Any parent knows how important getting children into a good night time routine is – to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep! For this to be the most effective, you want your child to be comfortable in their room.
Your kid’s bedroom should be two things:
- A place of their own where they can play.
- A calm and restful place to sleep at the end of the day.
But how do you achieve the right balance? We’ve created a list of tips on designing a bedroom for both play and rest, so you can include a mixture of both when you’re creating their perfect room.
Designing for relaxation
Add blackout blinds or thick curtains. One of the biggest obstacles for children and sleep is light – and the changing patterns of sunrise and sunset can delay bed time – or encourage an earlier rise than anyone wants. Thicker curtains or blackout blinds are simple ways to stop daylight impacting on an otherwise well-established sleep routine.
Remove bright lights. The bright light from screens (and some bulbs) can prevent children from going to sleep, so make sure you pick the lighting from your child’s room carefully. If you want a light on through the night, choose a small night light.
Let them choose their bed. Your children will be a lot more interested in getting into bed if they had some input in choosing it. Make an occasion of choosing and setting up the bed, so the child looks forward to getting into the bed and feeling cosy at the end of the day.
Choose cool colours. Colour psychology suggests that some colours are a better choice than others when you’re trying to promote sleep. Cool pastels are associated with relaxation – think pale blues and greens.
Designing for play
Bunkbeds on a different level. Bunkbeds need no longer be two single beds stacked on top of each other – and can come in all types of guises. Some have built-in play houses, others have slides and there’s a few with cosy seating areas for watching films or playing video games.
Built-in secret rooms. If you’ve got lots of space to work with, try and incorporate a secret passage or hidden playroom into the bedroom to really give the child a sense of fun and adventure. This works particularly well if you partition a room with bookshelves or cupboards.
Try out wall art. Some of the most wonderful designs for children’s bedrooms have something unique or creative on the walls. Whether it’s a hand-painted scene from their favourite book or some well-placed wall stickers, you can create a whole new world with this change alone.