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Keeping the peace between two children sharing a bedroom can be tricky. After all, it’s an important space for them – a place they go to sleep, to play and to have alone time. As adults, our bedrooms are often our sanctuaries – and having a personal, special space which feels ‘all their own’ is also really important for children. But how can you achieve this when you have two children sharing one space? It’s actually quite simple, as it all comes down to several key factors – here’s our easy to follow advice for achieving shared bedroom harmony for your family.
Invest in storage
Kids tend have a lot of stuff. It may appear that toys strewn all over the place and large amount of clutter don’t affect children, but actually, having a special place for all their own things is essential, especially if that’s in a space they are sharing with another child. If they’re going to study in their room, it’s vital that they have a clear place in which to work, so they can concentrate better and get the work completed with no distractions. Having a place for everything won’t necessarily ensure everything is always in the right place, but it certainly helps when it comes to “tidy up time”.
There are now countless clever storage solutions out there that allow you to have segregated, specific spaces for all your possessions, without taking anything away from the room space or design wise. Examples of these include hanging nets, under bed storage, fitted wardrobes and floating shelves.
Utilize the room well
Especially in older houses, rooms aren’t always uniform shapes and sizes. Chances are, if your children are sharing a room, space is paramount in your house. But lack of space doesn’t have to mean that – in fact, it’s often that a space isn’t utilized to its full potential rather than it being a ‘bad’ space. ‘Fitted furniture’ often left people fearing they’d lose a lot of space from a room – yet now innovative designs and solutions, such as modular wardrobe systems tailored specifically for bedrooms are now available which allow you to maximize the space you already have, without feeling like you lose anything from the room. When it comes to beds, you may consider investing in bunks or foldaway`s (but make sure the mattresses are good ones).
Built-in wardrobes can be designed and tailored specifically to your needs and can often be adapted as your children get older, as their requirements change over time.
Make it an engaging, exciting space to play and sleep
Last but certainly not least, the bedroom needs to have character and elements of the children themselves which really makes the space their own. This is especially difficult to achieve if you have a boy and a girl sharing a room – but practical, neutral themes don’t have to be boring and can be enhanced by additional features. It’s important to allow your children to be part of the design process and for them to be heavily involved in choosing colors, patterns and furniture – to make them really feel like they have contributed to the space which in turn makes it all the more special for them.
Adding message boards for each child, or having a wall for them each with their own pictures and trinkets can be really effective. Sometimes, splitting a room completely down the middle does work – as division in this way allows your children to claim a little bit of the room (however small!) for themselves, giving them their own little bit of space that’s entirely theirs.
We would love to hear your valuable feedback in the comment section below. Do you have any ideas on how to make room sharing enjoyable?