When decorating any child’s bedroom you must ensure that it looks great, is completely functional and will also offer longevity. So, how to maximise space in a small bedroom without compromising on style and practicality?
Multi-functional kid’s bedrooms are becoming increasingly popular in family homes. However when you are trying to create a place for them to play, store, study and snore and space is tight, fitting in everything you need can prove to be a challenge.
As you know, we’re all about providing our customers with inspiration and tips on how to make parenting easier, so we caught up with London stylist Fi Campos, who has spent the last 6 years styling and designing sleep, play and study spaces for some of the UK’s leading children’s furniture retailers. Here Fi shares some of her ideas with us on how to best design a compact kids room.
1. Make the most of storage space under the bed
It may sound obvious but when space is tight, thinking creatively about how to create extra storage space is key.
Consider beds with integrated storage. Cabin beds are the ultimate way to add storage into children’s bedrooms or look for beds with add-on underbed drawers that will give them space to stash their stuff, should they need it.
2. Consider using neutral decor
Neutral shades can make walls visually recede into the background, making the room appear larger and therefore bringing more attention to any accessories in the room.
A neutral base to the room décor can help lighten a small room.
Bright white and pale grey are both versatile colours for compact children’s bedrooms.
3. Detract with a statement wall
If you have a more courageous decorating style, then why not consider a feature wall? Add some personality with a striking wallpaper to help liven up the room and reduce the focus from the lack of surrounding space.
In a narrow room, you can trick the eye by bring the far wall forward by painting it with a warm colour like orange, red or yellow. Painting an end wall in this instance, will create a more balanced space.
Another option is to use your ceiling as your accent wall. Cool colours tend to pull the wall away from the eye, so by painting a low ceiling in a cool colour you give the impression that the ceiling is actually higher than it is.
4. Install shelving
Put your walls to work by fitting shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls, which will add meters of additional storage space.
By positioning shelving high up on the wall, the eye will be drawn upwards towards the ceiling, creating a feeling of space and height.
5. Opt for multi-use storage
Buy multi-functional storage pieces that will work twice as hard. Invest in pieces that can double-up by offering, for example additional shelving or seating. Easy-to-move furniture is also handy. As your little one grows, their needs will change, so selecting versatile storage from the outset will mean that not only are you saving space in their bedroom to begin with but that you also won’t need to invest again.
Our classic Toy Box by KidKraft is a great example of flexible toy storage. It keeps toys and treasures safe but it can also double up as a bench for additional seating. Perfect for helping to maximise space in a small bedroom.
6. Maximise your space with mirrors
Hanging mirrors around the room can instantly make it feel bigger and brighter.
For young children’s rooms, opt for mirrors made from safety glass and ensure that they are securely fastened out of reach of little fingers.
7. Decorate vertically
Position artwork and any wall décor vertically on the wall. Another trick is to paint a band of colour on the wall, just wider than the width of the bed. Paint vertically and continue right up to the ceiling. This will help to draw the eye upwards rather than sideways.
8. Go minimal
When it comes to styling a child’s small bedroom, less is definitely more. Select storage that packs it all way into boxes or behind closed doors. Make sure everything has a “home”. Keeping a space clutter-free will help to make it appear larger than it actually is.
9. Invest in a multi-functional bed
Depending on their age, why not raise them up a few feet, and pack the space underneath the bed with lots of storage? They may be a little more pricey, but a Mid or High Sleeper Bed is an ideal way to get more out of your space, particularly in a child’s bedroom. Featuring a desk and ample shelving below a single bed, they offer more storage and room for them to do their homework without taking up precious floor space.
10. Put your bed in front of the window
When considering the layout of your small bedroom you might want to have the bed in front of the window to help maximise the floor space.
And there you have it! A few savvy tips considered and you can create a comfortable, functional place for your child to play, sleep, study and snore without the room feeling cluttered or cramped.
To ensure that you buy the most suitable space-saving bed for your child or if you need more advice on how to maximise space in a small bedroom, speak directly with one of our team members at Nest on 082 7475443.