I wouldn’t mind sharing my room with Miss J – JD, 5
When children need to share a bedroom, it is important that both have the freedom to express their own unique styles and tastes. Short of drawing a line down the center of the room, it can be difficult to know exactly how to best use the space available and give each child a chance to let their individual personalities shine through.
Even though siblings can fight like cat and dog, many do enjoy sharing their bedroom, as long as one isn’t ‘ruling the roost’ all the time. Depending on the size of the bedroom, if at all possible try to give each child their own bed in their own part of the room.
Bunk beds can work well for younger children as they don’t take up a lot of floor space, but rows about who has the top and who has the bottom, and the fidget who keeps his brother awake half the night by shifting around in his sleep are just two reasons why bunk beds may not be the best option for older children.
However, many models of bunk bed can be taken apart as the kids get older to make two separate single beds so this may be the solution when they reach an age where they need a little more independence.
Cabin beds are superb for including wardrobe and drawer space for the kids. Each child can then have his own cupboards for clothes built into the bed helping to avoid any disputes between the tidy and the untidy sibling. Cabin beds come in a variety of styles, so each child can choose which one is to their taste, giving that individuality and expression which is important to each of them.
High sleeper beds are great for a shared bedroom as the bed is off the ground like the top bunk of a bunk bed, with space underneath. This space can be used for a desk, bean bags, chairs or even toy boxes. Children can then not only have their own sleeping area, but they also have a little space to call their own.
In a larger bedroom, two single beds can be spaced well apart, with furniture in-between the beds for children who want distance from each other. Giving each child their own bedside table with reading lamp will help them from disturbing each other in the night when one is sleepy and the other wants to read.
Allowing siblings to choose their own style bed linen and buying cork pin boards for them to hang their favourite pictures or photos on will help them to share their room space without encroaching on each other. With so many practical and space saving beds available, it won’t take long to find the right bed to suit your children’s needs.
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