Tips For Designing Your Child’s First Bedroom

The move from a cot beside your bed or a nursery-style room to their very own big-kid bedroom will be a huge deal for your child. They know that this is a real transition, so it’s important to make the experience as fun and positive as possible. Designing a beautiful, stylish, and child-friendly bedroom for you toddler to sleep in doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Follow these steps to make sure your child loves their new space.

  1. Find a toddler-friendly bed. If your child has previously slept in a cot, then the transition into a larger bed can be tricky. Some children struggle to get used to a new sleeping space, while others are thrilled by the step up. If your child is old enough, allow them to help you pick out their new bed, or pick out sheets and pillowcases with characters or animals that they love. It’s easy to find cheap bedroom furniture that will be small enough for your little one and totally toddler-safe without breaking your budget.
  2. Go bold with colour. Nursery shades tend to run in pastels and neutrals, depending on your taste. Once your child has outgrown the sweet baby shades they’ll probably prefer something with a little more pop. Decorate your child’s room with bold, loud colours that make them feel happy and at home.
  3. Use wall decals. If you’re renting your home then painting the walls or creating murals can be tricky, but there are ways to add a touch of character to your child’s room without breaking your lease agreement. Use sticker wall decals and decorate freely – they’ll peel off easily when the time comes to move out, and they’re fun to play with to create your own personal patterns and designs.
  4. Play with the ceiling. We tend to neglect the ceiling in our homes, but children love to have something to stare at while they lie in bed at night. Stick-on stars are a childhood classic for a reason – kids love to gaze at the stars while they drift off to sleep, and you can teach them about constellations and the solar system.
  5. Include plenty of photos. Your child’s room shouldn’t look like an IKEA showroom – it should look like their own personal space. Make it their own by including framed family photographs and pictures they’ve drawn around the walls and on shelves so they’re surrounded by friendly familiar faces at all times.
  6. Remember storage solutions. Children’s rooms can get messy very easily, but smart storage solutions will make tidying up and keeping the room organised simple. Use stacked storage boxes and have an allocated space for toys, clothes, books, and shoes. Teach your child what belongs where so they can put things away after they’ve finished playing.
  7. Ask their advice. If your child is old enough to have their own personal preferences, invite them into the bedroom design process. They may have a particular colour they’d like to see lots of, or characters they want to be incorporated into their décor. Let them have their say – it’s their space, after all. If you designed the space before they’re old enough to chime in, make sure you have the flexibility to make some adjustments later.

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