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Kids Room Checklist: Everything You Need For A Kid’s Room

Looking to redesign your child’s room? Or perhaps you just moved and are starting over from scratch. You may even be graduating your kid from a nursery to a “big kid” room. Whatever the case, we’re here to help you figure out what to include. We’ve already outlined bedroom essentials in our interior design buying guides—but there are some subtle differences between what’s essential in a kids bedroom vs adult bedrooms.

Check out our complete bedroom checklist post for more basic info on designing a bedroom.

So, today, we want to walk you through a kids room buying guide—complete with the core pieces of kids room furniture you need, as well as accents and decor that will take the space to the next level. Plus, you’ll get all sorts of kids’ room design ideas. Read on for all the essentials!

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Core Kids Bedroom Pieces

There are certain pieces that we’d deem absolutely essential in a kids bedroom. (Or any bedroom, for that matter.) Because is it even a bedroom if you don’t have a place to sleep and store your clothes? You can establish the function of your child’s room with these core pieces—while also starting to set the tone for the style of the room.

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Kids Bed

First things first: a bed. When your child has graduated from a crib or toddler bed, it’s time to invest in a bed that will carry them through the rest of their childhood, and potentially even into adulthood. Twin and full-size beds are the most popular sizes for kids bedrooms, as both offer enough space while transitioning well into later years. (Want to skip toddler beds altogether? Go straight for a twin-sized bed.) Stylistically, we also recommend choosing bed frame types that will transition well with their style and easily grow up with them.

Other things to consider with beds? Sleepovers and shared spaces. If your child loves to host sleepover parties, consider investing in a full-size bed they can share, or get a twin trundle bed for an extra bed that you can simply pull out when it’s needed. For shared kids bedrooms, you can go for two single beds, or opt for a bunk bed. Though, bunk beds can also be fun for kids who don’t share a room. Some styles have the option of removing the lower bunk, so it sits more like a loft bed and the space below can be converted into a homework or hangout space.

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Kids Nightstand

A nightstand gives your child a surface to keep a glass of water, a flashlight to check for closet monsters and a stack of bedtime storybooks. Choosing a nightstand with at least one drawer also gives your kid a place to stash any special treasures (or hide their retainer when their friends come over.) Even if your child has a full-size bed, one nightstand is generally all they’ll need (as opposed to one on each side of the bed). And in a small bedroom, you could even opt for a chest of drawers or a small dresser as a nightstand alternative, to give you a 2-in-1 piece of furniture.

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Kids Dresser

Dressers are one of the most necessary pieces of furniture to include in a kids bedroom (or any bedroom, really!). Even if they have a good-sized closet, you’ll be grateful for all the extra storage space you can get. And they don’t just have to be for clothing! You could also stash toys or art supplies in kids dresser drawers! Rather than choosing a dresser with a very youthful design, opt for one that flows with the style of the space both for now and years to come—or one in a style that can be repurposed in another room in the future.

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Rug

A fun, plush rug is a great way to add a pop of style, color, and pattern to a kid’s room. Choose a material that’s right for your needs—wool is great for lasting quality, but can be pricey; natural fiber rugs are a great option for high-traffic rooms, but be sure to choose one that’s easy to clean; finally, indoor-outdoor rugs are also a great option if you need something that’s super durable and easy to clean and are ok sacrificing that soft, plush texture. Darker color rugs will require less maintenance over time and show less wear—so that’s worth considering as well. But, above all, you want it to be plush and comfortable, so your child can stretch out and comfortably play or read on the rug!

Not sure what size to pick? Read our guide to choosing the right rug size for your room!

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Kids Bedroom Accent Pieces

Once you have the core pieces in place, you can decide what else you have space for and what you and your child would like to prioritize in their room. Are they big into reading? Make sure to include a bookcase and reading area. Distance learning? Perhaps it’s worth getting a desk. What you include from this list of accent pieces depends on how your child wants to use their space.

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Additional Kids Storage

Top of the list for kids bedroom furniture accent pieces is additional storage. This will save you sanity as a parent, as your kid will have a dedicated place to put things away when cleaning up. So, it’s worth including some sort of book and toy storage—whether that’s shelving, baskets, closet organizers, a closed cabinet, or a bookcase. (Get some ideas with our round-up of the best storage furniture options.) Just make sure it’s super accessible for your child, as it’s important to make it easy to clean up. And having a dedicated place for everything will help inspire them to put their things away! For easy grab-and-go storage, add simple baskets to a corner or a floating shelf above a dresser to keep things tucked away and easy to grab.

