Dividing a child’s room in two requires some planning and careful consideration. Below are a few points you should consider before starting this project. If you have any safety concerns in your design, do contact a professional. For individuals considering altering the structure of the room, it is best to consult a structural engineer to ensure your child’s safety. Moreover, for those who prefer to ‘see’ the project before the construction starts talk to your structural engineer about receiving a 3D render. For those who would like to know more about rendering check out our article: Visualization Engineering: Renderings.
So let’s begin with considerations.
- Age of your children.
When designing think of the age of your children, the personality of each child, favorite colors or general theme they adore. Also in the design try to incorporate a few educational tools whether it is books, laptop, a creative place for them to explore etc. For much more on this do look forward to our future post “Children room design ideas: Designs that benefit your children”.
- The future of your design.
Depending on your budget, you should stay away from designs that are short lived. As your children grow and make friends they would no longer want childish features around them. Therefore, in your initial design you should ensure that the skeleton is functional for your children’s development. Once, the ‘bones’ are in place, all that is left is an easy transition from a childhood room to the room of an adolescent, with a quick change of color and appropriate furnishing.
The images below are an example of a room that lends itself to an easy transitional design from childhood to adolescence.
- Gender or Genders of the children sharing the room.
When it comes to brother and sister sharing a room privacy is key. Each child demanding some degree of ‘personal space’ as they strive for some level of autonomy within the room.
- Size of the bedroom
Depending on the size of the space you have you should consider installing a bunk bed or a Trundle bed which gives you the opportunity to utilize the remaining space for storage or creating a comfortable study area for your children.
- Play with the Dimensions of the room to get the most out of the space.
This is a Pretty simple solution. Small room go vertical; bunk beds on one side and the other built in storage allowing freedom in the center. Be creative, add interest and personality in your design to make it timeless.
- Location of window and doors.
Another important aspect in your design is the location of doors and windows. Both children should have ease of access to the door in case of an emergency, so there should be absolutely nothing blocking the path. Moreover, lighting is another crucial element, there should be sufficient natural and artificial light in the room for safety, reading and general movement. For more information about lighting, feel free to read our article: How To select the perfect light fixture
- Sufficient storage for the two children.
For closet ideas visit: How to achieve the perfect closet layout.
Here are some quick reminders:
1. Bed rails for young children 2. Study furniture 3. Clear undisturbed traffic (walkway) areas
Allow the child to be included the process. Add elements of each child in the room, favorite color, toy or name.
- Play time.
If you have space above the beds that you are not using rather than doing a side by side (as in the first image below) you can consider a “quad’ as in the second image or ‘triple” as in the third. This design is great for sleep overs or family members that may want to stay over.