When your toddler is ready for a big bed, it’s time to transform the nursery to a big kid’s room they can call their own.
We’ve created the Tidy Books 7 Top Tips to help you create a big kid’s room from your baby’s nursery decor:
A big kid’s room will need great storage ideas for your child’s growing toy collection, a children’s bookcase to give their books a good home for years to come, some comfy cushions or bean bags to relax in, and decor they will love.
1. Choose a neutral colour for the walls which will still look good in a teenager’s room. If you’re confident with colour, create an accent wall in a strong, gender neutral colour that will still meet their approval when they’re 13! Pep the walls up with fun and funky decals or wall stickers to give the room the wow factor you’re looking for. Opt for wall stickers which are easily removable, and update-able. It’s even more fun for your child to help choose which wall stickers they’d like for their big kid’s room.
2. Toddler beds are great if you don’t have much space and will last your child until they are about 5 or 6 years old. Other parents opt for a standard single bed which saves them buying another bed and another set of bedding again. Whatever you choose, make sure there is room for storage underneath the bed.
3. Do something with the old cot. If you’re handy, you could even try some of ideas from parents who’ve turned cots in to desks, sofas and even swings!
4. Toy storage. It’s the biggie. When the toys are strewn across the floor in minutes, you’ll need storage that makes it a doddle to put away at the end of the day. Look for baskets, tubs and boxes that come in varying sizes to accommodate toys in different sizes, and then can be stowed on shelves. Get your child get involved in the tidy up by taking a tip from day nurseries who mark each box with a picture to show what belongs where.
5. Add something extra special to make their room a kid-friendly place to hang out. This could be bean bags to lounge on with a book, flip out sofas for sleepovers, or paint a cupboard with blackboard paint so that your child can make their doodles part of the decor.
6. Books. Your child will need a place to store their growing library. Help them build their love of reading by putting their books easily within reach and at eye-level. They’ll be proud of their own collection. Try a Tidy Books Box for smaller collections of books which can be stored next to their beds, or choose a Tidy Books Bookcase for a home library that’s sure to grow!
7. Choose a bookcase that’s adaptable. The Tidy Books Bookcase comes with ABC lettered panels to help your child learn the alphabet easily, as they go along. Later on, you can order plain replacement panels without letters to give your Tidy Books bookcase a further lease of life as your child wants a more sophisticated look in their room.
What are your top tips for decorating your child’s room?