Sharing Means Caring

Sharing bedrooms is a fact of life for many and can have a lot of advantages as well. The time spent in the room can create the best of memories and instill a sense of closeness that carry with children for a lifetime. My little ones beg – and I mean BEG – to sleep together. The problem? They treat it like a sleep over, giggling, singing and whispering into the wee hours. Overall, not conducive to a good night sleep, so we reserve it for a treat on the weekends.

If space is at a minimum and children are at a maximum, having separate bedrooms just can’t happen. So, here are some beautiful solutions:

The best idea when you don’t have a lot of space is to go up and use as little of a footprint as possible. Plus, children need the precious floor space. Leave no dead space, as illustrated by the drawers below the mattress – however, they could have done something on top too, albeit a wedge.

Using maps as wallpaper is a smart, passive learning method. Children will unknowingly look and study the walls and, over time, pick it up.

Different beds made cohesive with paint color.

Very youth stripes, almost has a carnival feel with the choice of color.

If you like stripes, but are looking for a more cost-effective way to achieve this feel, you can make your own headboard. Cut out plywood, wrap in batting and fabric and apply nail head trim. If needed, I can do a detailed tutorial on the process. Just let me know in the comments section.

Each child can select their own artwork or favorite animal. You can take it a step further and have each child create their own art: by stenciling if you want a crisp look, or just give them the colors you would like for the picture and let them go wild!

Impeccably done room. I’m not sure who the exact manufacturer is of these bed frames, but they – and variations – are popping up everywhere. Even Pottery Barn Teen (Not Pottery Barn or Pottery Barn Kids) has a version for $500-800.

Each child gets their own wall space to customize with their own interests, their own lamps to read in bed, privacy and their own desks. Great use of space, as this set-up could be in a small room.

I’m a sucker for anything monogrammed! Beautiful headboards, which can be made yourself.

A feminine room, which could also be a guest room. Someone went tuft-crazy on the beds! I think they might look better if there weren’t quite so many tufts.

Carving out each child’s space with wallpaper.

This bedroom creates a multi-functional room. By having the beds pushed up against the wall, they can serve as sofas by rearranging the pillows. This makes a great hangout space!

A simple bedroom offset by a bold paint color. Not sure what happened to the drawer for the nightside table – it was probably a re-purposed table, which you have to love that – but you could fashion a drawer or nail in a piece of wood or simply turn it 45 degrees so it’s not quite so apparent.

More bunk beds. Without seeing the whole room, it’s hard to understand why they chose to eat up valuable floor space with the ottomans (pushed together to form a coffee table), but I’m hoping there’s a reason for it. I do like that they alternated the colors of them.

With black and white, any color can be inserted. This would also make a divine guest bedroom!!

I love the pom-poms! A textural and whimsical add to a child’s room Since they are on a pillow, I would imagine they are just on one side because it would be uncomfortable and bumpy to sleep on. They are also on the curtain. Pom poms, trim, ribbon, tassels, etc, can be added in a myriad of places (bedspreads, curtains, shams, lampshades) to store bought items, which gives them a custom (and designer) look.

I had to throw this in! A pom-pom rug.

An industrial-looking boys’ room, with metal and grey.

Blue and pink make for such a cheery combination.

This room is so visually stimulating and happy looking! Each child is clearly represented with bedding, artwork and the toys in their basket at the end of the bed.

I show this picture because I think privacy is important and if a drapery could be fashioned to close around the bed for times when one child wants to be alone or read with a light on and not disturb the other, the drapery can afford this privacy. It looks like a self portrait is framed too, which is cute.

I didn’t want to repeat pictures, but for reference, I had some adorable, shared rooms that I loved in Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails  and  Beyond Pink.

Whether or not you have children sharing bedrooms, or even have children, I hope you found some inspiration in these pictures! Have a great day!

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