A Guide to Designing your Child’s Bedroom

Stuck with designing your child’s bedroom? This guide will help you! 

As someone who loves interior design and decorating, I have to say that bedrooms are probably my favourite room in the entire house.

I like them because they let you do something different from the rest of your house. Everyone’s bedroom is like their own little haven where they can fully express themselves. It allows you to play around with unique styles and interior design ideas that you wouldn’t consider elsewhere in your home.

Designing your own bedroom is easy as you know exactly what you like and can fit things to your personality.

But, what if you’re designing a bedroom for your children? I’ve got many friends with children, and they’re always talking about home design. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to write a little guide for any parents out there struggling to create their child’s dream bedroom.

If you don’t know where to start or are just looking for general tips, feel free to use the ideas explained below.

Ceiling & Wall Art

I’m not an expert on children, but I do know that they love cool drawings, pictures and bright colours.

Keeping that in mind, a great tip for designing your child’s bedroom is to provide them with some cool art on their walls and ceilings. Come up with a design that can be drawn on their walls to make their bedroom feel more like it belongs to a child.

This can be anything from just a few cool shapes to an actual mural of sorts. Some people like to pick a theme and draw something like a forest around the walls with trees and animals, etc. It’s entirely up to you!

But don’t stop there. Why not get some art on the ceiling too? Personally, I think it would be really cool to get the sky painted on their ceiling. If possible, it could be the night’s sky with lots of stars dotted around. Take things the extra mile and make the stars glow in the dark, so they light up at night!

Kids will love this, and it will make bedtime a little bit special. I think both these ideas are really good for making a room more child-friendly. It breaks the mould from typical boring room design where you use basic colours on the walls and plain wallpaper.

Funky Beds

I always wanted a cool bed as a child. I’d see school friends with funky beds where the frame was designed to look like something else. Every Christmas I’d look through the Argos catalogue and spot a bed that was designed to look  like a doll’s house. I wanted that bed so badly! It never happened (cue the sad violins). 

A funky bed will be brilliant for your child as it just makes their room look and feel more fun. They will love how cool their bed looks, and it makes them feel unique and special.

Nowadays, there are loads of stylish bunks beds for kids that are made to look like different things such as London buses, tree houses, etc. Children adore bunk beds because they’re slightly different to what most people sleep on. 

From a practical perspective, a bunk bed provides your child with more space as they take up less room on the floor. Especially if you have two kids sharing one room. Now you can sleep them in the same place without taking up most of their floor space with two beds.

A Play Area

The layout of your child’s bedroom is extremely important if you want them to get the most out of it. Some people will – quite bizarrely – put their child’s bed in the middle of the room. Don’t do this, it takes up way too much space and gives them almost no play area at all.

Instead, design the room so most of the furniture is pushed up against the walls. This will automatically create a big open space in the middle for your child to play in.

Giving your child enough room to play is essential. It means they can get all their toys out and play in their bedroom for as long as they want. As such, they won’t spend as much time playing all over the house. They don’t have the excuse of there not being enough space in their room, which makes them bring all their toys in the living room.

Basically, what I’m saying is that designing your kids room to have a large enough play area will contain their mess. Clever, I know. You should also find some clever storage units for all their toys to go into. 

Soft Carpet

Lastly, I want to talk about what goes on the floor in your child’s bedroom. Back when I was a kid, carpet was the only choice. These days, some modern homes have stylish hardwood flooring in the bedrooms. This doesn’t make sense to me, I think a soft carpet is much better for a child’s bedroom.

Why? Because it’s safer for them and they can’t fall on hard floor and hurt themselves. More to the point, their toys won’t have as much risk of breaking if dropped on carpet compared to a hardwood floor. It makes the room cosy and cute too, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a child’s bedroom.

The four ideas here will set you on your way to designing your child’s bedroom. You’ve given them a very cool room thanks to the wall and ceiling art. You’ve provided them with a unique bed that they’ll absolutely love. And, you’ve made enough space for a play area on a soft carpet. Now, you can think about extras like the different furniture you might have, and so on.

Hopefully, this little guide provides you with a good starting place to move forwards!

How to Renovate a Furnished Flat

These days there is a growing trend for rented flats and accommodation to come fully furnished, so how can you renovate a furnished flat?

Fully furnished accommodation is great for most renters as it means that they don’t have to scramble to find any extra cash for furnishing their new place. However, it does mean that the apartment might not really be up to your tastes. But don’t worry about that, though, as there are some ways you can renovate a furnished flat by tweaking the decor and furnishings to make it a bit more ‘you’. Read on for some useful tips!

Cover Sofas And Armchairs With Throws

blue sofa with colourful throws and cushions

Not too keen on the style of sofas and armchairs in the living room? You just need to cover them up with some throws. You’ll be able to find prestigious textiles to add a bit of extra clash and sophistication to the room. But even if you can’t afford some upmarket throws, you can still find some budget ones to change the colour of these soft furnishings. Drape them over an arm or completely cover the sofa if you really don’t like it.

Add Your Own Art

renovate a furnished flat by adding more artwork and cushions

You don’t have to feel obliged to keep all the artwork that comes with the flat. Most landlords hang some very boring paintings and photographs on the walls, just to give the rooms a bit more personality, but they usually don’t add anything to the interiors. If you don’t like any of this art, you don’t have to feel obliged to keep it there. You can always replace these with any of your own paintings and prints.

Bring More Colour In

It’s a good idea to try and add a bit more colour to the flat as many landlords leave their rented accommodation quite neutral. There are various ways you can bring in some colour, from scattering some bright cushions onto the sofa and beds and adding a few vibrant rugs to the floors. You will find that houseplants are another good way of letting colour pop in your furnished flat.

bright living room with colourful cushions and plants

Buy Your Own Bedding

Even if the furnished apartment comes with bedding for the beds and towels for the bathroom, you should buy your own. If you stick to the supplied bedding and towels, you might feel like you are staying in a hotel and it will take you a long time to get settled in. So, buy your own bedding and towels so that you feel a lot more comfortable in your new home. Before you know it, you’ll feel right at home and very settled!

white bedding and white walls with wooden headboard

Get Your Own Curtains

It might be an extra expense, but getting your own curtains that are in a style and colour that you like will help you make the flat feel your own. You can also make sure that they match all of the other decorative features that you bring into this new apartment.

 

So, as you can see, you don’t need to live with someone else’s style just because you move into a furnished flat. Follow all of the above tips and you will even forget that the flat was furnished in the first place!