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AllTheGlitters Thu 02-Feb-17 15:43:07

Posting for traffic smile

We have moved DD (17 months) into the biggest bedroom because we only have 2 bedrooms, and would like to keep the living room adult friendly (mostly).

Do you have any tips for making the best use out of childrens' bedrooms, like how to make them a bit of a special place? We go out plenty and she will starting nursery when she's 2 but I'd like to make it into a really cool play space.

So far we have put a tee-pee in there, a rocking horse, a table and chair to do activities on, and her usual toybox. Any ideas WRT toys/activites as well as maximising space??

BackforGood Thu 02-Feb-17 23:58:07

You've got several years before they are likely to play in there, I'm afraid. When they are little, they want to be where you are, and, generally, most parents kind of want to keep an eye on them when they are playing too.

We made our dcs' rooms special (we think) when they were babies, by putting a border on the wall and painting a big character (eg Winnie the Pooh) on the wall. The toys just evolve, depending on what they like. The brio railway was normally spread out across the biggest bedroom, but that was from about 6 years, I seem to think.

WeAllHaveWings Fri 03-Feb-17 00:03:49

Do people actually send their dc to their rooms to play instead of being in the main family rooms? I thought they only did that in soap land where the young actors couldn't be on camera for too long.

kel1234 Fri 03-Feb-17 00:06:49

We are currently decorating our son's room (he's not long moved into it despite being 17 months).
I don't want him to have any toys in his bedroom. He only plays in the living room.

IMissGrannyW Fri 03-Feb-17 00:11:23

display the art works on the walls.

MakeItStopNeville Fri 03-Feb-17 00:15:27

When mine were little, we only kept one toy box of toys in their rooms and then loads of books. They don't really play in their own rooms till they're older because they need a parent to be there.

Love51 Fri 03-Feb-17 00:19:21

If you have the space, one of those tables for a train track. We don't have the space, but the track has a big box and is set up often. Not at 17 months, but from 2 til starting school.
And blackout blinds. Best money I ever spent!

Love51 Fri 03-Feb-17 00:20:25

Oh yes, and a bookcase! Of course. Our kids share, and could do with a case each.

wobblywonderwoman Fri 03-Feb-17 00:22:32

You could paint part of a wall in blackboard paint

Haudyerwheesht Fri 03-Feb-17 00:26:47

Ds has just started spending time in his room. He is ten.

Dd (6) will sometimes play in her room whilst I'm upstairs too but usually she follows me around talking

That said, I do love dd's room. Ds has football posters and maps and flags up on the walls in his room so I don't love it so much!

Dd has fairy lights along the wall and bunting with her name on. A lot of her books are there too and non messy art things like sticker books and fuzzy felts etc - she does play with those in the mornings sometimes before were up.

She also has quite a few framed photos of her and her brother / us / friends dotted around the place and has a music player and room to dance.

She also has a big old fashioned wooden dolls house which tbh I love but she prefers her Barbie plastic monstrosity downstairs so I think we'll get rid of that.

AllTheGlitters Fri 03-Feb-17 00:33:52

Sorry, sorry, I should have clarified! Ofc it makes no sense looking at it from your POVs, sorry!

We live in a big detached house that has been converted into a ground floor flat and a maisonette. The kitchen is (weirdly) upstairs, as are the 2 bedrooms and bathroom. The living room is actually the garage and is a little cold, biggish but narrow, and just not that great to use practically.

As a result, we have a sofa and another TV downstairs but none of us are actually downstairs during the day when DD is awake. We simply have a stairgate and treat it like a one story flat, and can then go downstairs when she is asleep so we're not too noisy.

So as the bedrooms are our main living space and we spend all our time up their, we decided to give DD the big room and turn it into a kind of combined living area and bedroom all for her, hence why I want ideas to make it more enjoyable smile She certainly won't be left on her own to play or anything, I spend all day with her!

I love the idea of having a big chalkboard, and of having a place to put any artwork (if you can call anything a 17 month old does "art" grin .

AllTheGlitters Fri 03-Feb-17 00:36:22

Haudyer the fuzzy felt thing sounds amazing smile Is it like a sheet of felt that has little felt things you can stick to it? I haven't seen those in shops but I remember we had one in primary school!

AllTheGlitters Fri 03-Feb-17 00:37:16

p.s. I mean garage conversion, not a literal garage smile

AllTheGlitters Fri 03-Feb-17 00:40:07

Haudyer I'd gladly have the dolls house ha grin I had a beautiful one too, left it in a rented house in supposedly safe storage and we lost it sad devastated, want to get DD one too but think I'll stick to a basic one lest she break it and I have to relive the heartache...

Haudyerwheesht Fri 03-Feb-17 09:36:26

alltheglitters yes that's what fuzzy felts are - don't often see them not but ELC used to do them and Aldi do sometimes. My DC have both liked them. Another thing my Dd likes is using chalk pens on the floor to ceiling Windows. You can change the 'theme' based on time of year etc or else just let her scribble!

AllTheBabies Fri 03-Feb-17 09:41:04

To be honest my 6yo has very rarely played in her room even though we have made it into kiddie paradise. She has a cabin bed with a den area underneath (curtained off and decorated inside), a desk with all her craft stuff, bookshelves etc. It was freshly decorated for her with colours chosen by her. I think it's the nicest room in the house! It's really just used for sleeping though.

MiaowTheCat Fri 03-Feb-17 10:28:59

At the moment - it's a mess. New beds get delivered tomorrow so the furniture's been moved around in preparation for that.

They've only just started to spend time up there instead of being downstairs annoying me now they're turning 5 and 4 and I evicted their play kitchen up to their room having sat down on a bloody wooden birthday cake (with candles) that had been snuk onto my chair one time too many. They still have plenty of toys downstairs but the kitchen was doing my head in!

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