The moment you become a parent to a second child you become acutely aware that, at some point in the not-so-distant future, you’re going to have to allocate them bedrooms and, trust us, there’s no trickier decision to endure. Take Harry Potter as a prime example. He got stuffed into the cupboard under the stairs, which wasn’t morally okay, but it does make sense to give the smallest member of the family the smallest room in the house. Except, this coughs up another problem because while they may be small in size, the smaller they are the more stuff they tend to own.
They don’t care about minimalism or logic, they care about toys and believe more is better. And, more than that, their bedroom has entirely different purposes to yours. Instead of being used for sleeping and hiding from your kids, they need space for their toys, space to host play dates, space to run away with the fairies, do their homework, build lego buildings, dance around in princess dresses, enjoy a game of two aside footy and have their BFFs over for a sleepover.
The point is: kids rooms are the hardest working rooms in the house. And because they are the smallest they need to work that much harder. So, without further ado, here is how you can make this small space feel massive:
- The Secret Is Storage
Your kid’s bits and bobs have this mesmerising ability to invade every other room in the house. Your bedroom, the spare bedroom, the dining room, living area, kitchen, the dog’s kennel, everywhere. It’s incredible. That’s where storage swoops in wearing a red cape. Think about it: children are hoarders. Like squirrels preparing for a long winter, they gather as much stuff as they physically can. So make sure you have plenty of storage options that can grow with your kid.
- Take It Up A Level
In a child’s bedroom, floor space is everything. So your job is to know how to maximise it, and what better way is there to do this than take it up a level. Option number one on this front is to get yourself a mid-height study bunks with a desk beneath it, the sort that suggests your kid is more likely to play solitaire alone than have friends over. Of course, if they are going to have friends over, then a good old fashioned bunk bed will tick all the boxes without stealing more floor than necessary. However, there is one other epic route you can dance down – a mezzanine. So long as you have a home with high ceilings, they’re epic.
- Height Is Your Hero
Your kid’s room is your kid’s room. It is that place where they can get up to no good, chill out, read, play Xbox, run away to, and hide from their parents in, which gives the whole mezzanine thing another tick. How so? Simple. A mezzanine becomes that pseudo-secret spot that provides a cosy chill out area, hidden above the eye line of prying parents or annoying siblings. It’s what makes a typical bedroom totally badass and the ultimate hangout zone. What’s more, it also plays into the hands of the ‘floor space is king’ concept by simply creating more of it.
- Smaller Means Better
If your child’s bedroom really is short on space then one of the best tips and tricks you can use is the kid-sized furniture trick. It could be a child-sized set of table and chairs (perfect for hosting imaginary tea parties with teddy bears), or a miniature desk, or any number of smile-inducing furniture options. Not only will these make your child’s room look unbearable cute-slash-sweet, they will also tuck nicely into a corner, meaning your kid still has plenty of space to play.
- Clutter? What Clutter?
Space Saving Rule No.12: The more clutter there is the smaller a room looks. That is why you should do everything you can to keep your child’s bedroom clutter-free. If you haven’t already tried it, electric shock therapy is a great way of encouraging your kids to tidy up after themselves without you having to ask thirteen-and-a-half times. Or, if you’re fond of your kids, you could always give them mixture of storage options they can actually reach themselves. Try adding a couple of gorgeous treasure chests that they can throw their toys into and some built-in cupboards with wide shelving that they can stuff their bits onto. Basically, the clearer the floor is, the more light and airy their room will feel.
And there we have it, five simple ways to create an optical illusion bedroom.
Thanks for reading! For more sleeping tips and bed buying tricks, follow us on Facebook and start stalking our bedroom design ideas on Instagram. Who knows, you may even pick up some pub quiz knowledge along the way, and nothing is better than that.
Content by the Copper Milk Creative Team.