Kids eventually grow. It is a natural, inevitable process that is both a sad and happy process for parents. On the one hand, it gets sad because you will not get to re-experience your child’s wonder and wits as you teach him or her how to dress, tie their shoes, and so on. Yet on the other hand, it is a happy one as they will soon embark on the road to adolescence and subsequently, adulthood where they will have to make decisions of their own.
Indeed, raising kids is a challenge, from providing their basic needs like food and clothes up to giving them a suitable shelter. Home designing is not exempted from the demands of growing child. As a kid grows, he or she develops different tastes and preferences, and their room will have to adjust to their changing needs. Unsure of how to give your kid’s bedroom a makeover? Here are some useful guides on how to design your kid’s bedroom at each stage of childhood.
This room can serve your children from infancy up to early childhood. Aesthetics is not the biggest consideration here but its functionality. The room should be comfortable for the child and convenient for the parents as they do their duties.
Infancy is perhaps the craziest stage of childhood, not for the child but for the parents as they spend most of their time and energy, not to mention money for milk powder, diapers, and other essentials, in raring the child. This is the shortest stage of childhood but at times it feels like infinity for the parents.
At this point, the bed is the most important item in the room as it is used for sleeping and dressing the baby, as well as for the parents for resting. You can start with high-level mattress for better cushion and then lowering it as your baby learns how to stand. For storage, you can opt for a simple chest of drawers or cabinet which you can use at a later stage. A chair is also necessary for you to sit on while taking care of your baby. As to room decoration, you can go minimalist or with a baby theme like animals, alphabets, or outer space.
Next comes the toddler stage at roughly 1-4 years old. Be prepared as your child will be all over the house, running and playing. Expectedly, toys, books and stuffs will be scattered, not only in their bedrooms, but also all throughout the house.
Storage baskets or containers will be very necessary for keeping the toys, and bookshelves for the books. Train your child to help you in cleaning up without making look like it is some sort of heavy work. Toddlers are generally cooperative and enjoy helping adults, so take advantage of it!
Since they are still growing, they need plenty of sleep. You may keep the same bed before, assuming it is big enough for your children to toss and turn around, or purchase a new one, say a junior-sized bed. If you’re considering keeping the bed frame for the long run, you can also consider getting a regular-sized bed frame instead.
Keep the room free from clutter as much as you can, especially at night so your kid can easily and peacefully sleep. Games will also be more fun if their playing area is clean.
Room for school-age child
At school age, your child begins to learn and play independently. They begin to refrain from playing with their big toy trucks or with their dollhouses. Instead, they begin collecting action figures, Lego systems, toy cars, and dolls. The bedroom should be ready to house all these things. More storage options should be taken into consideration, like bigger bookcases, shelves, and baskets. A bed with an underneath storage will also be perfect.
At this age, they also have develop their own taste and styles so consider what they like when it comes to room design and decors. They can go wild and quirky with their choices, so do not simply let them do everything. Integrate your practical judgment with their options so that you end up with a clean and fun room that both of you and your child likes.
Consider a special nook inside the bedroom where your child can study or get homework done. Though these are sometimes done in the kitchen or even in the living room, it will be more effective if they have their own area in their bedroom. A small table with a seat or two will be fine.
When your child reaches adolescence, they develop a world of their own. We have all been through this stage and during this time, we want a truly private personal space where we can express ourselves. It is the same with your teenage child. Toys become obsolete while other items like clothes and shoes start piling up. Hence, storages are still vital, particularly the open shelves where they can easily place their stuffs.
For their beds, invest in one which can carry them through to their adult years. As for the room decoration, your child has a mind of their own, so give them the freedom of doing as they like. Just check on them occasionally, to make sure things are still in their proper order.
After their teenage years, your child would have grown into a full adult and eventually move out on their own or as they get married. But as they leave their nest, the memories they have in their sanctuary at home will forever stay in their mind.