8 Craft and Activity Rooms Ideas For the Whole Family

The first wave of COVID led many families to reimagine what they needed from their homes. Many of us spent time and money transforming our spaces into something more livable and functional for working from home and homeschooling. Through the ups and downs of stay-at-home orders, new COVID variants, and several rounds of distance learning, we’ve learned the importance of designing and tweaking our homes to work for our particular family’s needs.

We continue to realize the importance of having a safe and comforting home space, and getting the most out of our homes. So now, over two years into our new reality, it’s time to go even further in leveling up our home designs from comfortable and stylish to something more fulfilling and sustaining—especially if you have kids.

With so much change and uncertainty, it’s important to promote fun and wellness at home—for kids and adults alike. While adults can be more self-directed, our children may need help discovering interests and developing hobbies they find fulfilling. That’s where family time can come in. Through increased, intentional time together, you can promote whole family wellness. And interior design can be a big help in ensuring family time happens!

We talked to families on our team to find out what changes they made to their own homes that have fostered quality time and encouraged creativity at home. (Some of these spaces are even great for when you need to distract your kids while you get other work done around the house!) We’re so excited about the room ideas we got—and we hope you are too.

Fun and Creative Activity and Craft Room Ideas

Ready to explore your creativity as a family? Below, you’ll find eight activity and craft room ideas for creating spaces that will keep your family happy and entertained.

1. A Kid-Friendly Cooking Corner

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Cooking is inevitable for any parent. And while bringing kids into the kitchen may create more work in the moment, growing a love for healthy meals and cooking whole foods is invaluable. So, why not create a kid-friendly cooking corner in your kitchen for your kids to safely explore culinary interests!

This is a great option because…

It’s a great bonding experience for you and your kids. It’s a way to give your kids hands-on experience in meal preparation and learn first-hand how joyful cooking can be. (It’s fun for kids to see where their food comes from!) They can also learn valuable skills—like how to peel, chop, and even read a recipe. Bonus: it’s a screen-free activity!

How to Design a Cooking Corner

To create a kid-friendly cooking corner, start by making sure you can create a safe space for them to help without risking injury. We like the idea of clearing off the kitchen island or dining nook table to offer a large-but-accessible surface. (Plus, this way, it doesn’t have to be a permanent kids cooking corner but it can just be set up when needed!) Pull chairs, stools, or kitchen helper stools up to your surface to make sure everything is within reach. Set out age-appropriate kitchen utensils (we love this little kitchen helper knife set!) so your kids can help with real tasks. And, since kids are always prone to messes, it helps to set out plastic or silicone mats, or water-resistant placemats, to protect surfaces and make clean-up easier.

2. A Shared Fitness Space

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Movement is key for kids and adults alike. Every kid needs to get out the wiggles at some point in the day. And designing a shared yoga or fitness space is the perfect place for this to happen when going outside isn’t an option. In a multifunctional exercise room, kids can burn some energy and you can sneak in a workout while keeping an eye on them!

This is a great option because…

By having a space where the whole family can move together, you can instill in your children the importance of movement and exercise—not only for physical health, but for mental health, too. Plus, it allows you, as a parent, to get in a workout without having to get up super early, stay up super late, or set your kids down in front of the TV. This is a great way for the whole family to blow off some steam and get active—which is especially nice when gyms are shut down or the weather is bad!

How to Design a Fitness Space

Create a space with age-appropriate exercise opportunities for everyone in the family. We love the idea of starting out with an open floor plan and laying down rubber floor tiles or gymnastics mats to make the space conducive to tumbling. Then, include family-friendly exercise equipment like yoga mats, small hand weights, and perhaps even some jump ropes! If you have the architecture to support it, you could even install a small climbing wall, gymnastics rings, or monkey bars! For easy organization, incorporate a shelf with bins or baskets so you can stow away equipment when it’s not in use. Check out our tips for how to design an at-home gym for more fitness room ideas!

3. A Craft Room for the Whole Family

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Everyone has creativity within them—but what each person in your family enjoys probably won’t be the same. Some people might like to draw and paint, others may prefer sculpture (or Play-Doh), while for others scrapbooking or quilting might be the activity of choice. By establishing a dedicated craft room, each family member can work on their preferred activity while sharing a space together.

This is a great option because…

It offers a space where the whole family can partake in arts and crafts activities without needing to be doing a singular activity. Parents can even work from a craft room while kids do creative activities! This is another way to make intentional space for screen-free activities and show your children the joy and stress relief found in doing something creative, with your hands. And having a dedicated space for these activities means your living or dining room won’t be overtaken every time your child wants to get their creative juices flowing!

How to Design a Craft Room

When exploring craft room ideas, start by making sure you have enough surface space for each family member to work on their own project. Create several workstations, and perhaps even intentionally designate spaces for art crafts vs. sewing vs. computer work. Consider having both desk and counter-height surfaces for different activities, and opt for surface materials that are durable and easy to clean. (After all, paint spills and marker stains are inevitable with kids!) And, of course, craft room organization is key! Incorporate plenty of storage space so that craft supplies can stay organized and the space doesn’t feel cluttered or chaotic.


4. A Game Room

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Is your family into board games or card games, perhaps a game room is what your family would enjoy the most. This gives you a dedicated space for the whole family to play games together—and even allows you to leave multiplayer or world-building tabletop games up for days at a time. This is also a great area for families who like working on puzzles together!

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Games and puzzles are great ways to have family bonding time without electronic devices. More than just sharing a space and doing your own thing, family game nights bring everyone together for a designated activity. This is great for families with kids of all ages—and you can simply adjust the games you play as your kids get older!

How to Design a Game Room

We already wrote a whole blog about our best tips for designing a game room. But we’ll give you a quick recap of our game room ideas here! To design a game room, you’ll want a surface that everyone can access and gather around, like a coffee or dining table. Especially if you enjoy longer, more involved games, you’ll want adequate lighting and comfortable seating. Since the most essential part of a game room is a table and chairs, this doesn’t even need to be a separate room; it could be a table in the corner of a living room or family room—or you could even simply transform your dining room for family game nights! Regardless of where this takes place, it’s nice to have storage space for board games, puzzles, and gaming supplies to keep things organized.

5. A Music Room or Corner

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Is your family on its way to becoming the next VonTrapp Family Singers or the Jackson 5? For families where music plays a large role, it’s nice to have a room designated for music. Explore music room ideas (or just a music corner!) to give you a dedicated space to store and play musical instruments, listen to music, and enjoy that vinyl collection.

This is a great option because…

Playing instruments is great for brain development in children, and learning to read music is an incredible life skill. And we love that people of all ages can learn to play a new instrument, making this an ageless activity! Plus, music in general is something that anyone can enjoy, whether they play an instrument or not.

How to Design a Music Room

When designing a music room, start by establishing a home for musical instruments. Include a storage cabinet or shelving to store sheet music and record collections, and make sure you have adequate lighting and seating for those who want to listen. You may also want to consider acoustics and environment—two major considerations when figuring out where to place a piano in your home.

