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Inspiring the Design of their First Grown-Up Bedroom | Guest Post

Saturday, 18 November 2017

This is a collaborative guest post

Joy Richards is the Sleep Specialist at Happy Beds, one of the UK’s fast-growing bed manufacturers and retailers. When she’s not discussing all things bedroom-related, she’s raising her young family and indulging in a pasta dish or two.


I don’t know about you, but I dreaded the idea of transitioning my little one from her cot to her very first ‘big girl’ bed. I was expecting sleepless nights and tantrums that ended up with three in a bed, but thankfully I was given some sage advice that meant we all settled in relatively smoothly.

What’s the secret? Creating a room that excites your child. We’ve always got our little ones involved in the design process, and tried to make their bedroom somewhere they want to spend more time. If they happen to drift off to sleep then… bonus!

With that in mind, here is a little children's bedroom inspiration.

Build a Bedroom That Grows with Them 

If you enjoy a spot of painting and are a dab hand with design, then you may not mind doing a complete bedroom makeover over a few years. However, let’s be honest, most people aren’t Handy Andy.

If you’re looking for a fuss-free future, invest in a design and furniture that will grow with your child. In terms of kids beds, bunkbeds or a mid-sleeper are perfect as they really make the most of a room’s footprint, and can provide you with much-need storage too.

Plus, if your family does expand that little bit more, there’ll be no need to buy new furniture!


Choose Neutral Furniture and Add Pizazz with Accessories 

With time, not only do children physically grow, but their style and tastes do too. They may be obsessed with Paw Patrol now, but this will likely change. Therefore, we’d recommend investing in relatively neutral coloured furniture and adding colour through bedding, curtains and decorative accessories instead.

Why not invest in some brightly coloured, patterned bedcovers that your kids choose themselves? Alternatively, a soft bedroom rug or a funky lamp are always a simple and affordable way of adding interest to a bedroom.


Storage, Storage and More Storage 

As you probably already know, for such small people, children have an awful lot of ‘stuff', and they do like to get messy. That means effective storage is essential.

Bold coloured storage tubs are always a practical winner in my book. But, if you’re looking for something that is a bit more aesthetically pleasing, why not purchase a monogrammed toy chest? Not only will it look fabulous and help you hide away the clutter, but it’ll give your child a sense of ownership as it has their initials printed proudly on it.

Ensure You’re Not Investing in Style Over Substance

Last but not least, before you reach for your debit card, ensure you’re not investing in style over substance. You want the items you purchase to not only look good, but to be robust and safe. Therefore, you should always balance out quality and getting a bargain. Sometimes it's worth spending that little bit more, if you know it'll last for many more years.

How did you make the transition from cot to 'big' bed?

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