Kids can get excited about many things, whether it is their first trip to the zoo or their first day of school. However, one of their most exciting adventures begins when they decide to decorate their room or playroom. It is, after all, their space, and it is easy for parents to get caught up in the thrill of redecorating, too. Here are three mistakes parents commit when designing a child’s room.
A child’s bedroom should be just right for them, both in terms of theme and size. However, you don’t want to make everything perfectly sized for their current size. After all, they’re still growing. You might want to replace the crib with a toddler bed that they can use for several more years.
Choose a table and chairs they will be able to use for a few years, not outgrow by next summer. You could pick out a bunk bed that lets you have a play space or desk underneath it. In summary, choose a room that can grow with them.
Not Engaging Your Child in the Design Process
If you want your child to love the end result, you should involve them in the design process. It isn’t enough to let them pick the theme of their room. Let them choose items like bedspreads, curtains and new furniture. You can set limits, whether you reject something that costs too much or takes up too much space in their room. But try to give them guidance instead of asking your child to simply approve of your redecorating of their room.
Not letting them have a say could result in them hating the room even if it fits their desired theme. On the other hand, they could have a good time redecorating their room and seeing the outcome of their plans. You could take it to the next level and let them submit their designs to various contests.
For example, Happy Beds have launched a contest that gives winners of their bed design competition a bean bag with their theme on it! It is hard to beat that level of validation if your child gets something they like as a reward for having the best ideas. If you want more information about the contest or you would like to submit an entry, you can visit https://www.happybeds.co.uk/kids-dream-bedrooms.
You could also let your child draw the items they want in their room and help them shop for them. Research existing furniture and character-themed rooms before you start trying to build something yourself.
Poor planning can hurt your project in several ways. You increase the odds of slips, trips and falls if you don’t put enough storage in your child’s new room. This could take the form of shelves, closets or toy boxes. Furthermore, the storage needs to be something the children can access themselves. After all, you want them to put things away on their own.
The room should also have as much open space as possible. You may have to reject the idea of a playhouse in the corner, but you could compensate by putting a tent or bed canopy over the bed frame. Just don’t let the room be so cluttered with furniture and toys that the room is crowded.
Enjoy the creative process as you redecorate your child’s room. However, parents need to apply common sense and reasonable limits to the project so that they and their kids can be happy with the outcome after the initial thrill wears off.