6. An At-Home Library or Reading Area

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Are you a family that loves to read? Create a space with comfortable seating and storage for books so everyone can enjoy their book. There’s something strangely comforting about the silent togetherness about reading your own book in the same room as another person engrossed in their own book!

This is a great option because…

Reading is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! It develops your brain and vocabulary, activates creativity, and creates a space for healthy escape on difficult days. A cozy reading room is a great way to instill and develop a love of reading in your children—plus, it offers the ideal place to spend an afternoon on a day when the weather is crummy! (And it’s another screen-free activity!)

How to Design a Family Reading Space

This is another activity room that doesn’t necessarily need its own separate room. You can keep a reading area smaller—think: a comfy reading nook with just two chairs in the corner of a bedroom or living room. Or, you can transform your living room into a more dedicated space for reading. However large or small, just make sure to include comfortable seating for multiple people—whether a sectional sofa or a couple of individual cozy chairs. Good lighting is also a must, so that no one strains their eyes. And this is also the perfect space in your home to install some wall-to-wall shelving to house your library of books! What not to include? A TV. You don’t want a TV to become a distraction in a space dedicated to reading. Want to get really creative with your reading room ideas? Use your favorite book as inspiration and match your reading nook to the book!

7. A Media Room

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Not all family activities need to be screen-free. After all, sometimes it’s nice to just cozy up and watch a movie together as a family! If you have a TV in your living room, you don’t necessarily need to create a separate space for family movie nights. But if your living room is more formal or screen-free, a dedicated media room can be a fun and cozy way option.

This is a great option because…

It’s nice to have a space where the whole family can gather and be comfortable. Whether you love family movie nights or enjoy watching sports as a family, a media room gives you the perfect space to gather, hang out, and be a little more casual than other parts of your home.

How to Design a Media Room

Create a cozy space facing a TV, and make sure there’s ample seating for everyone. Sectionals are a great choice for media rooms, as they offer extra seating and space for lounging. It’s also nice to have moveable accent tables for drinks and snacks, as well as ottomans so people can kick up their feet and get comfortable. Also necessary: plenty of pillows and blankets! It’s ideal to have dimmable lighting so you can create the exact mood and atmosphere you’d prefer.

8. An Outdoor Family Space

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It’s always good to get outside. And if your yard allows it, it’s so nice to have a dedicated outdoor family space for outdoor meals, yard games, and campfires. There’s just something so rejuvenating about fresh air and family time!

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With so much of the past two years spent indoors, it’s so good to spend time outside, even if it’s just in your own yard. Making your yard feel special and intentional is a great way to ensure you’ll make use of it more often.

How to Design an Outdoor Space

Paved patios or decks are a great starting point for outdoor family spaces—but they aren’t absolutely necessary. Set up a spot in the yard for family meals—either a picnic table in the grass, a table on the patio, or a blanket laid out on the lawn for more of a picnic feel! Depending on what your space allows, you could also set up yard games—like croquet, cornhole, badminton, or bocce ball. Consider a fire pit or building out a full campfire ring for cozy evenings outdoors (complete with s’mores, of course!). Or, if a fire isn’t an option, hang up strings of cafe lights to create some cozy ambiance.

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9 Bunk Bed Ideas to Maximize Your Kids’ Space

Bunk beds are a great choice for a kids’ bedroom—especially for shared kids bedrooms. They help you maximize square footage by stacking two beds, and they are one of the most popular types of bed frames for small kids’ rooms. Plus, what kid hasn’t dreamed of a bunk bed at some point? It’s like summer camp every day of the year.

But choosing the right bunk bed for your child’s needs (and the needs of the space itself) can prove challenging. Not only that, but you’ll also want to consider style and longevity when investing in a bunk bed.

To give you some ideas for kids room designs, plus layout and style inspiration, we’ve put together the 9 best bunk bed ideas for a cool and functional kids’ room. (Bonus: these are also great ideas for those with vacation rentals who are looking to maximize sleeping space!)

Space saving bunk beds in rustic black and white bedroom

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Choose a Space-Saving Style

If you want to keep a two-bed area compact without sacrificing style, choose a bunk bed set up with a space-saving design. Exhibit A: this mid-century bunk bed with a sleek built-in ladder. The wood tones can lean either modern or rustic, which make the style extra versatile. We love it with the dark green walls pictured above. And, as part of West Elm’s mid-century collection, there are a lot of bedroom furniture options you can choose from to coordinate with this bed.

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Incorporate Some Built-In Storage

We love the design of these stylish blue bunk beds—and we love the built-in storage even more! If bunk beds themselves help maximize space in a bedroom, a bunk bed with built-in storage takes it to the next level. This is a great option for a small bedroom, as the pull-out drawers under the bottom bunk offer extra storage. Plus, they’re at a height that allows kids to easily access their own clothes or toys. By eliminating the need for additional storage furniture, you get more open space in the room in front of the bunkbeds—offering lots of space for playing and setting up a bean bag or pour for reading.

Subtle natural wood finish bunkbed makes room for bolder color and accest items in this ecelctic kids bedroom

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Add Some Style

A bunk bed may be the largest piece of kids room furniture in their space—but that doesn’t mean it has to be the loudest, visually. By looking at more “neutral” bunk bed ideas and designs, you can use it as a backdrop to bring in a ton of personality to a bedroom. Adding fun pillows to the bunk bed, along with colorful paint, playful art, and decor, makes this space feel extra vibrant and youthful.

bunkbed with steps in coastal style kids bedroom

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Skip the Ladder

Kids not quite ready to climb a ladder into bed? Try a bunk bed design with a set of stairs instead. This bunk bed features a twin-sized bed over a full bed, with a stair walk-up at the end of the bed. But wait, there’s more! This bunk bed also has pull-out drawers under the bottom bunk for extra built-in storage. So, while the bunk bed itself doesn’t have the smallest footprint, the storage still makes it a good design for a small bedroom—as you can see here. This space is small but sweet, with a rug anchoring the open floor space and a sconce adding light without taking up floor space or requiring a nightstand.


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Opt for a Versatile Design

Consider transitional and modern bunk bed ideas if you’re looking to design a space that will stylistically last beyond early childhood. We particularly love the simple design of the bunk bed pictured above, which offers a lot of stylistic versatility and can grow up with your kids. It’s the type of style that colors and decor can change around it, but it will always look modern and relevant. The space above is animal-themed and designed for a younger child. But swap out the animal art for your child’s next interest and you have a new bedroom without requiring new furniture!

Another great way to maximize versatility is choosing a bunk bed design where the bunks can split apart and become two single beds in the future—if your kids move into their own rooms or get tired of bunk beds.

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Consider a Loft-Style Bunk

If your child or teen doesn’t need a second mattress but you still want to maximize floor space, consider loft-style bunk bed ideas. A loft bed raises the mattress and allows for the space under the bed to be utilized—meaning you get double floor space with this bunk bed set up. And this option isn’t just for kids. College students and even adults in a loft or studio space can enjoy this style of bed. You can add a living room setup underneath for studying, movies, and hangout space to make the most of a small dorm or apartment.