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Reading Area

For kids who love to read, consider creating a cozy reading nook area in their bedroom. If you have the space, you can include a full-sized accent chair—otherwise, in a kids bedroom, a beanbag chair, stool and plush rug, or even a tent filled with plush pillows is all they need!

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Bookcase

A bookcase will go a long way in a kid’s room. Not only does it provide a space to store all of their books—but you can also place a few baskets on the lower shelves for easy toy storage! If you’ve included a reading nook in the bedroom, it’s nice to arrange the layout of the space so that your kids bookshelf and reading nook can be near each other!

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Kids Desk

Whether your kid is distance learning or just needs a dedicated homework space, it can be nice to include a desk in their bedroom—especially for teens. Consider desks for kids as an investment—it’s a piece that can be used throughout their childhood and teenage years. And, if it’s a quality piece, it can even move with them into a first apartment, or simply to a home office space elsewhere in your home later on. Looking to save on space but still get maximum storage? Try a wall-mounted bookcase desk. Writing desks can also easily double as nightstands, helping you maximize the square footage of the room.

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Kids Bedroom Decor

Once furniture is in place, you can start bringing in decor to add additional style and personality to your kid’s bedroom. Keep reading for some of the key pieces of decor to consider.

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Kids Wall Art

Add some fun personality to the space by sprinkling in a few pieces of wall art. This is a great way to bring in your kid’s favorite colors and personal interests—from animals to space travel and outdoor adventures. These pieces of wall art can be fun creations from your kids or a few favorite framed works.

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Lighting

Good lighting will give your kids the illumination they need throughout the day and evening—but kids lighting shouldn’t be too fussy and should be super easy to use. Opt for an overhead light (like a pendant or flush mount) and one or two additional floor or table lamps. That way they can use the overhead light during the day but have more soothing, softer light at night. When choosing lamps, avoid styles with too much extra glass or glitz, which can break more easily around kids!

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Window coverings

For maximum privacy and to help promote a good night of sleep, it’s important to consider window coverings. Blinds are one of the easiest ways to secure privacy in a kids space—and with blinds, cordless is always the way to go. Cords tend to break over time and can get hopelessly tangled and present a strangling hazard. So, an easy pull-down shade will do the trick! Skip the expensive curtains in this room for now until kids are older and know how to be gentle around the fabric of curtains. Though, if you can’t stand the idea of blinds, invest in blackout curtains to help keep their rooms dark until it’s time to wake up.

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Accessories

Poufs, pillows, blankets, bean bags—these plush items are fun additions to help bring bits of extra joy and comfort to the space. Accessories like these provide an easy way to style a cute reading nook or play corner. All you need is a comfy rug and a few poufs and pillows. And having some spare blankets on hand is perfect when they get the itch to make a fort!

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Mirrors

A full-length mirror is a great addition to a kids bedroom—giving them a place to get ready and helping reflect light. This is especially helpful in a small bedroom! Just make sure it’s bolted to the wall to prevent tipping and in a secure location where there’s not a ton of foot traffic. A leaning mirror, rather than a wall-mounted option, is ideal for tween/teen rooms but isn’t as safe for kids’ rooms. A mirror above a dresser or storage piece is also a great way to include a mirror without it taking up floor space!

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Dynamic Duos: 10 Cute and Clever Shared Kids Bedroom Ideas

Designing a child’s bedroom is challenging enough as is. So it can feel extra daunting to come up with bedroom ideas for two kids. And especially if you only have one room to work with. For many parents, this is an all too common dilemma.

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to a shared kids’ room design—from thinking through kids bedroom layouts that are functional to making sure you’re keeping your little one in mind with all your kids bedroom interior design choices. Then there’s picking out kids furniture versus pieces that will grow with them, followed by decisions around color, art, and accents. And it all has to work for not one but two kids. It’s definitely no small task. For some guidance, we’ve broken down our top 10 shared kids bedrooms to help you kick things off at home. From bold wall colors and charming themes to practical kids bedroom layout ideas, our tips are sure to inspire your own shared kids room design. Find out more below!

Magic Modern Duo

This fun and preppy space proves that you don’t have to stick to a juvenile bedroom design just because it’s a space for kids.

The Layout:

An always charming idea for a children’s bedroom is to bring in a fun bunk bed. It can comfortably (and safely!) accommodate two kids without taking up too much floor space, and it leaves lots of room for you to still work in a dresser for practical storage.

