Development-Friendly Bedrooms for Children – Part Two

Thank you so much for coming back to read the second part of my blog! If you haven’t read Development-Friendly Bedrooms for Children – Part One, you can read it here.

Creative Areas

The creative element is an essential part of your child’s interior design scheme as it aids their emotional, intellectual and physical development. You can introduce this through art and crafts, a building/construction station, or in a reading corner. If you have the space, it is a great idea to introduce a desk with colouring in equipment, a My Happy Journal, Lego or non-messy crafts. Try to incorporate your child’s art into the room decoration by hanging it up in a frame, or create an art wall by using jute hanging lines and colourful pegs.   

 Chalkboards are a great idea as they don’t use up precious floorspace. All kids love to doodle and often create amazing art using the fabulous chalk colours available. Whip your camera out and take snaps of their creations to cherish and look back on. Children also love to use chalkboards to practice their writing or homework. Today, chalkboards can be purchased in all shapes and sizes, or can be painted directly onto walls using chalk paint. In fact, you can even get magnetic chalk paint. Go wild and get creative!

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By making a separate reading space, your child will have their own nook to cosy up and feel at ease to let their imagination soar. This area will become a favourite area not only to hang out but will also encourage reading practice. There are many fabulous ways to create a reading corner including a tipi or a tent with comfy cushions/beanbag along with books and a reading light. If space is limited, choose a vertical wall and mount some shelving to hold their books. Don’t forget to add seating which is comfortable and inviting.


Practicality in a bedroom is just as an important as the creative element. While wardrobes and drawers are necessary for placing clothes and shoes away, storage is important for removing clutter. In an ideal world, everything in a child’s room should have its own place. There is an emotional toll on both you and your child’s mental health when there is mess or disorganisation. By introducing strategic storage such as toy chests, storage boxes, chests of drawers or basic shelves, you will be able to keep track and store your child’s belongings more easily and create a harmonious space. 

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Your child’s bed is an investment piece because getting a good night’s sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental wellbeing as they grow. Regardless of what bed you choose, the mattress is key. In short, the more you spend on a mattress the better the quality and the longer it will last. The cheapest option is an open coil sprung mattress and is quite basic. The more expensive mattresses are filled with natural fibres or have supportive foams which provide better support. These often last for around 7-10 years.

There are many beds to choose from – too many to discuss here in detail. Ones to avoid are those designed around specific characters/themes as children grow out of these quickly. A relatively plain bed can be painted and dressed in the many bedding options available. If space is a consideration, you can buy very clever high sleepers designed with desks, storage and reading nooks underneath. Before purchasing, it is always recommended that you check the safety barriers are sufficient to stop your loved ones falling off.     

Get Creative!

We hope you have picked up some useful tips from this guide in creating an inspiring bedroom that will provide your child a sanctuary which is fun, fulfilling and functional. The most important message is to have fun and don’t feel pressured to create the “perfect” room. And don’t forget to involve your wee one! You will get better results in doing so. 

If you need any help or questions about designing a child’s bedroom, I am more than happy to help you. Please email me at renee@reneeturner.co.uk to find out the flexible packages I provide to help parents and that is conducive to a budget. Have a lovely rest of your week!

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