Space Saving Design Ideas For Kids' Rooms
Designing a small space that is functional for work, play and sleep may seem daunting, but with some creativity, it is possible. Thorough planning is the key to a successful small space design process. In this guide, we will provide you with some design tips for creating a space-efficient, multifunctional kids' room, complete with extra storage solutions.
Planning a Bedroom Refresh
When it comes to designing a children's room, space efficiency is a crucial consideration. With kids' rooms often being smaller in size, it can be challenging to make the most of the available space while still ensuring that the room is functional, comfortable and enjoyable for the child. Proper planning is key to organizing a child's small bedroom.
Consider the following tips to prepare for your redesign:
1. Measure Carefully
Measurements are an important element of the planning process. Take measurements of each wall, accounting for any irregularities you may need to contend with when it comes to adding furniture. Once you have the dimensions down, you can sketch out a general floor plan — then have fun experimenting with different furniture placements and room configurations.
2. Draw up a Priority List
Will there be sleepovers with friends, homework sessions, model trains to play with or painting sessions to unleash your child's inner artist? Consider all the different functions the room will accommodate and prioritize the most important elements.
3. Work With a Budget
Start off on the right foot by being realistic about your design plans and budget. Break the budget into sections to dedicate a percentage of your available finances. For example, here are some items that you might have to cover:
- Pillows, rugs, pillows and duvet covers
- Desks, chairs, cupboards and beds
- Built-in cupboards or a wall bed
- New paint as well as supplies and tools
- Personalized decorations like a rack for hanging skateboards or a mounted fantasy map based on your child’s favorite books
- Lightbulbs, fixtures and switches
4. Think Outside the Floor Plan
Don't let a small space limit your imagination! Any space can become a functional oasis with a little creativity. For instance, a wall bed or "Murphy bed" can be a game-changer for a small room.
Since the bed takes up the most floor space and is only used for a fraction of the day, modern wall beds we offer, like the Kali Board or Altea Sofa, can provide two functions in one space. During the day, the Kali Board transforms into a spacious desk that folds down without having to clear the items on it when the Murphy bed is pulled down at night. That's 21 square feet that function like 42!
How to Create More Storage Space
As any parent knows, kids need a lot of storage space! Consider the following ideas to save space in your kid's bedroom:
Space Saving Furniture
If you are looking for space-saving furniture ideas for kids' rooms, then here are some creative storage ideas:
- Use floating shelves and wall-mounted cabinets: Use the wall as much as possible to create added space. Tetris wall-mounted cabinets are versatile and give open and closed options for books and ornaments.
- Hang your shoes: Instead of trying to find space at the bottom of the closet, maximize your vertical space! Mount some shoe pegs on the wall or use an organizer on the back of a door.
- Corner closet: Corners can be awkward for designing a space. Use a space-saving corner closet instead and create more storage space.
Double up the Space
One space doesn’t have to be dedicated to one thing. If you need to decorate a small kids' room, you can use one area to fulfill multiple objectives. Using a wall bed can turn a bedroom into a study space or crafting table. Your child can create amazing artwork during the day and use the same space to sleep at night.
How to Involve Your Children in the Design Process
There are many ways to get your children involved in the design process, from asking them to choose the color scheme and bedding to allowing them to select their favorite artwork and decor. Involving your children helps them feel a sense of ownership and pride in their space, and it can be a great opportunity to teach them about design and decision-making.
Be Realistic About Expectations
When it comes to designing a space, honesty is key. Think about what has worked in the past, both for you and your family. Remember that window seat you loved as a child or the storage space you always wished you had? Let these past experiences guide your present choices and help you create a room that truly works for your family.
Keep Communication Open
Refreshing your kid's bedroom isn't just about saving the most space — you should also design a space where your children will feel at home. The whole family should work together to create a space that everyone will love.
Considerations When You Go Shopping
Taking the time to plan and prepare before going shopping can help ensure that you make informed decisions and create a space that meets your child's needs and preferences.
Long-Term vs. Temporary Solutions
When it comes to designing a room, it's important to think about the long-term. Investing in long-term items like beds and storage pieces will save you a lot of money and hassle down the road. Look for quality pieces that come with a long warranty, like the Clei wall bed mechanisms from Resource Furniture that offer a lifetime guarantee.
Allocate less funding to personalized extras like pillows and rugs since you'll likely replace these items as your child's tastes and preferences change over time.
Hiring a Designer
Redesigning kids’ rooms can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure where to start. Don't hesitate to ask for help! Hiring a designer can be a great investment for tackling tricky space plans and finding unique, functional solutions. Before committing, ask for references, review their portfolio or online showroom and ensure they understand your goals and budget.
Resource Furniture offers design assistance as part of our process, and we're happy to brainstorm with you so we can settle on the best solution for your space and your unique needs.
Optimize Your Child's Space With Resource Furniture
Our team would love to help you start the process of optimizing your child’s or children’s space into an area they can grow up in. Resource Furniture can provide the furniture you need to create extra storage, define areas and utilize the space. Visit one of our showrooms to start the process!
And just remember that the smiles at the end of the project will be worth all the effort you put in along the way!