There’s a lot to consider when designing a shared bedroom for children!
Space is probably the first thing on your mind when looking for shared room ideas, especially if you’re working with a smaller room. You also need to try and find ways to give them each their own space within a shared room, and ways to let both of their unique personalities shine through.
With that in mind, let’s explore some handy shared bedroom ideas for small rooms and a few tips for furniture, colour and styling that they’ll both adore.
If you’ve got room to keep their beds separate, that’s great! They’ll love having a space of their own and you can avoid the arguments over who gets the top bunk! One of the biggest benefits of keeping their beds separate instead of going for bunk beds is that you can hide not just one but two trundles underneath, so they’ll be chuffed to know their sleepovers can be even bigger and better!
On the other hand, if you’re pressed for space then (top bunk arguments aside) a bunk bed is the way to go! Bunk beds give you two beds in the space of one, maximising floor space and giving you more room for much-needed storage solutions. Kids love them, and you’re sure to love the practicality! Just make sure you study up on bunk bed safety!
Bunk beds aren’t your only option, though! A high-sleeper bed is like a bunk bed with just one mattress, leaving the space below for whatever you fancy. That means if you have a high-sleeper bed on either side of the room, they each get their own area while taking up virtually no floor space at all.
They can each have their own chest of drawers and their own desk that fits neatly under their bed, or if you really want to be the coolest parent in town, you can put a daybed under each high sleeper, with each daybed hiding a trundle underneath! That means sleepovers with not just one, not just two, but four friends plus your little ones! More mess for you, sure, but your kids will be absolutely delighted to become the ultimate hosts.
If you want to keep their beds separate but you’re still keen on saving space – you could have each bed pushed against a wall on either side of the room. If you go for cabin beds on either side, you can tick off their bed and a bit of extra storage in one!
Dividing kids’ rooms with wall dividers offers them a bit of privacy, or even just use furniture to split the room. A bed on either side with a big shared wardrobe or shelf in between is a great look, or even a playtable with chairs on either side for little ones.
For something more creative while still being space-conscious, you can go for a high-sleeper for one child and a cabin bed for the other; we’ll leave deciding who gets which to you!
It’s important that when sharing a bedroom, your kids still feel like they have a space of their own, and it’s always great to let show a bit of their personal interests and style instead of having everything uniform. If they’re into the same things, that’s great! If their styles differ, you might need to get crafty.
If you’re not too bothered about a bit of asymmetry, then a two-tone room split right down the middle can look awesome! Even without any special dividers, just painting one half of room one colour and the other half another colour can make a huge difference and make it feel like they each have a space for themselves. You could go for blue and green, blue and pink, pink and green, purple and orange – the options are endless!
If you’re looking for kids shared bedroom ideas for a brother and sister, check out our guide for painting a gender-neutral bedroom!
You could also go for a yin and yang effect by swapping the colour scheme for the bedding, so one side has pink walls with white bedding while the other side has white walls with pink bedding, for example.
If you’re working with a smaller room, you’ll want to use colour to open it up and make it feel more spacious. Dark colours and heavy patterns can make a space feel cosier, while light colours create the illusion of space. Go for warmer whites, faded blues and greens or light yellows if you really want to open things up, and choose a room with plenty of natural light!
You can take the duality even further by combining two themed bedroom ideas. One side of the room can be an enchanting fairytale wonderland while the other is an undersea paradise, with a bunk bed smack bang in the middle. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one theme for each child – sharing is caring – but having two different themes or looks in the same space can make for a super fun, playful space for both of them!
Of course, if they have shared interests, choose one theme that you know they’ll both love.
You can mix and match different patterns that use the same colour (without going overboard!) to give the room two distinct styles – which you can match with the bedding. Perhaps green and purple stripes on some details with purple and green polka dots on others – giving them a wacky, creative room to enjoy together.
To save a bit of space, you probably prefer not to double up on every piece of furniture. Instead, look for symmetrical wardrobes and chests of drawers that have the same amount of drawer space on either side. Perhaps you’ll opt for a colourful storage unit and pick a different colour for each child.
While they can share most bits of furniture, it’s nice to give them each their own bookshelf, as that’s somewhere they can add their own favourite trinkets and accessories to really let their uniqueness shine.