When your son or daughter has grown up enough to move on from the pink or blue teddy bears in their nursery, you might be excited to take your first foray into decorating their ‘big kid’ rooms. If they lean toward Dora the Explorer or Thomas the Tank Engine, you may already have ideas for their room. Besides character décor, there are three key parts of a child’s room that you must focus on in order to make it a space that they are truly comfortable in.
Safety should always be first and foremost in your mind once you begin to redecorate a child’s room. Gone is the crib, and in its place is a big kid bed. Depending on what you have chosen, your child’s bed could be a full sized racecar bed or a tiny toddler bed. If you are worried about spending extra money on bedding and the bed frame, skip the toddler bed and go straight into a twin sized. It will grow with your child, and most likely be the bed they remain in until they are older. To ensure safety, add side guardrails to either end of the bed frame. Avoid bunk beds for your child. They are the cause of numerous injuries from falling, and are not recommended until your child is at least 7 years old. Continue to place cords and wires out of reach, and ensure that your plastic outlet covers remain on all outlets. Any shelves and dressers should be bolted to the walls.
Play Space Tips
A child’s room should be a focused play space, and one way to achieve this is through the mood projected in the room. Wall color is a huge part of a child’s room. When deciding whether to repaint or repaper, ask your child their opinion on color. You can find various color chips in home décor stores, and you can choose a few colors with your child that both love. There are a variety of Disney colors to choose from as well, so your little one might love Princess pink or Mickey Mouse red. Add a kid focused area rug on the floor to liven up the carpet. Choose a Princess themed pink rug with castles or a cars and truck themed area rug with roadways for your child to play on.
Storage is the third consideration in a child’s room, and it’s an important one. A child needs storage for blankets, books, and toys in order to keep the room neat and tidy. Add a little ottoman to the foot of their bed to give them a place to sit and put on their clothes. You can find ottomans that double as a storage cube for tiny toys and knick-knacks. Storage shelves in the closet allow for well-organized clothing and toys. Create a tiny reading corner for your child, complete with organized bookshelves and a beanbag chair.
If you focus on safety, storage, and creating a room that is a play space for your child, your baby’s big kid room will turn out to be a cozy, comfortable sanctuary for many years to come.