Designing A Bedroom For Two Children

Ideas you can use to create a cohesive bedroom for two children.

Decorating bedrooms for children can be especially difficult when you have two children in the same room. You may have to deal with dilemmas like two children with completely different personalities, children of different age groups, or children of different sexes. Here are some ideas you can use to make a cohesive bedroom regardless of the obstacles.

Room layout will depend on the dimensions of the room as well as how close the children are in age and personality. If the children have different sleeping patterns, or an older child needs more privacy, you will need to separate the room in two.

The first basic room layout calls for a room that is twelve or more feet long in any direction where both beds can be placed in a parallel position against the same wall head to head, or foot to foot. With a room of this length, you can draw a curtain between the two beds for privacy, or place the heads of the beds directly against each other for kids that like to be close together. Instead of a regular headboard, you would use headboards the length of the bed, placed between the bed and the wall, and add pillow to give the look of a long sofa.

This next room layout will allow for maximum privacy in a room that is not as long. Beds would be on opposite parallel walls. The headboard of one bed would be on the far wall, and the headboard of the other bed would be on the near wall. The lower section of each bed would be opposite each other.

For children who love to be next to each other, you can arrange the beds in an L position in one corner of the room. The kids can sleep foot to foot, or head to head. Alternatively, you can always use the traditional side-by-side bed arrangement, or push the beds together.

Once you have your beds, dressers and shelves arranged in the room, your next dilemma would be room color and themes. For children of the opposite sex you can paint the walls in complementary colors to each other. For example, the wall on the girl's side can be yellow and the boys can be green or blue. Avoid colors that either child hates. For children of the same sex and different ages, try painting the walls different shades of the same color. For example, the younger child's wall can be painted baby blue while the older child's area can be dark blue. To make the room more interesting, draw a diagonal wavy line as the divider between the colors.

Room themes are often the biggest problem in choosing decor for a shared bedroom. To make the room more cohesive while expressing each child's personality, decorate the room in a theme, and have each child's d├ęcor represent a different character in that theme. For a girl and boys room you can use Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Raggedy Ann and Andy, or the yellow and blue Power Rangers. For children of the same age with distinctive personalities you can suggest Buzz Lightyear and Woody for boys, or Cinderella and Snow White for girls. For children of different age groups, you might want to team Tiny Toon and Looney Toon characters.

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