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Up Your Sleeping Capacity

A bunk bed design with a twin bed on top and a full bed on the bottom bunk is a great option for those looking for some added versatility. By having a full bunk bed, you create space for kids who want to have sleepovers, for older kids who need more space, or even as a good additional guest room option. For those with vacation rentals, this is a perfect way to up your sleeping capacity by one more person without taking up a ton of extra space!

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Make Room for Play

Since part of the purpose of a bunk bed is to maximize floor space while still sleeping two kids, we appreciate a bunk bed design with a built-in ladder that doesn’t edge out into the room. But there are other design hacks you can utilize to further save on floor space. Instead of a nightstand and bedside lamp, install some wall sconces above each bunk as a reading light. Then, utilize a toy chest and baskets to keep the floor in front of the bed clear of books and toys.

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Shoot for Longevity

Want some teen bedroom design ideas—particularly more “grown-up” bunk bed ideas? Check out the design above. The sleek modern lines and colors of this bunk bed design would be perfect for a teen space and wouldn’t feel too childish as they age. Since the design of this bunk bed is simple, it also offers the perfect backdrop to add personality in other parts of the bedroom. In this room design, a unique trunk doubles as storage and a nightstand next to the bed, and the rug and artwork add pops of color.

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5 Layouts To Set Your Little One Up for Homeschooling Success

There’s no doubt 2020 will be one for the books. With the pandemic, WFH has become the new normal and so has remote learning given school closures. All of which has turned our homes into offices, classrooms, gyms, you name it.

It’s not surprising then that many parents are struggling to balance working from home and homeschooling their kids. One major pain point we’ve been hearing from parents is figuring out how to make space in the home to do it all, especially when this might continue throughout the entire school year. It’s essentially moving the classroom into your home, which is no simple task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with our best homeschool design tips and layout ideas.

Just like a home office, setting up your space with a homeschooling area will help keep school and home life separate for you and your kids—whether it’s getting creative with desk ideas for kids or designating a room that’s a full workspace for them. If you don’t have a separate room, don’t fret. With some simple layout adjustments, you can still carve out a great at-home study for your kids within your living spaces.

For some guidance, we’ve rounded up five room setups that make for perfect homeschool layouts. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for working the ideas into your home.

homeschool layouts1. The Open Work Station

In terms of living room design ideas, a window nook is always a bonus. In this typical living room layout, a long bench for extra seating is replaced with a slim desk for a window nook workspace. The final set up makes for a perfect spot for homeschooling, video-chatting for remote lessons, and everyday studying.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Long slender desks. The addition of one or two longs desks fills out the nook without taking up extra floor space in the rest of the living room. If you have more than one child, this setup gives all your kids ample room to “go to school” comfortable side-by-side.

Under table storage. Sneak in a filing cabinet for compact organization under the tables. It can be used for everything from crayons to notebooks to books. The best part is that it tucks away nicely without taking up room in your living space.

A stylish study chair. Think of your desk chair here as part of your living room seating. When not used for the office area, it can be turned around and pulled into the living space as extra seating.

homeschool layouts2. Partition Off An Office Corner

If you don’t have a window nook in your living room, there are still many ways you can divide up your space to include a homeschooling workspace. In this mixed-use room, a floating bookcase separates the living area from the office, resulting in a seamless and functional layout. (Check out this post on how to float furniture for more tips on this essential layout hack!)

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The Key Layout Elements:

A low bookshelf. This is the most essential decor piece in this layout since it separates the functions of your space. Choose one that’s not too tall but provides you with lots of open storage. Ideally, one with cubbies will give you room to store living room essentials, like remotes and smart devices as well as extra school items for the kids.

Streamlined desk. WIth any designated office area, you’ll want to anchor it with a modern desk that does it all. That means one with a deep drawer that provides you with lots of storage for your kid’s school supplies, notebooks, laptop, iPad, etc.

Thin area rug. One way to set off your work area is to ground it with a rug. Not only will it add soft padding for your office chair, but it will also make the office corner feel like it’s own space. It’s ideal to go with a flatweave or a thin area rug and don’t forget rug pads to hold it in place!

homeschool layouts3. The Communal Classroom

As we demand so much more out of our homes these days, the dining room is one space that sees the most action. Now, it’s the dining room home office, where in addition to a gathering spot for meals, it’s also a convenient place for spreading homeschooling the kids.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Communal dining table. A large dining table that lets you and your kids spread out their homework is key. Being seated at a big table and doing work actually brings a classroom vibe to homeschooling. A table cloth will also help keep everything neat and easy to tidy up.

A credenza for them. Rather than an elegant sideboard, a functional one with stylish storage is great for all the little school things your kids have. One with cubbies will give you extra storage for school supplies while remaining stylish looking in the space.

Organize a school corner.  Instead of staging your sideboard or credenza with formal accents, transform it for homeschooling. Hang up a map or alphabet chart, add a globe to the surface, and line up all of your kid’s books.

4. Set Up A Hallway Study Zone

If the living room and dining space don’t work for homeschooling, set up a work area for two in a narrow hallway. Think of it as an alternative to your console table. The best part is that it can still function as a display and catchall spot when this space isn’t used for studying or homework.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Open-base desks. Since this work zone is in a high-traffic hallway, choose one or two desks with a more airy look. Desks with open bases and a slender, streamlined top will help keep the workspace from feeling in the way.

Chic wall sconces. Sconces make for lighting that doesn’t take up desk or floor space. Hang a matching pair above your desk to add stylish lighting for both the work area and the hallway.

Educational gallery wall. Create a mini gallery wall above your work zone with art that mixes education and style. Think world maps, scientific animal prints, ephemera art, biology charts.

homeschool layouts5. The Integrated Live-Work Space

For those who have a standard rectangular or square living room layout, you can easily rearrange one wall to incorporate a workspace for homeschooling that’s in line with the rest of your decor. Rather than section off your office area, this is all about integrating it into your room.

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The Key Layout Elements:

A modern desk. A Mid-Century desk is always a great versatile option when you’re trying to complement existing decor. The modern aesthetic works with a range of decor and they’re streamlined in design and size, so they’ll fit neatly in with most living room layouts.

Mid-Century office chair. Pick a seat, maybe one of castors, that matches your desk. Just like your desk, a Mid-Century style chair is a chic, compact, and complementary choice for any living room decor.

Ladder bookcase. To give your work area both presence and practical storage, a ladder bookcase will do the trick. It has an open feel that blends nicely with an open living room layout, and it will also add storage for school items and books while taking up minimal floor space.

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7 Homeschool Design Tips To Help You Ace The 2020 School Year

For many families with kids, back to school this year looks a lot like staying at home. For those who had never planned on homeschooling, the idea of a year of distance learning is probably causing some stress and anxiety.

There’s a lot to balance when you’re both working from home full-time and acting as a teacher’s aid to help your kiddo get into the groove of a new school year from home. While we can’t take the stress away or watch the kids while you work, we can offer a bit of help with our online interior design services.

