- Decorating your child’s room can be quite a challenge. Storage requirements and style whims change from year to year, and it can be difficult to establish a design that will last through the ages. Here are some tips and ideas to help you create a functional — but fun! — room that will satisfy your child’s needs as he or she grows up.
Plan for the future
Consider the needs of your future thirteen-year-old when you’re buying for your three-year-old. You have to expect updates through the years, but you can also make basic choices that will grow with your child. Look for the classic rather than the whimsical or trendy. Realize that children accumulate “stuff” (and more stuff!) through the years, and allow for flexible expansion of storage space. (A petite three-drawer lingerie chest might be adorable for baby clothes, but won’t contain a preteen’s bulky sweaters and jeans.)
Choose classic wallcoverings in neutral colors. They can easily be enhanced by using borders or wall appliques, or by hanging pictures suited to your child’s age and interests. It’s a much bigger prospect, however, to completely redo nursery-themed wallpaper or to paint over baby pink walls.
Use interchangeable items to carry out a short-lived theme: sheets, curtains, throw pillows, and wall hangings can be easily updated to reflect your child’s interests. With themes from cartoon characters to funky geometrics, these accessories are a great source of decorating inspiration.
Go for the durable
Let’s face it — kids are rough on stuff! Chances are the bed will do double duty as a jungle gym from time to time. Floors are likely to suffer spills. Walls will bear the brunt of fingerprints, and probably at some point, uncommissioned artwork.
Choose materials that can tolerate the punishment that kids dish out. Look for washable vinyl wall coverings or glossy paint finishes that can be wiped down. Select flooring that is easy to keep clean and stain-resistant, like hardwood, wood laminate, or stain-resistant carpeting. Another factor for consideration is soundproofing — carpeting is a good bet for muffling the loud music that your teen prefers!
Play it safe
Kids spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. Unfortunately, that gives them a lot of time to uncover hidden dangers. Create a safe environment by avoiding furniture with sharp corners, bins or toy boxes that can slam shut, and unstable accessories that can topple over. Secure dressers and bookshelves to the wall, and discourage climbers by keeping toys on lower shelves. Don’t stack furniture by the windows. Choose safe window treatments without cords or loops that children can become entangled in.
While bunk beds are a popular choice for families, children under age six should be kept off the top bunk. Make sure that the bunks have guard rails and a secure ladder.
And of course, your child’s room — and all the bedrooms in your home — should be equipped with a smoke detector.
Involve your child
While children should be allowed to create rooms that matches their individual styles, of course parents have the final say. If you’re redecorating, go on a scouting mission on your own. Choose three or four suitable samples from product showrooms or catalogs, and then let your child make the final selection.
Give your children lots of opportunity to display their artwork and treasured collections. Cork or bulletin boards, chalkboards, and shadow boxes are all good ways to provide a showcase. Encourage kids to express themselves.
A bedroom should be a place where a child feels safe, secure, and comfortable. Now that you’ve got these basics in place, check out our Hot Tips and articles for fun style ideas submitted by Moms.
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