The designers thought of the bunkroom “as a 3-D world for kids, with a combination of ladders and beds and storage,” says architect Steve Hoedemaker. But homeowner Hilary Richmond confesses: “Adults like to sleep there too.” Each guest gets a cubby, night-light, and plaid camp blanket.
A small room adjacent to the master bedroom was utilized as this couple’s closet until it came time to carve out space for their daughter, Ada Craft. The original shiplap walls and ceiling, repainted in a glossy white, lent the room a subtle character worth highlighting. So they layered on minimal accessories, such as a found spool chair that they repainted, along with a handmade mobile and, for a touch of texture, a string of bright yarn pom-poms.
Instead of fleeing for the suburbs when their daughter was born, homeowners Erin Feher Montoya and her husband, Danny, tweaked their compact setup to make room for three. To double the square footage of their bedroom, Danny, a professional woodworker, built a sleeping loft accessed by a ladder and nestled their daugher's nursery underneath. The crib for 1 1⁄2-year-old Orion, also designed by Danny, has storage bins below to make the most of the space.
This vacation-home guest room, above the master bedroom, reminds homeowner Kristin Hall of the cozy cabins of her childhood summer camp. Architectural interior designer Michelle Burgess stained the birch ply panels with a soft matte stain. Playful European textiles outfit the guest bed, and a modern white desk offers a place to write letters or sketch.
Gray walls make a sophisticated backdrop for Ella and Siena’s room. “They’ll thank me for it one day when they realize their room has grown up with them,” Eric Olsen says, laughing. A grid of modern animal prints keeps the room playful.
In lieu of a separate bookcase and toy box in the nursery, these modular cubes made out of maple plywood to house both. Each box is singular and can be reconfigured based on what they need to store and where it needs to be stored.
Jason O'Dell sorted through more than 100 bunk bed options for the kids' room before dreaming up his own built-in design. The double bunk beds, constructed of plywood, include a middle console ideal for toys or an iPad and also feature a smart pair of inset, square cup holders. A white powder coated steel rail and ladder ensure the kids can get away with a little monkey business.
This eco-conscious room uses sustainable resources like no-VOC wall paint and organic cotton bedding to create a healthy place for kids to play. In terms of decorating, an eco-friendly design concept should withstand the trends of time, so that rooms don’t have to be redone as styles change and children grow. In this girl’s room, the palette is neutral, though punches of color appear in transient accessories like the rug and a stuffed animal.
If limiting children’s time on electronic devices is a priority, make analog toys and activities take center stage in their room’s look. In this boys’ room, stacks of books and toys like marble runs and wooden cars line the shelves, adding color and excitement.
The children’s room has its own bathroom and, in keeping with the overall feeling of the home, tons of natural light. The neutral palette allows for bright pops while maintaining the home’s clean, modern style. We built color-blocked cube shelving as an easy storage solution for toys and books.
For kids’ changing tastes, inexpensive style is the way to go. In this teen boy’s room, the album headboard is made of plywood, plexiglass, and vintage album covers found at a recycled books store. The window shade is from , dressed up with vinyl decals from . Customization tip: The plexiglass face on the album headboard can easily be removed to change the album art or insert photos or fabric.
Unite kids’ drawings as a collection by using a common color scheme and a grid of frames. Scan sketches and drawings, and then use a digital graphics program (like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop) to add color backgrounds and swap some of the dark lines for white. (You can create a similar effect with colored construction paper and pens in white and dark ink.) White Ribba frames from Ikea ($6.99 per 7- by 91/2-inch frame;ikea.com).
Like having too many colors, having too many textures and finishes on the floors and other surfaces can segment a space rather than tie it together. Limiting the number of materials also helps the room feel spacious. In this kids’ room, the bamboo shades and orange vinyl love seat provide enough of a contrast while still feeling harmonious.
A sunny yellow paint, (AF-330), paired with white furnishings creates youthful cheer in this girl’s room. Collage art from and curtain fabric from add bold pops of color. White floral decals from are easy to apply and remove. They allow you to add instant, affordable art to any wall with vinyl graphics.
This room is child-friendly without seeming childish. That means fun elements and colors, private nooks, and areas for kids to express themselves. Flexibility is important in decor as well as function, ensuring that a room isn’t outgrown too quickly. Young kids share a room with a pair of bunk beds for easy sleepovers. Drawers under bottom bunks provide extra storage for toys, games, and clothes.
Let’s face it: Beds are the space hogs of any kid’s room. Reclaim that important floor space by lofting their sleep station. Once the mattress is off the floor, the framed area beneath can be a play area or reading corner for younger kids or a homework zone for older ones. (For safety’s sake, most manufacturers suggest waiting to loft a bed until the child is six to eight years old.)
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Under Your Child’s Bed
Turns out there’s a lot more than monsters hiding under your kid’s bed—there’s also plenty of unused storage space. Spotted in a tour of a beautiful 1950s home on , a shallow wooden tray with wheels turns an ordinary train set into a trundle playset. To make your own, attach small casters to the bottom of a large wooden tray or bin. During playtime, your little ones can wheel it into the center of the room. When bedtime rolls around, they can simply stash it under the bed for easy cleanup. To make building a wheeled storage bin even easier, check out ’s tutorial for adding casters to an IKEA basket.