Just like with your home office set-up, the design of your homeschool space can play an important role in helping your kids do their best this year. We polled some of our designers who are also adjusting to distance learning this year, and they gave us some amazing kids workspace designs and tips for how to help you, your kids, and your home make the adjustment. Keep reading for 10 of our best homeschool design tips for setting your little one up for success at home this school year!

1. Transform Your Dining Area Into A Homeschool Space

“If you don’t have a full room to dedicate, the dining space is always a good solution since you already have a table and chair setup.” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

Your breakfast nook or dining space can be an eating area by morning and night, and a homeschool space during day. This is a great place for your kids to set up their work stations, because it already has chairs and a large workspace surface. And, continuing to use this area for morning and evening meals creates a good boundary for helping keep your home tidy (and helping keep you a bit more sane).

When creating dining room office designs, simply keep a bar cart or rolling utility cart nearby, and use that to store school items and tuck things away at the end of the school day. And since a dining space or breakfast nook is typically in the center of a home, it’s an easy space for you to keep an eye on your kids, even if you’re working in another room—and you can easily pull up a chair to help with some math problems when you’re called on for help. We love this idea because the whole set-up doesn’t cost a dime to create—it’s all stuff you have in your home already!

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips2. Use Bins To Organize School Work

“A large basket or storage container for my kids to place completed work or scratch paper helps keep clutter contained.”  – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Wherever you set up your kids’ homeschool rooms, we recommend keeping various bins and trays nearby. They’re a great place for kids to place their school work and have scratch paper. Each kid can have their own set of bins, and you could even color-code them for complete and incomplete work, crafts, and whatever other categories you want! This is a great way to keep things their homeschool classroom organized and looking streamlined for both kids and parents. Bonus tip: rolling carts and bookcases are a great place to house these organizational items, along with any other school supplies.

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips3. Create A Snack Station

“I try to keep a little bowl with healthy snacks (raisins, trail mix, etc.) and water bottles near them so they can nibble if they get hungry.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Don’t want your kids interrupting you every 10 minutes for a snack? Set up a snack station! We love the idea of keeping healthy snacks near your kids’ homeschool rooms, so they can grab something when they’re hungry, but from a pre-approved assortment! This gives your kids a sense of independence and can be fun for them to “shop” for their own snacks. You could even add a chalkboard above the snack station to write out a general schedule for the day to keep everyone on track!

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homeschool design tips4. Give Your Kid A “Cloffice”

“The more personalized a work area is for your kid, the more important they will feel that space is. Creating a work area with a background in your home that is not distracting for your child or their classmates is also helpful.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

If your kid is doing distance learning, they’ll likely be on video calls much of the school day. So, setting them up in a homeschool space where the sound is insulated and the background isn’t distracting is important. Even if it’s just a small space! With that in mind, we love the idea of creating a “cloffice” for your kid (AKA a closet office).

By emptying out a closet in their room or in another room in your house, taking off the doors, and putting a desk inside, they suddenly have a cozy nook in which to work. It’s a great way to keep a desk out of the way and tucked away from the main homes activities. And it also lets your kid feel like they have a space that is all their own. Let them personalize it with artwork and even pick out some desk accessories that make them happy but aren’t distracting. (You can also check out some of our kids room design ideas for ideas on how to incorporate a desk into the rest of your kid’s bedroom!)

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homeschool design tips5. Create A Space With No Distractions

“Some of the essentials I would consider would be a dedicated desk/table area so that they have a place to ground themselves and get into “work mode”. A comfy chair or place to sit is also a must, if they are uncomfortable that is all they will be able to focus on!” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

It’s important to give your kid a homeschool classroom desk area that is comfortable, clean, and dedicated to schoolwork. Make sure they have a comfy chair so that at least their physical comfort won’t be a distraction. To further eliminate distractions, make sure there are no TVs, handheld electronics, or toys in this area. Tucking their desk or work station into a room where they can close the door is great for older kids who need less supervision but still need help with focusing.

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homeschool design tips6. Divide One Space For Two Kids

Having two kids in one homeschool space means they can easily be a distraction to each other—but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If that’s the case, divide the homeschool room with a room divide or open bookcase like seen here. It gives them just enough separation to lessen distractions. And if you opt for an open bookcase, you also get some built-in storage for books, paper trays, or even a printer. You can keep each side matching and equal, or let each kid personalize their half.

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homeschool design tips7.Create An Arts & Crafts Zone

When homeschooling, having creative time is very important—especially for younger children. So, consider setting up a separate space in your home for art, music, and craft activities. Having a separate space will hopefully make this area feel more fun and less like work, so that it becomes a place where your child can unwind and unleash their creativity! A dining room is a great space for this, as it will give you room to supervise or help your kids.

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Back to Homeschool: 13 Ways to Design a Kid’s Workspace

Back to school days are almost upon us! Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again—and since so many people are homeschooling kids in this new day of sheltering in place, we thought it would help to offer a few ideas on interior design for a workspace for little ones! There are plenty of fun desk ideas for kids, whether they need a place to get homework done, a colorful space to read or just a room with storage for art supplies where they can let their creative energy flow. Set your little ones up for success with these home(school) office ideas! With a few little tweaks, you can make a great dedicated kids desk station for homework and projects galore.

desk ideas for kids1. Peachy Keen Desk Space

This room features a large desk for kids in a nook with tons of natural light. Kids’ bedroom design ideas like this might be good for school-age kids 8+ who need plenty of room to get engrossed in their work. Kids that are a little bit older tend to work best in their own designated creative area with no other distractions. Depending on how much space you have to work with, this setup could work in a teenager’s bedroom design or in the corner of a living room, kitchen or den.

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desk ideas for kids2. Sleek Study Spot

We love this simple desk with a bookcase next to it. It’s a great option for older kids who need a computer for classes and homework. It also provides creative storage for books and school supplies. The stylized desk area works in a bedroom where kids can decorate to match their unique interior design scheme. It’s a great way to store their school stuff and also display art and fun stuff as well!

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desk ideas for kids3. Nightstand Meets Desk

For kids who have space for a small homework station or workspace in their bedroom, this cute kids’ desk with drawers might be perfect! It creates a cozy spot for doing homework and creative art projects without taking over the whole room. The rattan chair adds personality instead of a typical kids desk chair. Plus, if you have a desk like this in the bedroom, it can double as a nightstand too!

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desk ideas for kids4. Wall-Mounted Workstation

A fun, wall mounted kids desk with a bookcase is an excellent small space home office design. It’s great for a preteen or teen space and offers a fun place to do homework or play computer games. The kids desk is part of the bedroom and matches with the bedroom decor and hangout vibes. It’s also streamlined and wall-mounted so it doesn’t take up extra floor space.

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5. Geometry 101

This computer desk and bookcase solution makes it easy to display books, decor, mementos, etc. It’s a great option for a teenager or older kid who wants to blend their study space into the rest of the room. Having a kids desk in the bedroom means they have a homework and study area—and in their time off, the monitor can also double as a TV screen.

