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Designing a Comfortable Shared Children's Bedroom

May 24th, 2012 Bed and Bath

Whether you live in a large home or a smaller apartment, it can be difficult to find enough space to house your growing family. While you might have plans on selling your home in favor of a larger domicile one day, in the mean time, you may have to manage with the space you have. This can be a challenge when it comes to designing bedrooms for your children, so consider creating a combined space for siblings. Here are some tips for creating a comfortable shared bedroom in your home.

Bunk beds
If you're seriously short on space, purchasing
bunk beds for your kids is probably the best course of action. By building upward, instead of out, you'll save yourself valuable floor space while also providing a fun sleeping arrangement for your little ones. You can even find certain lofted models that are perpendicular, affording you extra storage space that can also accommodate a desk.

Room division
For rooms that don't require bunk beds, you have a little more freedom to get creative with the design and layout. As even the closest siblings appreciate having some privacy, you should consider using a central storage furnishing such as a
cabinet or bookshelf to divide the room. Not only will this create an interesting shape in the bedroom, but you'll also provide your children with distinct halves of the room to call their own without putting up an obstructive wall. This will also allow you some extra storage space to keep school supplies, books or toys.

Color scheme
As most shared bedrooms contain a set of brothers or sisters, you likely won't have to worry about designing a space that's too "girly" or "boyish" for one of your children. However, your kids may still want to express themselves through a unique color scheme. Ask each of your little ones what colors they would like for their side of the bedroom. You can unite disparate hues with a neutral tone for balance.