When it comes to kids and small spaces, they're a little less concerned about what items they own or are in their room. They've yet to solidify some of the living habits and preferences that we acquire as adults, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things that are nice to squeeze in if you have the space.
1. Sounds: Small spaces might not allow for things like a TV or video games, but a small MP3 player can be worth it's weight in gold. It can be a great way to get kids to sleep, keep them asleep or rock out when they're wide awake. If you use a source like Pandora you can just turn things on and let them play without worry of what might come on next!
2. Nice Bedding: When it comes to children, more often than not we're concerned about finding a cool pattern or print that brings our space together. Kids, like adults, enjoy a good night's sleep and it may be nicer to accomplish this on something a bit softer or even organic. Here are a few great places to start the hunt for bedding that fits that bill.
3. Comfortable Lighting: Great lighting in any room of your home makes it warm and inviting, but bedrooms suffer from some of the worst lighting in the home thanks to overhead fixtures. In small spaces you might not have room to put a bedside table to hold a lamp, but you can look to wall mounted options, rope lights or pendants. Likewise, installing a dimmer switch (or dimmer/touch lamps) is an easy and inexpensive fix, even if you rent, and can make a world of difference.
4. Fabulous Floor Coverings: It's easy to scoff at the price of rugs, especially when it comes to children's spaces. It's easy to think they'll just glue a Hot Wheel to it or spill a mid-day snack, so why bother with something higher end? Children more than adults react strongly to a difference in textures and a soft squishy rug is a great place to curl up and read a book, even if your home isn't large enough to house a full library or reading nook. Here are a few great rugs from the rooms of our readers.
5. Big Wall Art: When I was younger my walls were plastered with Teen Bop magazine pages, but truth be told, outside of my NKOTB obsession, I don't really remember who was up there. If I'd had a 4'x5' dog head on my wall I'm sure things would be a bit more clear. Big art looks amazing and makes a fantastic statement in small spaces. Splurge on something your kids will love and start their great sense of design early on. For inspiration, check out our roundup of examples of Big, Bold, Memorable Art in Kids' Rooms and our follow-up More Big, Bold, Memorable Art in Kids' Rooms.