A kid’s bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a place to dream, play and think. You can nourish your child’s imagination with a creatively designed bedroom. We’ve included a few examples below, but be advised, these rooms are so cool that sending your kids to their room will no longer be viewed as punishment.
Contractor, carpenter and DIY podcaster Mark Clement of My FixItUp Life says it may be the carpenter in him – or it could be the Peter Pan boy inside the man – but it’s hard for him to think of anything better for a kid’s room than a loft. “The bed goes up, a desk goes underneath and it becomes a room within a room.” However, Clement says you really need a nine-foot ceiling to support this style. Also, he says that rails are very important and recommends placing them about 12 inches above the mattress height.
With a loft-style bedroom, Clement says that it’s important to include storage up top. “Think about places to put things like electronics, a light, a cup of water – you can even run a plug up the loft area.” Below, he recommends bookcases and storage, in addition to the desk.
Double duty bedroom
If your kids hate to make up their beds, it won’t matter with these Murphy beds. Since they fold into the wall, no one will ever know that the bed isn’t made. In fact, no one will even know there are beds in the room – unless you tell them. Murphy beds create more usable floor space during the day, and when folded up, these beds also provide shelf space, chalkboards and room for your child’s favorite design.
A themed room is another fun idea for a kid’s bedroom. If you don’t know how to get started, Clement recommends picking your child’s favorite book and video. He and his wife, Theresa – who is a designer and contractor – did a Minecraft theme for their son’s room. “We trimmed and painted his room – kind of long-lasting – so think in terms of how long you want [the design], how much you want to put into it and if you see yourself changing it.”