As they grow from chubby-cheeked tots to young adults, children have evolving requirements for their bedroom. Versatile storage is the starting point for creating a room that grows with them. Here, we take one flatpack wardrobe unit, and then add and update the storage around it to suit a child's changing needs.
To create a welcoming space with a priority on play, there should be plenty of low storage, such as baskets and a toy chest, within easy reach of little hands. A novelty bed can do wonders for creating a child's sanctuary. Avoid a cluttered space by opting for a monochrome design, let the frame shape do all the talking.
For comfortable floor play, an easy-to-clean rug is ideal. Textured varieties won’t show stains as easily as flat monochrome rugs.
Bring in a desk for homework and crafts. Add higher storage – and more of it – for no-longer-little kids. We made this desk using a Flexi Storage Home Solutions 900mm x 350mm x 16mm shelf.
Open shelves are great for tweens to store favourite books and display items that reflect their personalities. You only need a few open shelves to get the look - too many can look cluttered and invite mess. Fill the rest of the shelving space with drawers to keep things organised.
Adjust the height of clothes rails in the wardrobe to suit smaller children. For ordered and clutter-free storage, choose fabric baskets to suit your decor and use them to group similar items. We painted the walls in PPG's Kaleidoscope to transition the room from an earthy-toned nursery to something a bit cooler.
This almost-adult room has personality plus, and includes a serious study set-up and maximum storage to minimise clutter.
To create this mature retreat, we painted the walls in a soothing yellow called Good To Go by British Paints. Complementing tones of green and brown were pulled into the space through storage baskets, potted plants, bed linen and decorative accessories to create a relaxed, beachy feel.
Tailor the accessories to suit your teen's style. We painted a white Verve Design ‘Chloe’ desk lamp in Dulux ‘Duramax’ chalk finish spray paint in Pink Splendour, and made hexagon pinboard tiles by cutting cork tiles to shape using a Stanley knife.
Try a custom timber bedhead. Check out our guide on how to make your own.