Whether you got triplets when you were expecting a singleton or you’ve had to downsize your home due to financial issues, trying to make a small bedroom work for multiple children can be a challenge. Here are some ideas to make the most of your available space.
Use All of the Space
A hanging pot rack can be safely anchored to the ceiling and used to store toys. Rolling carts that fit under the bed can give you storage for out-of-season clothes. A series of pegs on the back of the door can be great for storing hoodies, jackets and overalls. If the room has a closet, line it with plenty of shelving and use the overhead shelves for long-term storage. Look for clever furniture that offers up a lot of useful space. Don’t waste space with furniture that eats floor space or leaves too small of a gap beneath it to be useful.
Consider Bunk Beds and Loft Beds
Bunk beds for kids have come a long way since the rickety, scary setups of decades past. Now, top bunks come standard with safety rails and the construction is rock-solid. For three children, there are even models with a twin-sized bed over a full-sized bed. In a truly tiny room for a single child, a loft bed can be a great way to use vertical space and still allow room for a desk and a bed. Many children love to ‘nest’ in such beds. Kids who prefer their privacy may also like a curtain to give them their own space.
Consider an Alternate Play Area
If the bedroom is really small, consider using it for sleeping and clothing storage only. If you have a den or finished basement to use as a playroom, then it will be easier to forgive the cramped sleeping quarters. A sun porch or even half of the garage can also be great alternatives in warm climates. If you have a finished attic, consider turning it into a play area or a study space for older children who need to get away from the noise of their younger siblings.
Dealing with limited space takes some creativity. By keeping these tips in mind, you can outfit a great bedroom for your kids without a lot of clutter. Your children will appreciate your efforts, which will also keep bickering and fighting to a minimum in cramped quarters.