Colin & Justin show that kids rooms don’t have to cost a fortune to be hip and happening.
Oh, grow up! Yup, that’s just what this young fella’s bedroom had to do… Especially when the wee guy in question is well into his teens. Time for mum to face up to the fact her baby son doesn’t really want to hold on to his baby toys anymore.
“Blue for a boy” is easily one of the oldest recipes for a boy’s room, so who are we to deviate! However, rather than simply paint it all one colour, we decided to go matt white with blue bands. This is easy – simply plot it all using a laser level and pencil, map it out with masking tape then roller on your colour. The bands serve to make the room feel wider, and, if you make the stripes on the doors vertical rather than horizontal, you’ll always be able to find your clothes! Paint is the quickest and least expensive way to change a room, so reach for the roller and make a difference!
The best way to make the most of a small room is to double up on space by adopting a multi-level approach. A loft bed is a perfect example – the bed is up top with plenty of space below for a desk or for another bed. Double-height storage, wall-mounted TVs and using items with “double duty” – a storage box that’s seating for example – are all great ways in which to further maximise space. Wall-hung shelves, hooks, magazine racks and baskets work well too as they add function whilst keeping floor space clear.
This style should last this youngster until he’s ready for a home of his own, as he can switch it all up with additional rugs as required. To give it a masculine industrial look - but keep it warm and comfy underfoot at the same time - we used a resin tile / linoleum-style tile that looks like concrete but is smooth and warm. This type of flooring is resilient and very cost effective as the thin profile of the product means that, in most cases, you don’t have to remove baseboards or plane down doors to fit in it.
Provide storage and your kids will use it, even at a young age. And if you can make it fun, then all the better! We installed shelves, drawers and boxes and ensured that the built-in cupboard was lined with hanging rails and shelves to tempt further order. The result? A cleaner, more efficient room that is much easier to maintain, and a child who learns that being able to find everything he wants with ease can only be a good thing.
Think about any kid’s room you’ve seen with paper posters and magazine clippings all over the walls. Did it look like an unruly mess? Well, yes! Why not give your kid’s fascinations a more professional feel by framing up posters or by keeping clippings on a pin board? Trust us, a wee bit of order goes a long, long way. Not only does it look neater, it’ll preserve your wall covering, making the room smarter for longer. What’s more, it’s easy to change when they change their minds about whom this week’s latest obsession is… Move over Bieber!
When buying any style of bed frame, make sure you invest the lion’s share of budget on the mattress, paying attention to size, thickness and firmness. Sleep is the primary function, so don’t scrimp on the comfort factor and your bed will properly deliver. A well-rested child is a happy child and a happy child makes for an even happier family. Result!