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Double TroubleMarch 31, 2016
For anyone who has ever shared a bedroom with a sibling you’ll remember how close you got to starting the next world war over such silly things. “It’s on my side of the room so it’s mine!” You’ll remember screams of “MOM, he’s on my side! Tell him to get out!” You’ll also have fond memories of lying in bed discussing the meaning of life, parents and planning tomorrow’s adventures long after lights out.
Fast forward to today….
You now have two kids and one bedroom. Perish the thought. What do you do? How do you give them each a sense of their own space and individuality? How do you prevent them from fighting over who’s side of the “line” are on?
Here are some tips to ensure a long term peaceful solution to sibling bedroom wars.
Bunk beds solve so many problems from a space point of view. If you have a generous sized room, a pair of bunk beds means that both kids can have friends over. It also means that they can invite each other “over” for sleepovers too.
If your kids are sharing a very small room, one way to combat space restrictions is by using one set of bunk beds. A great way to save space, this solution will offer both kids their own bed. With the wide range of styles to choose from at Bed King, the only war you might have on your hands is who sleeps on which bunk.
Two kids in sharing a bedroom means twice the number of toys which translates to twice the mess. A great way to deal with this potential clutter nightmare is to provide adequate storage. Give each child their own toy box where they can keep their booty. Not only will this keep the space tidy, but will also eliminate fights over what belongs to who. You will also be teaching your kids the very valuable lesson of looking after their things and keeping them safe and tidy.
Roll Out Beds
This solution offers the convenience of a roll out bed with the added benefit of storage. It means that the room can be a playroom by day and bedroom by night. With roll out storage as well as an additional roll out bed a small space can be transformed into a multi-purpose room, easy as pie. There are storage drawers for toys or clothes so that there is more space for play.
Divide the Room
What better way to give each child a sense of their own space than with a room divider. This can be easily done, without any messy building work. There are so many cool and funky room dividers on the market that you will be spoilt for choice: you can opt for a decorative screen or a shelving unit which has the advantage of additional storage space.
Each to their own
Up to now we have looked at sleeping and storage solutions, but another very important element to factor in when considering kids sharing a room is not only how to divide the space, but also how to individualise it. Whether you have a son and a daughter, two sons or two daughters in most cases children, even at a very young age, have their own sense of aesthetic. Spend time considering this. Know your child and what he or she likes; allow your kids to convey part of their personality in the design and scheme of their side of the room. Let their individuality shine through.
Spot the Difference
A very easy, cost effective and impactful way of differentiating between the two sides of the room is by creating a feature wall on each side of the room. There are so many cool and creative ways to do this - paint effects, wallpaper and vinyl to name a few. Whether you have a space scene and an enchanted garden, blue with red stripes and pink with purple polka dots, this is a fun way to create a sense of individuality and their own space.
With years of experience and expertise, as well as a wide range of products to choose from let Bed King be your first port of call when considering who to bring about peace in the sibling wars.
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