8 Ways to Design a Child's Bedroom That Grows with Them

A child's room is one room where homeowners can choose to go crazy because it's basically the room in the house where design has no limits. It's at this moment where you can let your imagination run wild, because, well it's a kid's room and kids love fun, wild things. It's also the chance to plan a cutesy design for their room with pastels, cute bunnies, baby pink and blue colors. However, years will pass, your child will grow and their tastes will definitely change especially when they start entering their teens.

Growing up isn't just the issue, it's also about a kid's favorites, hobbies, tastes and interests changing every minute. Creating a room that adapts to changes can help save costs and sanity in trying to make a room comfortable for a child. Instead of reaching out for cute themes, have an open mind that will allow for timeless designs for every stage of your child's life.

1. Use Multi-functional Adult Furniture
Ditch the kid-sized furniture. The princess-themed bed or that space shuttle-shaped bed for your son can really be attractive and your child will surely enjoy using it too but the novelty of these items wear off when they start growing. A queen-sized bed for your little princess will allow sleepovers for when she's older or a bed with pull-out mattresses for the little guys. If not being kid-friendly enough is an issue, you can always go for cartoon-themed bed sheets and linens that can be swapped out anytime when they tire of it.

Instead of picking up small plastic tables, have a sturdier built-in table and an adult-sized chair which can be used for studying. Get multifunctional furniture that serves more than just one purpose. The newer cribs being sold in stores can turn into a bed for when the child grows into a toddler. Similarly, there are changing tables that turn into study tables. Also look for furniture that offers storage options like a bed with drawers underneath or a table wherein the top can be removed to reveal storage.

2. Choose Subdued Colors
Beiges and light grays allow for more spontaneity in a room. These can easily blend well with the addition of any other colors of furnishing. Children get bored easily even in well-designed rooms so there is a huge certainty that they will want to exchange their furnishings and toys for new ones every now and then. With the safety of neutral colors, it becomes easier to throw in any colored object into the area.

The same rule applies to floors and ceilings because these not only take time and effort to change but are pricey to keep on replacing as well. Save all the crazy colors for cheap and easy-to-replace items like bedspreads and linens, rugs, curtains and other accessories.

3. Use Funky Prints and Patterns
Forgo the ABC or numbers patterns and instead choose funky patterns that are suitable for both a child and teen. Geometric patterns look great and so are simple, organic patterns.

4. Allow Their Personality to Shine
Encourage them to add their own knick-knacks. If they love blue, add some pops of blue in their furnishings. Minimize accessories because, at this point, their own toys become the room's accents. Create a space for their hobbies which could possibly turn into a future career.

5. Create Long-term Storage
Instead of cubbies and plastic toy boxes, go for storage that maximizes the use of a space that will not only house their toys but also be a space for books and collectibles in the future. Concealed cabinet storage offers long-term solutions for a child's different needs and changes. Consider getting adjustable clothes rods and shelves for when their clothes start to get longer and bigger. Think beyond toy storage and keep in mind storage for bags, shoes and other accessories when they start acquiring more items as they grow. Funky cubes and whimsically – shaped shelves can add a bit of quirk.

6. Help Them be Responsible
Choose to put decal labels on clothes drawers, assign a space for their toys and books. These decals can easily be removed and their storage used for other things in the future.

7. Choose Sturdiness Over Cuteness
In choosing furniture, you'll want to go for sturdiness, one that will stand the test of time and eventually be a part of your child's life until they grow. It should be noted that a child is rarely careful, so choosing furniture that can withstand wear and tear over time.

8. Inspire Future Hobbies
Encourage learning and building hobbies for their future by designing a space where they can express their passion, passions that will eventually hone their future. Painting one part of the room with chalkboard paint can help minimize the doodling in the house and can turn into a graffiti wall or just a place for jotting down ideas when your child grows. Pegboard and chalkboard walls can be a place to post memorabilia, photos, and artwork. Put up decals of famous quotes or a map wallpaper to inspire learning. Remember that these ideas can be tastefully done without looking childish as soon as you remodel the room for a teen.

The trick with decorating a child's room is designing it with the allowance of little edits here and there as the child grows into their teens. Re-designing every two or three years is not just a costly expense but also one tiring and impractical move. A child's room should be a space that continues to grow with them until the day they reach their college years and it's time to move out.

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Last review and update: August 27, 2018

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Patty Benjabutr is an interior design enthusiast. She loves to write about actionable home decor knowledge because she believes interior design content is something much more than a collection of beautiful photos. You can contact Patty via e-mail.