3 For Eight- to 12-year-olds WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

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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.

Tran­si­tion smoothly

• “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.

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