Create A Shared Bedroom That Kids Will Love

I shared a bedroom with three of my sisters growing up. Being the youngest of six kids, this was somewhat inevitable. I have fond memories of our midnight chats, smothered giggles and secret late night picnics. On the flip side, sharing a room meant absolutely no privacy or room to move.  We became fiercely territorial over imaginary boundaries between the beds and fisticuffs were par for the norm.

Whether it is out of choice or because space is at a premium, shared bedrooms are the reality for many children. It can seem daunting for parents who are having to accommodate different personalities, preferences and storage solutions into one (often small) space. Despite the challenges, there are ways of making it work.

Top tips for shared bedrooms:

  • Choose a neutral colour base for the ceiling, walls, floors and curtains. The cost of decorating, flooring and window dressings can often add up so you don’t want to have to be changing this too often. Think about using washable wall paint and keeping the colours neutral so that the skeleton of the room can evolve with your children as their tastes change.
  • Ask each child to choose their favourite colour and use this to accessorize. Bedding, cushions, wall art and accessories can all be used to give pops of colour to an otherwise neutral scheme and are easily interchangeable as children grow.
  • Create separate areas for each child, centred around their bed. Children need their own space to retreat to just as much as adults do, so creating definite spaces or zones will give them a place to call their own.
  • Bunk beds are always a favourite item as they take up less space and remove the kids out of eyesight of one another. If  your children are very young, this might not be appropriate.
  • Think symmetrical – what you do to one side or space, you should do to the other to create visual harmony.
  • Personalise each child’s space by allowing them to pick a theme for their area. Use this theme to choose similar accessories, with complimenting colours to furnish the room.
  • Think outside of the box when it comes to storage. Choose under-bed drawers and wall shelves to clear up floor space.
  • Consider investing in custom-built furniture that will continue to meet their needs as they grow. If you don’t have the budget for this then places like IKEA will provide reasonably priced alternatives that you can design and put together  yourself.

Do you have any tips for creating a lovely shared space for your children? Drop me a line in the box below – I would love to hear from you!


Picture Credit to Urbanara.




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  1. Julia
    June 19, 2016 / 09:04

    I think brother & sister in law have made an excellent shared room for their 2 sins aged 9 & 11!

  2. June 19, 2016 / 23:04

    Great tips love the idea of personalising each bed space. Your childhood memories sound wonderful it kind of made me wish I had shared a room! Lovely decor picks too 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Fi
      June 21, 2016 / 10:53

      I know, IKEA always saves the day in our house and they are so reasonably priced! x

  3. June 21, 2016 / 19:15

    Some really great tips here! 🙂 I have 1 girl and 2 boys – at the moment only our oldest has his own bedroom, but I think you gave me some really nice tips on how to do things once the little ones get their bedroom. 🙂 x

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  4. June 26, 2016 / 02:42

    I will never forget the years when my sister and I shared a bedroom, all the way through highschool in fact. The fights over clothes and imaginary lines were epic Now I have my kids sharing a room and I know all the good that will come of it. Their room is super tiny so the storage tip is right on. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  5. July 1, 2016 / 11:30

    Wow 4 of you in one room! Your poor parents trying to get you all to sleep! I’ve had to create a shared room in our holiday home and found it very hard. We rent it out so it has to be unisex and multi-age, and I’m still not happy with it. I’ve gone for a woodland theme with animal stickers, but still open to more inspiration. Thanks for sharing yours. #KCACOLS
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  6. July 1, 2016 / 13:15

    There are great tips, I never had to share a room, but I imaged it as a child being like a permanant sleep over haha. I love the idea of lots of storage – children always seem to need loads of storage space haha. #KCACOLS

  7. July 1, 2016 / 13:22

    Great tips Fi! I also used to share a room with my siblings when I was little. But then we were lucky to move to a bigger house and we all (we are 4) got a room each. It was heaven lol but I do miss those days when we were sharing a room too. It has its charm too. My girls shares a room at the moment although the eldest pretty much sleeps with us most of the time. Now that my youngest is nearly 2 years old and she has learnt to get out of the cot I have decided to do a whole change in their room. I’m ready to put some bunk beds and get more space for them to play. I have so many ideas at the moment but I have not decided yet what will be the final decision. So I have a lot to plan for now on! Thanks so much for sharing these helpful tips with us at #KCACOLS. Hope you can join us again on Sunday, 🙂 xx

  8. July 8, 2016 / 15:44

    I like your advice to create separate areas for each child if they’re sharing a room. Even if your kids are sharing a bunk bed, there’s plenty of ways to make their own area in a compact space. If done right, the top bunk can be its own little area, especially if there are shelves on the wall or similar features. However, like you mentioned, bunk beds should be reserved for older kids to prevent injuries.

  9. July 25, 2016 / 20:36

    I love these ideas, I have 2 boys with an age gap of about 7 years between them so I am working on a way for them to share a room and the ideas here are amazing thank you so much KCACOLS.

  10. November 23, 2016 / 11:47

    hey, your girl is so cute. well I have twins girls of age 6. I love your ideas.

  11. July 4, 2017 / 12:02

    Awesome post! Firstly thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Really, it’s so useful tips for new mom.I am using natural color for their bedroom. I have two kids and they have a bunk bed. I will try to organize and pretty design their bedroom. I’ve read so many amazing things about your article! Would love to have them for the bundle of joy I have on the way. Seriously thank you for all this awesomeness!
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