Living with children – 13 tips to furnish the children’s room great

The children’s room is a space that should be well planned and thought out. Because if the children play in the living room and sleep in the parents’ bed, the children’s room may simply not be set up in a way that is suitable for children. Both for education and for the order of the entire home, it is important to show the children from the beginning how you handle their toys and keep order in their room.

A tidy children’s room – less stress, more order and fun for the family

Of course children should be able to play and make messes, however it is an important part of parenting to show them that you need to clean up the mess as well. To save you a lot of stress, a well-structured nursery will help keep things tidy and create a great feel-good zone for your kids. To find out how they can make the rest of the house look great, click here: ‘Interior design for your dream property‘.

Tip 1 – Take your time and don’t set everything up during pregnancy

Of course, pregnancy is an exciting experience and some expectant mothers are said to have a so-called “nest building instinct”. Of course, you already want to buy everything for their child and well organized welcome the new family member in your family, however, such early furnished nursery often lead to bad purchases. You should always approach the situation slowly. Being well organized and getting the most important things before the baby arrives is more than sensible. A cot for the parental bed, a changing area, some clothes, nappies or the first cuddly toy are sensible investments, apart from a good night’s sleep for the parents-to-be. However, things like a wardrobe, a crib or a play blanket and/or bow are premature purchases. It’s better to take your time and wait until you can assess what your family’s needs really are. Every baby is different and needs different things. You will only find out what is right for your child when you get to know him or her. So wait and be patient. Everything comes with time.

Tip 2 – Set up a child-friendly filing system

If you expect your child to keep their room tidy, you need to make it possible for them to do so. Storage space should not be out of the child’s reach, drawers or doors should be easy to move so that the child can easily keep order. One box for Playmobiles, one for Legos, one for craft supplies and pencils. These boxes are best very easy to stow away on a shelf at the child’s height. So your child always knows directly where what belongs and can easily keep order. Arguments about tidying up the room are avoided. Make it as easy as possible for your child, then it will playfully learn how simple order can be.

Tip 3 – Adjust the colors

A common misconception that prevails is that brightly colored wall colors are appropriate for children. Every child develops his own preferences to colors and patterns with the time whether now pink, blue, green or red. But just because of this, you should not directly wrap the whole children’s room in this color. This is not only overloaded but also oppressive and brings your child no fun. It is best to look for a colour together with your child and to give the room its own charm with colour accents and accessories. There is nothing wrong with a white wall. Paint the wall together with your child, it makes them proud and they learn something at the same time.

Tip 4 – Use furniture that grows with you

For each developmental step of the children to buy a completely new furniture and banish them after a few months in the basement would be not only a waste of money but also unnecessary waste of storage space. Fortunately there is a solution for this problem. Whether it’s the well-known ‘Tripp Trapp’ chair, which is even suitable for babies with various attachments and can be used up to school age, or children’s beds, which can later be used as a desk or bench. Even the changing table can be easily converted. After the little ones have successfully completed toilet training, the top can be removed and the changing table transforms into a normal chest of drawers with plenty of storage space. Other beds come with a conversion kit that turns a cot into a bed for children up to 6 years old. So great techniques allow multiple use of the furniture, which is not only sustainable, but also saves your wallet.

Tip 5 – Don’t get hung up on trends

Even if your children have a great role model or are a fan of heroes such as the Ice Queen, Cars, Captain Sharky, Fireman Sam or Bibi & Tina, this does not mean that the entire children’s room must be immediately flooded with them. After all, these heroes only have a limited survival period and so toys, wallpaper, pieces of furniture, bed linen or other fan articles quickly become disposable. So that parents do not have to redesign the entire children’s room again every par months, agree with your child on products such as dolls, books or printed pillows of the heroes, but not as a wall or furniture surface.

