Once your kids are out of the toddler stage and in school, their needs change. Suddenly, they are more responsible, can work and play unsupervised, like a bit of privacy, and have homework.
It's these differences we need to consider when coming up with bedroom ideas for updating their rooms. Gradeschoolers need a study area, room for their collections, and a hideaway so they can just "chill".
Here's a look at the growing needs - and wants - to consider when redesigning your gradeschooler's bedroom.
This is the age where a loft bed with a desk underneath would be a great space-saving investment. After all, you don't have to worry (so much) at this age about them toppling out of the top bunk and harming themselves.
But if a new combo desk/bed isn't in your family financial plan this year, simply make sure a flat surface is accessible. Then stock it with the essentials:
Organized collections make everyone look good, and gradeschoolers are no exception.
Gradeschool is the age at which you can begin both encouraging and corralling your kid's collecting tendencies by creating a place in which to house the elementary treasures of life. Start with the obvious:
From there, get creative:
Your only rules here are the items must be contained within the storage space, be it hooks, pegs, or push-pins, and easily reachable and expandable when used by your gradeschooler.
The cozy hideaway areas of your kids' rooms are easy. They're 99 percent imagination and 1 percent perspiration.
Usually no investment is required.
Maybe a popup tent in a far corner where he can keep favorite toys, whisper with friends, and even hide from the parents.
My 10-year-old has a homespun version: a bunk tent. Because she always sleeps on the top of her bunk bed, the lower bunk has become her secret hideaway.
It's covered all around with sheets - a perfect girlie haven. And it's here just in time to transition her to the more-space-away-from-Mom-and-Dad-is essential tweens.