Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

Leo's bedroom was one of the first rooms I started to get to work on when we first moved in, but it is one of the last rooms to be finished. Isn't that always the way?

I wanted to pick a theme that Leo wasn't going to outgrow. Something that would suit him for a few months, but then he would be embarrassed to bring friends home to play. Thomas the Tank was out because ever since Leo started school, it was for babies. Cars...Out. Planes....Out. There had to be something that we could implement into Leo's room that was still something he would like, but also something that would stand the test of time, because let's face it, home wares are not cheap.

I have kept Leo's new room rather simple, I wanted a theme that was going to last and grow with him. That is why at this moment in time I haven't painted it, I have left it Magnolia and just added subtle hints to give the room it's own personality. To achieve this we have opted for a space theme.

Leo's curtains are the Stars Blackout Curtains from  Dunelm, I fell in love with these the moment that I saw them, and they fitted in with the theme I was trying to achieve. I picked up an almost matching bedsheet from B&M Bargains, and what I especially loved about this set was that the stars glow in the dark!

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

I wanted all of the feature furniture to be white, Leo's old wardrobe already fit the bill, but his old bed was a grey metal and didn't in keep with my hopes for the room, and most certainly did not provide us with the space that I needed to achieve underneath. I started looking at High Rise Beds at Room to Grow, and they had a great selection that really helped me decide on which one to go for.

Leo now has a gorgeous white high sleeper bed in his room, it came with a desk and a wardrobe which has really helped us utilize the available space. Every toy has a place, every item of clothing can be put away and Leo has a great bit of floor space to play with. This was very important to me in the thought process behind getting Leo's room together, because I wanted him to be able to get things out and play with them, without having to unpack everything that was on top of it before hand.

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

When we moved I had a massive toy cull, who knew that a bloggers child could have quite so many toys. It's suffice to say that our new neighbors thought a rainbow must have exploded when we offered to let them have any of the toys Leo no longer wanted. Getting rid of lot's of the things that Leo no longer played with meant that I had a fighting chance of getting his new room organised. We got rid of that many toys, that I even managed to give away one of his toy boxes along side all of the toys!

The wardrobe in the bed is mainly full of toys, toys that he can easily get to.  The main wardrobe is mainly for clothing, but on the bottom we have a few stowaway toy sets that are ready to be pulled out to play.

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

Leo's desk was a necessary part of the room design for me, and if it was not built into the bed, there would not have been enough room to incorporate this into the plans. I have talked many times about how hard Leo finds school, and I shared an update the other week that you can read here.

I wanted to have a space that was dedicated to learning at home, somewhere that Leo can sit down and we can work through the task at hand together. The quiet of having our own space in our own home has been invaluable. Leo might still be behind, but having people say that they can see such a huge difference in him since we have moved out, has been amazing. I knew that moving out would really help Leo, and I was right.

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won't Outgrow

One of the last things I need to do now, is just purchase Leo a desk chair to sit underneath his bed. It has taken some time to get everything together and of course get some relevant wall art in place, this is where I have been able to put some real character into the room, and it's things that we can change as he grows without it costing too much money.

I do love Leo's room, and it is nice to see that he does too.

It is possible to design a kids bedroom that they won't outgrow straight away.




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