You can pack a lot of style into a small kid’s rooms. Many kids are perfectly happy with a small room, and some even prefer it – we remember loving to find nooks and crannies when we were children.
Here are many small kids room ideas to create a well-decorated, clean and organized space for a child.
Kid’s room color schemes
Don’t be afraid of using bold colors, even in small rooms. Many children are drawn to bright, cheerful color schemes that might be a little too much for adult rooms. To prevent from going overboard, stick with a balanced color scheme.
Here are some color schemes you might want to try:
Wall decorations for children
Here are some suggestions for cheap kid’s artwork:
- Use book covers: buy vintage children’s books from a used bookstore and frame the covers to add a touch of history, color and fun into your child’s bedroom.
- Try do-it-yourself kid’s art projects (check out our DIY art article for suggestions)
- Print out cheerful public domain or Creative Commons images and hang them up. Do a search at Flickr’s Creative Commons page to get started.
Best “bang for your buck” kids toys
The best kids toys are ones that inspire imagination and creativity for years, and can also be played alone or with friends, siblings or parents.
- Dress-up stations: Dressing up is often a big part of a child’s formative years: pretending to be someone you aren’t helps you learn who you are, as well. You can find cheap “costumes” like medical scrubs, dresses, suits, uniforms, and the like at secondhand stores. Don’t forget jewelry, shoes, hats and glasses!
- Play kitchens/cash registers/tools workshops: Any type of play area where there are multiple options and manual dexterity required is an excellent place for children to act out how “grownups” live and can provide hours of fun.
- Blocks and “construction” toys: Construction-style toys teach patience and concentration as the child learns what works and what doesn’t. These toys can also be neatly hidden away when not in use.
- Art centers: Art stations are a natural expression of a child’s creativity and emotions, and providing easy access with colored pencils and crayons is a great outlet. Older kids might enjoy creating with paints or clay.
Kid’s room furniture
With furniture, the overall rule should be o ake your child’s room comfortable for him or her to hang out by themselves, with everything accessible and at a child-friendly height.
Use soft, comfortable seatingUsing bean bags, floor pillows, or a rug, create a comfortable place for your child to spend time in his or her room, whether she is playing dress-up or reading a book.
Finding the furniture
You don’t necessarily need to limit your shopping to the “children’s” department in furniture stores. Many smaller pieces of furniture, such as bedside tables, benches and bookshelves, can be bought from normal furniture stores, where you will have many more options to choose from. Just be aware of how the scale will compare to your child’s, and make sure they will be comfortable using it.
If you’re looking at vintage furniture, you might want to read our guide to recognizing quality in used furniture.
Consider loft beds or bunk beds to save spaceElevating a bed off the ground can be an excellent way to free up floor space for daytime activities in a small kid’s room. There are many DIY bunk and loft bed plans online that you can adapt for your own use, or stores like IKEA have models you can choose from.
Some parents with two or more children have also had success moving multiple children with separate rooms to one bedroom and giving them bunk beds, and setting up the now empty room as a playroom.
Storage and organization in small kid’s rooms
Kids can accumulate a lot of toys in a short amount of time, thanks to generous relatives and family friends. Keep it all organized and the room will look better and bigger. Kids rooms should also be regularly de-cluttered, just like adult rooms.
Toy storageUse storage that is accessible to kids and that they can use. Floor-level storage and under-bed drawers are great options.
Use visual labels if your child isn’t old enough to read, and encourage them to take accountability for putting away their toys in the appropriate box or drawer.
Kid’s clothes storage
If possible, make the clothing organization system at a height kids can use. Also be aware that kids will be able to use drawers and pegs long before they have the coordination and height to handle clothes hangers.
Embrace the fact that this is a child’s room! Use vertical wall shelving to easily display some of your child’s most beloved possessions, like a doll collection or their favorite books.