6 Kid’s Bedroom Ideas For a Playful and Practical Space

Kid's Bedroom. How Do I Make My Kid's Bed More Comfortable?
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Kid’s Bedroom

Designing your kid’s bedroom is an exciting project. It’s a great chance to transform your little one’s space into somewhere they feel comfortable and enjoy playing, learning, and sleeping.

Creating a fun and playful space while remaining conducive to a good night’s sleep can be challenging for many parents.

The same can be said for making a bedroom space that is both playful and practical. So, how do you strike the perfect balance?

In this blog, we share our kid’s room ideas and design tips that will help you seamlessly blend beauty and function, play, and practicality for a bedroom design that is out of this world.

Stick with a Theme

Many children develop specific interests as they grow; whether they love animals, vehicles, mythical creatures, or outer space (to name a few), choosing a theme is a great way to nurture their interests and create a space they love spending time in.

Kid's Bedroom, Birlea Safari 3FT Single Bunk Bed - Grey.
Image Source: Birlea Safari 3FT Single Bunk Bed – Grey

Moreover, choosing a bedroom theme is an excellent opportunity to connect with your child and involve them in decision-making.

Expert developmental psychologist Dr Sam Wass shared with Dulux that “Children typically create little things, but the bedroom is the first real, permanent thing that they can influence. Involving a child helps them establish their own inner space and the image that they want to project to others. And for parents, having a chance to work together with their children can really help establish a stable, respectful relationship.”

Some popular kid’s room ideas and themes include:

  • Safari
  • Under the sea
  • Superheroes
  • Princesses
  • Pirate ships
  • The jungle
  • Vehicles
  • Dinosaurs

And so many more. We often find that involving your child(ren) in the design process will give you more than enough ideas from which to work.

Utilise Wall Stickers

Do you live in a rental property? Are you under strict instructions not to paint the walls? Or perhaps you own your home but want to refresh your kid’s bedroom aesthetic semi-regularly (and quickly). Then, wall stickers are a great solution.

Wall stickers are a fun way to add colour, incorporate themes, and decorate your home inexpensively (and isn’t that something we’re all looking for?).

Kid's Bedroom Wall Stickers.
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With thousands of sticker designs, colours, and themes, you’ll have plenty of ideas. You can easily remove the stickers as your children age or reapply with different designs as their interests change.

Install Made-to-measure Blinds

Children need between 8 and 14 hours of sleep per night, and the design of your child’s bedroom and your choice of blinds or curtains can make all the difference.

According to the NHS, “getting enough sleep is necessary for maintaining a child’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.” Installing made-to-measure blinds is beneficial when hoping to achieve a particular aesthetic and is vital for a good night’s sleep.

Kid's Bedroom Blinds.
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Getting enough sleep is essential for your child’s healthy development. It gives their brains the space to process everything they do during the day, recover physically, and work through various emotions.

Prioritising the window dressing in your child’s room will improve their sleep while completing the room’s overall look.

Create Bedroom Zones

One of the concerns many parents share when decorating their kids’ bedrooms is how to create a fun space to play in while supporting their child’s sleep. You might have loads of kids’ room ideas but feel unsure how to maintain the bedroom as a space for sleep.

A great tip to help with this is to create distinct bedroom zones. These are separate areas within the room designated for playing, reading, learning, or sleeping. You can break up the zones using colourful rugs, furniture rugs, or storage solutions.

For the ‘sleep zone’, remove as many distractions as possible (explicitly flashing or fluorescent lights and noisy toys) to establish a peaceful environment.

Related: How to Choose a High Sleeper Bed for a Kid’s Bedroom in 6 Steps

Other zones, such as the ‘play zone’ or ‘learning zone’, can be full of everything from toys and posters to arts and crafts that keep children entertained throughout the day.

Kid's Bedroom Play Zones.
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Breaking up a bedroom into zones is a great way to establish areas for specific activities – thereby supporting a good night’s sleep at the end of a busy day.

Incorporate Glow in the Dark Elements

Do you have a child who is afraid of the dark? Perhaps they frequently wake during the night needing comfort and reassurance. This is not uncommon while your child is young.

In fact, according to Parents Magazine, 73% of children between the ages of 4 and 12 struggle with nighttime fears. This can make bedtime highly stressful for children and their parents.

However, there are things you can do to help your child feel safe and secure. Incorporating glow-in-the-dark elements such as stars or night lights into your child’s bedroom is a great way to help them feel calm and relaxed.

Kid's Bedroom Night Lights.
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Also, as Parents Magazine goes on to share:


“Making the dark fun and spending time in the dark is a form of exposure that can help the child acclimatise to being in the dark […] Exposure therapy helps break the pattern of avoidance and fear. Creating a safe environment where they can experience what they fear in small doses helps decrease fear and the desire to avoid it.”

So, if you have a child afraid of the dark, consider the benefits of including glow-in-the-dark elements. It could make all the difference to their sleep (and yours).

Incorporate Functional Storage Solutions In Kid’s Bedrooms

Children create a lot of mess – from the dishes piling up in the sink to the overflowing laundry basket and toys everywhere. Even in your efforts to keep things minimal, each time a new birthday rolls around, your child somehow ends up with more plastic than before. 

Incorporating clever storage ideas into your child’s bedroom should help keep the clutter at bay. A few fun (and functional) ways to store your child’s toys and other belongings include:

Colourful Bins: simplicity is vital to keeping your kid’s room tidy. They need to know which toys live where so they can put things away at the end of the day. Colourful bins are a great solution. For example, you could have red bins for all the vehicles, blue bins for all the soft toys, green bins for all the puzzles, and white bins for all the miscellaneous items.

Baskets: you can use baskets to store laundry, shoes, toys, soft toys, and blankets. It’s a fun and functional way to keep a space organised. Incorporating baskets into your child’s room doesn’t just serve a functional purpose; it’s also visually appealing.

Cabin Bed: Thank you to the person who came up with the idea for under-bed storage! Cabin beds are an excellent solution for those living in small spaces or properties without any in-built storage. You can fit extra bedding, clothes, toys, and more under the bed, keeping everything packed away and out of sight.

Julian Bowen Cyclone Daybed - White. Kid's Bedroom .
Pictured: Julian Bowen Cyclone Daybed – White

Shelving: Does your child love books? Displaying your child’s favourite books is a great way to encourage their continued love of reading. It’s also a functional way to keep books from piling up around your home. From shallow wall shelves to significant bookcases, there are plenty of ways to shelve your child’s latest reads and keep them accessible but tidy throughout the day.

Julian Bowen Grace Daybed.
Pictured: Julian Bowen Grace Daybed

Getting started

We hope this article has provided fun and functional ideas for kids’ bedrooms.

Looking for ideas and decorating inspiration can sometimes feel overwhelming, so we hope our concise list is helpful to you.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Decorating your kid’s bedroom provides an excellent opportunity for bonding, allowing your child to take ownership of their space and have a say in creating an environment they love and want to spend time in.

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