Room to Grow 2For Three- to Seven-year-olds
Design a space versatile enough to accommodate your child’s growth – from tittering tot to thriving teen – with these expert tips on sleep, play and study areas.
1 For Babies to Two-year-olds Curb your excitement so you don’t go overboard creating thematic rooms for your newborn’s nursery. These are generally not feasible if you want the room’s design to last for the next eight to 10 years, says Mala.
“Themed rooms require more effort to remodel – especially if you have painted or decorated the walls and furniture – when you or your child gets bored.”
This is the time for you to engage in play with your kids before they enter formal education in primary school, so design spaces suitable for playtime, says Nur.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Create “bubbles” for family bonding… Young children play and crawl on floors a lot, so lay carpets or rugs in the bedrooms to protect their hands and knees. “Arrange furniture around your child’s room to create a ‘bubble’ in the middle or install a craft table, and use a nice, big carpet to mark that as a family play area for spreading out toys and games,” says Nur.
A craft table in the middle of your child’s room is good for family bonding.