Tip 6 – Furnish in a way that is suitable for children and not too grown up

The mistake: Everything is so beautifully puristic here! Plus a rug in non-colors and nicely arranged stuffed animals made of off-white crochet yarn on a tasteful bedspread. The solution: Everyone knows about Instagram kids’ rooms. Rooms in which things are so tasteful that you can already doubt your own “living style education” at home when you look at the plastic-colored chaos of children. But: portals like Instagram and Pinterest don’t depict reality, but nicely arranged living utopias. You can emulate them, but you shouldn’t take them too seriously. What’s more, children should also be allowed the freedom to develop their own taste in interior design. If, in the end, a compromise is found between the wishes of the child and those of the adults, both sides will have come a great deal closer to family peace.

Tip 7 – Do not forget the shutters

Of course, everyone wants a light-flooded children’s room for the children, so that a lot of daylight comes into the room, the sun also shines in once and the children are not only illuminated with lamps. However, there is a problem here that should definitely be taken into account. Because anyone who has ever wanted to get a baby or toddler to take a nap in a room flooded with light knows what it’s all about. For as important as daylight may be in every corner of the room, it is imperative to take care of proper and, above all, effective blackout. If the room does not have built-in shutters ready, you should install opaque curtains, folding shutters or blinds. This will not only ensure the well-being of your child, but also a good night’s sleep for you.

Tip 8 – Set up cuddle corners and retreats

A child’s room should consist of more than just a bed, a shelf, a painting table or desk and a cupboard. Because children also need their retreats and a place to cuddle up to simply play with toys in peace, flip through a book or dream. A small corner in the children’s room in which your child can retreat can be, for example, a small indoor tent, a pile of pillows with a canopy or a small sofa. Here your children can also play with others, hide and simply feel comfortable.

Tip 9 – Modern carpets do not belong in the children’s room

The topic of flooring in the children’s room is not so simple. An opulent flokati is not exactly suitable, but also a large colorful children’s carpet is not necessarily the best choice. Here, you should think in practical terms, because a cup of juice can easily fall over, felt tip pens can be left lying around or dirty shoes can mess up the carpet. So less is definitely more here and especially easy to clean. You won’t go wrong with a short-pile carpet in subtle colours. Avoid bright colours and make sure it is easy to clean. This will save you headaches and expensive bills from cleaning.

Tip 10 – A desk is a must

Not only school children should have a desk in their room, but younger children can also make good use of a workstation. They not only learn to work at a desk, but can also paint, do handicrafts or play there in peace. But a desk should be available at the latest when children start school, because they need to be able to do their homework at home, work and learn in peace. The dining table will not be able to serve as a substitute forever, as you will also need it for guests or appointments from time to time and it is important that your child learns to work in a structured way at its own place.

Tip 11 – The right bed for the right age

As mentioned in tip 4, there are great beds that grow with your child. However, even these alternatives only help for a certain time and sooner or later your child will need a new bed. Often the question of loft bed or normal bed arises here and you should also think through this decision well. On the one hand, loft beds have the advantage of being enormously space-saving and also offer space for two siblings in smaller rooms in the bunk bed variant. However, you should correctly assess the abilities of your children and a loft bed is not without. Being able to safely climb in and out of bed is a challenge for some. Some children are not able to climb the loft bed without danger until they are five years old. So to avoid injury, make sure your child is up to the bed and perhaps help with a net or grid to prevent nighttime falls.

Tip 12 – Cosy light for the feel-good atmosphere

Of course, a ceiling light is necessary, but it should not be the only light source in the room. It looks alone namely quickly sterile and not very cozy. In the other rooms of the apartment you also observe this principle, so why not in the children’s room. Several small light sources in addition to the ceiling lamp give the room depth and coziness and you get a great atmosphere. A desk light so that your child can draw, craft, write or do a puzzle in perfect light. A night light that makes monsters disappear under the bed but also a wall lamp has its own charm and saves space.

Tip 13 – Use mobile organizers

All the toys, crafting tools and co are always in the living room, although they actually have their place in the children’s room? This may sound familiar to some, but there is a great solution to avoid the daily wandering of Lego set and attachment. Portable organizers, can be worth their weight in gold for you. This can be a nice fabric box, a basket or a pretty box. After playing, everything can be quickly collected in there and in no time at all everything is back in place until the game starts all over again the next day. Little tricks that can help you and your child make playing even more fun!