When decorating a shared bedroom for two children, it doesn’t have to be tears and tantrums. There are ways that you can transform a shared bedroom into a space that both children enjoy and get to showcase their own style, individuality and interests.
With a little thought and preparation, you can create a shared bedroom that encompasses both personalities and also offers privacy.
Creating a space that allows privacy as well as bringing the siblings closer together can seem like a gargantuan task, but in reality, it is all about clever use of space. Check out our guide to getting this harmonious balance right.
Mixing the two
Bringing together two personalities and two styles can be tricky, especially if you are dealing with children of varying ages.
One way to accommodate the issue of varying ages is by decorating the base of the room (walls and carpets) with neutral colours.
By decorating this way, you can ensure that the room will stay timeless, and you will have more choice with bolder prints and fabrics for bedding and accessories.
The fabrics, accessories and prints of the room are where you can let your children’s personalities shine through. Let them both pick an individual print (a good starting point is with bedsheets) and then work a few accessories such as lamps, pillows and beanbags around the colours of the bedding.
At Noa and Nani, we have a great selection of single bunk beds that are stylish and comfortable. The only problem here is deciding who gets the top bunk!
Sharing a bedroom can be a great bonding experience for children and can provide endless hours of fun. However, one of the biggest challenges that sharing a bedroom comes with is the issue of privacy and the need for personal space away from the rest of the family.
Although you don’t want to encourage completely separate living, it is important to provide each child with some privacy.
A place to call their own and to be able to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy household is essential.
How do you set up privacy in a shared children’s bedroom?
There are a few ways that you can establish privacy for your children if they share a bedroom.
- You can install curtains on each tier of the bunk beds for a little privacy. This will give your child the freedom to take themselves away when they want some quiet time.
- Be creative with the layout of the room with partitions. If the room is spacious, one way that you can partition the space is with a bookcase, space divider or other furniture pieces. Doing this can help split the space so that the children feel like they have their own dedicated area within the room.
- If you have younger children, you could add some adventure with a small playhouse of make-shift tepee for reading time. Dividing the room in this way allows both children a communal space to play together when they want to.
The practicalities of two children living in one room is twice the amount of stuff to fit in! This is where clever storage comes into play.
Use space under beds, any cupboard space and lots of shelving (without overloading the room) to provide ample space for all toys, books and clothing.
Freeing up the floor space is great for playing games and spending quality time together.
You can also add personal touches to help them mark out their storage and belongings by adding their initials to bedposts, wardrobes and drawers to demarcate areas.
And, since it’s a shared bedroom, include photographs that show your children growing up, having fun and being silly together. Let them choose the best pictures as this will make them feel part of the bedroom décor process.
You can also put up a bulletin board for each child for messages, images and artwork to give them their own areas to update and be creative with.
Give them some colour options
One way to make sure that children in a shared room feel like it is their own space is by getting them involved with the design choices.
By letting your children choose a colour scheme, they will feel more comfortable with their space. If you have children who are slightly older (aged 10 and over), you could even get them involved with the painting process. Just make sure that they are supervised at all times – the last thing you want is a carpet soaked in paint.
Make decorating the room a fun experience for your children and take them to look at sample colours so that they can decide on a colour scheme between themselves. Once they have decided on a colour that they want to incorporate into their bedroom design, you can look for accessories such as lamps and bed covers that complement the tones of their chosen colour.
Choose the beds wisely
When choosing the beds for a shared room, it is important to consider a range of things.
If you are struggling for space, a great way to save room is by adding a bunk bed to the room. Ideal for a shared room of two, a kids single bunk bed allows children more space for play and activities.
You will also find triple bunk beds which can cater for a room of three people. If you have children with an age gap, a triple sleeper bed is great as you will find beds that have a single bed up top, and a double bed below.
If you have high ceilings, you could opt for a triple sleeper which has three single beds stacked on top of each other. These beds are ideal for children around the ages of 6-10. One thing to watch out for here is the height of the top bunk – make sure that the child who sleeps on the top bunk feels comfortable climbing up to their top bunk.
Children’s bedroom furniture at Noa & Nani
Check out the full range of children’s bedroom furniture available at Noa & Nani and create the bedroom of your child’s dreams. Create a space that they want to spend time in and encourage endless hours of fun, play and adventure with the wide array of themed furniture available.
Sharing a bedroom is a bonding experience that will encourage your children to communicate, play and become closer, and with Noa & Nani, the possibilities are endless.