Clever ideas for kids’ rooms

For kids a bed­room is more than just some­where to sleep. It’s a place to do home­work, play games and hang out with friends. With prac­ti­cal in­te­rior styling you can build a bed­room that ticks all the boxes for years to come

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KAids can be fickle when it comes to bed­room trends but the beauty of build­ing a new home is you get to start with a blank can­vas.

well-de­signed bed­room can eas­ily be changed over time, but for that to hap­pen, it’s im­por­tant to get the ba­sic el­e­ments right. The key is to care­fully plan your de­sign and to be in­ven­tive. Bed­rooms that sup­port dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties through the use of mul­ti­func­tional spa­ces have the ca­pa­bil­ity to grow and change along with your chil­dren right through their teenage years.

STOR­AGE

There are plenty of ways to min­imise chaos and clut­ter in kids’ bed­rooms. Gen­er­a­tion Homes’ na­tional in­ter­nal stor­age sup­plier, De­signer Home­ware, has a great range of cus­tomised stor­age prod­ucts to suit ev­ery bud­get.

One of the ways you can eas­ily max­imise space in a wardrobe is by us­ing a ven­ti­lated shelv­ing sys­tem. The ad­justable rails are per­fect for hang­ing up smaller items of cloth­ing and can be re­assem­bled as chil­dren grow. But if you al­ready know what you’re look­ing for, con­sider up­grad­ing to a clas­sic built-in wardrobe. Both op­tions are durable, hard­wear­ing and built to last. Us­ing multi-level shelv­ing on the walls is a cost-ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate ex­tra stor­age space for boxes of toys, games and books.

DEC­O­RATE

Walls and doors should be the foun­da­tion for your cre­ativ­ity when dec­o­rat­ing kids’ bed­rooms, and it’s amaz­ing what you can achieve with a splash of imag­i­na­tion. Use bold colours, in­spi­ra­tional phrases and art­work to cre­ate a stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment that oozes per­son­al­ity.

Although not stan­dard in cur­rent Gen­er­a­tion Homes plans, dou­ble wardrobe slid­ing doors can be cho­sen when build­ing a new prop­erty. They’re a great choice be­cause they’re ul­tra quiet and you can screen-print a beau­ti­ful pat­tern or your child’s favourite su­per­hero, fairy­tale char­ac­ter or sport­ing team on the sur­face. If you love the wall art con­cept, take it up a notch with black­board or mag­netic writeon paint and turn the walls into a gi­ant blank can­vas – you’ll see your child’s cre­ativ­ity come to life be­fore your eyes.

LEARN­ING

Hav­ing a ded­i­cated space for young­sters to learn, draw and read will help take the has­sle out of do­ing home­work af­ter school. Start with some­thing as sim­ple as a free­stand­ing desk or up­grade to a wall-mounted op­tion with built-in draw­ers and a com­fort­able chair to save space.

You can cre­ate dif­fer­ent zones by at­tach­ing a swing­ing chair to the ceil­ing or build­ing a cosy couch un­der­neath the win­dow so they have a cool spot to read a book with am­ple light and fresh air. In kids’ bed­rooms, ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion, along with the lo­ca­tion of any switches and power points.

Think about where you want to po­si­tion key el­e­ments such as the bed, desk, couch or bean bag dur­ing your home’s de­sign phase so you can cre­ate a prac­ti­cal and user-friendly space.

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