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desk ideas for kids6. Burning the Midnight Oil

We love home office furniture that does double duty! This desk can double as a nightstand, so it’s great for smaller kids’ bedrooms. It’s a compact kids desk, but it has everything they need—drawers, space to study, and a lamp for when they are studying into the evening hours. Plus, we love taking a minimalist approach to kids’ desk areas—it helps to keep them focused.

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7. Distraction-Free Zone

For a sparse look, try something like this cute modern desk. It’s good for kids or preteens who don’t want a study space overtaking their whole bedroom. The desk offers a homework station as well as open shelves for books and decor. It’s a compact size with an open, minimal look and leaves plenty of room for kids to decorate it to their heart’s content. The black and white color scheme allows kids to customize it however they like with their own decor.

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desk ideas for kids8. Creative Corner

For tiny tots, we love the look of this kid’s table with colorful chairs. It can work in a playroom or a bedroom and is a great idea for preschool and younger kids. The table is accessible—the right height for toddlers—and it makes them feel grown up to have a dedicated space for arts and crafts. The corkboard above the table is a great place to show off art projects and other work that kids have done.

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desk ideas for kids9. Dining Room Meets Homeschool

If you work from home or need to keep an eye on your kids throughout the day, you might want to have a kid’s work area alongside a parent’s area. This kids’ desk idea uses the dining room as a study space. You can spread out and have room for everyone and multiple kids. It’s a great setup for a large dining space or homes without room for a dedicated kids’ workspace. Plus, having the right storage options makes it easy to put stuff away—it can be a temporary workspace for kids that transitions into your dining room at night.

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10. A Cool Reading Nook

A cute hanging chair and ottoman make for a cozy, colorful place for kids to curl up with their books. It’s best for sitting and reading vs. a standalone workstation. But it’s also multifunctional and good for a bedroom—kids can hang out and have fun or do reading for class. This is a good option for independent kids and older kids who are able to manage their own time.

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11. A Cushy Study Corner

It doesn’t get much cuter than this reading and learning nook! This work and play station has a bookcase for storing books—plus low shelves that kids can easily reach. The rug helps make the floor area extra cushy so kids can take advantage of all the education toys around. And the bean bag chairs make a great space for kids and parents to read together!

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desk ideas for kids12. Work and Play Space

If you need to keep an eye on your kids while you work, this area offers a desk for adults and a play/work space for kids. There is a craft and play table with storage plus comfy seats for kids. And the plush rug adds a soft spot where kids can play under your supervision. It’s a great way to monitor kids while you get work done—plus it’s so stylish it goes with the overall scheme and the kids’ area doesn’t look out of place.

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13. Studios Storage

For a simple addition, you can add a bookcase in a kids’ bedroom. It’s great for easy access to books and is a super easy add-on to any kids’ room. The bookcase can be standalone or part of the bed frame. You can also keep a basket to house pillows and blankets—lay them out on the floor to create a cozy space to read and work!

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We’re Obsessed With These 8 Cute and Creative Kids Bedroom Designs

Designing a room for a growing kiddo can be challenging. Sometimes it feels like kids’ interests change every day, so how do you choose a theme and design they’ll love for years to come?? Whether your toddler is ready to graduate to a big-boy room or you just want to refresh the design of your child’s space, we have a fun round-up of kids room for boys ideas. And spoiler: there are no sports themes in sight. (No shade to kids and parents who like sports—we just wanted to think a little more outside the box!)

There are so many other fun directions you can take room designs for boys—and girls for that matter! The best part of this round-up of kids room ideas is that they’re designs any child might love, depending on their interests. And many of these designs can grow up with your child as they age and mature, with just a few small changes. Ready to dive in? Let’s go.

 kids room for boysStarry Night

For a subtle, whimsical look, go for a “starry night” design in your child’s room. The subtle celestial theme is brought to life with stars and cloud motifs in the decor and bedding. But it’s done in a way that doesn’t make this room feel overly themed. To achieve this, pick a simple color palette and be intentional with patterns and wall decor.

Overall, this room is practical and not cluttered. Putting the furniture around the perimeter of the room creates an open space for play—perfect for instilling some play/sleep balance in your child’s life! (It’s never too early to work on balance, right?)

This room is perfect for…

A school-aged dreamer in the 5-8-year-old range who needs some room to build stuff on the floor, spread out, and just have fun playing.

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All Around The World

Have a future world-traveler on your hands? Decorate their room with a global theme! To achieve this look, keep furniture simple and minimal, then add color and texture in fabrics, rugs, and lighting. And don’t forget to choose art that is both fun and informative!

We went with modern furnishings that could grow up with them. The bed is a bit bigger, which means you won’t have to upgrade as they get older. And the desk is great for school-aged kids—whether they’re studious or you’re trying to help them become more interested in school!

The map adds a fun, global element that’s both educational and decorative. And the geometric rug adds a pop of color that ties in with the colors of the wall, the pillows, and map. But one of our favorite decorative elements is the illuminated globe lamp. (If you’ve ever watched While You Were Sleeping, you’ll know why we love it so much!) Overall, this global-themed kids bedroom idea is minimal and modern in style, with decorative elements that can inspire your child and spark a love for learning and travel!

This room is perfect for…

A kid who loves learning and traveling. And we love that it can easily transform into an older kid’s space with a few small changes in decor!

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Classically Coastal

If you live in a coastal area—or if your child just loves spending time at the beach—go for a classically coastal look in their room. This boys room idea is very “Hamptons” with its nautical, coastal vibe and just offers a classic, timeless look that your kids won’t grow out of. Lean on foundational design elements to achieve this look—like shiplap walls, classic wood floors, a simple layout, and traditional color palette.

The blue and white color palette helps establish the nautical feeling, as do natural materials like jute and wood in the furniture and decor. The addition of classic design elements, like a spindle bed and a wooden chest of drawers with subtle nautical elements help drive home the coastal feeling. And don’t forget some sort of nautical art for the walls!

This shared bedroom idea is perfect for brothers. Each kid has their own space and can add unique elements to their side of the room. But the symmetrical layout keeps the look classic and shipshape. Since both kids are sharing the same nightstand, we opted for sconces rather than table lamps to provide reading light without cluttering up the nightstand.

This room is perfect for…

The all-American kid who loves the outdoors, lakes, adventure, and boats! We also love that this look can be very fluid among age groups and look just as appropriate for a teenager as for an elementary-aged kid with a few small updates.

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Adventure Awaits In The Great Outdoors

Have a kid who loves all things outdoor adventure? Then this is the room for them. The “Adventure Awaits” look is all about celebrating rustic, outdoor activities like camping, canoeing, and hiking. You can achieve this look by opting for rugged furniture and outdoorsy decor.

Materials and colors play into this style in a big way. The rugged wood furniture is bulky and rustic, and the use of greens drives home the outdoorsy feel—like the mossy green velvet pillow or the dark, forest green of the accent wall.

The art and other wall decor is playful and young and plays up the outdoor theme. (That moose head!) Meanwhile, the rug adds contrast with the black and white arrows. It also creates a perfect play area! We love that there’s so much storage in this room for it being such a small space. These are great furniture choices and a good layout for a small kids bedroom.

