Renovating Different Rooms for Children as They Age

It can be hard to decide what to do with areas of the home that are used by kids. You want the space to suit them, but you don’t want it to become too outdated too fast as the kids grow up. You’ll want a design concept that is easily modified for changing needs and interests. Dimension Design-Build-Remodel offers tips for renovating different rooms for children as they age.

Bedrooms

As children grow up, their bedrooms change in predictable ways. The furniture is at the heart of the room’s functionality – from the nursery crib and changing table, to a toddler bed and toy box, to a twin bed and game table, to a full- or queen-size bed and homework desk.

Décor should be temporary and replaceable. To avoid regrets later, say no to wallpaper, and choose affordable paint brands and window treatments, as they are subject to change.

Worthwhile upgrades for kids’ bedrooms include…

  • A dimmer switch for more comfortable lighting.
  • A high-quality mattress for better sleep.
  • Wood flooring for easy cleaning.
  • Chalkboard paint for artistic kids and organized teenagers.
  • Storage solutions like closet organizers, under-bed storage, and dressers and bookshelves that appeal to any age.
  • Convertible furniture, such as cribs that become toddler beds, changing tables that convert to bookshelves or desks, and chairs that pull out to beds for sleepovers.

Safety considerations for younger children’s bedrooms consist of…

  • Securing freestanding furniture to the wall.
  • Avoiding window treatments with cords, or putting the cords out of reach.
  • Covering electrical outlets and power strips.

Bathrooms

What makes a child’s bathroom different from an adult’s? While many adults need only a shower, children’s bathrooms should typically include a bathtub. We recommend taking extra precautions for safety and using materials that are durable, stain-resistant, and non-slip.

Also, a child’s bathroom will focus on height considerations. Lower counters are an option, but stools are a more reasonable choice for children who will grow. Things children will need – towels, toilet paper, bath toys, etc. – should be accessible with lower storage. Also, do not choose a toilet that is any taller than standard height.

Worthwhile upgrades for kids’ bathrooms include…

  • Motion sensor lights.
  • A timer for the ventilation fan.
  • A self-closing toilet lid.
  • An extra-large sink with overflow protection.

Safety considerations for younger children’s bathrooms involve…

  • Temperature control valves, and faucets with separate handles for hot and cold.
  • High storage for medicine, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.
  • Grab bars, non-slip mats, and slip-resistant flooring.
  • Toilet lid locks.

Playrooms

It could be a spare bedroom, an unused living room, a basement, an attic, or even a treehouse. A “playroom” is any recreation area that transforms with a child’s needs and interests.

Just like with the bedroom, the wall color is something you can change as needed, so it’s okay to let children choose the look that appeals to them. For parents looking for a color that will work for many years, stay away from anything too babyish (pink or baby blue) or too bright (magenta or turquoise). Then save the bold colors for accents like rugs, pillows, and window treatments.

We recommend focusing on materials that are easy to clean, such as wood floors, polyester drapes, semi-gloss paint, and microfiber furniture.

From baby blocks to video game consoles, the recreation activities will change over the years, but comfort is universal. You’ll want a space with cozy chairs for people of all sizes, plenty of blankets and pillows, poufs, and storage ottomans. Whether you embrace natural light or go for a dark home theater, Dimension Design-Build-Remodel can help.

Are you ready to renovate different rooms for children that will change with them as they grow up? To get remodeling ideas customized to your home and budget, set up an appointment with Dimension, Design-Build-Remodel today by calling 262-402-6602 or complete our contact form.