Tips On Maximizing The Space In Your Child's Bedroom
Aug 20 2012
Ironically it is the smallest member of the household that normally requires the maximum amount of space. However creating space for toys, activities, homework and sleeping may pose a challenge when you don’t have the luxury of a lot of space. Yet if sufficient room is created for space, your child will be less likely to move their toys from room to room making it easier for you to keep on top of things.
A child’s room however small can be cleverly designed to create a creative space as well as a relaxing haven. Children need an organised space where they can feel secure and relaxed whilst being able to express their creativity. In order to create this balance it’s a good idea to look at the layout. By simply changing the position of the bed away from toys it will help a child associate one part for playing and one for relaxing.
Firstly throw away any broken toys or old clothing. Donate or sell items that no longer fit or toys that aren’t played with anymore. This will allow you to free up some space right away. A clutter free space will instantly make a room look more spacious and will help a child relax. In addition ensure you child has a laundry hamper so they have somewhere to put dirty clothes rather than strewn along the floor.
A sofa bed is a good way to create space as it doesn’t sacrifice an open area and makes the room look bigger. The extra space can then be used for activities. There are also high raised beds known as “cabin beds” or “loft beds” which can include a desk, wardrobe and drawers underneath to create compact storage and be multifunctional. If there is more than one child, bunk beds are a great space saving solution when children are young.
As a child’s prerogative is to play you may need ample storage to tidy away games and toys. A child’s bedroom has multiple purposes so it is vital to ensure that no corner goes unused as this can count as extra space. Mount the television to the wall and hang small toy hammocks in the corner of the room to keep cuddly toys in one place. Use corner stacking bins for arts and crafts and storage boxes for toys under the bed. Create a ledge or shelves in the room to display trophies, trinkets or dolls. The back of the door can also be used to hang coats or dressing gowns.
A great way of giving the illusion of a larger expanse of space is to use stripes on the walls. Vertical stripes will make the room look taller while horizontal stripes make the room appear wider. Painting the room in lighter colours will make the room more light and airy and generally bigger.
Whether the bedroom is large or you are limited on space, fitted wardrobes are a good option to maximise storage space. As well as toy storage, clothing storage is just as important. Children may need multiple combinations of clothes for school, sports, dancing and the weekend so fitted wardrobes will be ideal to encompass all of that. Built in wardrobes can be created in spaces that would not normally be been used such as alcoves or angular walls where free standing wardrobes wouldn’t normally fit. Fitted wardrobes can have drawers at the bottom and additional shelves inside that cleverly cover everything up.
With a smaller room the key is careful planning as well as utilising all space in creative ways. With a few minor changes you can maximise the space in your child’s room without having to compromise.
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