This room is perfect for…

An adventurous child who loves being outside. We recommend this room for kids 6 years old or older, who can handle the higher bed and the dresser height and enjoy the bean bag chair!

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Where The Dinosaurs Play!

Imagination and fun are set free in this dinosaur-themed room! We love how casual and playful this boys bedroom idea is. To achieve this look, start with a color palette of blues and greens, then find art and accessories that fit in with the theme.

For the foundational furniture, we went with modern, Scandinavian pieces with playful touches to give a clean and simple base to the space. The dinosaur theme is certainly present in this bedroom, but it’s still tasteful — it doesn’t feel cartoonish or over-the-top.

This is a smaller bedroom, but we wanted to keep the floor space open to leave plenty of space for imagination and play! The soft rug and pouf add a place to sit on the floor, while the basket and mounted bookshelf keeps favorite books and toys nearby. It’s an ideal layout for reading, lounging, playing games, or even spreading out to do homework!

This room is perfect for…

Younger school-aged kids, in the 4-8-year-old range, who love dinosaurs and the outdoors!

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A Modern Safari

This animal theme kids room for boys is youthful and fun. While it’s great for young kids who love animals, it’s also a great “neutral” theme—any kid can enjoy a few animal elements and some bright colors! (How cute are those watercolor animal prints??) To achieve this look, keep the furniture and layout simple, then add a few playful decorative elements.

We went with neutral colors in the walls, furniture, and bedding so that we could add fun, playful pops of color throughout the space. The tiger storage bin adds a big pop of color (and fun!), but the pillows, blanket, artwork, and even the table lamp all help establish this youthful color palette.

The furniture is stylish in design, with modern and transitional influences. A pouf is a fun addition to a kids bedroom, serving as a place to sit while reading or just to climb on and tumble over! And the jute rug adds padding to the floor for that tumbling and adds some texture to the space.

This room is perfect for…

Kids who are crazy about animals and for kids who share a room or love having sleepovers!

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Space To Discover

This is a more obvious space theme than the “Starry Night” theme earlier in this post—but we love that it’s still tasteful and has a more mature vibe. To achieve this look, use modern and streamlined furniture, position the bed so that it functions as a hangout space—like daybed or loft bed. It makes for the ultimate hangout room for a growing kid!

Setting up the bed like a sofa is a good arrangement for lounging, reading, or hanging with friends. The desk and bookcase are modern and perfect for studying, playing video games, and working on art projects. And the color palette is vivid and more mature, with neon green, dark blue, and sleek white furniture. To drive home the space theme, we created a small gallery wall with a variety of lunar art prints. Overall, this room feels modern and “cool” for the kid who’s getting too old for a baby room.

This room is perfect for…

A preteen who needs more space for themselves and who likes hosting friend hang-outs.

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Up, Up & Away!

If your home requires your kids to share a room, a bunk bed is a perfect fix. It saves space and has the added bonus of being fun—what kid doesn’t love a bunk bed?? It’s like summer camp all year round. But we love that this bunk bed doesn’t feel too childish—and it also converts into two twin beds, making it extra versatile! To achieve this look, opt for simple, transitional furniture, and customize the room’s theme by wallpapering an accent wall! (We went with an outer space pattern, but letting your child choose the wallpaper pattern they love the most will make them feel extra-special!)

The great thing about this room is that it’s not overly themed—so you don’t have to feel the need to update the design every time your child has a new interest or hobby. We went with a dual rustic and modern vibe with the combination of natural wood furniture in modern forms. The black and white color palette is versatile and is warmed up with accents of honey-toned wood, leather, and pops of oranges and yellows. The buffalo check pattern in the curtains also adds warmth and style. (And since they’re blackout curtains, they’ll hopefully help your kids sleep a little more soundly!)

Since bunk beds don’t easily allow for nightstands, we added mounted reading lamps—a great add to encourage kids to unwind before bed (and one of our favorite small space hacks). And we love that the toy chest can double as a window seat.

This room is perfect for…

A shared room for siblings who like to play together. (Just make sure they’re old enough to safely sleep in bunk beds. We recommend them for ages 6 and older!)

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Layout Guide: 2 Fun & Functional Kids Room Layout Ideas

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In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a kids’ room with an L-shaped layout so that it’s fun, functional, and for the long haul. 

The Space: An L-shaped kids’ bedroom with an alcove

The Style: Modern Eclectic (with a youthful twist!)

The Challenge: Maximizing an L-shaped floor plan in a kids’ room so that it’s fun and functional!

For a family home with children or teens, one of the most exciting spaces to design is your kids room. Why? Because it’s a space that lets you explore fun ideas with your kids and bring in furniture that’s colorful and even maybe a little unexpected.

Before you get to the decorating, though, having clear ideas about your kid’s bedroom layout is essential. You want to make sure you’ve thought through the major questions like ‘Where will the bed go?’ and ‘Do we need more storage outside of the closet?’ or ‘Should we get a desk for them now?’

To provide a little guidance on that front, we came up with an L-shaped kids’ bedroom design and devised two layouts that make the most of the space. Take peek below at our stylish and practical bedroom layouts and pick up our tips for designing your own kids’ bedroom at home.

kids room layoutLayout Idea #1: The Playful Hangout Pad

With this kids’ room layout, the primary focus was to create a bright space that’s upbeat and all about relaxing. Keeping those ideas in mind, we divided up the L-shaped floor plan into two distinct areas, with the bed and reading nook on one side and storage on the other.

To make clear that the bed and reading corner should be viewed as one zone, we connected those spaces using a palette of rainbow hues, from the textured rugs to the multi-colored hanging garlands.

While we didn’t hold back on the bright and whimsical use of color, we made sure to keep the furnishings clean-lined and minimalist, from the spacious dresser that’s seamlessly tucked away to the bed and nightstands that are both child and teen-friendly.

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kids room layoutWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

Functional Spacing. The smart division of the L-shaped layout into two separate spaces for sleep and storage make this kids’ room perfect for a child and teenager alike. The position of the bed facing the reading nook and the colorful rugs used in those areas emphasizes this delineation of spaces in a way that still looks and feels visually cohesive, open, and airy.

Practical Mixed With Poppy Pieces. Like any other room in the home, the kids’ bedroom needs a balanced mix of fun and hardworking furniture. Instead of focusing on only kids’ furnishings, this space brings together a clean-lined bed, chairs, tables and storage pieces that will grow with your child or teenager. Always start with those foundational pieces and the layer in the color.

