Your child's bedroom should be a space where your little one can feel free to play and explore. But when you're trying to make your child's bedroom more fun, it can be challenging to know where to start.
There are many ways you can make your child's room more engaging, personalized, and vibrant, from investing in a loft bed with a desk to creating a draw-on wall to building a semi-permanent fort.
Loft bed with desk and bookcase
1. Invest in Coloring Wallpaper
What better way to stimulate your kid's imagination than letting them draw on their bedroom walls? You can purchase special wallpaper that is fully removable and reusable.
Spread and smooth this fabric along one or more of the walls, and your child can use this multifunctional paper as a blank canvas to fuel their creative expression. This type of wallpaper is easy to clean. Just wet a sponge in warm soapy water, wring out excess moisture and wipe down the wall.
Coloring wallpaper for kids
You can also mount a paper roller to the wall that offers a continuous fresh paper source for doodling. Tape the edge of the paper to the wall and cut out their picture after they're done.
2. Get a Loft Bed
Loft beds are ideal for children elementary school-aged and over. Young children feel like they're in a castle or tower when they climb up the ladder to go to sleep every night. Teen's can use the space underneath the loft to create a cozy place to relax.
Consider investing in a loft bed with a desk so that your child has a cozy study space, or in a loft bed with a slide, so they can't wait to get up and out of bed every morning.
High loft platform bed with desk
You could also cover the area beneath the bed to create a play area for your child. Use curtains to make an enclosed, partitioned zone where they can watch TV, read stories by flashlight, or cuddle up with their favorite comic or graphic novel on a row of plush cushions.
3. Build a Fort
All kids relish the idea of building their own fort with blankets, wooden chairs, and pillows, so why not create a permanent miniature citadel in their bedroom so they can play as knights, princesses, and dragons with their friends?
You and your child could turn their loft bed into an awesome blanket fort by draping some linen sheets over the edge of the frame and around the side of the bed to create a tent-like enclosure. Try putting up some twinkling fairy lights inside this tent to add to the ambiance.
Children playing in hovel at home
4. Create a Reading Nook
Studies show that reading aloud to children can have substantial benefits for their cognitive and linguistic functions.
In a world where more children are watching TV or playing on their tablets rather than engaging with a swashbuckling paperback, why not encourage your child to read more with a creative and cozy reading nook?
Reading nook for children
You can convert a wide window sill into a comfy reading space by adding a foam-topped window seat. If you want to create a more traditional vibe, opt for a darkened corner cabinet or wood-paneled set of shelves that lend your child's bedroom the magical feel of a secondhand bookstore. Get a Harry Potter-inspired music box to complete the look.
If your child sleeps in a loft bed, you could turn the space underneath into a dreamy reading den, filled to the brim with cushions and vibrant picture books.
5. Cater to Their Interests
One of the best ways to capture the imagination of your child is through catering to their passions. By making their bedroom a space where they can explore and fuel these interests, you encourage them to open up their minds and satisfy their curiosity.
If your child loves planes or trains, you can teach them about the joys and wonders of global travel with a large, framed, scratch-off map. You could invest in a model train set or buy a plane-shaped night lamp.
If your kid absolutely adores soccer, create a wall of fame where they can hang up pictures and posters of their favorite players. Get bedsheets that look like a soccer field, or invest in a soccer-ball-shaped bean bag where they can read books and look through their world-cup and soccer team albums.
Baseball reversible comforter set
A great way to engage your kids in low-tech play is with indoor games. Kids who love sports will enjoy table football, ping pong, air hockey, and indoor cornhole. You could also invest in a jumbo foam checkers or chess set, as well as an indoor bowling kit.
6. Set Up a Gallery Wall
Another great way to validate your child's creativity and talents is by setting up a gallery wall in their bedroom. This is a space where you can display your kid's work, serving as a reminder of how proud you are of them.
Gallery wall in kids' bedroom
Your child will love bringing home their artwork from school to display up on their gallery wall. If they don't enjoy art, consider other ways to show their achievements. Sporty children could bring home their team sheets, while musical kids might want to put up concert programs or print-outs of their favorite film scores.
This wall teaches your child to be proud of their achievements, boosting their self-confidence and encouraging them to continue following their dreams.
7. Provide a Movement Space
Active children are healthy and happy. A movement area in your child bedroom not only encourages your child to care for their body but makes their bedroom a more fun place to be.
For toddlers and preschoolers, an area equipped with a short indoor climbing frame, wobble board, or Pikler triangle helps them develop gross motor skills and coordination.
Elementary school kids and teens will adore an indoor rock climbing wall with various challenging paths to build strength and boost body confidence.
Playroom with climbing wall for kids
The Take-home Message
From creating a cozy reading alcove to building a semi-permanent fort, investing in specialist coloring wallpaper to making room for a personalized gallery, there are many things you can do to make your kid's bedroom more fun.
Helping to foster a fun and comfortable atmosphere in your child's bedroom fuels their interests and boosts their self-confidence, allowing them to thrive as they travel through their formative years.