Rooms are usually designed and customized according to the needs of each family member. But when it comes to children, sometimes we get carried away by the design rather than also considering its functionality in order to help them in their development.
That’s why we, from awesome.club, we’ve put together 14 mistakes that are regularly made when planning children’s rooms and what to do to adapt them in the best way. Check out!
1. Not considering the child’s age
A child’s needs and tastes change with age. That’s why it’s important to take this into account when designing the children’s room. Meeting these requirements will have a big impact on their development, such as giving the child autonomy to reach for a toy. Even assigning her responsibilities, such as putting away her things and keeping the place clean, can help her develop her personality.
2. Choosing the wrong wall finish
As matte paint is less durable, it is not recommended for children’s rooms, due to the constant contact of the little ones with the wall. You can use a satin finish instead, as it’s more durable and easier to wash—ideal when kids touch the walls a lot or use them to unleash their creative side.
3. Choosing the wrong curtains
It is important to get used to sleeping in the dark, as this is how the body produces a hormone called melatonin, responsible for regulating the rhythm of wakefulness and sleep.
If the curtains in the bedroom allow light to pass through at night or during a nap, melatonin production will be lower, so our children may have sleep problems. For this reason, look for more suitable curtains. Some options are: blackout, which leaves everything in total darkness and keeps the room cool; blinds that “disappear” during the day and let in sunlight; and the roman blind, which can be raised or lowered to control the entry of light.
4. Not taking advantage of the space under the bed
Very rarely do we consider the space located under the bed when arranging the bedroom. But we can take advantage of it to store boxes or drawers with shoes, clothes, toys, sheets, etc. This way we avoid occupying another piece of furniture, whose space can be used to store other things.
5. Not using your wardrobe to the fullest
While your child’s personality needs to be considered here, removing the wardrobe doors will help keep everything close at hand and make the room feel larger.
Another option is to move the chest of drawers into the wardrobe or use storage bins. This way it is possible to take advantage of the space under the hanging clothes, leaving more space available in the room.
6. Place adult furniture
There are times when we parents think ahead when planning our children’s bedrooms. We buy durable furniture, such as a chest of drawers, a bookcase, an armchair, etc., but we forget the importance of making the room suitable and safe for children.
Choosing Montessori furniture, designed according to the child’s height, will increase their autonomy and safety, as their free access will make them experiment and discover their own space.
7. Too many toys
It is not recommended for children to have too many toys, as this can lead to certain problems, such as the desire to always have more, frustration at not getting what they want, tendency to give more value to material things, among other situations. But if you already have a lot of toys, they don’t need to be in one place. They can be scattered around the room on shelves, corners or boxes, leaving only a few visible.
8. Not using the visual resource when organizing
Adding images and symbols to label boxes or drawers for clothes, for example, will help the child not only to have everything better organized, but also to help them relate what is inside with what is indicated outside, learning in a playful way. If you already know how to read, you can complement with words, so that the little ones can practice.
9. Do not use the wall
Regardless of the size of the room, placing shelves can go a long way in keeping the room organized. This will avoid excess furniture and the floor will be free for the child to have space to develop.
10. Not recycling materials that may be useful
Recycling has many advantages, including care for the environment and home economy. Therefore, creating furniture or crafts with recycled materials will allow the child to become familiar with the subject and know its importance.
11. Leave no room for creativity
During childhood, acquired experiences influence brain development and creativity. That’s why it’s important to offer children a space where they can stimulate their imagination and creativity, because, let’s be honest, sooner or later they’ll find a way to do that (even if it means using the walls as a canvas).
12. Do not put a mirror
A safe (unbreakable) mirror fixed to the wall at floor level is a practice recommended by the Montessori method, as it activates curiosity and motivates the little ones to work on skills that benefit their emotional and motor development, such as coordination, hand and foot movement. feet, crawling, sitting, standing, attention span and self-recognition, use of language and gestures, etc. All this will develop in accordance with the age of the child.
You can choose which mirror to use, considering whether the child will be alone or accompanied. The main thing is to ensure its safety, so some measures must be taken, such as: fixing it to the wall, covering the edges with a cloth, having a plastic frame or even supervising it while the child plays, then taking the mirror out of reach.
13. Too Much Noise
Both for a baby, who can wake up with any noise due to being a light sleeper, as for a slightly older child, used to noise and who enjoys any activity involving noise, soundproofing or acoustic isolation can be the best solution. It is possible to insulate the noise from the inside out or vice versa or in both cases.
14. Limit your space to the bedroom only
If the room is small, not everything necessarily needs to fit there; you can also consider preparing a free space in the house to be the child’s playroom. Thus, in both places she will have greater mobility and comfort.
What was your favorite place in your room when you were a kid? What would you like to have known before designing your children’s room?
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