Clever Use Of Bright Colors. The vibrant rugs under the bed and seating area are great examples of a versatile approach to bright colors in a kids’ bedroom design. The primary colors in the rugs are a great jumping-off point for the colorful pillows, the art, and the colorful garlands that were brought into the room. But what’s key is that all of these colorful accessories, rugs included, can be easily swapped out as needed, or when you or your kid get tired of it.

kids room layoutWill This Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Want a light, bright kids’ bedroom design that’s fun and colorful but not overly kids’ themed
  • Like the idea of a kids room layout that can easily be restyled over the years to easily incorporate everything from new colors to more grown-up accents
  • Have a small child or preteen and you want to set up their space and invest early on in furniture that’s going to last for years, like a bed that they can grow into
  • Are keen on giving your kid a space of their own where they can read, play, and kick back with friends as they get older

kids room layoutLayout Idea #2: The Streamlined Sleep-Work Space

For this kids room layout, we optimized the floor plan by creating three different functional areas for sleep, work, and play. The main ideas we had for this layout were to create a mini live-work studio-style bedroom space that’s perfect for a preteen or teen.

To start, we positioned the bed horizontally in the L-shaped layout, which helped turn the main area in the room into a space in and of itself. We then transformed the nook into a small study area and made the last recess area a storage and art display space.

We leaned into the mid-century modern look when it came to the furniture and made sure to also bring in streamlined white office furniture, which was key to setting apart the work area from the rest of the bedroom.

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Why This Bedroom Layout Works

Well-Designed Zones. The sleep, work, and play zones are a smart use of the L-shaped layout and they make this kids’ room the perfect multipurpose space for any child or teenager. The gray accent wall-backed bed area feels cozy and almost separate from the more streamlined office nook. Meanwhile, the dressing area with the storage piece doubles as a hangout spot as needed. These all add up to spaces that are comfy and practical on their own as well as all together.

A Curated Contemporary-Boho Mix. The furniture mix is anything but juvenile and more and more we’re seeing that trickle into kids’ bedroom designs. At the end of the day, your kid’s bedroom will also be their personal hideout and home for a handful of years, so choose pieces that inspire and sit well with them. The mix of mid-century wood pieces, like the bed and dresser, the sleek white desk and bookcase, and the neutral-hued rugs and accents all give it an eclectic look and a thoughtfully curated boho vibe.

Strong Neutrals That Last. If you’re not one for kiddy themes and lots of colors, go with tried-and-true neutrals. Lean into warm woods, gray textures, and white tones, all of which will instantly make any kid’s room feel elevated but still fun. The key is to go with classic furnishings with hues that will give you a versatile and long-lasting foundation to build from and on top of over many years. If you’re drawing a blank with ideas for color, this is always a foolproof approach. You can always layer in bits of color, like a geometric rug, cool art, or funky pillows.

Will This Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Want a kids’ bedroom design that looks and feels sophisticated and has grown-up furniture that’s stylish and functional, like the rest of your home
  • Like the idea of giving your child a live-work space that they can call their own and treat as their personal haven
  • Prefer a kids’ room where the bed isn’t the dominating piece of furniture in the entire space
  • Enjoy the rustic, boho, modern mix and want to bring that aesthetic to your kids’ space without it feeling overdone

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Kids Room Design: 9 Ways to Design a Space for the Little One in Your Life

bohemian inspired kids bedroomIf you’ve got kiddos in the family, you know how much they love having a cool space to call their own! Depending on your kids’ ages and personal tastes, kids room design can involve a number of factors to come up with ideas. Whether it’s a girl’s room, boy’s room, baby’s room or pre-teen’s room, kid’s room designs will each have their own set of unique design challenges.

For example, a big consideration is designing a space they love now that will also last over the years. You also have to consider your personal budget, the style of the child’s room, and of course, all of the bedroom essentials: bed, storage, a sturdy rug, and other items that reflect their personality and interests.

All that to say, no matter if you’re looking for girls or boys bedroom ideas, there is a lot to factor in when planning a great kids room design—but you don’t need to hire a dedicated interior designer to make it all come together. If you’re embarking on a new bedroom design for the kids in your house, check out these 9 kids room design ideas to help inspire you!

1. Kids Room with an Under the Sea Theme

This is one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas for boys or girls who love animals! Start with a blue color scheme to set the stage for a cozy sleeping space. Tie in the wall color with a blue rug, pillows, and trunk. The patterned blue decor adds extra texture and makes a child’s room more dynamic. Rustic style furniture is the perfect choice for a warm, inviting bedroom and the natural wood textures fit right in.

There’s plenty of storage with the trunk at the end of the bed, nightstands with drawers and a dresser. Bonus: the trunk can double as extra seating for other family members! This kids room design features a symmetrical layout with the bed centered in the room—great for kiddo who wants a more sophisticated bedroom style. This is one of our favorite ideas if you have a storage or kids trundle bed, so the drawers/extra sleeping spot can be easily rolled into room.

2. Bright, Colorful, and Fun Bedroom Design

This fun, playful design is perfect for a kid who isn’t afraid to have fun. The key elements are the colorful bed, the cheery rug and all the pops of color and texture throughout the room design. We love the spindle bed in cheery orange-pink because it offers a playful update on a traditional design style. And the gallery wall above the bed is one of our favorite ideas because it lets kids show off their unique personality with pictures, artwork, etc.!

The matching set of nightstand, dresser and bookcase are perfect for your young son or daughter’s room. It offers a more coordinated vibe so the furniture doesn’t look too hodge-podge. This makes it easy if you don’t want to think about coordinating a bunch of different pieces—and you can swap in new, fun pieces over time. Plus, purchasing furniture as a set can often be a lot cheaper on the family budget.

3. Bedroom Design for the Rustic Animal Lover

Who says brown walls have to be boring? This rustic, brown kids room design is perfect for the adventurous animal lover in your home. The brown walls give a girl’s or boy’s room a cool, cozy vibe and the neutral base is soothing—a great choice for a peaceful sleeping space.

This style incorporates pops of pattern with the rug, throw pillows, and other decor. The quirky, hanging swing will be a hit among kids and friends and offers a cool alternative to a reading nook. And the fun animal art is kid-friendly but won’t feel too much like a children’s room in a few years! There’s also a ton of extra storage in the end of bed trunk and the tiger basket so you don’t have to worry about excess clutter in this kid’s bedroom.

4. A Kids Bedroom in Classic Blue

Blue is a great color for children’s rooms. It’s gender-neutral and works for a boy’s room or girl’s room. Blue is a soothing color that can grow with them over the years. Not to mention it goes with almost any furniture/decor! Layered rugs are great for adding extra plush to the room to make it even cozier. The layered look makes a colorful pop and still offers extra floor coverage. Putting a jute rug underneath is a great option because you can get larger sizes at affordable prices. They’re also good for high-traffic areas, like kids’ rooms!

The wall-mounted shelves don’t take up any extra floor space and also add a lot of extra storage—always needed in a kid’s room. You can keep books tucked away but still in easy reach for bedtime stories. And the stars and moon decor will be a hit for the outer space enthusiast! The moon is actually a lamp and makes a wonderful nightlight and a charming addition to the space.

5. Pre-Teen’s Bedroom in Sunny Boho Style

This fun room is one of our favorite kid’s bedroom ideas for a pre-teen who’s ready for a room refresh. The vibrant and eclectic look helps to show off style and personality—your kiddo will be the life of the slumber party! The gold bed frame is a super chic look and goes with so many decor styles. Furniture pieces like this are great because they have major staying power—in a kids’ room that’s important because you won’t have to replace it in a few years.

