10 Kid’s Room Must Haves

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Know what the most important elements are when decorating a kid’s bedroom.

Decorating a kid’s room is such a fun project, but it’s easy to get carried away and go over the top with decorations and knickknacks and other odds and ends that kid’s don’t really need or want. To avoid this, we’ve come up with 10 must haves that you should make sure to incorporate in your child’s bedroom.

Bed. Okay, so that’s a little obvious, but the bed is the key ingredient in the bedroom recipe and you don’t want to just remember it, you want to make sure it’s comfortable. When it comes to beds function over form is the rule. Remember the winter bed sales are now on in many parts of the country.

Adequate lighting. Children use their bedrooms for many things from studying to camping so you want to have some lighting options. Don’t get caught up in cute lighting fixtures if they’re really not functional.

Clothing storage. Maybe a closet isn’t an option, perhaps you’d rather go with an armoire, a dresser, or even under the bed storage. Either way there needs to be ample space and it needs to be easy enough to get and put clothes away or they’ll end up lying all over the place.

Study area. Bedrooms for children tend to be multifunctional and while some parents encourage their children to study in main living areas, others feel their children learn better in a distraction-free environment.

Toy and supply storage. Whether its bookcases, tubs, a closet; whatever you use as storage for your child’s stuff, it should be easy to access so they’re more inclined to put their possessions away and take care of them.

Play area. No matter how big or small the room is, you need to find a way to adapt and give your child a space to play, read, study and sleep. The same space can serve all of those functions if you have adequate storage.

Additional seating. Seating can just be floor space or pillows on the floor, but you want your children’s friends to be comfortable when they come over to play.

Favorite things. Every child has some favorite things, be they books, toys, or found items. Let your child know that what is important to them matters to you; create a special place for their favorite things.

An alarm clock. Alarm clocks aren’t just good for helping your child get up on their own, but they’re a great way to study. Setting an alarm for a certain amount of study time lets them focus without worrying about time.

Family photo. You want to remind your child at all times that they are part of a family, a very important part. Keeping a family photo in their bedroom ties that family bond.

Beyond the must haves for a child’s room, remember to let your child have input in the decorating decisions. While it’s tempting to decorate in a way you find appealing, it is ultimately their room and you want them to feel a connection to it and a sense of pride in their space.