Many of us who have a small home also have fewer bedrooms. This can often mean kids sharing bedroom space out of necessity. Other families choose for their kids to share a room based on family values. Whatever the reason, sharing bedrooms between kids can present some challenging decorating obstacles. How to find room for sleeping and playing? Keeping organized? Shared closet space? Individual tastes in decor? Let’s face it, sharing kids’ bedrooms can set the stage for a whole house war. We have the shared space solutions for you! Inspiring ideas and a few great projects follow to help you create a great space for all your kids!

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Pottery Barn Kids has some great photos illustrating our first bit of advice… in a  small room, think about arranging first. The “L” shape arrangement of beds worked best for us, freeing up more floor space for kids fun. Parallel beds may not be practical in a small room. That having been said, older kids may insist on it, simply so they can have their own “side” of the room. But hey, they probably don’t need as much floor space as the younger kids, they are just going to strew their clothes all over it anyway… right?

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Have to put three kids in a room? Here’s a great idea for making that arrangement work… You could also put another nightstand at the foot of the middle bed (if there is room), to make all the spaces more separate.

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Here is another arrangement option…end to end! Notice how each girl has her own wallpaper, but it works because they are both the same color scheme. From Kidsomania.

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‘Home Stories A to Z’ made over their boys room, and the storage for the books is a really ingenious touch! Find out how to make their rain gutter bookshelves or tour the boys room reveal.

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Need to squeeze your kids into an awkward, converted space? These built in beds are a great idea for utilizing the space, and adding storage for each child, without taking up any more of the footprint of the room.

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Parents magazine has a great idea for settling the “separate tastes” debate… Choose two hues, and let each child have storage, bedding and accessories with their own special color! These walls are just masked off large squares above each bed, painted in the childs’ color.

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Need great inspiration on organizing a shared closet? ‘Organizing Home Life’ has its own shared kids room closet makeover!

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So no excuses! Get creative, make that space work, and best of all, make it a fun space!

Image Credits: Home Stories A to Z, Pottery Barn Kids, Kidsomania, Coastal Living, Parents Magazine, Organizing Home Life


 

13 Comments

  1. Ann July 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I love the “too small” bin in the last room. I’m going to do that!

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  2. Juliie February 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I love that idea in #7

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  3. Krystin February 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    What was used, in the first photo, between the heads of the beds?? Just a table of some sort? Or was something built specially for this space?

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    1. irma April 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      its an empty box of wood,,,, the same kind of wood from the beds

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  4. Alina May 9, 2015 at 6:36 am

    What is the colour of the walls and bedding in the first picture?

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    1. Kathy Woodard May 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      No idea, the photo is from Pottery Barn…

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  5. Mrs T August 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Any ideas on how the curtain was hung in yellow and blue room? I’d like to try that in my kids room. Thanks.

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 10:24 am

      If I was doing that, I would use one of those cable curtain hanging kits from Ikea!

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  6. Helen N November 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Where would I find these beds? This is perfect for my situation.

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Im sorry, its not our project so we don’t have that info… sorry we couldn’t be more helpful!

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      1. Kathy Severin January 5, 2017 at 4:14 am

        Hi – I love the huge “Sam&Jack” on the wall of one of your photos -what are they made of or where can I order the letters. I’m guessing they are abt 30″?

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        1. Kathy Woodard January 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm

          Im sorry Kathy, it isn’t our project so I have no idea… If you look at the credit with the photo, you might be able to find a contact! Good luck!

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  7. Allison December 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

    What is your secret to the second bed set? Just curious. :)

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