Tips for Designing the Perfect Kid Bedroom

Function, fun and fads are all considerations

Girls bedroom

Forbes Masters

What does the ‘perfect kid bedroom’ really look like? If you would have asked me this question at age six, I would have emphatically told you bright colors and Lisa Frank-themed bedding. If you asked me the same question at age twelve, I’d have swapped all of the cartoons for quotes and pictures of my friends and plastered these to every open surface. At age eighteen, I honestly couldn’t care less about my home bedroom because I was building my home-away-from-home at my college dorm. And now, as I navigate the bedroom journey as a mom, I’m realizing that my aversion to neon duct tape and anime posters is really only because of my age. 

But what really does go into creating the ideal space for your children? From the colors on the walls to the choice of décor, here are some tips to designing the perfect kid bedroom.

1. Get Their Input

If you’re looking to make a space that’s comfortable, welcoming, and exciting for your kid(s), make sure to include them in the process. While I’m not necessarily advocating for having your child as the key decision-maker, there’s a special kind of ownership that’s built when they are able to weigh in on kid bedroom ideas, decisions, and even purchases. 

Depending on your child’s age, they can share preferences about desks, themes, or even colors. If your children share a room, you can even incorporate ideas that balance each of their perspectives so there are pockets of the space that truly feel unique and individual.

2. Incorporate Their Favorites (in Flexible Ways)

If you think back to your earlier years, chances are, you had a preferred character from a movie, TV show, song, etc. Maybe this character changed every year (or month, or week…), but it was still something you felt passionately about—and the same goes for your child! 

Easy and flexible ways to incorporate your child’s favorite character(s) is to get removable wall decals that can be peeled off when your child is no longer into that specific phase. You can purchase cheap themed bedding and blankets, or even use something like a chalkboard to draw designs that can be easily erased.

3. Rely on Neutrals to Allow for Change

Whether it’s deciding what to eat for breakfast or determining a favorite paint color, kids are notoriously indecisive—and that’s honestly okay. The things we loved when we were little have undoubtedly changed—many times. Recognizing and accepting this in our children is the first step. 

However, when it comes to colors, it’s best to try to opt for neutrals as much as possible. This makes the change far easier (without taking away the fun).

For example, rather than painting all four walls of your daughter’s bedroom bright blue, create an accent wall. This wall will be a lot easier to change and won’t require as much time, money, and effort as painting the whole room again when she decides blue is no longer her favorite shade. 

4. Ensure the Space Is Conducive to Rest

One key thing parents often overlook is that bedrooms are ultimately made for resting. Simple things can make a big difference. For example, it’s best to purchase a curtain that is floor-to-ceiling or blackout to completely keep out the light. This will help with sleeping routines (especially for younger children), and most curtains come in fun colors so your child will still be able to express themselves. 

5. Create Different Areas for Different Activities

At first glance, this tip may seem to relate to younger kids, but it’s actually relevant for all ages. Having different ‘pockets’ of the bedroom for different activities can help with autonomy, self-directed work and play, and accountability.

For example, creating a homework station or workspace can help older children be more responsible and focused on their schoolwork or projects. For younger kids, having a ‘Legos’ station can help create more solid routines around bed or naptime because toys aren’t a part of the sleeping area. 

As you’re designing the perfect kid bedroom, keep in mind that separation can also make the space look and feel bigger, which will make more room for fun.

6. Consider Your Child’s Personality & Behavior

When it comes to creating the perfect kid bedroom, some key things to keep in mind are your child’s temperament, personality, and behavior. In other words, if you have a child who is easily overstimulated by their environment, it’s best to incorporate colors and tones that are subdued. That way, the space feels comforting and safe. It may be helpful to add sensory objects, calm blankets, or other items that evoke joy and peace. 

On the other hand, if you have a more energetic or even rambunctious child, you may want to consider a kid full-size bedroom set that has different layers, levels, or even incorporates movement with a ladder or slide. Something like this can create an opportunity for play and self-regulation, as opposed to a regular bed that will stifle your child’s natural energy and vigor.