Planning Your Little One’s Bedroom

By : Benjamin Chew
08 November 2016

As cliché as it sounds, children grow up very quickly. One minute they are bouncy babies, the next they are crawling all over the floor and before long, they are running around and bumping into furniture as they race headlong into toddlerhood.

One thing is for sure though, your child will spend most of his or her time in the bedroom. If you have not considered planning for your child’s bedroom, here are some tips to get you started.

Tip 1: Plan but be flexible

When my son was just an infant, he could sleep anywhere as long as he was swaddled snugly. His room had minimal decoration as it was mostly functional, allowing us to access infant supplies and clothing as quickly and easily as possible.

Fast forward to 2 years later, he has begun running around the house and exploring every nook and cranny. The only things that he does not touch, are the ones that he cannot reach. Items that were once stored on the floor had to be moved higher to prevent falls and messes. We also had to make sure there were no stools lying around for him to climb about.

When he grows older, we have plans to include more child-friendly furniture which will allow him to retrieve or keep his own clothes and belongings. Hopefully this will teach him to be independent.

Tip 2: Use indestructible materials

Children can get out of hand, especially when they start to throw tantrums. They are likely to throw their toys around or use that plain wall as an art canvas. Make sure you do not have fragile furnishings made of glass, and use washable paint for your walls (and buy washable crayons).

Children can get out of hand, especially when they start to throw tantrums. They are likely to throw their toys around or use that plain wall as an art canvas. Make sure you do not have fragile furnishings made of glass, and use washable paint for your walls (and buy washable crayons).

Also, if you use fabrics, opt for washable and stain-resistant materials to make it easier for you to clean up!

Tip 3: Get them involved

No matter how old we are, we all want our bedroom to be a comfortable haven. While you may want a minimalist design for your flat, your child may prefer something more bright and eclectic. Don’t forget that their bedroom would likely function as a play room, study room, and store room until they are much older.

By getting your children involved in designing their own bedroom, it can instil a sense of ownership and they will think twice before messing up their bedroom! Of course, this will have to wait till they are much older … but sometimes, kids will be kids, even the grown-up ones.

If you have any tips on planning and decorating a child’s bedroom, let us know via our Facebook page or at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.


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