One of the most unexpected perks of being an interior designer is knowing when clients are pregnant before everyone else. :-) They want to be on my client schedule, but they're not yet ready to tell the world they're expecting.
One of my repeat e-design clients is expecting their second child, and they'd like their toddler and newborn to share a room. The challenge is that the room is quite small. All the more fun for me!
So what do you do when
your baby and toddler need to share a small space?
First off, I am a huge fan of two twin beds in a room. Even if there is only one child sleeping there on a nightly basis.
I love the idea of butting twin beds against each other: foot to foot.
The extra storage with the drawers below are perfect for a small space. Let's face it. Even if you're a minimalist parent, children seem to acquire more stuffed animals and stuff than we ever need.
For my e-design clients, it will be a twin bed plus a crib for at least two years. In this case, I like the bed pushed against the wall, length wise, like a sofa.
This room is obviously not small, but it has the same vibe of sofa bed and crib. The drapes in this room are spectacular.
This is one of my all-time favorite nurseries. There is a large white sofa (could be replaced with a twin bed) and a crib flanked by bookshelves. This provides the added storage and each child can 'own' a bookcase.
This plan is genius, in my mind. You use a twin mattress but with the upholstered headboard the length of the mattress. This gives you the look of a sofa with the glam of a large bed, while still saving space for the crib.
Can you tell I'm really in love with the sofa bed idea?
I am really looking forward to the challenge of creating this small space!
If you have children, do they share a room? Any room sharing tips I need to hear?
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