Shared sibling bedrooms is a great way to save on space. With many working parents living in city flats and terraced houses with less square footage, there is a dilemma to accommodate storage and space.
Creating a shared bedroom for your children can feel like a daunting experience. Even more so when you take into consideration each child’s individual style and evolving personalities.
Designing your children’s shared space however doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are our tips to overcome common design challenges and create a happy and functional room for your young roommates.
Creating a shared space for a boy and girl
Designing a room for a brother and sister can come with its challenges, however these easy steps below will help you overcome planning a shared room.
Choosing the underlying colour palette for the main elements of the room (wall, floor, furniture) is a good starting point. Colour combos such as white and grey, turquoise and white, or a mix of primary colours, work well for both boys and girls. Your children might be old enough to chime in on selecting the main colour elements of the room, so you can get the thumbs up from each child!
To complement your underlying palette, layer complementary colours and patterns. For example, in a grey and white room, try accenting with yellow accessories. For patterns, lean towards stripes, chevron or solids with large geometric shapes.
When selecting furniture for the room, opt for furniture with clean lines. Bunk beds are a great choice for siblings who are sharing a room as they take-up a lot less floor space than two single beds. Our bunk beds can convert into two identical single beds. This is a great solution for when your children decide they no longer want to share or move into their own separate rooms.
The exciting part of creating a bedroom for your little ones is accessorising and customising design elements to match their individual personalities. Personalise accessories in the room or subtly add gender specific themes but keep them colour coordinated.
Creating a shared space for different ages
Sometimes it’s not just brother and sister that you need to accommodate, but a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old. Age difference can certainly add another layer of complexity to room design.
The first thing to consider is the furniture layout. If you have space in the bedroom for two single beds, consider positioning the 3-year-old’s bed closest to the door, as to not to disturb the older child during the night. If you’re tight on space, opt for bunk beds. The 7-year-old can sleep on top while the 3-year-old can bottom bunk.
Bunk beds are great for saving floor space, allowing you to create a play area that both siblings can enjoy.
Floor mats, cushions, and soft larger items are perfect for outlining the area and fun for both children’s play. Place the older child’s toys in accessible storage boxes, but higher than the floor, so your youngest can’t easily reach them.
For example, whether it’s a bookshelf, storage cube or wall unit, place toddler friendly toys on the lower shelves. Your older child can stand and reach for the basket of Lego on the top shelf.
Creating storage space for two or more
Finding the space in one room for twice as much furniture and storage is one of the most daunting tasks when designing a shared room. This is where resourcefulness is key. Less is definitely more in a shared bedroom, as is multifunctional and shared design.
As a baseline, selecting streamlined furniture is essential to keep the room feeling as spacious as possible and allow for storage and playing. Bunk beds are always an excellent choice; if one of your children is aged six or above to sleep on the top bunk.
Speaking of storage – under bed rollaway drawers are always helpful in creating more space and can hold seasonal or limited use items. Our Under Bed Storage Drawers work perfectly with our single, double and bunk bed designs. Storage chests with cushions can be used as a seat to a play table as well as conceal a mountain of toys. A wardrobe with drawers offers plenty of hanging and folding space for both children’s clothes. Take a look at our Charterhouse Two Drawer Wardrobe (pictured above)– perfect for any room design – or our Belvoir Wardrobe which is ideal for a girls’ bedroom.
Shelving is super convenient for toy organisation as it doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be placed above dressers and desks. Similarly, placing a bookshelf at the foot of the bed doesn’t take up valuable space and may even give you another surface near the bed for a lamp.
Regardless of your design challenge, when creating a shared room for your little ones if you stick to resourceful, efficient, fun and creative choices, you’ll no doubt create a bedroom your children will love!