When siblings share a bedroom, every little bit of space counts. So what can a frazzled parent do? We’ve got you covered with this handy list of tips to ease sibling rivalry and create a harmonious space that your kids will love.
Meeting of the minds. If your children are old enough to participate in the design process, invite them to a family meeting to discuss options for the shared space. Ask them for their likes and dislikes and identify common ground. Make sure each child feels like he or she has had input.
Divide the space. If privacy is an issue, create a temporary room divider, such as a curtain hanging from the ceiling, to divvy up the space. Younger children may like a bed tent or a draped canopy. A bookshelf can be a great space divider as well while also providing needed extra storage. (Make sure it’s secured for safety.)
Coordinate styles. Matching bed linens are not a requirement, but it’s best to use colors from the same color palette. Elements that continue across the space, like a bunting or artwork, help to unify the space and harmonize elements that don’t go together on their own.
Types of beds. Depending on the ages of your children, choose among bunk beds, trundle beds, and twin beds. Also consider the best way to arrange the beds: side-by-side, foot-to-foot, or at a 90-degree angle. Some parents place beds on casters for easy movement around the room.
Nooks and crannies. Utilize corners, alcoves, and the wall space underneath windows to place furniture and storage. Will one nightstand with a drawer for each occupant suffice? Can an extra dresser be placed in a closet? Consider floating shelves on walls, hooks, and under-bed storage solutions.