In my experience of designing children’s bedrooms, it is so important to maximise and utilise space as well as taking into consideration what the child in question likes. 

A lot of children in modern day homes are usually placed in the smallest room in their house. This is due to most commonly, them not needing much space. In this instance, I would highly recommend for a child of five and over, a high rise sleeper bed giving storage underneath in the form of a wardrobe, chest of drawers and desk. These are great also for giving children an enclosed space for them to feel comfortable in and their own ‘den’ so to speak.

Larger rooms, a theme of a bed to go with a room, for example boats/pirates/dinosaurs/cars/princess/fairy/unicorns etc. So many high street retailers have all the accessories and decor that you can purchase to totally create the look for this. 

Storage is vital for children with their toys. I find the Swedish company, Ikea, fantastic for their range of storage units and have recently acquired one myself when designing my son’s bedroom where his obsession is dinosaurs, as shown in the image at the top of the page.

Another factor which is increasingly becoming more talked about is children who have sensory needs. Creating a ‘safe place’ for them and incorporating sensory lights, fabrics, textures and toys is a huge must for a child who is diagnosed with sensory needs.

The dark can also be a very daunting place for a young child, so introducing a night light is also a positive way of how your child can drift off to sleep without being afraid of the dark.

Window dressings are also hugely important. A black out blind is also advisory as well as curtains to frame the window. Children seem to rise as soon as the sun does, so I have always highly recommended blinds.

Children do not stay children for very long and the transition into the teenage years means a new bedroom! No longer do they want the theme they grew up with but a more grown up feel. 

When I have redesigned a teen’s room, I tend to keep it simple but using two or three colours, minimal accessories and make the bed the focal point of the room with a few finishing touches of photo frames, natural light and creating that growing up phase.

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