Whether it’s bunk beds or a shared safe space where siblings build character, what can go wrong and what is just right?

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A shared bedroom is a great way to facilitate the process of growing up for kids. It’s a place where they can separate from their parents and be independent but still feel safe and secure. To create a shared bedroom for kids, you must first determine what space you have available to work with, how much natural light there is, and what each child needs from the room. Once you’ve established these details, you can begin thinking about the decor, furniture, lighting, etc. Here are some things to remember when designing your child’s shared bedroom.

Create a neutral base

The first thing to do when designing a shared bedroom is to create a neutral base. You want to create a space where both children can feel comfortable without having to make it ‘their’ room in the traditional sense. It’s essential to include neutral tones and soft colors that will not be too overpowering. Keep the walls light and perhaps add a splash of color as a piece of artwork or colored curtains. You can add splashes of color through cushions and throws or accessories like lamps. Choose a rug that can be easily cleaned or replaced if necessary. 

Use furniture to create individual areas within the room.

Although you want to create a shared space, you can still use furniture to create individual areas within the room. Furniture like bookshelves, desks, and work spaces can be placed in a way that allows the room to be separated, affording them all more privacy. Room dividers and curtains can also work well for this.

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Have bunk beds

Bunk beds are ideal for smaller rooms or free up space for more floor space for play or extra furniture such as desks. Bunk beds come in double or triple bunk beds, but there are more options you can choose from, such as loft beds or mid-sleepers if your children prefer not to have bunk beds.

Allow personalized touches for each child.

Even though you want to create a neutral and comfortable space for both kids, you can still allow for personalized touches. You can do this in a few different ways. From hanging pictures to choosing their favorite designs for each side of the room to including elements they personally enjoy, you can work with your children so that despite them being in the same room, they each feel like it is their own space.

Choose functional storage

Shared bedrooms can get cluttered quickly, especially if two kids share the space. A great way to cut down on clutter is to choose functional storage. This can include adding more bookshelves to hold books and other things like toys when they are not in use, adding more drawers and shelves to store clothes and other items, or adding a few pieces of furniture that offer storage. Adding a few wall shelves can also make the most of vertical space. You can add shelves to hold books, toys, clothing, and other items. You can also add a bulletin board or corkboard to the walls to display photos, artwork, and other things the kids like.


A shared bedroom can be a great way to encourage a better bond between your children; however, paying attention to the small details to still allow your child their independence and autonomy will help you to create a space everyone loves.


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