Having a small bedroom for your kids isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is less square footage to clean, plus it’s easier to decorate and make into a functional cozy space. However, when you have two small children sharing a small bedroom, things can be a bit more complicated. For instance, you have to minimize the amount of stuff. This can make it harder for them to have space to play, leading to toys and other items being to spread to other areas of the house.
Here are a few ways that we took our girl’s small bedroom and made it into a playspace and sleeping space that they love.
Use Vertical Space
The key to a small room is using the vertical space. Although you do not have a lot of floor space, this is remedied by using all available space even to the ceiling, thus making the room appear larger. When you’re dealing with a small room, think vertical. You might not have much floor space, but by using the walls right up to the ceiling, you use the space you have more efficiently while drawing the eye upwards, making the room seem larger.
Built-in shelves that extend from floor to ceiling are a great way to add storage, interest and visual space to a bedroom, but unfortunately, aren’t an option for everyone. You can create the illusion of built-ins with bookcases or shelving units that are tall enough to reach the ceiling, or hang enough separate wall shelves to fill the space. Whichever you choose, you’ll make the room look larger by painting the shelves the same color as the walls.
Choose furniture that does double-duty
We had to pick and choose the furniture wisely for the girl’s room. This meant choosing items that have more than one function. Furniture that can function in more ways than one is very useful in rooms for young kids. One of our favorite items is the MySize Table & Chairs from Delta Children.
This table is chair set is perfect for girls as it is easy for them to have lunch or snack in their bedrooms. They can also color, play games and if they want, read at the table instead of in the nook I created for them as well.
If your child has a television in their bedroom, hang it on the wall instead of placing it on a dresser or stand. Also, if he or she has a large closet, he or she can possibly do without a dresser and/or wardrobe. Stash seasonal clothing in under bed storage, and use wall-mounted shelving instead of stand-alone bookcases.
Create A Quiet Space
As much as the girls love to look at books and color, it was important that I gave them a space to unwind in.Using this Ikea Tejn Faux Sheepskin rug and two inexpensive pillows, I picked up from a local store, I was able to set up an area for the girls to chill out and relax in whenever they needed.
A small quiet space is also the perfect area to encourage your child to read. It creates an area for them to begin to practice the early skills needed to be a lifelong reader.
I received the Delta MySize Table in exchange for this review, however, all opinions are my own.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.