When you have a child, you want him or her to fall in love with the home environment. It's meant to be a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable place, and you'll always be glad down the road if you can help your child develop positive associations with "home." A lot of that just comes down to family activity and familiarity. But you can also make the home extra special for your little one by making a few fun changes to his or her childhood bedroom.
Generally, the best changes you can make are representative of a child's particular interests. For example, if you have a young one who's obsessed with the Harry Potter universe, you might stock up on Gryffindor-coloured bedsheets and other props; wallpaper design site Wallsauce even has some prepared Harry Potter murals you can have put on the walls, if you want to go a little bit overboard! But for some broader ideas that can apply to a lot of young children, consider the suggestions below.
1. Replace Furniture With Animals
Not all the furniture, of course. But putting in a few giant stuffed animals instead of small chairs, beanbags, or even extra pillows can be a lot of fun for a young child. If it's your first go around, you may be shocked just how attached a kid can become to a favourite stuffed animal or two. It's a fairly straightforward idea, but looking through the selection of oversized stuffed animals at Stuffed Safari, you can start to get a feel for how much fun it can be. Turning a corner of your child's room into a stuffed animal zoo pretty much can't go wrong.
2. Build Special Shelves
Shelves may not sound like the most thrilling extras for young children, but there are a few things to consider. First, by building in some lower shelves, you can give even a young child access to his or her own storage; second, you'll be teaching organisation at an early age; and third, he or she will need a place for books, trinkets, and possibly even trophies in the not-so-distant future! Shelves aren't so hard to install either, though you'll want to do a professional job of it. The most common mistake is probably putting them in crooked or haphazardly, which is one reason levelling tools have become such popular additions to home toolkits. The layout of tools at Screwfix now includes a whole range of measurement and levelling products that you can look through to find out what you may need—and then it's pretty much just down to wood, screws, sanding, and painting!
3. Provide A Secret Space
I know, this doesn't necessarily sound like a parent's favourite idea, and to some extent the idea of your young child enjoying too much privacy is unsettling. But we're just talking about a little nook here where your child can curl up to read, play pretend, etc. Kids like spaces like these—just think of the timeless tradition of building "forts" out of sheets and you'll know what I mean. By setting up a special corner of the room as a sort of hideout. you'll be turning the room into a much more fun environment. It could be a small tent, a converted closet, or even a little secret room built into a corner, if you really want to go for it.
4. Let Your Child Paint (Or At Least Choose The Colour)
Nothing wins you more cool parent points than letting your child paint his or her own room—even if that just means the child does a few brushstrokes and you come in later to finish the job. It fosters a very fun sense of creativity and independence, not to mention your child can pick his or her favourite colour and adore it for years to come! Then again, you don't want to get too wild with this, or have your child paint something he or she will probably grow out of in a few years' time. The home and lifestyle site House Beautiful has a nice slideshow of colours deemed ideal for growing kids, so starting with that selection and letting your child pick might be the best route to take.
Again, it's usually best to simply listen to what your child wants when trying to make the bedroom a fun, special place. But these are a few general ideas worth considering for the same purpose.