Do you remember watching Hey Arnold! As a kid and wishing so badly that you had a bedroom like Arnold’s? His room was so cool! Or what about Clarissa’s bedroom from Clarissa Explains It All? These TV bedrooms were every ‘90s kids’ dream—they had everything. Now that we’re having kids of our own, it’s only natural that we want to give them the things we never had, starting with their bedroom style.
Keeping It Hip: The Kid’s Room
Every kids’ bedroom needs a comfy bed, snuggly blanket, warm lighting, a shelf stuffed with books and their very own arts corner. Apartment Therapy writes that a child’s bedroom should also have an item that they chose themselves. If you’ve had any experience designing a room, then you know it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of redecorating. If we don’t let our kids have a hand in decorating their bedroom space, they might not really feel like it’s theirs. But first, let’s get started with the basics.
One of the main issues we face when redecorating the kids’ room is knowing what type of furniture to get. If we go with a theme, they’ll get bored of it in no time, and if we get it to fit them at age 8, they’ll have physically outgrown it by age 8 and a half. So what can we do? Freshome suggests that we pay attention to “versatility for longevity.” Because the kids grow up so fast, getting bedroom furniture that’ll only last for the next six months is a waste of money and resources. Instead of opting for the standard twin bed, invest in a full-size mattress that they will grow into. Along with saving some extra money, a bigger bed is excellent for creating storage space and hiding little Tommy’s treasure trove of Legos. As you look into mattresses and bed frames, look at frames that offer drawer pull-outs underneath the mattress. This will keep all of the toys in one place and make for easy clean up.
What is the most soothing material object that can be found in the home? That’s right, it’s a blanket. Blankets are a multi-purpose object in a kid’s room. The blanket can be used for snuggles, pitching a tent and is the perfect accessory for play time. To the imaginings of a child, the blanket can be a rushing river when it’s stretched out across the floor or a superhero’s cape when draped over the child’s shoulders. A blanket will serve as a functional, practical and imaginative item in the kids’ room. And as the tots grow into pre-teens and into teenagers, it will become an object of nostalgia and something they’ll never part with. They might even pass it down to their own progeny when the time comes!
Think back to some of your fears as a child. Was one of those fears being afraid of the dark? According to the Alarm Clock Blog, fear of the dark is most frequently seen in children between the ages of 4 and 6. While a blanket can work to help pacify a child afraid of the dark, warm lighting is actually your best trick. And with sites like Lumens you can get the perfect light for your child’s room without sacrificing your contemporary lighting tastes. Who needs a ladybug night light when you can get a fashionable table lamp that’ll follow the child to college?
The nook is where we can find our little artist’s Crayola water colors, and bookshelves stuffed to the gunnels with all of our old childhood favorites like “I’ll Love You Forever” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” With their very own bookshelf and drawing desk, your child can create an imaginary world that is all their own, making them feel that they are in a safe, colorful space filled with love and light.
The beautiful thing about children is they don’t take themselves too seriously. They live in the moment and take things as they happen. Why should decorating their bedroom be a serious business? So get a can of paint in their favorite color and start furniture hunting, you’re going to make their bedroom fun