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One challenge faced when designing your kid’s bedroom is choosing appropriate accessories. The options seem almost endless. You want to provide comfort and convenience for your child. Therefore, no kids’ bedroom should be without these three accessories.

#1           Good Lighting

Sufficient lighting is a necessity. If possible, utilize windows to provide sunlight. Humans naturally crave a connection to the natural world and sunlight provides this connection. Studies have identified the following benefits of sunlight:

  • Sunlight boosts the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates appetite, sleep, memory, and mood.
  • Sunlight shuts off a body’s production of melatonin, a hormone produced at night that makes your child feel drowsy.
  • Sunlight can help your body maintain its circadian rhythm – a 24-hour cycle that regulates biochemical, physiological, and behavioral processes and makes your child feel tired when it gets dark.

Make sure your child has sufficient light for reading and other activities. Consider a desk lamp to help with study time. Additionally, a light that attaches to the bed frame works well for bedtime reading if you child has a high, loft, or bunk bed.

For nighttime safety, install a nightlight to help your child navigate the room. For older children, consider a flashlight for emergencies.

#2           A Wall or Desk Clock

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Placing a clock in your child’s room provides many advantages:

  • Even if your child is very young, exposure to a clock familiarizes them with the concept of time. Start with a digital clock that displays numbers and refer to it as soon as your child is old enough to understand. Talk about time using the clock. For example, “It is seven o’clock and time to get up.”
  • When your child begins their schooling, switch to an analog clock with hands. Children learn to tell time in their first year of formal schooling and having a clock on the wall and referring to it frequently will help them master this important skill.
  • A clock builds the important character trait of responsibility. Set the alarm so your school-age child gets up in the morning and begins to get ready for the day.

#3           Adequate Storage

Your child needs more than just a closet for storage. Children have many and varied interests and activities. Designate storage space for hobbies, books, and toys.

Try to make sure all furniture has a place for storage. For example:

  • Have a nightstand with a drawer and cubby for favorite books.
  • Purchase a bed with pullout drawers underneath.
  • Make sure your child’s desk has plenty of storage for papers and supplies.
  • Pace bins, baskets, colorful baskets, and canvas bags on exposed shelving.
  • Install a pegboard with hooks or a behind the door rack for purses and shoes.

When you choose accessories for your child’s room, look for those that add not only interest and attractiveness, but also educate your child, meets storage needs, and provides for your child’s health and well-being.  A wall clock, sufficient lighting, and furniture and accessories (with space for your child’s books, toys, and hobby supplies) meet these requirements and are, therefore, the top three accessories no kids’ bedroom should be without.

 

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