The desk in the corner offers the perfect study spot and also doubles as a nightstand on the other side of the bed. Rattan accents like the desk chair and nightstand add a fun 80s pop. Plus they are stylish AND affordable—just right for a kids room. The fuzzy stools at the end of the bed are stylish and functional and help soften the overall look of the room.

6. A Bedroom for Two!

This cozy bunk beds room is ideal for siblings who share a room. It also works for a little one who loves to host sleepovers! The room is colorful and extra comfy and the pastel jewel palette creates a fresh, youthful look. Pops of pattern in the rug, art and pillows tie all the colors together and make the room look grownup and whimsical all at once!

The oversized blue basket is a perfect storage solution for a kids’ room. It makes it easy to stash toys, clothes and other stray clutter, keeping it out of sight and easy to maintain. Little decorative touches like the star decor, plush horse, and the layered gray rug add magic and personality to the space.

7. It’s Game Time

This is a bold bedroom for the small sports enthusiast in your family. The dark wall color is strong and soothing and creates a cozy vibe for this sleeping space. It’s balanced out by light-colored furniture so it’s not too heavy. Pops of various patterns throughout the room add a playful touch that softens the dark wall color. The twin bed with headboard against the wall leaves room for a desk by the window. It’s a great setup if your kiddo needs space for homework or creative projects.

The trunk at the end of the bed is perfect for stashing sports equipment, extra clothes, blankets, or even games! The basis of this style is simple and sleek foundational furniture—always a great way to go in a kids room. These pieces work with a variety of styles so you won’t have to replace items when they grow out of them. You can also repurpose pieces like the trunk, dresser, nightstand, desk, etc. in other rooms (or for younger family members) in a few years’ time.

8. Serene Sleeping Space for Two

This kids room idea also features a bunk beds setup. It’s a smart solve for a small bedroom like this because the second bed doesn’t take up any floor space. This is great if you’re tight on space or live in a city apartment and have to make a small room work for two twin beds. And if/when your kids don’t need to share a space anymore, you can remove the lower bunk bed and convert the space into a hangout/lounge or a mini study spot with a desk.

To make your kiddos feel like they each have their own space, personalize each “level” with art and decor of their choosing! We think a wallpaper accent wall is a great way to let your kids show off their personalities. You can even try removable wallpaper—it’s easy to hang and remove if/when they outgrow the flowers and butterflies.

Stylist tip: Try dual laundry hampers or baskets in shared spaces! Each kid has their own section to be responsible for so it helps avoid squabbles over cleaning the space.

9. Kids Bedroom Design in Pink Perfection

This kids room design is perfect for the kid who loves pink! Hot pink can be overwhelming in a bedroom (AKA you’ll likely need to repaint in a few years time). But a blush or dusty rose has more staying power. We like to balance out this look with lots of natural textures, like woods, tassels, plush, sheepskin, etc. It helps add a sophisticated touch and keeps the space from feeling too fairy-tale cheesy.

We love the pendant cow portraits—they’re great for the animal lover and are as charming as they are stunning. The mobile, decorative pillows, and white accents serve to balance out the child’s room and create a cohesive look that’s smart and spectacular!


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Kids Design Ideas: 8 Ways to Make Your Living Room a Playroom

For families with young children, the living room is usually the busiest space in the home. And now, perhaps more than ever, many of us are spending a lot more time at home and our living rooms are seeing a lot more action. Whether you use your living space for lounging, watching TV, working, working out, homeschooling, or even as a playroom for the kiddos, having a functional space that can support all those needs is important.

Because, as parents with young kids will know, when your living room becomes your playroom (and home gym, office, movie theater, etc), things can easily start to feel pretty crowded and even cluttered. It’s no wonder that customers frequently ask for ideas on how to incorporate a play area for kids in their living room designs. To help, we gathered 8 of our favorite ideas on creating a kids playroom within your living room.

Read on for 8 tips for designing a play space in your living room!

playroom in the living room1. Delineate With a Rug

Add a colorful rug as a way to “zone” a kid’s playroom and create some visual separation from the main living space. This is also a great way to visually let kids know where it’s ok to leave toys out for play.

Adding a rug is a quick and easy update that everyone can immediately get on board with. We say opt for a sturdy area rug (like an indoor/outdoor or natural fiber option) that can stand up to lots of wear and tear.

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2. Dedicate a Storage Spot

Some spaces might be better suited to a play corner rather than a full-on playroom. If this sounds like your home, try dedicating a corner to a kids play space, complete with ample storage solutions for all their toys.

Not sure where to start? Try tucking in a storage bench or a few baskets into a corner. These are easy and kid friendly toy storage solutions. It’s a great way to minimize clutter and contain messes since everything can be stowed away quickly and neatly.

For an added bonus, you can repurpose the bench in a new area in your home once the kids outgrow their toys.

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playroom design3. Carve Out a Cushy Corner

Little nooks in your space, such as a tricky-shaped landing at the top of your stairs, are perfect places for setting up a small kids’ corner in your home. (This is especially great if you’d rather not dedicate part of your living room to a kid space).

Plop down a few beanbag chairs and poufs, along with a small table and some storage, to create a cozy playroom that’s perfect for playing with toys, storytime, and even fun games.

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playroom design4. Create a Low-Furniture Nook

There are endless options for kid friendly living room furniture out there, but no need to stick to pint-size pieces when creating your living room/playroom.

Low-profile pieces, such as poufs and ottomans are great seating options for a play area—they’re small enough for kids and pair nicely with child-sized tables. They also make great perches and footstools for adults, so they’ll be sure to get plenty of use in your living room and beyond.

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playroom in living room5. Play Up a Colorful Alcove

If your living space is equipped with a recessed wall area, turn it into a colorful play corner that appeals to your kids in a big, bright way.

Think a fun, vibrant sofa with fun pillows and patterns, along with a charming rug. This is a great way to put an awkward corner to use in a living space and incorporate fun colors that aren’t elsewhere in your home.

living room playroom design6. Tuck Toys to the Side

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to stash toys and play in your living room while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Stylists Tip: For a great multipurpose piece, try a couple of inexpensive coffee tables in place of a kids-table. They look nice and often last longer, so you can repurpose them easily once the play area is no longer needed.

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playroom design7. Dream Up the Ultimate Playroom

If you have a larger living space, consider converting one end of the room into a full-on play area for your kids and their favorite toys.

This approach is all about going big. Bring in all the best toys like a fort, mini kitchen, and a kid-sized table and chairs to create a space they can call their own. Make sure to consider durable fabrics that can stand up to lots of romping, rolling, and any occasional spills!

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office playroom8. Design a Kid-Friendly Office

Need a place to work and keep an eye on the children? Or maybe you need a designated space for them to work on assignments from home? Set up a small play/learn corner in your living room or home office if you have space. Pull in a few ottomans or poufs and a low table for your kids to crayon, play with puzzles, or read. Add a shaggy sheepskin to cozy up the spot!

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