Regular readers will know I recently wrote a blog about the new Scandinavian trend and how functional and stylish it is. Since then I’ve been thinking about my home and how I could add a hint of this cool, maximalist style to our decor.
I’ve come to the conclusion that to do this, I’ll need a solid base, which means having a good old-fashioned spring clean and me reorganising some of my rooms.
I’ve already transformed my living room – see my post ‘Spring changes in the living room: Gin Bar and Rug’ – and now it’s time to tackle the girls’ rooms.
To help me feel inspired, I’ve been chatting to Joy Richards, Sleep Specialist at Happy Beds, and getting her top tips for kids’ bedroom storage. Here is some of her advice.
Beds Aren’t Just for Sleeping In
Kids’ bedrooms tend to be quite small, yet they have a lot of ‘stuff’ in them, so maximising the available space is essential. Bunk beds are ideal for this, especially if your kids share a room. Opt for a bunk with built in shelving for a neat way for them to display their favourite toys, a clock, and maybe a bedtime story book or two, negating the need for a bedside table.
The Julian Bowen Domino bunk beds pictured are especially brilliant as they have a hidden feature you won’t see until bedtime – glow in the dark steps up to the top bunk! Your kids will love this cool, illuminating feature and it’ll allow you to rest assured they can safely climb into bed should the lights be turned off.
If you’ve no need for two beds, then why not consider a high-sleeper instead? These are essentially raised single beds with built-in storage beneath. They come in a huge variety of styles and configurations, but some of my favourites have both wardrobes and shelves as they really boost the amount of storage available.
Desks Can Have Hutches Too
However old your child is, a desk is an invaluable piece of furniture in their room. It’ll provide them with a dedicated place for them to do their homework each night after school, separate from the distractions of their toys and play area.
If you have a desk propped against a blank wall, a hutch top could by a stylish and functional addition. An alternative to the basic shelf, this over-desk storage expands the workspace upwards, providing plenty of space for books, stationary and trophies your kids may have won.
Make the Most of Corner Spaces
What’s currently in the corner of your kids’ bedrooms? In my experience, they typically become dumping grounds for piles of clothes, toys, or just general bric-a-brac that can’t fit in their wardrobe. Not very Scandi at all!
Whatever’s currently there, if it’s under-utilised, consider a corner unit.
I personally love corner dressing tables for teen girls as they really make the most of the available space thanks to built-in drawers and shelves. Plus, this make-up obsessed generation will love the big table-top mirror.
Do you have any top tips on maximising storage and spring cleaning kids’ bedrooms? I’d love to hear them.
For more bedroom inspiration and to shop their range of beds, visit happybeds.co.uk.