With an uncomfortable layout, without a play area, and also, with a sad decoration … If your bedroom is like that, and you have encouraged to change it, discover the most common mistakes that are usually made when decorating and distributing a bedroom for children. It will be much easier for you to leave it as beautiful, comfortable, and functional as the ones in the magazine.
COULD YOU GIVE MORE METERS TO YOUR BEDROOM?
Rethinking the space vs settle for what there is
Children spend more time in their bedroom than you do in yours, from when they are babies until they become independent, right? They also do more activities … Not only do they sleep, but they play, draw, study, read, do crafts and hobbies, and welcome their friends. All of that requires space. Therefore, it is advisable that your room is spacious, whenever possible, of course! and also bright. If you want your bedroom to be better, keep in mind that you could give your room more meters by integrating part of the corridor, for example, or consider changing the distribution of the house, if you are going to reform. Other changes that work to optimize space: move the front door, install a sliding door, move the closet and/or the radiator. The reform project for this bedroom is by the architect Rocío Monasterio.
DETECT ROOM PROBLEMS
Distribute with head vs do it haphazardly
Detecting problems in the room is the first step in finding solutions. There will be bedrooms with an easy floor plan, square or rectangular, and there will be others with a complicated floor plan, with setbacks and pillars, or with an arrowhead shape … You just have to look at these plans for children’s rooms to see that each case is different. What does always work is to make a plan of the room to scale, including elements such as windows, radiators, doors, plugs … On it, start thinking about possible layouts with three areas: rest, play-study, and storage. And always, respect the circulation areas. If you have to move the door or the radiator so that the distribution of the furniture is better, it will be done … If you have to order a custom piece of furniture so that the setback does not condition the distribution so much, it will be done … Maybe a closet conventional does not fit in mini rooms, but a bridge closet or why not? Could you make one in the hallway?
Planning vs poor lighting
First of all, make the most of natural light by placing fabrics on windows that shade the sunlight, such as translucent ones; better to discard the opaque ones. Second, plan artificial lighting, with independent on / off. There must be general and specific lighting in the three areas: rest, games/desk, and storage. A lamp to read in bed, another for the desk, spotlights to make the inside of the closet look good … It will also save a lot of trouble to think about the location of plugs that may not be used when they are small, but will be used when they are older: computer, printer or audio-video equipment also need sockets.
FURNITURE ADAPTED TO YOUR AGE
Evolutionary furniture vs furniture that eats the room
The little ones need space to play. Why buy a 1.90 m bed that occupies too much space right away? Or a big, tall desk? Wouldn’t a short desk be better? There are cribs that turn into beds and last up to 7 years approx. And there is furniture that is transformed to adapt to the age of the child; they are usually called evolutionary. In this case, the crib becomes a bed or a sofa, the dresser-changing table continues to be used for years and years by removing the changing module, and the highchair can be used as a chair for up to 12 years because its table is removable and adjustable.
AMAZING BEDS AND FURNITURE WITH VARIOUS USES
Study what options are vs ignore them
Before, the options in children’s and youth furniture were very limited: bed attached to the wall in small spaces, period. In shared dormitories, the bunk prevailed … Now, fortunately, there are children’s furniture programs with solutions for almost every space. Of course, the most difficult, and we refer above all to those with setbacks or pillars, will have to resort to custom-made furniture … What options are there? To mention just a few: zigzag bunk beds with extra storage areas, and a trundle bed for a friend or third sibling; but also; L-shaped bunks; loft beds with a desk underneath; folding bunk beds that hardly take up space during the day; beds with wheels; extra-long desks; headboards-chest; desks with built-in shelving, cabinets with built-in shelves; bridge cabinets … Where to find more information? Go to the specialized stores and look at the exhibits; Also here, there are many reports where there are novel and functional compositions. The composition of this bedroom belongs to the Ringo furniture program, by Kibuc.
DISTRIBUTE WITH A PRACTICAL SENSE
Thinking long term vs improvise
If you want a bedroom that will remain practical when your child grows up, plan his bedroom layout for the long term. With the decoration, you can always play, but it is convenient to get it right from the beginning with the distribution of the areas and the location of the most voluminous furniture. Ideally, next to their play area, there is the storage area, and that same space, when the child grows up, serves to place the desk and a shelf. The L-shaped distribution in this bedroom, with Astral furniture, is one of the most common because it allows the center of the room to be left unobstructed, with space to play and free of obstacles to move around.
