Table of contents:
- Business games before moving into the sibling room
- Double Lottchen
- Double beds in the sibling room
- Bed landscape
- Speaking of light
- Divide the sibling room
- Covered desks
- Bunk beds in the sibling room
- Play walls as partitions
- Decorate the sibling room with paint
- A color recipe for harmony in the sibling room
- Separator in the sibling room
- Mark common play area
- Divide sibling room with border hangers
Video: Sibling room: This is the best way for two children to share a room
Setting up a sibling room requires special skill, since living together is often a tricky thing. The sibling room should be designed and furnished so that everyone feels comfortable.
As a rule of thumb, if siblings usually get along well, the sibling room can be divided into common sleeping, work and play areas. If two do not get along so well, each child gets its own territory with bed, table and playground to prevent conflicts. Once this fundamental question has been clarified, we can start.
Business games before moving into the sibling room
Before children move into a sibling room, it helps to move furniture back and forth on paper.
To do this, you draw the floor plan of the room to scale, mark the window, door, radiator and so on and cut out all the furniture that should be in the children's room from paper or cardboard on the same scale. So you can already see whether two writing spaces fit near the window, whether the large wardrobe is so that all users have easy access. Many questions are easily decided on paper: here we set up the beds, the bookshelf fits into the niche, and there is space for the play tent next to it.
In the mini double room, there is little space for two tastes and interior experiments. The best way to set up a room like this is bright and very symmetrical with furniture in double design: For example, one bed is placed on the left of the window, the other on the right, the two same bedside tables next to each other in the middle. Symmetry makes the room clear. Not everything has to look the same: "Twin furniture" can be decorated differently: Where sunflowers shine on one bed, small palace guards on the other side defile on the bars (bed frames "Sunflower" and "Grenadier" in many colors, from Iron Bed Company). Favorite stuffed animals, pictures with the preferred motifs of both children, bed linen with different designs in the same color also show where whose realm is.
Children feel good in society and fall asleep more easily. And before that, they can tell a lot or read together.
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Double beds in the sibling room
Not only adults like to cuddle in a double bed: children enjoy being close to each other while falling asleep and waking up as well. Until the light is switched off again, two beds pushed together offer a four-square-meter play area: for example, if you mount a tree trunk as a mast and a rope ladder next to the bed and hoist the sail and flag, the little pirates will be happy about their sleeping ship.
Incidentally, double beds also fit into small spaces: the tandem bed (from the "Mobile" program by Team 7) gives children two square meters more to play with during the day, because a bed parks under their 53-centimeter-high twin until it is rolled out and opened in the evening - is child's play thanks to automatic lifting. Both can stand alone and as a double bed.
Such a climbing and bed cave landscape makes children's hearts leap. And also astonishes parents who are rich in children but not in rooms: The "Grand Canyon" (from Woodland) offers space for four children in just six square meters. The upper levels can optionally only be used for playing. If a very small child is to sleep in a lower bed, protective grilles can be attached all around.
Not only children get big eyes with such a bed landscape.
Speaking of light
In order to prevent arguments in the evening, it is worth buying a pair of sleeping glasses or a book lamp: one child reads, the other can sleep. It is worth thinking about the subject of light in the children's room.
Divide the sibling room
In the sibling room there are sometimes small crises, but the advantages of living together outweigh: In society, children feel comfortable and fall asleep more easily. And before that, they can tell a lot.
But what if siblings dream of their own room and there is only one room in common? Parents convince their offspring with a furnishing concept that divides the room so that everyone can continue dreaming in their retreat. Large rooms allow freedom of design: the beds can be lined up or stacked, they can be opposite or opposite.
Desks can be placed under bunk beds and every child can sleep upstairs.
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The sibling room is too small to advantageously place two beds and two work tables? A bunk bed is needed! Both children want to sleep upstairs. They should: Two loft beds are set up, and there is space for a desk under each. Just like in the picture: Lukas also relaxes during the day on his original hanging bed, which his father built for him, and which covers Lukas' workplace. If the lighting conditions are unfavorable, you can store wardrobes or a beanbag and shelves. The main thing is that both siblings have their own “maisonette apartment”. If this division is not sufficient, further measures help to increase privacy.
Bunk beds in the sibling room
In addition to saving space, many bunk beds have the advantage that they are divided into two. Both couches can be set up separately and can be reassembled as you wish. A high-quality bunk bed like “Funbox” (from Hülsta) has at least one other plus: It is built so stably that it does not need any additional wall mounting. With the narrow side against the wall, it can protrude lengthwise into the room as a room divider.
A bunk bed saves space and offers every child their own realm to sleep in.
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Anyone who likes spins the matter further: Both children choose a bed side for getting in and out, the opposite side becomes the "back wall" - and from the lower to the upper bed or from the upper bed to the ceiling is covered with fabric: the older children the more they appreciate separate rooms. So everyone lies in a protected bunk and overlooks their own half of the room. Furniture divides the two areas without building boundaries.
Play walls as partitions
Two wardrobes that are set up back to back, shelves and screens can allocate one half of the room to each sibling. A simple screen, built from two MDF panels and connected with hinges, creates a private area for every child and is also a pin board that both can use from their side. If you saw a window into one of the panels, the room divider also serves as a puppet theater. And with two holes cut out at different heights, the goal wall would stand - if the parents played along.
Decorate the sibling room with paint
The furniture is planned perfectly, the furniture is ready. Only the walls still have to be painted: the girl loves pink, the boy likes orange, and no sibling room can stand that! Maybe it does: colors can draw boundaries in a harmonious way. And even with eye-catching favorite colors, the sisterly part of the room can be visually separated from the brotherly one without making it too colorful.
The sibling room can easily be shared with colors.
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A color recipe for harmony in the sibling room
Whether children like to stay in the sibling room does not depend on its size: they feel more comfortable on a well-equipped twelve square meters than in a nice large but unimaginative room. Now colors can positively stimulate the quality of living, but also exaggerate: For the well-being of children's eyes, you should keep a good household. Too many or sensational patterns in intense or competing colors can quickly make a room look inharmonious, overcrowded, chaotic or even aggressive.
Perhaps you can get a color fan: The children can use brushes and paint from the ink box to test how “their” colors look next to each other - first on paper or a piece of wallpaper. White or very light pastel is recommended as the basic color that sets the tone, for this you choose one or two coordinated "Würz" colors. In the photo, blue refreshes the room, the honey-colored wooden parquet warms it up.
Separator in the sibling room
A careful color design is particularly good for small rooms. If such a sibling room is very discreet and furnished in tone-on-tone, the personal small things of its residents come into their own: children look forward to a name tag on the bed, their portrait or their initials on the wall; some like monograms on the pillow - in their favorite colors, of course. These also make it easier to tidy up: Everyone immediately finds their own toy box because it is painted purple or green. Smaller siblings help motifs such as ballet shoes or soccer that distinguish their wardrobe or drawers from the others.
Mark common play area
To come back to boy and girl: if they could agree on pastel shades, two walls in their own color, two walls in their favorite color would look good. If the two insist on bright colors, the painter should only paint the wall piece, a rectangle or a circle over each bed. White conveys on the walls in between. A few accessories can of course also shine in pink and orange. The art of color does not have to stop at the floor: a chess board painted on the floorboards or lines for the effortless play characterize the common play area between the two private quarters. Cork, linoleum and carpets can also indicate “borderlines”.
Divide sibling room with border hangers
The ceiling remains to mark two areas of the room colorfully: there you attach a steel cable or a curtain rod and hang a fabric or a curtain made of colored plastic panes. Pop flower curtains are also available to buy.
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