Designing a Kid’s Bedroom that Inspires Their Imagination

November 12, 2018 6 Comments
Designing a Kids Bedroom that Inspires Their Imagination


Children’s bedrooms are not just somewhere for them to lay their head at night. It’s important when designing a kid’s bedroom that you are creating a space not only for sleep, but somewhere where they can feel safe, take time out, learn, be creative, read and most important of all be somewhere that inspires them. So here are my top tips for designing a kid’s bedroom that inspires their imagination.


The Basics

When designing a kid’s bedroom there are certain practical elements that should be included every  time.

  1. A Bed. It goes without saying that every bedroom you need somewhere to sleep. However, a childs’ bed needs to be comfortable, inviting and safe. Lets face it when your child sleeps well, every one is a little bit happier in the morning!
  2. The bedroom needs to be a Safe Space to allow unsupervised play and activity. So sturdy furniture, stair gates if needed, blind cord ties, furniture fixed to walls as necessary, no sharp edges, no exposed plug points. You get the idea.
  3. Good Storage. All kids have a plephora of toys no matter how old they are, and they have a tendency to take over. As well as the obvious mess, this can actually confuse and overwhlem a child. Good structured storage for toys can help in more organised play, and also teach and encourage children to tidy up after themselves- win win! Make the most of the size of the room you have by utilising wall space, and have furniture that uses the vertical as well as horizontal spaces.


Now for the fun part.  How do you design a kid’s bedroom to inspire their imagination?  Here are my top tips.


Create a Theme for the Room

It can be as extravegant or as undertstated as you wish. Think about what your child is in to, what excites them? It could be as simple as a favourite colour or animal; a tv show or character; or a broader theme like what we did for my son who is obsessed with all things space, an intergallactic stellar bedroom.

Check out this amazing themed Jungle Book room, by Around the World in 18 Years.


Photo courtesy of


There are loads more ideas on Pinterest so take a look at our Pinterest board for some more inspiration.



Make a Feature of It

Bright, bold colours are great for play and being inspiring, yet the room still needs to be restful to sleep in. So pops of colour, feature walls, even wall art can all add interest without making the room feel too busy.

Look at this amazing feature wall by, with full details of how to create your own over on her blog.


Batman feature wall
Photo courtesy of

Choose a Bed That’s Not Just a Bed!

Cabin beds in my opinion offer great flexibility. There are lots of reason why they are a great choice for a childs bedroom. They capitilise on space as well as making the bed itself exciting, and can create extra dimensions and areas in the bedroom. In Oliver’s room his bed doubles up as a fab den space underneath, or you can use the extra space for storage or even a desk.


Designing a Kids Bedroom that Inspires Their Imagination
Oliver’s cabin bed from Room to Grow with his ‘den’ underneath


Designing a Kids Bedroom that Inspires their Imagination
Photo courtesy of Room to Grow

If you are thinking about getting a cabin bed, then check out the great range of Cabin Beds from Room to Grow.

Make the Room Interactive

Kids love exploring and creating a room that has interactive elements can encourage this. A chalk board, different lights, buttons to push, mirrors etc.  These extra little elements can be added inexpensively, but add an extra interest to their bedroom. Using functional accessories such as lights which the kids can easily operate makes it fun yet functional. Even small mid sleeper cabin beds have little ladders that can make going to bed an adventure.


Designing a Kids Bedroom that Inspires their Imagination
Oliver’s ‘Mission Control’ desk with simple LED push lights and colour changing strip light

Create Space for a Den

Creating a den space gives the child somewhere they can retreat to and take some time out when they feel overwhelmed.  It can also be a really fun space, and great for encoraging imaginative and free play.

We used the space under Oliver’s mid sleeper cabin bed to create a den housed with his favourite toys and bean bags, and decked it out with multi-coloured strip lights to make it more exciting. It has been everything from a rocket ship, castle under attack, submarine and even a dungeon.

Equally you can create a den space just in a corner of the room with bean bags and cushions, or a use a teepee or tent if you have the room.



Designing a Kids Bedroom that Inspires Their Imagination
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Oliver in his ‘den’ under the bed. We have put in a multicoloured strip light which he can operate from a simple remote control.


Let Them be Creative

A desk is a great idea to allow a chid to have space to sit and draw and use writing materials. This becomes even more important when the kids start school. You can make it more interesting by having fun desk tidies, and lots of creative materials to hand for them to use. Having a magnet or notice board nearby is also a great idea where they can keep their latest pieces of artwork. If you don’t have space for a desk, you could create a little creative corner with a little table and some paper and colouring in pencils and crayons, or even just a chalkboard on the wall.


An Accessible Bookshelf

We all know that encouraging our children to read and enoy books from an early age is so important. So having an accessible bookshelf can really help. They can see all their books arranged neatly, and choose their favourites. You can even get creative and make the bookshelf seem more inviting. We turned Oliver’s into a space rocket, and added a little mirror for a porthole.


Designing a Kids Bedroom That Inspires Their Imagination
Oliver’s Spaceship Bookshelf

Organised Toy Storage

Having a place for everything and everything in its place has a number of benefits for your child, and you! Tidy rooms mean not only is there more floor space to play in, but it allows the child to choose what they want to do and helps encourage free play which is great for little imaginations.



So there you have it, they are my top tips on designing a kid’s bedroom that inspires their imagination. What do you think? Have you any tips to add? I’d love to hear if you have in the comments, and if you’ve transformed your children’s bedrooms.

Kerry x


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Designing a Kid's Bedroom That Inspires Their Imagination


Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Rooms to Grow, but all words and opinions are my own.


Many thanks to the following for their photo contributions:

Illustrated Teacup

Around the World in 18 Years

Emmy’s Mummy and Harry’s Too!

Room to Grow



  • Clare Nicholas November 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for including mine.

    Loving the cabin bed. That’s what Harry wanted but then fell in love with the car bed instead

    • Kerry November 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for letting me use your image! The cabin bed is awesome, the two girls want them now, so their rooms will be next after Christmas!

  • Gemma - Mummy's Waisted November 21, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Brilliant ideas! I have fond memories of having a cabin bed myself, can’t wait to get one for my kids – that strip light idea is genius, I’ll definitely be doing that! #kidsandkreativity

  • Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin November 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Lovely ideas, Kerry! I really like Oliver’s den space and the light in there. Also, the spaceship with the bookcase and mirror is great!
    We created a jungle themed room four our boy when he was little, but it was just a playroom then, not a bedroom.

  • Emma November 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Great post, I need to up our storage game!! Our next challenge will be when James moves into Stanley’s room to vacate the nursery. We already have bunk beds, but I’ll be checking out your Pinterest board for toy storage ideas. #KidsandKreativity

  • Helena November 29, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    There are some great tips here. We tend to keep toys downstairs rather than in their bedrooms. #KidsandKreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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