Large children’s rooms go from toddler to teenager

By the time they are 3 years old, most children are bathroom trained and can dress themselves, even if their tops and bottoms or left and right shoes don’t always match. This age is the perfect time to transition from the crib to the first large children’s room.

Every child is different, of course, but if he is still in the crib after 3 years, the child may climb on his own, posing a safety hazard. Three Houston-based interior designers — Katie Davis of Katie Davis Design, Hallie Henley Sims of Hallie Henley Design and Lindsey Herod of Lindsey Herod Interiors — have helped clients transition from the nursery to the large children’s room and have done so with their little ones. children.

Big kids’ rooms last through adolescence, and with proper planning, most of a room can remain the same throughout their childhood, simply refreshing the surface layer as they age. The three designers said they wanted furniture that fits toddlers and teens as well, and then adapted the storage, décor, and bedding to the kids’ tastes as they age.

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The basics

Orthopedics: A good bed, wardrobe, and maybe a chair or desk that takes them through the teen years.

Decoration: This changes with gender and age and allows children to express themselves.

Lighting: Children may like the air movement of the ceiling fan. Make sure they have bedside lamps and a task lamp on their desk or reading chair.

Storage: From baskets to containers with lids, they can keep toys, plush animals, Lego, and sticky mud right where they belong.

Presentation: Younger children need a shelf or bookcase for picture books. Favorite toys and Lego creations deserve their own basket or shelf. Let them show off their personality and artwork with a bulletin board or a pin board where they can hang things without putting tape or nails into the walls.

“Kids are always excited about it, and of course, the majority of girls have more opinions than boys,” said Sims, whose daughter Scarlett lives in a big girls’ room while Patterson’s son is still in his crib. “Soon we are going to make a room for a boy going to sixth grade. He helped pick the fabric and it was exciting to see how proud he was of his room and how it would work. Kids grow so fast. He will close his eyes and be in high school, so I have to be mindful that what we pick is not an event. Extremely “.

This means having a full or queen size bed with a cute wardrobe that will last their childhood. The bookworm will want a chair; Players or those doing homework or homework from their rooms will need a desk.

From there, it comes down to taste, gender, and budget.

For girls, it’s fairly easy. Purple, pink, rainbows, unicorns, and anything that has to do with princesses is loved by many. Boys are more into animals and dinosaurs before they become obsessed with Lego. The stylists said these might sound like gender stereotypes, but for the most part, that’s how it’s done.

“My daughter has an opinion about the artwork she makes and wants access to her toys and stuffed animals. I can have a nice base of furniture, treat windows and walls, and then give her the freedom to go into town with her stuff, so we have a bulletin board where she can put all her artwork and pictures of her friends “.

Children with their own rooms may get a full bed, a queen size bed, or a daybed with trundle – a second bed that slides down – and children sharing the same room may need twin beds to fit the room.

A larger family adds flexibility to the home if there is no dedicated guest room, Davis said. If grandparents visit, they can sleep in the older child’s crib and the child sleeps elsewhere.

“I don’t focus on the little drapery or the little things in the room. I really want the bed treatment, the wardrobe, and the window treatments to be a one-time investment—a 15-year investment,” Davis said. The leaves are white when they are in their teens.

Durability is one factor, so the three designers recommend performance fabrics or those with stain-resistant treatments for easy cleanup—even in homes where food and drinks aren’t allowed in the bedrooms. There is always something that can spill.

When floors are hardwood or tile, a plush rug allows for softer play on the floor. Even a thin cotton rug that is machine washable and can be replaced in a few years is a reasonable option.

Parents don’t need to break the budget on nursery curtains, especially if the color schemes, paint, and bedding will change in a few years. However, window blinds or blinds should be opaque to help young children sleep well.

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