As your child grows and changes, so should his room. Although he loved Buzz Lightyear when he was four, as a ten-year-old, his interests have probably matured. If you’re thinking it might be time to transition your child’s room into one of an older child, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you go.
Design The Nursery With Change In Mind
Designing a nursery is exciting, but what many new parents fail to realize when doing so is that the room will likely need to change as the child grows. The best thing you can do when planning your new baby’s nursery is to stay with an open floor plan that’s easy to convert and adapt as your child gets older.
Ask Your Child
If you’re thinking it’s time to change your child’s room, get them involved in the decisions for the space. If given the chance, most kids will tell you exactly what they want in their room. Making sure your child’s room is filled with things they truly enjoy will help stimulate creativity and productivity in a growing mind.
Choose Appropriate Furnishings
While designing a child’s room, it’s a good idea to choose furnishings that can grow with your child. For example, a sturdy desk is a great addition because no matter what they’ll be doing – creating a masterpiece of art or filling out college applications – it’ll fit their needs throughout the years.
Other pieces you may want to think about include a traditional bed frame and monochromatic bedding.
Make Changes Slowly
Sudden, dramatic changes could overwhelm a small child, especially one that’s transitioning from a baby into a toddler. As such, you may want to make simple, small changes slowly to avoid upsetting your child. For instance, swap out the crib for a toddler bed and let the change set in for a few weeks before making any further changes in the room.
During the teen years, it may be a little more of a hassle to renovate your child’s room. While your child is navigating his teens, simply declutter his room regularly and apply a fresh coat of paint as needed.
Allow your child to express himself but set limits. For example, allow him to have his posters, but only if they are framed and hung nicely – no thumb tacks or sticky tape directly on the walls. If your child pushes for a bold rug that you don’t particularly like, accept it anyway as at the very least, it’ll protect the carpet from the food and drink spills that occur regularly in his room.
Children’s rooms should grow as they do, reflecting new, more mature interests and personality. To help you renovate your child’s room into something that fits his more grown-up personality, follow the tips above.