Creating the right space and furnishings for your child’s room can be challenging. A lot goes on in a child’s room over the years. From that room come learning experiences, creativity and imagination. A child’s room is a safe place where he can be with his friends or just hang out by himself. A child’s room is a place where he can explore and learn about himself, gather his thoughts and discover his own talents.
As a parent, we play an important role in helping him to achieve these milestones. Creating a room for your child that is user friendly, offers stimulation and a warm, safe haven is very important for growth in all areas of his life.
One thing that we know for sure is that children love “stuff”. With stuff comes the need for storage and space, which is why it is so important to maximize the space that you have. There are many products on the market today to help you achieve all of this from shelving, bookcases, chests and cabinets, all geared around any theme that you can think of. It is important before beginning a room to discuss this with your child, depending on his age. Children need to be a part of some of the decisions being made in regard to their space. Let him discuss colors that he likes, certain themes and schemes and what he would like the room to portray. Depending on his age, he may want bright, colorful and cheerful. He may want a quite room where he can go to read and study and gather his thoughts. Whatever your child’s interests, just listen and keep these things in mind when you make the final decisions on the furnishings and arrangements. A good way to design a child’s room is to create different areas of interest spread throughout the room. For example, a quite area, a music or electronics area, a designated crafts or collections area with space to display special things.
Consider your child’s activities and talents when making decisions on furniture to put in the room. If he is a gymnast for example, whether you like it or not, he is going to be tumbling and flipping in that room, so minimize the furniture and allow extra space. If your child is a reader and a writer, create an area where he can cozy up in a comfortable chair, or create an area that includes big fluffy pillows for lounging. Make sure to have good lighting in that section. The basic principal is to design the room around the child’s interests and give him room to grow and change and add to his interests and talents.
Your child is not going to think about organization in the room, so this will be up to you to implement ways to introduce and supply ample storage through creative ways to stay organized. Again, depending on your child’s interests, you may need to provide a system to display collectibles, store toys, a place to hang artwork and store art supplies, a hamper or basket for dirty clothes, a rack for shoes, or a nook to keep school supplies, backpack and books in. Bulletin boards and peg boards hung at a child’s height is a great way to encourage good organizational skills at an early age.
If purchasing new furniture for your child’s room, consider what you will do with it after your child out grows it. Is it a versatile piece that can either be used in another part of the house or in another child’s room? By selecting good solid furniture with storage units you will be more likely to use it in other parts of the house or garage or home office later. Furniture like this is of great value with multiple uses and it is a dollar well spent.