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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

If 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; you use it equally for lounging, watching TV, and often as a playroom for the kiddos. As you might imagine, when your living room becomes your playroom, 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 rooms. To help, we gathered 8 of our favorite ideas on creating a kids playroom within your living area.

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1. 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. It’s a quick and easy update that everyone can immediately get on board with. Opt for a sturdy area rug that can stand up to lots of stomping and toy cars.

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2. Dedicate a Storage Spot

Some spaces might be better suited to a play corner rather than a playroom. If this sounds like your home, try tucking a storage bench into a corner that’s solely for your kids’ toys. Pull in a pouf and you’ll have a simple play corner set up just for them! 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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3. 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 kids’ corner.

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 storytime as well as games.

 

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4. Create a Low-Furniture Nook

There are endless options for kids furniture out there, but no need to stick to pint-size pieces when creating your 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.

 

 

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5. 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 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.

 

 

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6. Tuck it 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 play 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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7. 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.

This approach is all about going big. Bring in 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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8. Design a Kid-Friendly Office

Need a place to work and  keep an eye on the children? Set up a mini play corner in your home office or even work office if you have the 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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