THE FLOOR IS FOR PLAYING
Warm soil vs cold ground
During the first years, children spend a lot of time on the floor, playing a thousand games. They will be more comfortable placing a rug in that playground, on which cushions can be added. When they grow up, you could create a drawing/play area, which would be like their living area. It might be a good time to think about your personal tastes and choose a table or chairs/poufs in your favorite color (s). For rugs, there are washable cotton models, such as those by Lorena Canals, but also woven vinyl, such as those of the Kaplan and Bolon brands, which can be swept and scrubbed; There are also designs in woven vinyl, from the Brita Sweden brand, that can be washed in a washing machine at 30ºC, and are sold on Rue Vintage. The Lack table, decorated with a pink heart to suit the little one, and the rug, are from Ikea.
Safe kids vs the high risk of accidents
We leave almost until last a key aspect in any house with children: safety. Did you know that most household accidents can be easily avoided? You just have to know the dangers and anticipate … For example, the outside world always attracts little ones. Therefore, windows should always have locks or other devices to prevent the child from opening them. So that you know how to detect the dangers and avoid them, consult www.segurbaby.com, and its pleasant, illustrated and super practical guide so that your room, and the whole house, are safe.
DECORATION AND COLOR
Cheerful atmosphere vs sad space
If there is any room where you have to splurge fantasy, it is in a child’s room. Minimalism in his world should be discarded because his aesthetic is cold; better something stimulating and fun. A neutral base always works well, makes the bedroom more spacious, but adding touches of color to bedding, furniture, walls, and accessories is essential for the environment to exude joy, dynamism, and the little one to be excited about their room. You will find inspiration in the reports in this Kids section. Many ideas are easy and low-cost. This drawing and crafts corner arouses maximum interest with the wall painted in blue, right? The paper roll and the table are from Ikea.
SPENDING MORE MONEY THAN NECESSARY
It is logical that parents want the best for their little ones and that means having the best room, with the best furniture and the best decorative elements, but it must be borne in mind that children, as they grow up, change their preferences constantly, and in Before long they may no longer like the room his parents have decorated for him.
Solution: in the market for the decoration and furniture sector there are infinite possibilities to adopt a child’s room in an affordable way without having to invest more than necessary. It may be that the shelf is so chic and that it cost so much money, is no longer necessary because there is too much space or it may have to be changed for another more functional piece of furniture.
BUY UNADAPTABLE FURNITURE
Another mistake that is often made when you want to decorate a child’s room is not thinking about their specific needs. The conditions of cleanliness and order of an adult are not the same as that of a child.
Solution: The ideal is to buy furniture that offers adequate conditions of order and cleanliness: trunks, drawers, boxes, etc. To avoid buying furniture every couple of years, the best option is to buy furniture that is adapted to the child’s age, such as a bed that is enlarged, a study table that opens, or a bookcase that is transformed.
DO NOT PERSONALIZE THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS
There are many objects that you can make yourself without having to buy them. Decorative objects with paper are a good choice and your little ones will be delighted to know that you have made it with your hands.
Solution: It is important not to get into an eleven-rod shirt! You have to do simple crafts for those who are not expert handymen. Online you can find a multitude of tutorials, especially videos with which you can make many decorative objects for the walls or head of a child’s bed.
FOCUS ON ONE STYLE
Choosing a decorative style for a child’s bedroom is a huge mistake. We have already mentioned it before, at this stage children change tastes and preferences very assiduously, and if today you are a Pokemon fan, tomorrow you can be a fan of anything else. It is best to avoid theming the children’s bedrooms.
Solution: The best solution is to talk with the children about preferences and negotiate with them to adapt the bedroom to a more neutral decoration. In case the room is shared with another brother, the negotiation will be double, but it is best to get away from the customized bedrooms because in a short time they will get bored. You can include objects and elements that refer to their favorite movies or cartoons so that they are at ease.