10 "Somethings" Every Child's Room Should Have

10 "Somethings" Every Child's Room Should Have

Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 24, 2011

When it comes to designing children's rooms, there are no rules. But we still have some suggestions for elements to include to make a child's room a place for comfort, discovery, play and memory making. Here are 10 "somethings" for every child's room:

1. Something To Sleep On: A bed is pretty basic - but make their bed soft, warm and inviting and you can bet they'll spend more time on it and in it than just sleeping.

2. Something That Glows: Overhead lights can be so harsh, especially if you're trying to get little ones to sleep! A night light or twinkle lights can bring much comfort and warmth. Even a flashlight to read under the covers with is a plus!

3. Something That Tells Time: Even if they can't tell time yet, a clock can help children understand and follow a daily routine.

4. Something To Snuggle With: For some it's a blanket, for others it's a stuffed animal but something soft to hug, hold and snuggle can bring a lot of comfort to a child.

5. Something To Read: Books feed children's imaginations and nourish their minds. Make them accessible and lead by example and you will have a lifelong reader.

6. Something Handmade: Although this might not be at the top of everyone's list, a handmade item in a child's room is putting a bit of family right there with them. Don't forget to include things they make as well!

7. Something To Question: Include something to intrigue a child, make them curious about life or nature or just the way something works.

8. Something To Take Pride In: It might be the pine wood derby car they made in Boy Scouts, a macaroni necklace they made, or a certificate of outstanding school attendance, but either way, having something they made themselves, won or achieved is a great thing to display.

9. Something With Color: Even if you love a neutral room (we do too!), add a bit of color. A color rich pillow, blanket, chair or rug draws the eye and is a reminder that life with kids is just more colorful.

10. Something They Chose: It's easy to get caught up in decorating a space for your kids without any input. When they're old enough, try letting them pick out a few items and allow them to help create their own space. They may be more intuitive than you think - though they might need a little adult guidance.

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.24.2011 - CM

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