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shared bedroom

When siblings need to share bedroom space, the need for each child to have their own space and a place for their belongings is imperative. Choose space-saving, helpful furniture for shared bedrooms by trying the following suggestions.

Decide What Furniture Each Child Needs

Make a list of what furniture your children need based upon their age, interests, and personality. Obviously, bedrooms need beds. Additionally, you need to provide for clothes and toy storage, and reading and hobby areas. If you have the space to do so, children should have their own dresser, desk, and a personal storage space for items they do not share with their siblings. However, it is important to decide specifically what furniture must be in the child’s room. If space is at a premium, consider moving desks and computers, and perhaps all toys, into another area of the house.

Choosing Furniture for a Shared Bedroom

The largest furniture item in your children’s shared bedroom is the bed. Choose one of the following:

  • A Bunk Bed

A bunk bed is a classic space saver and most children love them. If they fight over who gets the top bunk, switch off at first. Eventually one will want the top and the other will prefer the bottom.

  • Two Loft Beds

Two loft beds are an excellent choice in smaller bedrooms. They provide storage, study, or play areas underneath the bed.

  • Twin Beds

If you use twin beds, place them lengthwise against walls to free up floor space for a play area.

In order to save space, consider shelves for storage and eliminate toy boxes and bedside nightstands with books. Use bottom shelves for toys, middle shelves for books, and top shelves for displaying hobby items and keepsakes.

Identify Personal Space

When your children share a bedroom, you need to decide what type of sharing works best for each child. Some children are fine with simply identifying which items of furniture and areas of the room are shared or personal. However, other children will need to have the room divided into two totally separate areas. There are a number of different ways to separate the space in a shared bedroom:

  • Use tall bookcases
  • Place armoires or wardrobes back-to-back
  • Hang a curtain from a ceiling rod
  • Use folding floor screens

Additionally, colour easily identifies each child’s personal space. If both of your children like the same colour, consider two different shades of the same colour or different fabric patterns such as strips and dots. Consider coloured containers for storage with each child having their own assigned shade. You can even paint furniture in each child’s chosen colour.

Tips for a Shared Bedroom

  • Involve your children in the process of defining personal space.
  • Consider space-saving wall-mounted lamps.
  • Define shared and personal spaces in the room.
  • Recognize individual sleep habits and adapt the bedroom as necessary.
  • If possible, consider built-in furniture, such as bookshelves and storage spaces inset in the wall.

If sharing a bedroom is the only option, you need to be creative and plan your shared bedroom space using helpful furniture for you shared bedroom. Choose furniture to provide privacy and define personal space. With planning and preparation, sharing a bedroom can be an enjoyable and bonding experience for your children.

 

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