Small bedrooms often pose a problem. After all, we all need to have somewhere to sleep and somewhere to store clothes and, in the case of a child, somewhere to play. The most obvious space saving tip would really to install bunk beds – but then the wise parent will start think about the safety aspects of a young child climbing a ladder or even sleeping on the top bunk. Many of the newer bunk bed designs nowadays have done away with the ladder and incorporated cube-shaped climbing blocks which are certainly more stable. The other popular idea is the twin bunk bed, whereby the lower bunk extends beyond the upper side of the top bunk. This is great with older children and for teenagers for whom it has proved particularly popular – especially for the slumber party!
There is a plethora of other space saving beds on the market: one of the best space saving tips for kids in a small bedroom is the folding bed that folds completely flat up against a wall when not in use. When folded, it only protrudes 33cm into the room, leaving the whole room as available floor-space for kids to play in. While there are lots of designs on the market, and all of them are well-made, this option is not cheap. To spend this amount of money on a bed would need very careful consideration, not least in choosing the wall on which to attach it: the wall must be a solid wall so, obviously that narrows down some of the options. However, if all the criteria are right, and you can afford it, this option for kids in a small bedroom is absolutely perfect.
Now, one of the more important aspects of any kids room is storage which, in a small bedroom is even more essential. This is where the concept of the integral stairway to the top bunk comes into its own. The manufacturers recognize the necessity of this and have incorporated drawers specifically designed to fit beneath these stairs. Personally, I think this is a great idea. After all, where better to store all those small toys such as the erector sets and the Lego that absolutely always ends up where it shouldn’t be. Obviously, you could store bedding and clothes in these drawers, but for kids in a small bedroom, I can’t think of a better idea than to use these drawers specifically for their own possessions.
In my experience, there always seems to be one corner of any small bedroom that is simply too poky to fit any specific furniture in. That said, however, this is an ideal place to slot in a column of storage boxes. A trip to places such as IKEA will provide you with an idea of the range of boxes on the market and one of the products they sell is a clear plastic bin with a lid hinged in such a way that you can place half a dozen or more of the boxes on top of each other and still have access to the contents in the lower bins.
While there are many variations on adequate storage solutions and space-saving beds, overall space saving tips for kids in a small bedroom tends to boil down to somewhere suitable to sleep that doesn’t take up too much space and sufficient storage solutions to prevent clutter from building up. Getting those two solutions correct and you have cracked it!