Growing up with five siblings, and being second to youngest, meant having to wait what felt like an eternity to have my own room. As I write this, memories come flooding back of how exciting it was to finally be able to pick my own paint color and bedspread. The adventure of being involved in grown-up decisions will stick with them and may one day be an incentive to spark his or her in-home projects.
We have all heard the famous quote, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Whether a simple reorganization or a full-blown remodel, a child’s bedroom makeover needs to be proposed well before any work begins. The preparation phase should include the process of negotiating needs versus wants. If the design team works together to organize a battle plan, chances are good the space will please both proprietor and dweller.
The top half of a kid’s bedroom is an opportunity for many lofty ideas – literally. Often forgotten about, this space could be turned into anything from a simple display area with a high shelf running the entire perimeter of the room, to a custom built hideaway, accessible only by ladder. Always remember to consider the height of the resident; by making storage spaces not easily reachable by a youngster, you may be creating more work for yourself.
Not just for walls
Paint is an important design element in most makeovers. It can be used to alter everything from furniture to picture frames. In the planning phase, remember to consider ceilings, baseboards and almost every surface in between as a blank canvas for a brush or roller. A painted surface can be anything from an elaborate mural to a useable chalkboard.
Toys, clothes and bears … oh my!
Ever wonder how such a small person can accumulate so much stuff? I love “stuff” just as much as the next girl, but organization can mean something completely different to an adult than it does a child. With the click of your mouse, it is simple to find tips to help kids organize everything from toys to trophies. Be creative in your endeavor to tame clutter, but also be aware of the needs of your particular youngster.