The Look:

Lean into mid-century modern bedroom furnishings, like a honey wood bed that has clean, modern lines and a dresser with tapered legs. Mix in some colorful textiles, like rugs, pillows, and a pouf to add just the right whimsy and oomph.

Ideas To Steal:

A pouf and layered rugs make it cozy to hang out on the floor. A fun gallery wall adds major personality. Don’t underestimate a bright, colorful hamper!

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Classic Doubles

For a kids bedroom that has a grown-up, elevated look and feel, this lake house-style shared space is our pick for a bedroom that’s designed to last for years.

The Layout:

Symmetry is the best interior design trick to apply here. Think identical rustic beds flanking a dresser that’s shared by your kids. Round it out with matching industrial sconces to give each of your kids a reading light that is easy to access while freeing up floor space.

The Look:

If you’re after a kids bedroom design that lasts beyond the teen years, try a classic lake house style approach. You can’t go wrong with Americana, nautical decor, and shiplap walls. Be sure to keep to rustic-industrial elements and colors like navy, charcoal, and white tones.

Ideas To Steal:

A pretty patterned rug is always a great anchor. Matching bedding will also play up the symmetrical look. Keep to blues and whites for a palette that never goes out of style.

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Two Peas In A Pod

When you’re working with a small bedroom space for two young kids that want to bunk together, it can open the door to tons of fun design possibilities.

The Layout:

Of all the bedroom ideas, this loft-style bunk bed is the perfect solve if you’re looking to maximize your floor plan in a tiny kids room. It provides a full bed on top and opens up the space below for seating, a play space, and even a spot to do homework.

The Look:

Classic with a botanical spin, this style approach using pastel colors and floral touches to create a cohesive overall look. And don’t be afraid to go big. Think flower art and wallpaper, a thick and soft rug with whimsical floral patterns, and a mix of soft blues and pinks.

Ideas To Steal:

A floral wallpaper adds visual interest. Pastel curtains provide soft color and draw the eye up. Pile on the pretty embroidered and ruffled pillows in a shared play space.

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A Bedroom Safari

Let’s face it: The whimsical and fun elements are what your little ones will love most about their room design. And this shared space shows that you can play up a kids theme without going overboard.

The Layout:

Even in a shared kids bedroom, an L-shaped setup can be the perfect space-saving solution. Take a cue from this clean-lined modern space, where the bunk bed anchors one corner and a storage dresser occupies the adjacent wall, leaving plenty of floor space.

The Look:

If you’re at a loss for stylish kids’ bedroom ideas, go with a simple tried-and-true approach, like a modern and rustic mix. A clean-lined, minimalist bunk bed is a great anchor that lets you layer on bright colors and textures with lots of flexibility, and it’s a piece that goes well with rustic elements like a jute rug and wooden dresser.

Ideas To Steal:

Play up colorful animal art, motifs, and toys in small doses to set a theme that you can easily switch up if your kids tire of it down the line. Make a dresser do double-duty as a functional storage piece and a display surface. Say yes to a soft and durable natural-fiber rug!

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A Space To Grow!

Speaking of modern rustic style, this small bedroom design is our idea of an elevated and whimsical take on the look. It’s one of our favorites!

The Layout:

The large window is the highlight in this shared room design. The bunk bed perfectly complements it as a space-saving anchor piece that doesn’t block out the light coming in. This leaves plenty of floor space for play, and all you’ll need are movable storage pieces for all the toys. Work in sconces within each bed for night lights that give your kids a reading lamp they can easily turn on and off on their own.

The Look:

Think of this design approach as pattern meets modern rustic. The wooden bunk bed has a Mid-Century Modern vibe that goes with virtually any color and pattern you want to work into the space. Here, the buffalo check curtains, natural warm woods, black-and-whtie pillows, and a subtle yet playful wallpaper all add up to a clean-lined and fun farmhouse bedroom look.

Ideas To Steal:

Think gingham, gingham, gingham for curtains with serious pop! Make multifunctional use of a low wooden storage chest as a window bench. Head to space with a wallpaper design that nods to the cosmos and use it for an accent wall.

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Double Rainbow

Fun and youthful with an adorable rainbow-colored theme running throughout, this shared kids’ room design is all about investment pieces that are anything but childish.

The Layout:

With long and narrow bedroom layouts, the best approach is to bring in matching symmetrical twin beds. Keep everything centered with a storage cabinet that triples a nightstand for both your kids as well as a display surface. Then ground it all with two layered rugs that are placed in the middle of the room to add comfort and color underfoot.

