Herringbone flooring, smart storage solutions, creative little hideaways - there's lots to think about when designing a great space for your kids. It can be one of the most challenging projects to handle in the home. The main thing you need to consider is how you can invest effectively in something that your little ones won't outgrow in a year or two. Well, it can be done, and we're here to make some suggestions that could help you transform a dull, outdated space into the dream room for a child.
1. Keep clean and safe with herringbone flooring
Laminate herringbone flooring is very easy to keep clean. It is ideal for keeping dust levels to a minimum, which is ideal for children with asthma or for avoiding allergy nightmares. Wooden flooring comes in a wide range of styles, and the herringbone style looks elegant yet playful. The versatility of laminate flooring gives you real flexibility when designing your kids' room. Of course, laminate hardwood floors can be a little slippery, so you will want to take precautions to avoid knocks and bruises. Think about some mats and other products to help mitigate this.
2. Stylish organisation solutions
If you have a little one with a toy collection that threatens to take over the house, you'll need some creative storage to contain it. It needs to be effective but easy for your children to work with. Wall-hung organisation units, brightly-coloured bins, shoeboxes and other fun yet practical things are excellent ideas. Focus on storing toys by type to help your kids know where they belong when playtime is finished. Colour-code with different coloured bins and you may even nurture a neat freak in time!
3. Try a cuddly animal chair
Is your child constantly getting on at you to let them have a pet? A plush animal chair may be just the thing to assuage their desperate longing for a furry friend. It's adorable to look at, perfect for a cosy snuggle, and can cradle a young child whilst they snooze, play, read or simply enjoy a nice cuddle.
4. Light up their life with a novelty lamp
A lamp for the desk or bedside table is a must-have for any kids' bedroom. It will help them see when they have to make a toilet run in the middle of the night, or illuminate a book for their bedtime story. There are plenty of choices for children's lamps. You may want to go traditional with dinosaurs and footballs for boys or pink and princesses for girls. Or you might like to opt for a more gender-neutral idea, if you prefer. Whatever you choose, a novelty lamp is a fun and useful addition to a child's bedroom.
5. Get them to work on their very own desk
It can be tiring having to keep clearing eraser shavings and homework books off the kitchen table every evening. If this sounds familiar, it's time to provide a work space for your child. There are plenty of functional and imaginative kids' desks to make homework time fun. For younger children, a plastic desk and chair will help prepare for sitting at desks in school. For older kids, a wall-hung desk unit can be an elegant, space-saving solution. Alternatively, a more traditional desk and chair set might feel more stylish.
6. Make bedtime fun with some stylish bedding
The bed is one of the most prominent features of your kids' bedroom, and the bedding you choose will have a big impact. You could go for something in a soft, neutral tone with a minimalist design for a calming effect. Or you could go with bold, colourful designs to help establish a theme in the room (like rockets, or animals, for example). Patterns are a nice idea, and they can be a versatile solution to fit most decor styles.
7. Growth charts can be fun
Kids love to have a record of their growth, month after month and year after year. If you choose a growth chart designed to last as long as your child keeps growing, you have a design element that will stay for the long haul. A growth chart hangs on the wall, so it won't take up precious space in the room. And while choosing a robot or a mermaid might be exciting for your toddler, a less age-specific one might be better if you want the tradition to last.
8. Create a hideaway with a play teepee tent
Teepees have existed for a long time, and if you choose to have one in your kids' bedroom, give them a little background story too. It can foster some great imaginative play whilst creating an enclosed, comfortable space to hide away. Children tend to have a strange affection for teepees, and there are many available to complement any kind of bedroom design. If you're a DIY enthusiast, you could even try building your own.
9. A reading pillow might get the imagination flowing
Reading pillows can be a nice addition to the home for kids, teens, and even adults. They are comfortable back pillows for you to recline and relax, read, study, or anything else you may want to do comfortably. They are available in novelty designs like unicorns or cuddly bears for little ones. They can be ergonomic shapes with handy slots for books and a cup holder. You will find pretty much any design you could want, and your kids will love them!
10. Teach them to save with a piggy bank
There are plenty of piggy bank ideas that look fantastic and encourage your kids to save their money. If you favour the classic piggy design, there are all sorts of traditional, retro or modern designs available. They can come in virtually any shape or size, with any design. Perhaps get one that is a tribute to their favourite book, TV show or video game - anything that ensures it gets pride of place and maintains their interest!
So there you have it - some simple suggestions that could help you make your kids' bedroom fun, comfortable and functional for your little ones. You don't have to be an interior designer, and it doesn't have to cost you the Earth. These ideas can breathe new life into your kids' room.
Contact ESB Flooring today to find out more about our range of herringbone and wooden flooring.