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Is the room truly just a bedroom – a place where your son or grandson will go to bed and get dressed, and that's it? Or, as is often the case, will your child's bedroom multi-task, serving as a place to sleep, study and play? If the room will be a multi-functional room, make sure that you have areas dedicated and tailored to each activity.
Consider setting up a desk area for studying, and make sure there is plenty of storage for both toys and clothes so that the room has the best chance of staying neat and comfortable to sleep in. If the room is going to have a theme, try to incorporate elements of the theme into each area of the room so that it feels unified.
When planning how you want to decorate and equip your boy's or boys' bedroom, the first thing you need to consider is who will be using the room.
Your child will be using his room when he is most vulnerable – when he is asleep – and when he's most energetic – when he's at play. To keep him safe when asleep and at play, make sure that the furniture you choose is sturdy: look for toy boxes with hinges that stay open and won't fall on little fingers; look for rounded edges on items like night stands, desks, and dressers, so that chances of his cutting himself if he bumps his head are minimized.
For younger children, put breakable or small decorative accessories well out of reach, and avoid lamps and other items that children could pull down onto themselves. In terms of bedding and other textiles, make sure that they are flame-retardant – and for your ease, it probably is a good idea for them to be stain-resistant as well!
While it might be tempting to get your child that race-car bed he wants so badly, it will pay in the long run to choose furniture that will grow with your child and his changing tastes.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|