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Great Ideas for Shared Kids' Bedrooms
Whether your children outnumber your bedrooms, or you simply prefer having your kids bunk together, a shared bedroom can be one of the joys of childhood. Playing together during the day, whispering secrets at night, even occasional squabbles are all part of the experience. When it comes to decorating the shared bedroom, you’ll want to get input from your children (assuming they are old enough to have opinions), follow your own tastes and also take some tips from the bedrooms featured here.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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If your very young children are sharing a room, have fun with a cheery color scheme – you can’t go wrong with sky blue, sunny yellow, grass green or apple red. Keep the beds pushed up against the wall to create plenty of open space for play, and be sure to provide shelves with baskets – as in the room here – to corral small toys, crayons, blocks and games.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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If the shared bedroom is small, bunk beds are the way to go. You can make each bunk an individualized spot for relaxing and reading – not just sleeping -- by installing a wall sconce and small shelves or magazine racks, as shown here. The glossy black bedframe, with its touches of shiny chrome, along with the grown-up color scheme and subdued use of pattern, make this room perfect for older kids – even teens.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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If you’re lucky enough to live in a house with a finished attic, a bedroom under the eaves is lots of fun for kids, and a great way to make use of the space. To optimize the usually limited square footage, install high platform beds with plenty of drawers underneath, like the room here. The owners of this home used half-walls to create the illusion of separate rooms – a good idea if your kids keep each other awake, or are prone to bickering. If you don’t want to deal with construction, you could... achieve the same effect by hanging curtains between the beds.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Boy and Girl
Have one of each? There’s no reason boys and girls can’t share a bedroom during their younger years, although you’ll want to provide separate spaces before they become teens. A shared boy/girl room doesn’t have to be decorated in a gender-neutral style – let each child decorate his or her side of the room in the colors and patterns they like best. You can go as far as painting the walls in different colors; or leave the walls a neutral white and just demarcate the two halves with separate... bedding and artwork.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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A good way to open up space in a shared bedroom is to set a bedside table in a corner, then position the two beds against the walls with their heads up against the table. This leaves lots of floor space for play. The adorable patchwork quilts and cute sheets shown here are from Pottery Barn Kids.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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How great is this idea? Hang drapes around bunk beds so the kids can pull them shut when they want some privacy or one child goes to sleep earlier than the other, then open them up when it’s time to socialize. The drapes don’t need to be fancy – just hang simple curtain rods along the ceiling or the frame of the bunk bed, then use curtain rings or clips to attach the fabric.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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When teens share a bedroom, you’ll want to provide some privacy and also suitable space for study. The first can be achieved by hanging curtains around each sleeping area, or using bookshelves to create a “wall” between the beds. A wide desk or floating shelf – large enough to hold two laptops and with space enough for two chairs – becomes homework central. Add extra storage capacity with more floating shelves mounted higher up the wall.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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If the shared room is large enough, your younger kids will love having a play/craft table right at hand for coloring sessions, board games or Playdoh time. If your kids like messy projects with paint, glue or glitter, you’ll be better off avoiding carpet or an area rug under the table, though – leave it bare or spread it with a drop cloth instead.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Just because kids share a room doesn’t mean they can’t have their favorite decorating theme. In fact, splitting a shared space into two decorating styles can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to let kids show off their individuality and personal style – especially important if the children are twins or very close in age. Here, one child loves all things Superman, while the other likes cute bugs and nature, but any two favorite themes would work equally well.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Small bedroom? Then look up – loft beds are the best way to optimize the space, especially in a teen bedroom. When the beds are raised, the space underneath is open for study, relaxing, playtime or socializing with friends. The bedroom shown here is quite modern in style, but you can find loft beds in just about any decorating theme from rustic to contemporary.