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Why Bedroom Design Will Change With Child Development

Aug 30, 2008
The decoration of a child's bedroom is vitally important. It is a place where children spend their formative years, from baby to teens and hence should be attractive, and in most cases will need updating throughout life. Beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers and cabinets will all be placed in the room, and the choice of these can make or break the aesthetics of a room. This is where bespoke furniture can be extremely worthwhile, creating a space that is practical, beautiful and child friendly.

Most childcare experts agree there are three major stages in development. When decorating a bedroom it is important to recognise and plan for these stages. Naturally in the first few years the room will be a nursery, with cots rather than beds, after this stage however the toddler needs a room that allows for the odd bump and fall without causing injury. Some bespoke furniture items will allow youngsters to have a 'den', bunk beds with drapes hanging form them are perfect for this purpose.

When a child is about six they reach their next stage of development. Naturally at this age childrens opinions on colour and even design are formed so including them in the decorating process can be fun and rewarding. Letting them be involved in the choice of bespoke items such as a pirate or princess bed can make the ideal room for play and rest. At this stage the important things to remember on the part of the parents is to include a large amount of storage space for toys and other items. Shelves and flat surfaces are also good to house ornamental items and prized playthings.

Adolescence is the final, and in many cases the most arduous stage of development. Bespoke items such as wardrobes are important in this stage for all of those clothes, especially in young girls, and certain furniture items should be able to accommodate items such as TVs, HiFis and games consoles. Additionally, ensuring there is extra seating should friends come over is advisable.

It is not only beds, wardrobes and cupboards that are important in childrens rooms. As previously stated storage is vital. In the early years drawers are more useful than hanging space, while little baskets to store socks and the like are also a worthy addition. In terms of window coverings during the early stages, having blinds that completely block light is a great way to create good bedtime procedure. As children get older however, patterned curtains and blinds can also be an attractive adornment. Bespoke handmade curtains can also bring a sense of style and elegance into rooms as children grow older.

Naturally as a parent, childrens safety is a major concern. Therefore it is important to make precautions such as tying away all cables and wires as these can be a serious tripping hazard. Near beds it is also important to use anti slip tape on the bottom of rugs to avoid falls, this will be especially important if on a hard flooring. If your bespoke furniture items are tall, securing them to the wall is advisable to avoid damage should children decide to climb them. And finally buying items such as socket covers, and plug-in night lights can prevent electrical hazards being a problem in the room.

Hopefully this information has given parents the most important factors to consider when choosing the bespoke furniture items and decor of a childrens room. With these pointers it should be possible to create the right bedroom for every stage of development.
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Design expert Thomas Pretty looks into why bespoke childrens beds can be considered a great addition in any bedroom.
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