Living in a small apartment and worried your children will feel cramped? Here are some practical and oh-so-simple ideas to liven up their room so that you use the space wisely.
By Team Parentcircle
When you become a parent, it is natural to start yearning for a nice, big house with comfortable rooms for everyone, especially your children. Moving into a spacious villa in the city outskirts may be a dream for many of us, but it can be impractical for reasons like commuting and easy availability of facilities. So, keep the idea for your retirement and make the most of the apartment you currently live in.
Here, we show you how to make the most of the space you have, especially in the room allotted for your little ones!
If your children are sharing a room and you're short on space to accommodate two beds, don't fret. Think vertical instead and get a bunk bed, which will give each child the luxury of their own cot, but occupy the space of a single bed. That means, your children will still have space for their things, and also, some furniture. Also, it is so much more fun to sleep on a bunk bed than a regular one! Don't blame us if your children end up quarrelling for the top bunk. Another option is a trundle bed that can be stowed away when not in use. You can also consider a foldable bed that can be easily tucked into the wall during the day.
No space for big wardrobes or cupboards? No problem. Look for smart storage options, instead. You can buy a bed with a built-in compartment. Or buy some storage boxes and arrange them neatly under your child's bed. Floating shelves are small shelves that come in various shapes and can be fixed to the wall. These come in trendy designs and your children can use them to store books, toys or display their bric-a-brac.
Growing children possess quite a lot of stuff — from toys to sports equipment. It is important that all this is properly organised for easy access. Moreover, some studies claim that clutter can have a negative impact on children's physical health (heavy wardrobes can tip over, there can be mould, dust, etc.) as well their mental (stress and anxiety) well-being. So, don't hesitate to invest in some boxes or baskets for their possessions. Get your children to neatly label and stack them up to save space. There are also inexpensive wire racks or plastic sheets that can be joined with connectors to form a cube. These too can be arranged neatly or made into a lightweight, space-saving shelf. It can even be expanded by adding more cubes as and when you want. Also, stackable chairs at the desk make it easier for you to sit with your children if they need your help with school projects. The chairs can also be kept away in a corner when not in use, leaving the rest of the room clear.
Today, you can easily find cupboards, desks and tables that can be unfolded or which can be joined together to form something totally new. So, a cupboard can become a study table too. This means, your children will have enough space for their stationery and books too. They can use the pull-out table during study time. Similarly, you can find multiple uses for other furniture. For instance, you can use sturdy wooden boxes for storage, and fix a cushion on top to convert them into seating options. Chairs and stools with hidden storage are also great for the room.
A well-designed space for storage is a must in the children's room. You can buy dividers or partitions for drawers to help your children organise their belongings. Storage shelves with castors/wheels will make moving things from one room to another, easy. Fix a whiteboard on the wall so your children can doodle away when they feel like it. Hooks at the back of the door can be used to hang up laundry bags. Encourage your children to be creative. Get them to repurpose cloth bags and toys. For instance, an old set of building blocks can turn into a nice, colourful storage box. Also, get your children to make pen stands from water bottles or cardboard boxes.
When furnishing the children's room, find things that reflect their personality. Next, keep an eye on good ventilation and lighting. A dark, stuffy room is a strict no-no — a bright, airy room in a cheerful colour palette is essential. So, ensure you're not blocking the windows with wardrobes and other items. And, remember, less is always more, so go easy on the number of items you buy for the room. That will also make cleaning and maintenance a breeze. The idea is to transform their room into a space where your children will feel happy and loved.
Inputs from Komal Porecha, a well-known interior designer from Chennai.
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