The Look:

Feminine with a Mid-Century Modern twist, this shared kids’ bedroom reiterates the power of neutrals as a base. From the soft-hued twin beds to the light wall color, this is all about a look that you can dress up or down with color and personality as needed. If you’re looking for a space that you can eventually turn into a guest room or spare bedroom, take this color approach and make sure to invest in furniture that’s built to last.

Ideas To Steal:

Mix floor pillows and poufs are fun and movable low seating. Add other toys, art, and accents in all colors of the rainbow throughout. A soft gray wall color is a great neutral that will last you years to come even after your kids have moved out.

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Circus For Two

There’s no rule saying you can’t bring the modern abstract look to your children’s bedroom. Give those geometric shapes and bold colors a go, like this shared bedroom design!

The Layout:

With this floor plan, the idea is to line everything up along the longest wall (and the only space for furniture) in the room. And with so many bright colors at play, we opted for white twin beds that appear to almost float in the space as a way to minimize visual clutter in the space. This also opens up the space to let you set up a tent without it feeling like “too much” for the room.

The Look:

This modern and youthful shared kids’ room is our idea of a casual and charming gender-neutral space. It’s a way to combine bright colors and bold shapes, and the neutral decor makes it easy to change out your decor once the kids grow older.

Ideas To Steal:

Make room for a big, bold and colorful geometric rug. Who can turn down a teepee in a kids’ bedroom? Pair animal art prints with geometrics because they work surprisingly well together—and your kids will love the mix of characters and shapes!

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Cool And Collected

Prefer kids rooms that are a little more crisp and subdued? This light and airy bedroom design highlights how less can be so much more.

The Layout:

Sometimes keeping to simple bedroom ideas can be best. This laid-back space for two appeals to the minimalist in all of us. The layout is simple and the furnishings are limited to practical essentials, leaving there to be plenty of open space. If you prefer a room that can also double as a play space for your kids, try this setup.

The Look:

Streamlined and minimal is the name of the game with this bedroom look. But the key is to work in a sense of coziness that keeps it from feeling sparse. Pile on pillows and blankets in neutral colors on to the bunk bed, lay down a pouf, and bring in simple but captivating accents, like a low wooden bookcase, a plug-in sconce, and a soft, light-hued rug.

Ideas To Steal:

You can never go wrong with striped accents, big or small. Cool blues, bright white tones, and washed wood tones are a foolproof color combo. It’s always a good idea to carve out a “chill zone” for your kids to play music or hang out with their favorite books and games.

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Twice As Nice

If you’re not one for kids rooms that look obviously designed for kids, this traditional and elegant take on a shared bedroom can easily be mistaken for a polished guest bedroom.

The Layout:

It’s all about maximizing vertical space in this shared kids room design. The matching tall headboard not only draws the eye up, they also help bring down the high-ceilings visually. At the same time, the dresser and mirror make for a captivating focal point that also directs your attention upward. The result is a room that’s appears tailored and roomy but also cozy all at once.

The Look:

This room design with its soft, feminine elegance makes for an ideal space for young sisters. The traditional dark-wood beds and ornate studded dresser play up a bold and sophisticated look that is anything but childish. And it’s a shared space that’s all about contrast between bold furniture and soft delicate, like the pastel patterned rug, printed pillows, and wall color.

Ideas To Steal:

Beds with hidden storage are always a plus, no matter the size of the bedroom. An ornate dresser is not only chic but it also can be repurposed in another room down the line. A mirror adds a sculptural focus that can also brighten and open up a space that’s made for two.

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Rays Of Sunshine

For families with very young kids with an age gap, this crib-and-bed children’s bedroom design makes for a calming retreat everyone will love.

The Layout:

If there’s only one room for your kids and one is a toddler and the other is a baby, this is our favorite shared kids’ room floor plan. It’s tried-and-true in our books. With the crib along one wall and a twin bed pushed up against another wall, you’ll be left with plenty of floor space for a dresser and changing station as well as a glider or rocker. You’ll also have plenty of floor space left for your kids to crawl and play.

The Look:

A little rustic, a little boho, this room brings together light woods, woven textures, and a calming palette of neutral and natural tones that inspire instant calm. Here, it’s all about the mix of light woods and textures, which are finished off with a few charming patterns. Think polka dots, fun florals, and animal art and accents.

Ideas To Steal:

A curated gallery wall of coordinated framed prints is one of those whimsical bedroom ideas that always captivates. For a soothing vibe, keep to a natural and neutral color palette. A woven basket belongs in every kid’s bedroom.

