The home you share with your kids needs to be a safe, comforting, and entertaining environment, but the goal posts for what this entails change over time. Toddlers will interact with your home in a completely different way to children in their early teens. Kids grow up quickly, so while you need to make provisions for them at all ages, you need to try and do so in a cost effective and flexible manner.
Planning the design of your child’s room with the future in mind will make it much easier to make cost effective changes as the needs and wants of your child shift over the years. A growing child will be frustrated in a room designed for a toddler, but it is not reasonable to completely redecorate every couple of years from scratch. Follow these tips to make the process of designing your child’s room a little bit easier.
1. Purchase affordable and replaceable furniture
It is tempting to buy furniture for your child’s room that is of equal quality and as long lasting as the furniture in the rest of your home, but this is not necessarily the best approach. Cheap and disposable furniture from discount stores is easy to replace with alternative items as your child grows up. Instead of solid furniture opt for flat-packed, self-assembly items which are usually more than sturdy enough to fulfil their purpose for a couple of years. These pieces can be equally easy to disassemble and dispose of, making it easier to replace with the next pieces.
2. Choose flexible storage solutions
The storage you need for your child’s belongings will change over the years, so you should consider buying racks and shelves which are very flexible. Your child’s room will change from requiring boxes that can stow away a cluttering of toys to shelves that can store books and a growing number of clothing items. Open racks with portable storage bins and loose drawers are easier to re-configure for different purposes, while a flat-pack wardrobe can be replaced with a larger unit or a unit with a different configuration.
3. Install temporary and changeable fixtures and fittings
A room is often defined by the accessories fitted into it, so instead of buying a sleek but hard to change light fixture opt for a hanging lamp shade which you can change as your child grows up. Avoid fixing items such as shelves to the wall if you can, as they may not be appropriate for your child’s needs in the long run. In general, try to install decorative items which are of temporary and replaceable nature. Decorating the room with the help of your child could be one of your future pleasures, and teaching them DIY techniques based on easily replaceable items such as lamp shades is ideal.
4. Use window shutters
Windows shutters are a quality and timeless addition to a room and are enormously practical. Easy to install and hygienic, they will stand the test of time better than curtains, for example. Though cute baby room curtains will have some appeal initially, you would soon need to replace them, while classic MDF window shutters are equally affordable and unlikely to need replacing for many years. Window shutters are also tamper proof for very young children and excellent at keeping your child’s room free from prying eyes and intrusive sunlight. They are also great for allowing you to adjust the amount of natural sunlight that enters the room, enabling you to block the light during naptime while letting it in during playtime.
5. Buy multi-purpose furniture
Children often live in the more compact rooms of a house making dual-use furniture items especially handy. Planning ahead in this respect will lessen the need for you to buy different items in the future or to replace pieces of furniture. While your toddler might not need a study area, a combined bed and desk could be a good investment for the future. In the meantime, you could use the desk to stash away items or to add cute decorations.
Adapting your child’s room as time passes can be a frustratingly expensive affair, but this need not be the case. The key is to think ahead and consider what your child’s needs will be in the future. Though some items in the room will change with time, and the overall decorative feel of the room will also change, you can minimise the costs involved in swapping furniture and re-arranging the room to suit the current needs of your child.