• How to make shared bedrooms a success!

  • 16th September 2018
  • Useful tips

  • From data published by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to regular coverage in the press there is no denying that houses in the UK are getting both smaller and more expensive! This means that more and more families are now living with less space than in previous generations, and the numbers of children in the UK sharing bedrooms is on the up again. Sharing space with a sibling teaches children valuable lessons in respect and compromise and children who have shared with a sibling often report having a closer bond as adults. With this in mind, and plenty of first-hand experience this post is all about our tried and tested tips for children’s rooms which look great and they will love when two (or more!) are sharing.

    Make the most of the space

    Using the space you have wisely will make the biggest difference to the overall feel of the room when it is finished. Think about what furniture is needed and where it would look best – our measuring guide has some great tips on how to plan your room. It helps to think at this stage about where you might need power sockets when it’s finished and is often well worth the expense of getting an extra socket or two installed or moved to where you will need them.

    Bunk beds are a great idea for shared bedrooms as they free up floor space. Think carefully about where to position your bunk – try not to block the window as dark rooms always feel smaller. Our Bali Bunk can be made to any size so is the perfect choice if you need to squeeze a bunk into a slightly smaller space. See our Bali Bunk range

  • Represent their interests

    Give your children some ownership over their part of their room. Allow them to decorate the area around their bed with things that represent their interests. We love these new tiger garlands by @velveteen_babies and this super cute bunny print by @roseendcreations.

    Bed times

    Making sure your children get enough sleep when they’re sharing can be tricky! Bed time can easily begin to mean play time so take care to ensure your children know that time for bed means time for sleep. Children of all ages respond well to a calming bed time routine to help them settle. For older children being clear that lights off means stay in bed and no talking is a helpful way of them identifying when it’s time to settle down. Keep a look out for our blog post next week where we’ll be talking all about bedtime routines to help your children sleep.

    Responsibility

    Twice as many children in a small space means twice as much mess! Teaching your children to take pride in their space not only helps them develop some responsibility but also cuts down on tidying up for parents. Choose something which is manageable and age appropriate which your child can do for themselves. For younger children this may just mean putting toys away before bed time where as you might ask your teenager to hoover and dust once a week (and not hide empty cups of tea under their bed!).

    Defined areas

    When planning your room layout try to allow for different ‘zones’ in the bedroom. Having an area for play which is separate from an area for sleep can help children know what to expect – for example you might always read with them in one corner of the room so this becomes the ‘book corner’ for quiet times whereas the rug is where you do bigger more creative games like building train tracks or playing cars. For older children and teenagers who do their homework in their bedrooms this is particularly important – having a separate ‘work area’ which is setup for them  helps get them in the mindset to focus and be productive and also reduces back and neck pain complaints found in teenagers who do their homework hunched up on their beds.

    In a shared room it is good to find the space (however small) to create separate areas for each child with an agreement in place that the other/s don’t touch or disturb someone else’s space.

    Do your children share a room? We’d love to see and hear your creative ideas for making shared spaces a success. Comment below or tag us in your pictures on Instagram @mosnox_kids

     

  • "Twice as many children in a small space means twice as much mess! Teaching your children to take pride in their space not only helps them develop some responsibility but also cuts down on tidying up for parents"

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