Deciding how to decorate your baby’s or children’s room can be tricky. That’s because it’s not all about creating a space that looks pretty – you’ve got to think about practical and safety elements too. But rest assured, there are loads of kids’ bedroom and nursery décor ideas you can draw on that will suit children from birth to their teenage years.
Buying nursery furniture
Looking for a general introduction to planning a nursery? Read our baby nursery ideas guide for some handy hints and tips. One of the first things you’ll need to do is decide what furniture you need. Make sure you measure the dimensions of your nursery before browsing for baby furniture, so you’ll know what fits in the space you have. If you’re new to buying cots, our cotbed guide may shed some light. For a classic, traditional design, choose a Sleigh cotbed – or for something a bit more whimsical, Winnie the Pooh cotbeds will add a playful touch to any nursery.
Kids’ desks and tables
For older children, beds aren’t the only concern. When kids are old enough to draw and colour, you’ll also need desks and tables for their bedroom. This Disney Pixar Cars Table and 2 Chairs for ages 3+ is ideal for art projects, tea parties or play time. Or if you’d like something a little more conventional, why not opt for this classic wooden table and chairs set.
And when they start bringing homework back from school, this classic study desk – which opens up to reveal storage for books and stationery – might be the perfect way to create a study corner in your kids’ bedroom.
Chairs and beanbags for storytime
It’s also important to make sure that your child has room to relax in their bedroom. Think about investing in a children’s bookcase and buying a few chairs and beanbags to create a library-like storytime corner in their room. This Thomas Cosy Chair is light and portable so can be moved around easily, while this Disney Frozen beanbag is great for flopping down on with a great book. For something with a little more novelty, try this kids rocking chair – though you may want to warn your child not to rock too vigorously!
Bedroom storage ideas
No kids’ bedroom would be complete without an array of fun toys. But the more toys you have, the more storage you’ll need to tidy them away at the end of the day. Look for storage that’s easy for your child to operate and fun-looking too – like this Minnie Mouse six bin storage – so tidying up feels a bit like playing. This pirate treasure chest toy box even doubles up as both a storage facility and a prop to be used at playtime.
For babies and older children, a more practical storage box might be more suitable. This wooden storage box in antique, for instance, has a very grown-up feel to it: perfect for mums and dads to use in a baby’s nursery, or for kids to feel a bit grown up.
Furniture isn’t the only consideration when decorating your kids’ bedroom or baby’s nursery. In fact – as in grown up living spaces – soft furnishings can give rooms a lovely, cosy feel. Our baby nursery guide has a few suggestions on how to add soft furnishings to a nursery without using quilts, fleece blankets and pillows, which can be dangerous for babies.
For older children, this pink polka dot butterfly rug will add a little style and warmth to a bedroom, while many a nine-year-old girl would love to have this One Direction crush fleece blanket to wrap around them.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a way to pep up a kids’ room without re-painting or wallpapering all four walls, think about hanging up some new prints and paintings. This Disney Frozen wallpaper mural, for instance, will add a fun touch to any children’s bedroom.