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Tips for designing a bedroom fit for kids

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Children that are ready to have their own bedrooms deserve a well-designed space customised for them. They also need a proper space that suits their needs as they grow.

Involve your child

Although mum (or dad) may know best, it is also important to give your child a sense of ownership of the room. Let them express their personality and creativity. This can encourage them to take responsibility for their personal space.

Design for function

Child’s Bedroom
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Zone the spaces in a room accordingly, so the child can learn good studying, playing and sleeping habits.

 

Help your child establish good working and sleeping habits with proper zoning in the bedroom according to function. Provide a proper space for studying, with a working desk away from the bed. This reduces the temptation to study on the bed.

The play area should also be separate from the sleeping and studying area, so toys and other items won’t clutter up spaces meant for resting or concentration.

Consider installing an air conditioner like the Electrolux Viva Grande, whose intelligent I Feel technology automatically adjusts the temperature and fan settings for optimum comfort. The air conditioner also improves the air quality with bacteria-killing plasma technology, making the room a healthier environment to live in.

Set the lights right

Child’s bedroom 2
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Ensure the bedroom has good lighting, with natural sources of light.

A child will perform many activities that may strain their eyes, such as studying, reading or using the computer. So proper lighting to protect their eyesight is important. Ceiling lighting with a dimmer is the safest and most practical for a child’s room. This way, the lighting can be adjusted for the activity.

For younger children, consider a night light within reach from the bed if they have problems sleeping alone at night.

Ensure safety

Curious children will get into anything and onto every surface, so consider furniture that is safe for children, as well as their placement. Ensure furniture in the room have rounded rather than sharp edges, and try not to place any close to a window that can be opened.

Also consider investing in socket covers, furniture with slow-closing hinges or corner protectors to reduce the risk of injury from accidents.

Design for versatility

Childrens’ needs and likes will change as they grow, so look into furniture that can either be multifunctional or easily replaced. An example of multifunctional furniture could be a bunk bed that can be converted into a loft bed depending on the need for space. As a guideline, you may need to redo the bedroom every five years to suit a child’s evolving needs and personality until they reach their early teens.

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