healthy for the kid, not only safe.
All plug sockets and switches should be placed at a distance the child can’t reach in order to avoid any potential electric mishaps. If the kids room has a balcony, be sure to enclose it at a decent height, one that is safe and beyond the height of the child.
Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.
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