3 For Eight- to 12-year-olds WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
Once your child starts school, the play area has to make way for a study corner, with enough room for a desk or computer table, textbooks and schoolbags.
• “Remove carpets and cushions from the floor. Replace them with a desk and reuse the storage shelves for school materials instead of toys. Make sure there is ample lighting for Junior to do his homework and study,” advises Mala.
Repurpose furniture and spaces
• Citing a personal example, Mala says: “My children love to draw and write, so I turned one wall of their room into a huge chalkand-magnetic board. This designated space allowed them to express themselves without vandalising the other walls. When they started school, they began using the boards to pin up important school notices or write reminders to themselves.”
So think about using furniture or design elements that your child can use regardless of whether he’s three or 12.
Involve them in the design process
• Tykes can grow into opinionated tweens, so listen when they voice their preferences and modify their rooms accordingly, says Nur. “Your tween may prefer darker or more ‘grown-up’ shades like navy blue, instead of pastel pink; some may start carving out their own entertainment ‘bubble’ for their game consoles.”
Teenagers generally want more privacy, so create the illusion of segmented space by using curtains to cordon off a bedroom or reading area, for instance.
Stackable buckets like these can be placed within easy reach of kids and are safer to handle than drawers.