A child’s bedroom is more than just a place they sleep at the end of the day, it’s a nurturing environment where the child will much of their playtime, study time and where they’ll retreat to when they’re feeling down. Depending on their age the bedroom may have different features and amenities, but it is always a place of deep personal meaning to the child and is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Because of how crucial their bedroom is to their self-identity and feeling of comfort at home, designing a child’s bedroom can seem like a daunting task. Luckily it doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow some basic tips.

Let’s take a look at the top tips for designing your child’s bedroom.

Find a timeless style that will grow up with them

The biggest and most frequently addressed problem with designing a child’s room is that children tend to grow up and out of trends very quickly. This leaves many parents feeling silly for painting their daughter’s room hot pink only for them to start hating the obnoxious colour as they get older.

Therefore it’s essential to find a middle ground between incorporating your child’s interests but no jeopardizing the long term viability of the room. This can be done by making the more quirky elements of the room removable.

For example, it might be better do a fairy theme with some plush toys, posters or artwork that can be easily removed rather than painting a permanent mural. If you are going to paint on some thematic features, do it in a minimalistic way.

A good rule of thumb is to see how easy it would be to convert the room for an adult and try and stick to the simpler side. While elaborate features like car shaped beds are a fun novelty for children, how much use will they really get out of that investment?

Put the ‘fun’ in functional

Children are notorious for having messy bedroom and if you want to encourage them to clean up after themselves you should try and make it enjoyable for them. Creating elaborate toy chests are a great way to encourage children to use them as storage space and it will teach them some basic management skills.

Clothes baskets can get easily filled with dirty clothes by affixing a basketball hoop over a hamper basket, making it fun for kids to try and “score” with their dirty clothes. There are plenty of other great suggestions you can find online for ways to make daily chores fun for kids.