You know me, I love to champion kids rooms, I really don’t want them forgotten about.  We spend so much time on decorating our social spaces and bedrooms tend to get left behind.  When my eldest two were born, kids rooms used to be all about the coordinating bedding, wallpaper borders and possibly curtains if you were lucky; that’s essentially how Henry, Fred and Felicity started as I wanted more for my boys rooms…

10 years on and a lot has changed, not least the decor, soft furnishings and bedding that can be bought for a child’s room.  The variety and choice is just fantastic, and for as little as you want, or as much as you want, you can now create a room your kids will love and can’t wait to show off to their friends!

I know there is the argument that a bedroom should be a restful place, purely for sleep; however nowadays more often than not bedrooms double up as playrooms, while space is premium; and even if not, calming and restful does not mean boring and bland.  So the key is to design a magical space that is not only there to aid sleep but also creates an environment that encourages play and development.  Beds are a vital part of the room obviously, but that doesn’t mean we should just ‘buy a bed’ and design a room around it.  Such an expensive purchase to me means that some real thought should go into it and how it will develop with your child, look in the room, as well as work as a place to sleep.  Here are my top 10 choices…

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I adore these Noah pods from Clair De Lune, I really wish they had been about when my boys were little as would have loved one.  For me now though they are bang on trend, perfect for the natural, greenery look that is so cool right now.  Imagine Botanical wallpaper (Lisa Dawson Styling had some fab examples in her blog last week), Macrame wall hangings (Dhavi Designs are lush), neutral tones and bringing the outdoors in to your little ones room.

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The simplicity of this Flexa Play Cot from Diddle Tinkers is beautiful.  Available in 4 colours, the white and grey are my favourite.  Perfect if you are a fan of the minimalist scandi style, imagine monochrome, washed floorboards, and lots of natural light.

3. Camper Van Bed

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Imagine the adventures your little one (and their friends) can get up to in this bed! Handmade to order by www.funfurniturecollection.co.uk and painted at your request, there are other beds to choose from including army tanks and a London bus; but this is my particular favourite, especially for a beach loving surfer dude…

4. Princess Palace Bed

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Now when I was young I would have killed for a bed like this!  Perfect for your little princesses and/or Frozen fans.  However i’m thinking Harry Potter, you could have a field day with this and I know plenty of peeps who would love.  Go check out Dreamcraft Furniture for more details and also some of their other amazing beds.

5. KURA Reversible Bed

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I wish I’d seen this when I decorated Samuel’s room as I’d have bought and painted the pine black to match his room.  This Ikea bed is not only very reasonable, but also very versatile too, once constructed you can choose to have as a low bed (as shown) or simply turn upside down to create a high bed.  Perfect for whatever stage your little one is at.

6. STUVA Loft Bed

I love this STUVA loft bed from Ikea, so fantastic for a smaller room, tight on space.  Henry is desperate for it, but so not part of his Anime/Japanese theme room; however I haven’t broken it to him that his brother may well get… #ssshhhh So many combinations to make the perfect space for an older child!

7. Pirate Ship Bed

For every pirate loving kid out there, this is like the Little Tykes Pirate Bed on steroids, imagine the years of joy this would bring any child.  This Pirate Ship bed comes with built in features that you would expect to see on any great vessel of the sea such as the custom built sail, trap door, anchor, skull and crossbones, boat wheel with play area and a wooden grain style finish. This bed is full of realistic features and hand painted areas that gives this bed a beautiful genuine pirate ship feel.

8. Treehouse Bunk Bed

As seen used by many a celebrity, this fantastic Treehouse bed is suitable for toddlers who have outgrown their cot or junior bed, and are ready for something special. The Treehouse bed from Mathy by Bols is part of a collection of treehouse beds, some being double bunk beds, and others being single raised beds.

The only issue I can see if you choose bunk beds is who gets to sleep on top!

9. Tent Bed

Continuing with award winning designer Mathy By Bols, comes the Tent Bed.  The Mathy By Bols Tent bed was a best seller through 2016, and is a great idea for a bedroom or playroom.  Create all sorts of adventures under the night sky (albeit one created indoors) with this fabulous bed; i’m thinking Navy walls and ceiling, glow in the dark stars, a feature wall with landscape, you get my drift…

10. Plane Toddler Bed

Last but by no means least is the Argos toddler Plane Bed.  For less than £200 Argos do an amazing range of wooden toddler beds, including a fire truck, doll house and dinosaur.  But this Plane bed really caught my eye.  In a beautiful dusky blue, with a secret storage compartment and a working propeller this would look great in any boy or girls first ‘big kid’ room.  But in my opinion, stay away from the matching furniture!

It really is up to you, but I think every child deserves a special room and I hope the above has inspired you for your own children’s bedrooms and just what can be the start of something special.

If you have already designed/styled your childs rooms then i’d love to see so please feel free to tag me on any IG posts with #howfelicityfinds or share on my Facebook page with the same hashtag.

Enjoy,

Fay x