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8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas From Modsy Customer Spaces

Designing a bedroom for your little one is not an easy task. There’s a long checklist of things to consider: Is there enough storage? What’s the right size bed? Do I invest in quality now or wait to replace everything once they get older?

So it’s no surprise that many homeowners come to Modsy for help with designing their kids rooms. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our coolest kids bedroom ideas, which were designed by our Modsy stylists to help out a few homeowners with their real-life kids room challenges. Read on for more and get inspired!

For a Room That Will Grow Up With Them

“Dear Modsy: We just moved into our first home and have an empty room that we want to turn into our son’s first bedroom. Right now it’s empty and we have no idea where to start.”

—Son’s bedroom from scratch

What the space needs: A bed that can last and smart storage solutions. All while feeling kid-friendly and colorful.

Design Solution #1: Furnishing For Function First

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Looking for furniture that can last? Rather than replacing pieces every few years as your child grows up, a few basics will do the job now and later. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to invest in quality pieces with a simple shape yet sturdy construction.

Items like the bed, dresser, and storage bench are all kid-friendly options that can work in a teen’s room as well. Dress them up with easy-to-change accent pieces. Fun and colorful decor pieces are an easy, budget-friendly way to make the space feel more personal and kid-friendly.

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Design Solution #2: Going With a Good Bed

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Another design where quality foundation pieces mingle with colorful accents. If you can only invest in one or two quality pieces, we say make the bed count. It’s the one piece most families end up replacing as the kids grow up. Storage pieces and rugs are also great places to invest for the long-run.

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For a Girl’s Bedroom

“Hello Modsy: This is a bedroom redesign for my 8-year-old daughter. We would like this design to take her into her preteen years, so nothing too immature.”

—Getaway for my girl

What the space needs: A modern and clean base with pops of blues, greens, and purples. Plenty of storage to maximize the small space and a desk/reading nook set up.

Design Solution #1: Making It Her Hangout Spotkids bedroom ideas

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Modsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #1

In this design, we opted for a twin bed to maximize the open floor space around the room. This let us fit in a two-in-one desk/bookshelf, a big dresser, and a cool reading chair in a corner. We added her favorite colors in small art and accents for some pops of color. This ultimately gives her a space that feels like her own private hideaway.

 

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Design Solution #2: Making It Her Live/Work Space

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The focus here was on a bigger, comfier bed and no reading corner for a more grown-up look and feel. This setup turns the room into a kind of mini studio, where an office area is clearly defined from the storage area and the bed. The upside of this is that even with a large bed, this layout has more floor space and functional storage.

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For a Boy’s Bedroom

“Hi Modsy: Our son just turned 3 and we want to make the transition from a nursery to a big boy room.”

—Ready to graduate my son’s bedroom

What the space needs: Plenty of storage and a teepee play area. The wall decals are keepers as well.

Design Solution #1: A Cool Bedroom For Any Age

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #1

From the distinctive bed frame to the campaign-style dresser to the farmhouse sconce, this room is all about cool design that’s built to last. The classic blue, white, and gray color scheme makes for a palette that’s easy on the eyes and easy to grow into for any kid.

Also, there’s plenty of storage in this layout, including floating shelves on the walls. And there’s even room for a teepee—take a peek below!

 

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Design Solution #2: A Very Versatile Bedroom

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #2

This design sports a clean-lined, mid-century look that lends the bedroom an feeling of openness. There’s plenty of storage, but the white tones add to the light and airy vibe of the room. The simple palette of black, white, and red also makes it easy to mix in new art, accents, and even furniture eventually.

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For a Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom

“Hi there: We are a couple with two kids and we’re looking to redesign our four-year-old’s room.”

—Couple on a mini-makeover mission

What the space needs: A queen-sized bed and space for reading and playing.

Design Solution #1: Dedicating Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #1

This bedroom is all about making space to play. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to carve out a corner that’s entirely devoted to playtime activities. Here we have a mini desk and tent set up for reading, crafting, and playing. Besides the queen-sized bed, the rest of the room is filled with substantial storage pieces that make this space super functional but still bright and fun.

 

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Design Solution #2: Working In Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #2

This layout focuses more on the space being a practical kids bedroom. The larger bed is a great option that your youngster can grow into. Another one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to sprinkle baskets and hampers all around to keep toy clutter at bay. While there’s not a dedicated kids table, we brought in a beanbag chair to create a cozy reading corner and an easel for some crafting fun (see the full room below!)

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