Three ways to make kids rooms feel bigger than they are
STUFF. We all have a lot of it, it’s just that some of us sort it better than others, especially when it comes to kids rooms.
And by sort, I mean hide.
But, I’m here to tell you that there are some sneaky ways you can make a room seem a little more spacious.
This is going to seem ridiculous, but leave two corners in the room unfilled if you can. I like to keep them diagonally apart but that will depend on the room layout of course.
That doesn’t mean you can’t use those spaces!
Just don’t be tempted to shove things into the corners to clear space in the middle of the room (that’s exactly what I used to do).
It’s almost like a natural instinct to push a shelf into the corner, or a toybox.
While you can’t reeaaallly leave a shelf in the middle of the room, you can pop a toybox at the end of a bed, or next to a bed or even smack bang in the middle of the room.
This gives the space a sense of purpose. By cluttering the walls and corners with things in our frantic effort to tidy, all it tends to do is close the room in.
Don’t be tempted to use ALL the walls when laying out your furniture. Sometimes by putting furniture on opposite sides of a small room, you are actually closing it in even more.
By using one main wall as a home to the bed and desk (or whatever), what you’re doing is creating a sense of space on the other side of the room.
Make your furniture work smarter, not harder.
This means you may not necessarily need a bedside table, a shelf and a desk.
Instead you could have a desk with shelving above it, that also doubles as a bedside.
Toyboxes can have two purposes, too. Of course, toy storage. But by choosing a well proportioned box, you can think about adding a cushion to the top.
Toybox turns into a reading nook – easy.
Don’t forget that your space goes UP the walls, too.
Using wall mounted desks and floating shelves clears space on the floor, while drawing the eye up and away from the minimal floor space.
Other options are to use wall mounted cube shelves instead of a bedside table, hanging lights rather than a desk lamp etc.
Just because the room is small, doesn’t mean it can’t have areas with a purpose.
I know I spoke about putting things next to each other rather than trying to spread it out across all the walls.
The truth is, you can create zones by using tricks like a small, round rug under the desk chair, and another near the toybox as a play zone.
Clever use of wall prints with typography or images can also help divide up what happens where in the room, giving the impression that the room gives maximum bang for buck.
Keeping like with like not only helps to zone the space, it may even help your child know where stuff goes.
That’s a complete long shot, but I’m forever the optimist.
Feel free to message me your room images on Insta for some advice on creating a sense of space!